My Trip to Archie McPhee

Last weekend was my birthday.  Woohoo, 32, it’s so…32.  For my birthday I went over the mountains to visit family and Archie McPhee.

Archie McPhee is a store in Seattle where in their four walls is everything you will never need but will want regardless. Visit their website to see what I mean.  Bacon air fresheners, boxing nun puppets, and rubber chickens are among the most popular items sold at the store and online.  I was able to blow more money than I want to admit on two bags of goodies.  The first bag was full of items I carefully chose during my browsing session through the store.  The second bag was a “Mystery Bag”.  $24.95 was all I spent on the items enclosed in that bag, and the actual amount of the wares was substantially higher.  The items in the mystery bag were, for the most part, well selling items.  I am not sure as to why they give you so much for so little, but I am not going to complain.

I’ll start with the best, because I cannot contain my exctiment any longer:

I was peering at the items hanging on the wall and carefully deciding what to place into my shopping basket when I saw them.  Three Green Bamboo Mystery Peanuts.  I whisked all three off their hanger and into my basket and peered around to see if anyone was going to come up to me and steal my find, but nobody seemed to care.  Fools.  Upon checking out, I was asked if I found everything OK.  I paused, and then asked casually, “You got any more of these peanuts?”  When it was made known to me there was indeed more, I hesitated.  Do I ask for ALL the Green Bamboo Mystery Peanuts?  What if there’s a hundred in the back, do I really need a hundred?  “I’ll take three more.” I told the clerk.  I suppose it is best to leave some for others.

Then of course, I picked up a giant pencil.  This will be for Max for Christmas, along with the nose shaped pencil sharpener.  Though the two cannot work with each other.  I realize I should have set something alongside the pencil to show the true size of it, so I will just tell you it’s about a foot long.

Mustache clings for your mirror!   I cannot grow one, but now I can see what I would look like if I could!

So much fun…

In this terribly taken photo you will find Egg Nog Gum, Thanksgiving Gum, and a Bacon Gummy Candy.  As of yet, I have only ventured into the Thanksgiving Gum.  The cranberry was fine, it had a fruity taste.  The pumpkin was surprisingly unoffensive and almost fruity as well.  The turkey was the stupidest thing I have ever put in my mouth.  So bad.

I could fill a dozen blogs with the treasures I brought home from Archie McPhee last weekend.  But, I don’t have much blogging time lately, so this is the end.  If you are ever in Seattle, visit the store, it’s a good time.  If not, check out the web site.

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12 Responses to My Trip to Archie McPhee

  1. Mystie says:

    Sooooooo jealous of the peanut find and the whole trip in general. Glad you had an awesome bday!!!

  2. Matt says:

    I just died a thousand times. So jealous. Even more for the McPhee pilgrimage than the peanuts. Do they still have the glow-in-the-dark chamber thing?

    • kristiane says:

      Y’know, I didn’t even look. This was the first time I had been to the new location and I didn’t even think about it.

      I think a Seattle trip is in your future, and you can then visit the Curiosity Shoppe as well. Life’s short my friend, do it.

  3. Dan says:

    Add me to the jealous bunch! Kudos to you for actually trying turkey flavored gum btw, I don’t know that I could have done it! And trust me mustaches are way over rated! I hope you had a Happy Birthday!!

  4. Amy says:

    That looks like fun. Last year I had a whole entry planned out about what I would buy each of you for Christmas from the Archie McPhee website. I don’t remember what anymore… 😦

    I suck at follow through.

  5. Oregon Sunshine says:

    Happy Birthday! Glad you had a fun outing!

    I went to the Curiosity Shoppe when I was about 11. I’d just finished reading Dickens’ “Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe” and I loved the place, though they really had nothing to do with the other. Don’t know if it’s still there, but there was a great Mexican place on 1st in Seattle called “Casa Ubetcha”. Next time you’re in Seattle, give it a try!

  6. Jason says:

    Happy Birthday!! I wish I could find Mystery Peanuts in my area. But now that you mention Archie McPhee has a website, maybe I can order one(or more).

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