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Following some recent and rather dire headlines regarding the Build-a-Bear stores, I quickly made my way to our local franchise. I wanted to see, first hand, just exactly what went wrong.
Apparently, the stores had offered to sell ready-to-stuff teddy bears for the same price as your age. Thus, if you are two years old, you get a bear for two dollars. And so on. But as plans are so often wont to do, these went seriously awry.
In the middle of the crazy-wild bear-extravaganza, the stores ran out of stuffing. As a result, many, many hysterical mothers and children were sent away bare-handed.
Only a slightly warped sense of humor would find this even remotely funny. But, I regret to say, I did indeed laugh when I read about it. If you’re gonna have a big sale on ready-to-stuff bears, you stock up on extra stuffing. Right? Or at least I’d think you would.
I’m the first to say that I wasn’t in line, for hours, accompanied by over-excited children, in the nearly unbearable heat. But then again, why would I have been? The thought of spending my age on a teddy bear was certainly not on my bucket list.
But, after my on-site research, I’ve decided that the Build-a-Bear people have a good thing going. You can’t build your own bear if you’re looking at your phone, tweeting, or otherwise involved. The Bear thing is a family thing. You’re taking a pause from a crazy life, making something to give, share or keep that you created with your very own hands. How nice is that?
With that said, I hope the Build-a-Bear get their stuff back together real soon and will remember that timeless motto brought to us by the Boy Scouts: “Be Prepared.”