By Tony Gonzalez|
MURFREESBORO — In the next two weeks, Sharayah Wells will tally another trip from La Vergne to Disney World, where the 25-year-old dresses as Snow White before gliding into the theme park with her son.
Once inside, Wells plans to meet other fans of animated fairy tales and trade collectible lapel pins shaped like Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and the Mad Hatter. On casual days, she’ll wear one of at least 100 Disney T-shirts she owns, walking through the park in her one-of-a-kind Disney character shoes, hand-painted by her sister.
Wells is among the true believers in Disney, and one of hundreds all over the world who feed their collections — and their obsessions — with visits to Middle Tennessee. The Character Depot off Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro is one of two remaining Disney merchandise stores in the area and a half-dozen discount outlets nationwide. It touts deep discounts and rotating offerings that keep ‘em coming back throughout its two-month holiday stint, which ends Jan. 1.
Wells visited this week, looking over T-shirts, but didn’t buy. She said she won’t resist for long.
“I feel they find me,” Wells said. “That’s kind of nerdy, but I’m OK with it.”
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