We begin with an item I fell in love with at Plow and Hearth a few years ago. It's a garden bench that you can turn into a knee pad just by flipping it over - versatile for different gardening situations. I didn't buy it at the time for 2 reasons: 1 - I don't do outside work, that's Dave's job. 2 - It was $45. No thanks. Here's the P&H version:
ABC has an almost-identical version for $15.95! And this one has a pouch on the side for storage of seeds and tools and such...bonus!
^^^^that's what she said!
Next up is the bronze kitchen collection - each piece is only $4.95 and the set of 5 items would be around $20 since the napkin and paper towels come as a set! This would make a great, inexpensive housewarming present without having to worry about whether the pieces would fit into a theme the recipient had in mind. They're neutral with an oil-rubbed bronze finish and not too fancy, so they'd match just about anything, right?
Moving on to the double chair with cooler & umbrella, which I'm very tempted to buy! Imagine with me a walk from the hotel/house to the beach. You have an umbrella, beach bag, towels, chairs, cooler, and then have to find a free hand to escort your kids or hold on to your dog's leash? That's quite a load! This might help solve that issue:
How cool is this? It's 2 chairs, an umbrella, a cooler, and a pocket for keys/book/wallet/etc. all in 1 piece! And it all fits into its own carring case! Genius! And it's only $32.95 - you'd pay that for 1 one of these folding beach chairs, even at Walmart! I think we need one of these! You?
...and now, on to the snark.
I can totally see how a little girl who loves to swim could set eyes on this doll and just go nuts! But the description of this $16.95 7-piece Swimming Doll Set is so cheesy:
- "An Incredible Doll That Can Really Swim!"
- Her head also turns from side to side as she swims along the surface.
- 2 Small sensors on the front cause the doll's arms and legs to move when she hits the water.
She comes with a robe, towel, flip flops and a swim cap - and she's made of PVC! Nice!
Pause: I'm actually having a hard time being snarky about this one - at first I thought it was dumb because I'm imagining her life-like arm and leg movements to be about as accurate as my Barbie bath-tub/shower combo that NEVER worked correctly...
...but if Leah (my named-but-yet-to-be-conceived daughter) was really into swimming and wanted me to buy this for her, I totally would...
Ok, so that was a failed attempt at snark. I'll try to do better with this next item. Where should I start? I must say that I was seeing so many cool things in this catalog that I wanted to go for an all-positive post.The swimming doll was iffy, but when I turned page 90 I knew we had taken an awkward turn.
Who wouldn't want a Military Garden Gnome in their yard to show their pride and/or affiliation?
That is all.