The Art Of Hunting A Pegasus (Jen Henry)

I had promised a followup to my previous post and have yet to do so.dora-and-pegasus

I’ll be the first to admit that I had never hunted for a Pegasus before. I wasn’t sure what conditions they preferred or the best way to capture one without notice. )

With that said, shortly after Catherine asked for a Pegasus for Christmas I went online to Amazon and priced them out. To my dismay, the one that she wanted was typically priced $44.95. That was more than I was willing to spend for a lump of mechanical plastic that I wasn’t sure would  be played with longer than the week past Christmas.

However the sucker in me couldn’t get past the fact that she had only asked for two items…AND that the other item she asked for was a Barbie doll of which she already had several. I wanted Santa’s gift to really WOW her on Christmas morning. So with that in mind I made it my mission to find this Pegasus for the cheapest price I could. I scoured the internet, perused for coupons, checked the daily sales fliers, but to my dismay it seemed to hold steady at that price.

The following Saturday lo and behold an email land in my inbox from Kohl’s advertising the blessed thing on sale. Since we have no Kohl’s where I live I was forced to go online and search for it. I found it at the sale price and put it in my shopping cart. However, I’m never able to leave well enough alone. I decided that I might like to poke around the Kohl’s site a bit longer. I shopped a bit more and by the time I had finished and went to pay for my items the Pegasus had sold out. I was beyond irate, and of course mostly angry at myself.

A few hours later in the Saturday mail a flier from Kmart arrived. Displayed promptly on the front page was Dora riding her Pegasus in all her glory at half the regular price! I knew though that I was beyond the point of obsession and that Chuck already thought me insane. I made a pact with myself that I would wait it out and on Monday I would go there on my lunch break and see if there were any in stock. If I found one on the shelf it was meant to be, if not, then I would know that it was time to move on.

At lunchtime Monday I headed over and found the Dora section of toys easily. Given that it was holiday time there was an overabundance of all types of toys overflowing into every aisle but I didn’t see a Pegasus anywhere in sight. I did however locate the empty marker where the toy should have been. I took that as my sign that it was time to give up and I decided to head to the Barbie section and at least see if they had the other item on her list. It was then that I saw it. Slightly hidden behind stacks of other playsets was a lone Pegasus on the shelf. It was far from home and misshelved, most likely abandoned by some parent who had changed their mind at the last moment. I held it in my hands for a few moments and read the box from top to bottom carefully like I was really somehow going to change my mind now that I had found it simply because I didn’t care for the wording on the box. I headed to the checkout and purchased it, gleefully bringing it in to work to show all of the other women whose children had outgrown Santa, but who enjoy knowing what this year’s hot toy is and the struggle I went through to get it.

The big question is….will she be wowed?

First posted on Furore and Frenzy

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12 Responses to The Art Of Hunting A Pegasus (Jen Henry)

  1. SKL says:

    What fun! My kids are too young to get fixated on an advertised toy, so I have been spared that excitement so far. But I can just imagine how psyched you were when you finally found the Pegasus!

    She’ll love it. Maybe add some unique (but inexpensive) detail so it’s even more than she’s expecting, and she’ll believe in Santa for years to come!

  2. Amber says:

    You know… kids do remember getting that present they really wanted! You are a good Mom! Besides, you get that happy feeling knowing you got it..and it was meant to be.

  3. Joy says:

    Wow Jen, I really love this one. When you took us to when you saw it, in the wrong spot?? What can you say other than destiny.

    She’ll for sure be WOWED.

  4. Morocco says:

    What a sweet story! I had to search high and low to find a Wii. Luckily my coworker spotted one and picked it up for me.

  5. Just a Mom says:

    I am sure she will be totally wowed! Good job on your hunt!

  6. I think she’ll be wowed – especially if there’s a card attached with an explanation of just how hard Santa worked to get the present! It’s a great story, and can easily be turned into an adventure!

  7. nikki says:

    GOOD JOB MOMMA!!! She will be wowed!! After all that I’m afraid what you’ll do if she’s not! jk 😉 I love this and think it’s a great story you can tell her when she’s older with her own kids. Awww the thing we do to make our little ones happy!!!

  8. Sue says:

    I think she’ll be wowed b/c it’s what she really wanted. That’s what she’ll remember. I am like you. If an item I want is meant to be mine, it will be there when I get there. I have to say though, I’ve never had something sell out on me when I was shopping on a website! I can see how annoying that would be.

  9. Sue says:

    Love the header Joy and I can’t wait for all of us to get out this weekend!

  10. joanharvest says:

    First of all who the heck is Dora? I guess I am way behind on the current toy trends. Dora’s name keeps popping up. I am sure she will be wowed. Who wouldn’t like a Pegasus? I know I am going to be a sucker for anything my grandchild wants when it is finally born. I know I would have bought it too. Have a wonderful Christmas

  11. Joy says:

    Joan, if you have a granddaughter, you’ll soon learn all about Dora! I had her coming out my ears until Trinity was 6. Now it’s all about Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus!

  12. Jane says:

    I’m sure she’ll love it Jen. Good for you for trying to hard. Merry Christmas to you.

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