We went up to Burlington, VT for a very quick trip and visited a Toys R Us in nearby Williston. Another friend of mine (thank you M.R.) had clued me in as to what was available and we got to the store on Saturday morning. I picked up my first TRU Exclusive Bricktober sets. I got all 4 from 2015 and 1 from 2014. I'd love to get the rest from 2014 but I don't know what my odds are. The 2015 sets were about $20/each and the 2014 was marked down to about $10. I say "about" because there was 7% sales tax which drove up the price higher than usual. I also picked up 2 of the 2015 items for another friend. My husband got 2 cute and inexpensive Creator sets. Our daughter had to settle for a single minifigure of the Jewel Thief. She considered other items but ultimately accepted our offer to go shopping at Target on another day instead. Our total TRU haul was around $165 or so with taxes.
On Sunday, back on familiar turf, I visited my local Walmart and lucked out finding Emma's Tourist Kiosk in the clearance area. It was marked for $7 but rang up for only $5. I also found 2 Mixels that I'd been wanting. I didn't really want to spend a lot of money after the TRU trip anyway, but I was in Walmart for other things and couldn't pass up those deals.
I didn't get it all built yet of course, but I got a good start on Sunday night.