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Aw, Build A Bear. I'd always seen this online and my friend who sometimes goes down to Newcastle said there is a Build A Bear workshop down there as well, but i'd never seen one of these shops up in Scotland.
I was in Edinburgh 2 weeks ago and saw that there is one of these shops opened on Princes Street. Yea, I thought as I always wanted to build my own bear, don't know why, just the novelty of it all.
In this shop you build your own teddy bear. The shop is split into different sections
This is where you pick the bear you want. There is the traditional Teddy Bears, animals and cartoon bears. These come flat, as you get to fill them. When you pick what Bear you want you go to a member of staff to get your Bear ready. The bears vary in price and the cheapest was £8 and I think go up to £15.
LOVE AND STUFF
This is where the bear gets it's stuffing added. There is a large machine which has the stuffing floating about in it. Your bear gets attatched to a kind of vacumn and has the stuffing added. You also get to pick it's heart - the fabric one is free and a sort of jelly beating one is £4. At this point you can also add a sound to the bear and they cost about £2-£5
There are clothes that you can add to your bears and I found these pretty, but quite expensive. Some of the bear outfits cost £10, so I declined at that point. I can always buy outfits at a later date if I wanted.
This is where you can print out a Birth Certificate for your Bear. You name it and get a A4 print out with a little ribbon tied around it. You type this out on a computer yourself and the whole part smacks of marketing. It asks all about your address, likes and so on and although I do like the Birth Certificate, then I don't think it was right to have to fill out all the other details.
Now it is up to pay for the goods. You get your bear in a big box and it looks a bit like a house. I thought the box looked great, but it was only a stancilled picture on the box, and I think it would have been better if it was in colour. I thought for £8 what I got was pretty good value.
The staff are a bit happy-clappy in here and they were a bit manic and cheery. I guess it would be ok for them to speak how they did to a child, but they should tone it down for adults, as they were a bit loud and it was a bit offputting and embarrasing for me.
I love my bear though and it is a bit of a novelty