ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Walter White’s porkpie hat wasn’t there and neither was the yellow jumpsuit he wears 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?” asked the 40-year-old Los Lunas resident. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. 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 award-winning AMC television series after getting a donation from the show. The proceeds of the sale go to the homeless shelter.
“Breaking Bad” is set and filmed in Albuquerque and chronicles a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, who turns to a life of cooking and selling methamphetamine. Its final episodes air this summer.
The prospect of purchasing a prop from the show drew a crowd of at least 150 people.
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 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.
Layman, who has worked as an extra on the show and has a “Breaking Bad” license plate, 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 guessed 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 going 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.”
By 4 p.m., Joy Junction had sold about half the merchandise, worth about $3,000, said Jeremy Reynalds, founder and CEO.
Joy Junction isn’t the only charity that received a “Breaking Bad” donation. Barrett House Attic, a thrift store at 4308 Lomas NE that supports homeless women and children, will be selling clothes from the show at a sale today.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal