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Wall, United States

The road out of the Badlands leads straight to Wall, South Dakota the home of world famous Wall Drug. Way in the way back of time the wife of the owner of a tiny trading post in Wall suggested to her husband that he put up a sign on the main road offering free ice water and thus began a trend across these United States of luring passersby into small towns with offers of free stuff or some sort of novelty. He also invented viral marketing by giving out free bumper stickers and signs Not to mention the art of advertising anywhere in the world simply to build brand identity. How many signs have you seen no where near South Dakota advertising it? There's on in Antarctica for Peet's sake. Wall Drug is in actuality a glorified gift shop. They've expanded it over time to include other things, but at its heart it is just a brand selling itself. It is a good thing however that I am on a tight bidget on this trip because I would have easily dropped $400-$600. They have the first true Western Shop I have seen on this trip and I wanted these boots really badly.

They also had the most amazing collection of Western cut, floral print snap shirts. If you look into my closet you will find more of those kinds of shirts than anything else and I have a really hard time finding affordable ones in San Francisco. These were $50 a shirt. Half the price of the shops back home, but still too much for me to spend on this trip. (I wear a L or XL btw, hint, hint.) Okay. a few other things at Wall that I deemed photo worthy:

reminds me of a few friends I have.

Jackalopes are very popular in South Dakota. I don't really get it, but okay.

permalink written by  JRadhirsch on September 9, 2008 from Wall, United States
from the travel blog: The Great American Road Trip
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We have more than one Jackalope in Albuquerque, and they have all kinds of great furniture and stuff for indoors and outdoors. Can't wait for you to see it! Thanks for the reminder of your favorite kind of shirts..... Happy tripping!


permalink written by  Elizabeth Smith on September 9, 2008

O-M-G! Those boots were freakin' FABULOUS!

permalink written by  the Zote on September 10, 2008

Dude, those boots are killer.

permalink written by  cara on September 10, 2008

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