30 Ridiculous Things You Can Still Buy at Nagle's Before Its Doors Close Forever

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photo by Jaime Lees

St. Louis is full of hidden treasures but Nagle's Variety & Collectible Gift Store in Florissant is not one of them. The family-owned classic "five & dime" shop has been in business for 46 years and has been a North County institution for decades.

The news came this week that owners Mike and Jeannie Nagle were retiring and liquidating the store's merchandise and fixtures. The shop was shut down for a few days to prepare for one giant, final sale.

Nagle's really was one of the last of its kind. With new dollar stores (and $5 stores) popping up on every corner, it was nice to have a reliable destination in mind when trying to hunt down the perfect funny little birthday gift or anniversary present. No matter what ridiculous item you were seeking, Nagle's could hook you up.
click to enlarge One of five check-out lines - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
One of five check-out lines
It's always been the place to find greeting cards, jewelry, candy, garden items, housewares, art supplies, crafts, candles, figurines, fabric, knick-knacks and tchotchkes of every variety, but they also kept up with trending crap. From Beanie Babies to Troll dolls, the toy du jour could always be found in multitudes at Nagles.

Truthfully, Nagle's has always been just full of crap, but in the best way. The mission of the store seemed to be to sell you crap that you didn't need. (And crap that you didn't even know existed, for that matter.)

The store opened up again yesterday to begin its final sale. The doors opened at 9 a.m.; at 6 p.m. the parking lot was still full. Inside the aisles were crowded and the cash registers were ringing nonstop. It would seem as though the entire county came out to snatch up the good deals.
click to enlarge The only open parking spot near to the store - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
The only open parking spot near to the store
The store was offering everything inside for 20 percent off and despite steady business all day, it didn't yet look picked over in the least. To say that there is still an abundance of inventory in that space would be an understatement. The store will continue to sell off all items over the next four weeks or so, with the discount percentage increasing all the while.
click to enlarge Fixtures available outside - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Fixtures available outside
We took some time to go up and down the overstimulating aisles and choose some of our favorite (and/or most ridiculous) items still available in the store. All of these treasures (and toilets) can be yours. There is still time. Take yourself to Nagle's, get this crap and bid your old friend a fond farewell.

click to enlarge Just one wall at Nagle's - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Just one wall at Nagle's
click to enlarge Hang this over your fireplace - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Hang this over your fireplace
click to enlarge What more could you need? - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
What more could you need?
click to enlarge Toilets are a thing here - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Toilets are a thing here
click to enlarge Jeb 2016, y'all - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Jeb 2016, y'all
click to enlarge Oh my! - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Oh my!
click to enlarge Buttz - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Buttz
click to enlarge Thirsty? - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Thirsty?
click to enlarge Why, though? - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Why, though?
click to enlarge For your local drinking problem - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
For your local drinking problem
click to enlarge Not a sex toy. Why would you think that? - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Not a sex toy. Why would you think that?
click to enlarge Puppy exercise - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Puppy exercise
click to enlarge Whatever it takes - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Whatever it takes
click to enlarge Bookmarks: soon to be extinct - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Bookmarks: soon to be extinct
click to enlarge Dirty birds - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Dirty birds
click to enlarge Stoner supplies - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Stoner supplies
click to enlarge Bad dog - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Bad dog
click to enlarge Shakers - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Shakers
click to enlarge He holds your wine bottle... or something. - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
He holds your wine bottle... or something.
click to enlarge Eagle in crystal - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Eagle in crystal
click to enlarge Oonst oonst oonst oonst - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Oonst oonst oonst oonst
click to enlarge Put a trout on it - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Put a trout on it
click to enlarge Knives - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Knives
click to enlarge The pen options are OOCC - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
The pen options are OOCC
click to enlarge Police... flask? - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Police... flask?
click to enlarge This pen says "NO" in many different voices - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
This pen says "NO" in many different voices
click to enlarge Sip in elegance - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Sip in elegance
click to enlarge Crystals (Twin Towers on the left) - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Crystals (Twin Towers on the left)
click to enlarge Old people heart to party - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
Old people heart to party
click to enlarge You're in this book aren't you, Nagle's? - photo by Jaime Lees
photo by Jaime Lees
You're in this book aren't you, Nagle's?

Nagle's Variety & Collectible Gift Store
19 Patterson Plaza
Florissant, MO 63031
314-838-4444

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Jaime Lees

Jaime Lees is a digital content editor for the Riverfront Times.
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