Ballard's Prices?

4.21.2011

See these chickens covered in old book pages? These are new in the Ballard Designs Catalog and the large one is $129 and the small one is $99. What?! Well, I thought I would make my own for a whole lot less.


 Yep, here it is. What do you think? What? It doesn't look finished. Well, I guess I better go finish it then.

I can't wait to show you the finished project! If Mr. Savvy likes it I am sure you will, too.

Have a great day.

Kim

44 comments:

  1. I love the chicken you are using. Where did you get it?

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  2. It truly amazes me sometimes what they think people will pay for things. I guess some people do, but good Lord. $129 for a paper covered chicken? Can't wait to see yours finished.

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  3. That is crazy, Kim, for a chicken. I'm with Gloria. I love Ballard's, too, but seriously. I'm looking forward to seeing yours!

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  4. Brandy, I purchased it several years ago at Pier One and then painted it blue last year to use outside on the deck.
    Thanks

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  5. Ballard's is mighty proud of their chickens! $129?!

    I think yours will be just as awesome, but you will have the fun and satisfaction of knowing that you saved so much money.

    Looking forward to the finished product!

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  6. I bet you can so pull it off! I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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  7. I bet yours is going to be much better. Can't wait to see it!

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  8. It's going to be fantastic~ I absolutely love Ballard designs and love getting the look for less even more!! Can't wait to see the finished product! :)

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  9. I love Ballard, but hate their prices--they are more for inspiration than buying. Your chickens will probably end up looking better than Ballard's!
    Best,
    Susan

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  10. Hi Kim-

    Yours will look better than the Ballard one and a lot cheaper too.

    My best- Diane

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  11. Great idea! Yours will look better and will have a unique look instead of that mass produced chicken.

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  12. Wow, I can't believe someone would pay that much! Anyway, yours will turn out better, can't wait to see it finished!

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  13. I love Ballard Designs. I salivate over their new catalog each time it comes. But, man are they expensive! I usually find a similar item for a fraction of the cost at Hobby Lobby. Can't wait to see the chicken.

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  14. Geeze, who would pay that much for something like that? Not that I don't like them, I just don't get how you'd be willing to pay full price....

    I love making replicas of things... Not only is it a lot cheaper, but you also get to display your handiwork!

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  15. Cool beans Kim! I just saw another gal do this, and they turned out soooo cute!

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  16. I love the Ballard look too but wonder what they are smoking when they set their reeeediculous prices! ;) Your chicken looks like it's going to be better than Ballards anyway, can't wait to see it! xo

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  17. Ballards is out of their minds to charge that much! I love that you are willing to create a similar chicken for a lot less! Can't wait to see the finished chicken!

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  18. It's gonna be darling, Kimmie! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  19. OK Kim can't wait to see it done. taking off this weekend be back on Monday.. May you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

    Pattie

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  20. Can't wait to see the finished "chickie" and wondering how you shaped it? xxx tami

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  21. Kim, it's going to be even better than the one in Ballard Designs. ;-)
    Funny when I saw the photo from Ballard's I realized that they have copied the idea from a French artist. I purchased a pair made of paper maché from French newspapers 5 years ago. The artist was doing all kinds of animals, even a life size ostrich. They were really fun pieces. I'll send you a photo. The details are amazing. There is an "e" where the eye would be. ;-)
    You are going to love your rooster! ~ Sarah

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  22. I really can't imagine having so much money that I'd spend $129 on a paper covered chicken! :) I'm sure yours will be beautiful and can't wait to see it finished.

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  23. Great minds think alike Kim....remember when I did this one here last July?

    http://thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2010/07/le-coq.html

    When I saw the ones in Ballards, I thought they must have seen my blog and copied me!! LOL,.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  24. I tend to compare the price of everything by the price of a chair, around $600.00 (on sale of course), so I could by 1/3 of a good chair for that!!!!
    ANd the bigger problem is, that paper mache rooster looks so chic now but will be out of vogue in a couple of years!
    Good sense and great idea, Kim!
    Yvonne

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  25. KIM I love those!!!!
    Great job!!!
    I have a metal chicken like that, I know what I'm doing between cooking this weekend!!!

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  26. I know I'll love it Kim, can't wait to see it finished!! Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Easter my friend, Martina

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  27. I love this idea! Cannot wait to see the finished product. Where did you get your chicken 'skeleton'?

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  28. Outrageous price and yours will be extra special because YOU made it!

    Happy Easter!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  29. Kim you made me laugh - thank you! Yes, those prices are outrageous, we need to learn paper mache all over again I guess! Looking forward to your finished product.

    Michelle
    New England Style

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  30. Love them! I saw those in Ballards, yours look great!

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  31. Hi lovely lady. Yes this is Outrageous !! So happy to see you are making your own look forward to see it finished!! Thanks so much for having your party on your Blog. I hope you and your family have a Happy Easter.
    XXOO
    Diane

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  32. Your chicken is a riot!! I'll tell you when your finished it will look better than Ballards.. I don't even look into their catalog any more.. their prices are just too high!
    You need to go to Old Time Pottery and I bet you will get a chicken like Ballards for $5.00...
    Good luck with yours, I'll be back to see it!
    Sandy

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  33. Kim, I am sure your rooster will be just as cute, if not more, than the Ballard one. They have great stuff but the prices can be outrageous.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  34. Looks very interesting. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!!!

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  35. Yours has so much character!

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  36. LOVE it! I like how to took your little rooster from room to room to find a home. Sounds like something I would do! I didn't see these in Ballard. I guess I will have to head over there and take a little peek! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. What are they thinking with that pricing! There are too many talented girls in blogland that can do the same thing (like you!)!!

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  38. Hi Kim, I have an iron rooster I got at Pier 1 several years ago...wonder if it's the same as yours. Or is yours made of paper maché? Anyway, cute & sassy rooster! You won't believe this....I ordered the vase with frog around 4pm and got it the NEXT day - less than 24 hours later (even after the "out of stock" notation). Now, that's service! Linda

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  39. Lovely blog Kim. I especially like the purple flowers. We are American missionaries living in Ukraine. I'm following here and hope you will follow on my blog(s) as well.
    Happy Easter, May it be full of joy.

    Coleen
    missions: www.franksukraine.blogspot.com
    missions and art: www.vintageterrace2.blogspot.com

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