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04 October 2011 @ 05:27 pm
Borders Branded Stuff  
So, any Borders branded stuff your gonna keep? Lanyards, Bags, copies of termination forms, whatever. Or are you just gonna chuck it all into the nearest Salvation Army Bin?

(NOTE: DC boxes don't count.)
rufinia on October 5th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
At our wake for the downtown Boston store, one of the managers brought a bag of Borders balloons, which we blew up and then popped with our shredded Borders Rewards card. It was very cathartic.
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(Anonymous) on October 6th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Every Borders mug I had dripped coffee everywhere. Pissed me off then, makes me laugh now. Tossed out all the crap and kept only the good memories. RIP Borders.
weaselusrex on October 5th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
I worked cafe, and somehow ended up with quite a few travel mugs. Unlike angrychicken's, mine all [surprisingly] still work fine. Except for the store mug that's actually shaped like a mug I got in 94. THAT one leaks and sloshes everywhere :D
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
I have my staff travel mug and a few t-shirts.
Most of all, I got me some memories - of terrific co-workers AND some of the worst managers and management decisions I've ever seen (seemed like Borders was a magnet for terrible managers). For a people oriented concern, the lack of people orientation was appalling.
The mug is ok, though, and the t-shirts are, well, t-shirts.
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
I got a Borders mousepad, my 15 year lanyard, a few assorted gift cards with the old designs from the early 2000's (the good years), a picture of a book that hung on the wall back in sci fi, and a copy of a mystery shop from the dark Marshall days to remind me of what bad leadership does to a company.. It was a 35, when the mystery shopper came in during a payroll slash and only 2 people were working...
blackblocpapers on October 5th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I had a Borders-branded white tote that I was using to haul around some big-ass textbooks.
My cat threw up all over it on the day they announced final liquidation. Now I use a plain old shopping bag.
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Box from my Store
I moved and I used our boxes from my store. It has my old store number on it with Borders name all over it. I think I'll always keep it!!
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Tote bag
I have that red tote bag from a few years ago with the weird round pocket...a frisbee pocket?
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
No thanks...
I have no desire to have ANYTHING that would remotely remind me of Borders.
argillaceous_d on October 5th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
I was a trainer, so I have a cubic buttload of t-shirts, mugs, totes and other stuff packed away in a box (I quit 10 years ago and I suffer from packrat-itis). I also have some UK Borders items mixed in there, as I helped open the Glasgow store.

I left there less than a month short of my 10 year anniversary because I couldn't stand it anymore. Now that a lot of time has passed, I remember my time there more fondly than not and I'm still in touch with more than a few of my co-workers.

I don't think I'll be doing a purge of my Borders T-Shirts anytime soon. Some of them are back from the day when each store designed their own and there are some REALLY cool ones.
argillaceous_d on October 5th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I should mention...they're packed in a Harrisburg DC box!
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(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Top team performance duffle bag! I'll use it until it breaks!
(Anonymous) on October 6th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Borders crap
I worked on Borders.com and have some promotional mugs from when it launched in 1998. When most of the home office customer service staff was laid off (when Amazon took over), they got extra mugs. Nice, huh? That's how we got our set.

I have some CatMan crap packed up somewhere. I was on one of the category management teams. Cat Man looked like a Chester Cheetah ripoff.

When Titanic was released, we gave away miniature replicas of the jewel that the chick throws into the ocean. I have one of those somewhere.
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Nabbed a few handfuls of Borders envelopes I'm planning to use as Christmas envelopes for those co-workers I've stayed in touch with.
(Anonymous) on October 7th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Cafe Borders neon sign
I went by one of the old stores and noticed that the Cafe Espresso neon sign still in the window. Wonder how hard it would be to buy it from the landlord?
katelynn050808 on November 1st, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: Cafe Borders neon sign
Wow SBC sent guys out to take down the electric signs and all the letters. That should have been gone before liquidation started. Trademark logos.
erehwesle_fox on October 7th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
A couple
There was one of the old Borders cafe mugs that sat behind Cash Wrap for all my time there, holding pens. Once I scrubbed it out, it is now my new coffee mug at B&N

I for some reason have my lanyard and ear phone combo hanging in my closet. It still has my harry potter Headmaster thingy on it, among others.

And on our last day I loaded a V cart into my car that the fixture vultures missed. I just moved cross country, so I gave it to my roommate, another borders guy, who uses it to move the comic book fixture he got, as we all know, moving that damn comic book fixture is impossible without a V cart.