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Elf on the shelf help

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Finlaggan Mon 10-Nov-14 21:11:00

I want to do elf on the shelf with DCs this year so I was very organised and ordered two look a likey elves from aliexpress in October.

I just emailed the seller to ask how my delivery was going and they've told me the elves are being held at Chinese customs and 'might' be destroyed (in which case they'll refund) so I think it's unlikely they'll get here by 1st December in any case.

I've come to love the creepy little vintage elves and would really like them for DCs but I don't want to pay £30 a pop for them.

Can anyone suggest an alternative that won't that's cheaper but equally as 'vintage' and will get here on time please?


Finlaggan Mon 10-Nov-14 21:12:50

Just to clarify I was getting two for £12 from aliexpress so I'll feel cheated if I have to spend more than £20 for two!

CaulkheadUpNorth Mon 10-Nov-14 21:19:35

The garden centre near me has some. Could that be an option. Not sure on price but I wouldn't expect them to be extortionate.

ZeViteVitchofCwismas Mon 10-Nov-14 22:15:32

hey've told me the elves are being held at Chinese customs and 'might' be destroyed shock

grin really> why elves the poor thingssad

what about ikea...

£4 each

ZeViteVitchofCwismas Mon 10-Nov-14 22:16:20

Finlaggan Mon 10-Nov-14 23:03:46

I know, I was also shock at their potential demise, seems a bit harsh. They went on to tell me that their boss is negotiating with customs.
Just hoping there's no ransom to be paid.

I do hope they live up to their mischievous ways and escape to come and live with us, I'd found such good ideas for them on Pintrest too.

Sorry carried away there, ill check out ikea thanks.

HollyBollyBooBoo Tue 11-Nov-14 05:53:58

Presumably being destroyed because they are rip offs of the originals and fakes?!

worm77daisy Tue 11-Nov-14 06:26:02

How about these?

worm77daisy Tue 11-Nov-14 06:26:43

Does that link work?

Finlaggan Tue 11-Nov-14 06:44:00

Yes of course they're fakes holly not sure what your point is?

Thanks worm they're really nice but quite expensive. Off to consider if I can justify the cost, they are nice though.

The elves have been destroyed hmm

tanya1312 Tue 11-Nov-14 06:56:56

It's cause they are seconds and cast off ones, it's a shame cause you can't tell the difference with them.

Finlaggan Tue 11-Nov-14 07:00:33

They've offered to resend but I'm doubtful they'll get here for 1st December.

tanya1312 Tue 11-Nov-14 07:01:09

Have a look in Clinton cards and card factory not vintage looking though . Also have a look on FB page christmas elf antics for ideas xx

tanya1312 Tue 11-Nov-14 07:03:34

Think mine took about 4 wks xx

Finlaggan Tue 11-Nov-14 07:58:04

Thanks tanya will check them out.

tanya1312 Tue 11-Nov-14 07:59:27

Welcome xx

CarmonEileen Tue 11-Nov-14 10:54:18

If you have a B&Q near you have a look at the Christmas decorations. They have some lovely Elves, about 3-4" tall and would be perfect for the shelf! grin

DillydollyRIP Tue 11-Nov-14 11:09:50

I'd like to do elf on the shelf this year after seeing all the funny pictures in Pinterest. Didn't realise they were so ££ though.
Hope your elves are freed in time for Christmas.

tanya1312 Tue 11-Nov-14 11:37:42

dillydolly also look in card factory/Clinton cards/ sainsburys for cheaper elves

DillydollyRIP Tue 11-Nov-14 12:22:34

Will try those thanks. Will I have to actually brave RL shops?! I'm dreading shopping in the city it's mayhem.

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