Monday, 5 March 2012

Monday Magpie - Gloworm

I only recently discovered Magpie Monday, and I love it.  It's a meme close to my heart.  I'm all about buying things second hand, from eBay, car boots, jumble sales and charity shops etc.  I love bargain hunting and I love the thrill of finding something rare or unusual for a bargain price.  However, I haven't found anything for a couple of weeks now.. Well, I bought a pair of jeans on ebay for £5 last night but they won't be here for a few days, so I don't know if I'll love them yet!

So.. I've been racking my brains to think of something suitable to fit in with today's post.  Looking around our house I can see many things bought second hand, but this one jumped out at me.  It is buy far one of the best bargains ever in terms of value for money. I would go so far as to say this particular item is invaluable to us now. I'm talking about Ethan's Gloworm.

I coveted Gloworms when I was a child in the 80s.  I always wanted one but never had one.  When I discovered that they are still made today, I was very excited and determined that as I couldn't have one, my son could.  One evening whilst browsing on eBay I noticed a seller selling one in excellent condition, so I though, why not bid?  They aren't rare I know, and aren't all that pricey to buy brand new, but I thought I'd see how the bidding went.  Any money saved helps, and Ethan wouldn't be able to tell new from nearly new!  I bid, and I won.  £3.99 Gloworm set me back including postage, and £3 of that was the postage!  He really was in excellent condition when he arrived, he hadn't been used or loved at all.  All that is changed now.. he's been though the washing machine a few times (a very handy skill for a toy!).

Ethan adores him.  Gloworm is always there to comfort him in the night, to cuddle and to sing to him (press his tummy and he plays lullabies).  Ethan couldn't have a better buddy.  He was well worth the money.

Here's a bit of Gloworm love.

If you'd like to find out what other bargains people have been snapping out, head over the MissieLizzie's blog Me and My Shadow and click on the linky.  I will be!


  1. Aw! I loved Gloworms when I was a child too. I never got one either. I find myself seeking out the toys I didn't have as a child and "forcing" them on my son. f only I can get him to play with "My Little Ponies" than I'll be happy!

    Madison xxx

    ps love your blog. I'm your newest follower

    1. Yup, I'm just like that. Anything I had and loved or anything I hankered after but never go.. Ethan has to have it. A lot of the toys he plays with are about 30 years old..

      I had a couple of My Little Ponies, but wasn't too bothered by them really... I never did get a pair of Magic Steps shoes though.. wonder if they still exist?

      Thank you for following me :)


  2. This is so sweet! You gave a toy a new home where it could be loved and cherished.

    1. Thank you :) Gloworm really couldn't be more loved. He's Ethan's best buddy!

  3. Lovely photographs and such a comforting toy. The closest I came to that as a child was a spacehopper : )

    1. Hehe, Spacehopper. Another thing I'll be seeking out for Ethan soon enough!

      Thanks for the lovely comment :) x


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