ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Walter White’s pork pie hat wasn’t there, and neither were the yellow jumpsuits he and Jesse wear to cook meth, but that didn’t stem Dave Layman’s enthusiasm at owning a piece of Breaking Bad memorabilia — no matter how small.
“How many times do you get to do this? It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said the 40-year-old Los Lunas resident. “My family back in Illinois wouldn’t get to do this.”
Layman was at the front of a long line of people at Joy Junction thrift store Wednesday, which was selling clothing from the set of the hit AMC television series after getting a donation from the show. The proceeds of the sale go to the homeless shelter.
Breaking Bad is filmed and set in Albuquerque and chronicles a high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of making and selling methamphetamine.
At promptly 2 p.m., a Joy Junction staffer opened the doors, asking people in line to “please be courteous.”
“Once I let you in, don’t knock people down,” he said.
Most of the clothes were not particularly recognizable from the show. There were mounds of pink clothes for baby Holly, men’s jackets and women’s tops.
With no information on who might have worn the clothes in what episode, the shoppers were left to speculate on their own.
Layman, who has worked as an extra on the show and has a license plate that reads “Breaking Bad,” held up a cream colored maternity tank top.
“This, I believe, is what Skyler wore in one episode,” he said, referring to Walter White’s wife.
Layman picked up the tank top, as a well as a suede brown jacket that he speculated had been worn by Mike, the “fixer” in Gus Fring’s meth operation, and some children’s clothes. He noted that one item in his arms, which was selling for $15 at the sale, still had its original price tag of $12.88.
He planned to keep everything he purchased.
“There’s no selling,” he said. “I could never sell out.”
Joy Junction isn’t the only charity that received a Breaking Bad donation. Barrett House Attic, a thrift store that supports homeless women and children, will be selling clothes from the show at a sale on Thursday.