While I was Christmas shopping last year for our friend, house keeper, and rent house tenant (Jacqui), I started craving the same little yard gnomes that I was finding for her. It was really weird for two big reasons. One, I don’t generally like gnomes. I think they’re creepy and could move around at night. Two, I don’t usually want to spend money on something I won’t actually get to use. But the little guys below started as little mind worms and just worked me down until I broke…they’re mine now. 🙂
My Fun Obsessions
Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t become obsessed with stupid stuff that won’t do anything for you, but I honestly could not get the little guys below out of my head…
Meet my zombie gnome. I saw this little guy on Amazon last October before Halloween, but I just couldn’t justify spending $25 on him at the time. So I added him to my wish list and was going to wait until next year to get him. But then I saw this next guy…
Meet my greeter gnome. I saw him while shopping for Jacqui in December 2012. I just had to have him because he comes with 9 different hats for the major holidays and seasons. BUT, I saw him in late November and just couldn’t pull the trigger at $50. It seemed too much so I just requested him for my birthday, lol. The problem was that he sold out before my birthday, so I stalked Amazon and Terry’s Village until I saw him pop back up. In fact, he popped back up on Terry’s Village for just $35. Shipping would have been $9, or they offered free shipping on orders of $50. Guess what?! Terry’s Village also had my zombie gnome for $15! So I got them both for $50. 🙂
Right now, he’s wearing his normal hat because, despite it being winter and him having a winter hat, it looks stupid on him when it’s 75 degrees outside. All of the hats are made of resin and are staying put in our regular winds so far.
And lastly, here is my little warrior gnome. He’s just too cute. The only downside is that he is really small, but I think I made the best of that with a sense of humor…he’s tracking our garden worm, Nessie, which is hilarious since she is like 10 times his size. I think it’s perfect. 😉
Holding Off on Splurges
I think I like my gnomes even more because I did wait until I found an excellent deal. At least for two of them…the warrior gnome was a Christmas gift and probably cost the full $18. But thanks to waiting, I was able to get my zombie gnome and greeter gnome for $50 instead of $75. That just makes me smile. And I smile a lot since I see these guys whenever I am heading in or out our front door. That is actually what reminds me to change greeter gnome’s hat, lol. Sometimes it is totally worth the wait.
As for gnomes in general and me, I think I will stop here. The only other ones that I’ve seen and thought “cool” have been the other little warrior gnomes of the same group as the hunter, lol. I generally seemed to only have an all out obsession with the ones I actually bought so far, but we’ll see…
Did you ever have a little want that turned into an all out have-to-have? What’s your weakness?
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