Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A walk in the park

These ornaments might not look like they belong together, but have something in common. They represent what can happen to you when you go on an innocent Christmas shopping trip to Bryant Park in New York City a couple of blocks from where I work. Every year the park is converted for the season into an ice skating rink surrounded by scores of gift booths. It’s great for those last-minute and hard-to-find gifts on your list. It’s also a great place to find penguin ornaments. You’ve already seen a couple of other penguins I found in the park in previous years.  You can see them by clicking on the Bryant Park label below. All of today’s penguins came in one fateful trip to the park a couple of years ago. I didn’t go there looking for penguins, but found plenty.

All acquired December 17, 2008, Bryant Park, New York

Two hugging porcelain penguins in colorful scarves and hats
Number: 0579
Size: 3.25 inches tall
Price: $12.99

Flattish ceramic penguins balancing on big round mints
Number: 0580 0581
Size: 4 inches tall
Price: $10.99 each

Big silver jingle bell with plastic head, springy wings and dangling “butterfly” feet
Number: 0582
Size: 3 inches tall
Price: $13

Pear-shaped glass penguin with tall, glittery top hat, red sequined bow tie and long dangly legs
Number: 0583
Size: 6.5 inches tall
Price: not recorded

Three large glass penguins on blue ice blocks holding ornament, gift and tree
Number: 0584 0585 0586
Size: 6 to 6.25 inches tall
Price: $14 each

Three flattish glass bulbs, painted and filled with snow, green hat with candy cane, blue hat with gift,  and red hat with tree
Number: 0587 0588 0589
Size: 4.5 inches tall
Price: $14 each

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