When In Vegasâ€¦
When youâ€™re in full-on vacation mode and the rules of the rest of the world simply donâ€™t apply (because in Vegas, you can do whatever you want whenever you want), youâ€™re bound to make some questionable decisions and purchases along the way.
With five full days stretched out ahead of me and nothing more on my agenda than a David Copperfield show and Britney Spears concert, I began to stop into gift shops as I strolled through casino after casino. The mix of merchandise I discovered was random, hilarious and kitschy. It was the stuff dreams are made of (or, at least mine are) â€” a wild mix of the tacky and bizarre.
Without further ado, here are t he top 12 purchases of my trip along with their sources in case you find yourself pining for a Sigefried and Roy picture book or flamingo statue of your own.
1. Flamingo Statue (above)
Source: The Flamingo
This beauty sure was a pain to fit inside my carry-on luggage but it was definitely worth the bulk since itâ€™s now basking in all its salmon-hued glory inside the Branch office. It adds a nice Miami Vice vibe, donâ€™t you think?
2. Glittery Postcards
Source: Caesarâ€™s Palace
When youâ€™re shopping alongside the glitter queen herself, Kat Williams, you start taking extra special notice to everything that has a little extra sparkle. These are perfect for still lifes and once youâ€™re done photographing them, you can scribble a little message on the backside to send home and let mom and dad know you havenâ€™t gone bankrupt at the roulette table (yet).
3. Flamingo Mug
Source: The Flamingo
Your morning coffee will never be the same! Itâ€™s impossible to be in a bad mood when this gem is sitting on the corner of your desk. As you can tell from the tattooed arm, Kat is responsible for this purchase!
4. Siegfried and Roy Keychain
Itâ€™s nice to dress up the things you reach for every day â€” make the mundane extra special for a change! My car might be 14 years old and un-fancy but now Iâ€™ve got the keychain of champions holding the key.
5. Bedazzled Bling Hat
Source: Starlight Tattoo at Mirage
Kat was responsible for this questionable late-night purchase and it was a good choice â€”Â when youâ€™re in Vegas, rhinestones and false eyelashes before noon are fair game so you might as well live it up.
6. Donny & Marie Necklace
Source: The Flamingo
Whatâ€™s better than siblings who have enough of a tolerance of one another to work together after all these years?! Gotta admire a strong family bond. Since I live with my brother, this gives me hope â€” maybe we can still get along and not want to kill each other well into our 50s?
7. Las Vegas Sign Keychain
Source: Planet Hollywood
Vegas is full of kitschy keychains â€” every gift shop seems to be swirling in a slightly different mix. This 1959 sign is a reminder of the golden years. Sidenote: that confetti in the background is courtesy of the Britney concert.
8. White Tiger Figurine, 9. Postcard and 10. Siegfried and Roy Picture Book
Iâ€™m a bit obsessed with the self-proclaimed Masters Of The Impossible and itâ€™s not hard to see why: they had the most visited show of all time on the Vegas Strip full of tigers, magic tricks and flamboyant costumes. Even though their show ended over a decade ago due to Royâ€™s accident, their sanctuary full of exotic animals is still going strong, as is the gift shop inside that bears their name.
11. Cubic Zirconia Ring and 12. Magnet
When youâ€™re on your final morning in Vegas, what better way is there to commemorate the best vacation youâ€™ve had in ages than an over-the-top piece of jewelry? This baby set me back around $20.00 and would make Liberace proud. Totally winning in my book. And Iâ€™ve got a major love of the original Mirage logo with its peppy palm trees â€” this magnet makes my fridge a much happier place.
So, there you go! Five days in Vegas can really warp your sense of whatâ€™s considered a good buy.
And now, itâ€™s your turn: Whatâ€™s the most fun / strangest / eccentric item youâ€™ve ever purchased during a vacation? Tell all!