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March 3, 2008 11:23 AM   Subscribe

BanjoBearFilter: Where online can I order a teddy bear (or other plush animal) holding a banjo?

I would like to send a teddy bear with banjo to cheer up a relative who used to play the banjo in a trad jazz band. Google has failed me. Does such a thing only exist in my fevered imagination?
posted by Koko to Shopping (7 answers total)
You could put one together yourself. A few minutes of Googling has revealed this 4" toy banjo and a 9" one (for bigger bears, I suppose).

Order bear and banjo to your house, combine with a little thread, ship to relative. Voila!
posted by unixrat at 11:39 AM on March 3, 2008 [1 favorite]

I didn't see any holding miniature banjos but here's a bear wearing a t-shirt with the word "banjo" written on it. And another with "I Love Banjo". Yet another with a picture of a banjo on his shirt. And another, who would rather be playing his banjo.

Vermont Teddy Bears also lets you build a custom bear which includes uploading a 'tattoo' design of your choice, should you want to give a bear with a banjo tattoo. This later option takes a few weeks, however.
posted by jamaro at 11:42 AM on March 3, 2008

You could try Boyd's Bears in PA
posted by Gungho at 12:37 PM on March 3, 2008

The place to ask this would be Banjo Hangout. I can, if you'd rather not sign up ...
posted by scruss at 2:01 PM on March 3, 2008

Koko, if you check Google products for "banjo bear," you'll come up with a bunch of links of bears that wear t-shirts that say things like "banjos rule," "banjo picker," "I totally could kill you with a banjo," "your mom's all over my banjo like I'm Keith Richards," "my banjo tells me to do things sometimes," "you say 'Jesus,' I say 'banjo,'" etc. Here's an example.

Also, if you like I can go check prices on a Build-a-Bear Workshop bear here in town, see if they have a banjo option and mail it to you, if you like, though I think the BaBears can get a bit spendy once you accessorize (not sure, my kid ain't old enough for that kind of emotional blackmail). Mail me if you'd like me to go look.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:34 PM on March 3, 2008

Here's one. It looks like some kind of "collectors item" so it might be more than you want to spend.
posted by paddingtonb at 11:56 AM on March 4, 2008

I think that Mike Gregory might have what you need:
There are a few more suggestions in the thread:
-- and yes, it really matters if it's a four string or a five string. Four string is what most jazz players use.
posted by scruss at 4:19 PM on March 4, 2008

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