cover toys
Source: getty

Toys 'R' Us Is Closing Up Shop And The Internet Is Not Taking The News Well

By

Apr. 24 2020, Updated 10:10 a.m. ET

As a kid, I don't think there was a store I loved visiting more than Toys 'R' Us. 

Article continues below advertisement

Now before I start waxing on poetically about visiting a retail institution whose sole purpose was to perpetuate the notion that I needed things to be happy and separate my parents from their money as a result, I want to say that I get all that. I understand it. But what I also understand is that I loved being there. I didn't even expect to go home with any toys most of the time. 

In fact, some of my best memories of the place have nothing to do with bringing home toys themselves, but refusing to go in the car when my mom said it's time to leave, playing hide-and-seek in the aisles. Even when I wasn't in the store, but waiting at home patiently for my older brother to return from a Toys 'R' Us with my dad. I thought he was getting a Super Nintendo, but no, he opted for a Sega Genesis instead. I lived the lie of enjoying that console, pretending to prefer it over SNES for years, but deep down inside, I knew the truth. I didn't blame Toys 'R' Us for his failing as an older brother, I blamed him, because Toys 'R' Us could do no wrong.

Article continues below advertisement

Turns out I'm not the only one getting all nostalgic about old Toys 'R' Us experiences. After the retailer announced it's closing up shop for good, people are flocking to social media to share their best times at the Geoffrey the Giraffe's stomping grounds.

Article continues below advertisement

Whether it was less-than-stellar "celebrity" appearances...

Article continues below advertisement

...or just wandering the aisles in wonderment, people were getting misty-eyed.

Article continues below advertisement
Article continues below advertisement

God these ones hit me hard.

Article continues below advertisement
Article continues below advertisement

If you've been to one recently, you might have had a similar, desolate experience as this one Twitter user.

Article continues below advertisement

Remember this old ad?

Article continues below advertisement

People are making new memories while they still can, too.

Article continues below advertisement
Article continues below advertisement

While others are just thankful for the ones they have.

Article continues below advertisement

Some are looking at the bright side.

Article continues below advertisement

Some people are blaming the rise of tablet and smartphone obsession for the next generation's inability to play with toys.

Article continues below advertisement

Even celebrities are tweeting about the store closing, sad that their kids won't be able to happily run through the aisles.

Article continues below advertisement

Remember the old Toys 'R' Us magazines you'd get in the mail?

Article continues below advertisement

But, as people pointed out, shopping at Toys 'R' Us wasn't exactly cheap.

Article continues below advertisement
Article continues below advertisement

That doesn't mean that people still don't remember it fondly.

Article continues below advertisement

And want to lament the retailer properly:

Article continues below advertisement
Article continues below advertisement
Article continues below advertisement

This one sums up the feeling perfectly.

Article continues below advertisement

Feels bad, man.

Advertisement
More from Distractify

More From Distractify

    • CONNECT with Distractify
    • Link to Facebook
    • Link to Twitter
    • Link to Instagram
    • Link to Email Subscribe
    Distractify Logo
    Do Not Sell My Personal Information

    © Copyright 2021 Distractify. Distractify is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.