Syndicated children's GameShow in which two teams of kids answered survey-type questions in a "mall" order to earn the right to search one of its "stores" for coins, which counted toward prizes. Hosted by a young [[QueerAsFolk Hal Sparks]] and paired with ''Slime Time'', one of the most blatant ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'' ripoffs in existence.
Two teams, each consisting of a boy and a girl, answered a multiple-choice survey-based question (such as "what do third graders say they wish they could change about their mom?"). Each kid locked in his or her own answer, and all matching answers scored a point. Questions were asked until one team scored five points, at which point that team earned the right to search a store in the mall. Each store contained 16 coins, and prizes were awarded based on how many they found; finding all 16 won the team the two best prizes available. The process was repeated, and the team that had found the most coins after two rounds had the chance to unlock the Treasure Chest. This consisted of tearing through a number of boxes onstage to find keys, after which each would be tried in the Treasure Chest; finding a key that unlocked it won the grand prize package, which included a trip for the entire family.
!!GameShowTropes in use:
* BonusRound: The Treasure Mall Treasure Chest.
* ConfettiDrop: Confetti cannons fired if a team unlocked the Treasure Chest; a good amount of it was stashed in the boxes the team had to search through to find the keys here as well.
* ConsolationPrize: For the losing team; also, a $50 gift certificate per key found in the BonusRound if unsuccessful.
* CoveredInGunge: To find the coins, you had to dig through props filled with it.
** GameShowHost: Hal Sparks.
** TheAnnouncer: Ed [=MacKay=].
** StudioAudience: Not shown, but definitely heard.
* UndesirablePrize: A '''sewing machine''', on a kids' show! Granted, they did offer the standard TV/Nintendo/stereo fare as well, and the grand prize haul wasn't too shabby.
!!This show provides examples of:
* ColourCodedArmies: The red team vs. the green team, as indicated by their outfits.
* ExcitedKidsShowHost: Of the ''Over Sixes'' variety.
* FollowTheLeader: One of many games that followed the "messy kids' show" trend of [[TheEighties the late 1980s]].
* HollywoodGiftwrap: Inverted '''big time''' in the BonusRound, and ''precisely'' what made it so damn hard. You had a grand total of 30 seconds to unwrap the boxes and find keys; most teams were lucky to find three or four.
* RearrangeTheSong: One of the music cues on Treasure Mall was a slightly re-arranged version of the ''Series/ImTelling!'' theme song.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Series/FindersKeepers'' [-IN A MALL-]!
* ShortRunner: Ran from June through September 1988.
* TimedMission: Each store was divided into four sections, two per contestant, and you could spend 25 seconds in each; in the BonusRound, you had 30 seconds to find the keys in the boxes in order to open the Treasure Chest.
* TotallyRadical: Hal Sparks' hosting technique, ''and HOW''.