John Lewis' Penguin Ad Causes Toy Penguin Sales to Skyrocket

It takes a lot to surprise me and I have to say that I am not really surprised that the sales of and searches for penguins on eBay have skyrocketed on eBay since the release of the John Lewis Christmas advertisement for 2014.

The ad shares the story of a boy and his love for his toy penguin, Monty. (You can watch the ad for yourself by clicking here.)

Apparently, the toy penguins representing Monty and Mabel sold out at John Lewis’ stores within 24 hours.

People quickly turned to eBay to see if they could find a plush Monty and Mable and to see what other penguin toys are available that are similar to that new celebrity couple.

According to The Independent, 2,638 penguin toys were sold on eBay in the time frame of November 6 to November 17 or approximately 240 stuffed penguins per day.

Of course, John Lewis' stuffed penguins started showing up on eBay Immediately after they sold out at John Lewis. There are a few available right now and you can see them on eBay by clicking right here.  Since John Lewis is a British company, you will have to shop on and you will want to shop carefully if you want to have a real John Lewis plush penguin.

If you just want an attractive plush penguin, eBay presents a huge variety of new, used and vintage penguins.  My search just now for "plush penguins" turned up more than 8,000 penguin toys to choose from. You might narrow that search down a little bit by using the name of a brand of plush toys that you like. Perhaps Steiff, Gund or even Hugsy though Hugsy is far from a realistic stuffed penguin.

Who is Hugsy? Hugsy is yet another celebrity penguin. He is famous from the television series Friends. However, Hugsy's story is material for yet a blog post in the future.

I see a host of other Monty and Mabel themed listings on eBay including this fun Monty and Mabel shopping tote bag from eBay seller BeMineClothing. I think it could be part of a great gift set. Simply use the tote bag as a handsome reusable gift bag and include a couple of other interesting Penguin-themed items, perhaps a plush toy and a copy of the documentary film, The March of the Penguins.

Treasures By Brenda
You never know what treasures
I might have in store for you!

Quick Links: 

Click here buy the plush penguin couple show here from Amazon.
Click here to find the Monty & Mabel shopping bag on eBay.

EBAY CARTOON: A Picture Really Is Worth A Thousand Words

Whichever side of the transaction you find yourself on on eBay, be it the buyer or the seller or maybe even both, you are found to enjoy the sentiment shared on this New Yorker cartoon by Lee Lorenz.  

The caption reads, "It's eBay fever - we'll have to pull the plug." A sentiment that can be applied equally to both the eBay shopping addict and the eBay selling hoarder. 

If you are the buyer, you can relate to finding all kinds of cool, unique, unusual, new, used and vintage treasures on eBay.

If you are an eBay seller, you are well aware of how easy it is to find merchandise to sell on eBay and how quickly it can pile up if you do not stay on top of listing...

'Till next time, keep on doing whichever it is you do!   I'll try to keep on listing.

You Never Know 

What Treasure I Might Have 
in Store For You!

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Travel Calendar 2015

I stumbled across this travel-themed calendar from the Rifle Paper Company today on Pinterest and decided it is going on my Christmas wish list. I have not written a lot about our travels on this blog but we do love to travel.

Included within the covers are a few places that we have visited like Paris and London but many that we have yet to visit like the Amalfi Coast, Kyoto and Havana.

To be honest, my husband's work took him to many of the other places shared in this calendar but thank goodness he is happy to revisit them with me.

I love the images, which are from hand-painted, vintage-style illustrations of some of the world's most interesting destinations and, at 11 by 17 inches, the pictures are all generously sized making this a nice piece of artwork for your wall for the year 2015.

I think this Travel the World calendar would make a great gift idea for anyone who loves to travel or even simply someone who simply dreams of travelling.  Will you be putting it on your wish list?

Treasures By Brenda
You Never Know What
I Might Have in Store For You!

Quick Link:

Buy this Travel calendar on eBay.

Fantastical Fairies By Jasmine Becket-Griffith / Strangeling

Let Me Introduce You To Jasmine Becket-Griffith's Fairies Pictures...

Every now and then, I have the good luck to stumble across a remarkable artist online. In this case, I have discovered Jasmine Becket-Griffith who is a full-time, self-employed artist who paints mostly in acrylics and whose genre covers fairy, fantasy, and gothic artwork. Ms. Becket-Griffith works under the name of STRANGELING.
In particular, I love her fairy pictures. If you love fairies, you too will be amazed at Ms. Becket-Griffith's work, at where you can find it and at what you will find it on. Even if you do not LOVE fairies, you will probably still appreciate this artwork.
You will find Ms. Becket-Griffith's artwork in retail stores, in books, in art galleries in the United States and conveniently you will find a collection of her fairy pieces available on Zazzle by clicking here.
Treasures By Brenda
You never know what I 
might have in store for you!

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Martha Stewart Halloween Magazine 2014

Every year, I wait anxiously for the Halloween issue of Martha Stewart Living.  Well, here it is, at last.

The magazine this year is two sided with one side representing the regular monthly issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. It's done in grays and oranges with ornate pumpkins and a handsome owl and really is a lovely image, don't you think? Kudos to those fabulous photographers and of course to those who give the photographers some pretty great props to photograph.

The flip side of this issue, called Martha Stewart Living A Special Section, features Martha looking pretty amazing in silvery white and blue. Her turquoise eyes (or maybe that color really is Martha's robin's egg blue) really pop. When you look at that picture for more than a moment you see more and more levels of detail. I expect it must have been difficult for the costume designers to know when to stop.

If you were looking for a Martha Stewart Living special edition for 2014, I think it is safe to say that you can stop looking.  The presence of the words "A Special Section" on the backside of this October issue confirms at least in my mind that there will not be a dedicated special this year.

If you'd like to add this year's issue to your collection, you can find it at Amazon by clicking right here.

I'm off now to add this page to my Martha Stewart Living Halloween magazine index page. If you would like to take a peek at most of the Martha Stewart Living Halloween themed magazines and special editions produced since 1997, you will find them there.

Happy Haunting


Quick Links:

Buy Martha Stewart's Halloween 2014 issue on Amazon.
Martha Stewart Halloween Magazine Index

How To Replace A Broken Coffee Mug

Broken Coffee Mug
Mug Emergency! I often receive a question about how to locate a specific mug, especially after a much beloved mug has been broken. 

In June, I received a message from a desperate man. He was in the middle of a just such a mug emergency and he said:

"Help! I've just chipped my fiancée's favourite Whittards mug. She's had it for maybe eight or nine years. It has stars on it, it is blue on the inside... If you could find said mug - I can send a picture - I would be willing to pay... If not, any advice would be gratefully appreciated."

I sell a lot of mugs on eBay, have quite a few pages about coffee mugs on Squidoo and a Facebook page called I LOVE COFFEE MUGS so I guess that is why people turn to me for help. In this case, Thomas found my page about Whittard of Chelsea mugs on Squidoo and wrote to me hopeful that I might actually have a replacement coffee mug to sell to him.

Unfortunately for both Thomas and his fiancée, I do not have any Whittard mugs in my eBay store. Truth be told, I have three in my cupboard including a replacement for the broken one shown here in this image.  Whittard of Chelsea mugs really are so nice that any that I find to sell usually wind-up taking up home in my personal coffee mug collection.

So I told Thomas what I often tell others, and that is to set up a saved search on eBay. Once you have done so, eBay will search every day for the item you are looking for and send you a notification when one becomes available.  For this to be a reasonable option, you have to be able to narrow down your search so that eBay doesn't turn up hundreds of mugs every day.  

Here's what I told Thomas to do. You can do the same, changing the search words to words related to the mug that you are searching for.

  1. Start by searching for the mug that you are looking for -- in Thomas' case, I would use "whittard mug blue stars" -- without the quotation marks.  
  2. Then you will see a button called "Follow this search." Click on that button and check the little box to have eBay send you an email if one becomes available.  
It really is that simple. The hardest part is manipulating eBay's search to turn up a reasonable (small) number of results.  Try the most important search words first and, if that brings too many eBay results, add another one.  I do not recommend using the word coffee because some sellers sell mugs without actually saying coffee mug.

When I broke my mug, it took me about six months to replace it.  That is because there are not many Whittard mugs available in North America. They are sold in the United Kingdom and few find there way to North America. In the end I paid a bit of a premium for my replacement mug because it was located in England and I live in Canada and because shipping is expensive but it was worth it because I really do love my Whittard of Chelsea coffee mug.  If you have a mug that you love as much as I love mine, you might even consider buying a replacement before you break it, which is what I wish I had done! 

Good luck replacing your broken coffee mug! Of course, this method would work for any coffee mug you have seen and want to add to your collection and for almost any product that you are trying to find. 


Who collects coffee mugs?
My coffee mug collection in my eBay store.
Learn more about Whittard of Chelsea coffee mugs.
I LOVE COFFEE MUGS on Facebook. Join the fun!

Christmas in July Sale!

There is nothing I love better in the summer than a turkey grilled on the BBQ. Cooking it on the barbecue makes it easy, makes clean up swift, does NOT heat up your kitchen and provides leftovers for many meals yet to come.

If you have not tried grilling a turkey, you should and if you would like to see how it is done, simply visit my Squidoo page, The Best-Ever Easy BBQ Turkey Recipe.

Meanwhile, on eBay, I thought I would celebrate with a Christmas in July sale. For a very limited time, you will find my Christmas items on sale. Of course, if you are visiting here and my sale is over, you will still find a wonderful assortment of Christmas items in my eBay store all year long!

Hope you are having a great summer!

Treasures By Brenda

Quick Links:

Christmas items in my eBay store.
My Best-Ever Easy BBQ Turkey Recipe.

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