Monday, October 2, 2006

they come, they go

On our recent trip to the Smokies for hiking, we went a day early. We walked around the shops in Gatlinburg, then drove over to the Boyd's Bear Factory in Pigeon Forge. Since last Christmas, I have a collection of Boyd's Bears, so we went to see what was new at the factory. We meandered through the 3 levels in the huge building, I was halfway looking for a 'hiker' bear, but didn't find one. I did find Quackers:

"Hi! I'm Quackers. Psst!! I'm a Master of Disguise. If you don't recognize me, that's because all of us "Masters" are pretending to be something else. What can I say? It's an identity crisis."

More and more we noticed the discrete signs of 50% off. At first we thought they were just clearing out stuff before putting up the Christmas decorations. When checking out, we asked the clerk about the sale signs, and it seems the store is closing. In this tourist-driven area, it is not unusual to see places come and go, I wonder what will be in this big building on our next trip?


Motherkitty said...

How fickle consumers are when it comes to buying fad items. I cringe to think how much money I spent over the years on Beanie Babies who are now stored away in any number of storage containers. I know you like these bears, and your family and friends will continue to purchase them for you, but what will you do with them all when you run out of storage space for them?

Too bad about the store closing, though. Fads come, and fads go.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I have a white Teddy Bear that I purchased in Gatlinburg many years ago. I don't think it's the kind of bear you were looking for, but I love my little bears.
Those quacky bears were also cute.

Whatever I collect I end up giving away at some point...mainly because I run out of storage room. There are always little children who love bears and beanie babies.

colleen said...

I love teddy bears. I bought a small one...sort of like the white one you posted, but brown... in Dingle Ireland, but later found out it was made in New Jersey! I hate to see places close down.