Was I interested in said string or reconstructed cabin? Nope, not in the least, but every one of these places either was itself entirely comprised of, or at least prominently featured a Gift Shop as part of the touristy fun.
As a child, I was all about Gift Shops and Museum Stores. I speculate I single handedly kept several Taiwanese companies profitable during most of the late 60's.
That was then. Now I happily scan the shelves at thrift stores for cast off souvenir plates. The time spent reminds me of minutes stretching into hours standing blissfully gazing into glass cases and slowly rotating wire racks in various gift shops along our vacation routes.
Now, when I am struggling Sisyphean style at getting dirt back out of things only to be reused and resullied, I can look around and thoroughly enjoy being haunted by the Ghosts of Gift Shops Past.
How about you? Were you a gift shop devotee as a vacationing child? Are you still subject to impulse buys while "on the road" that would never tempt you in a million years on a regular day? Feel free to confess your best/worst buys in the comments section. I like to think we're all friends here....