Thanks for visiting eGnome and
for sharing in the creativeness of all the creatures designed
by Charleen Kinser. Read on to find out more about us.
eGnome - Who
We are a retailer of Charleen
Kinser Designs Forever Toys and strictly an internet based
business. There is no storefront, no warehouse...actually
there's just me, Karl, and my dog Scarlett. That's us
below. We are just like any other retailer of Charleen
Kinser Designs except for the fact that it is the only line
Thaddeus P.J. Bear was my first
Kinser and he has a special place sitting atop my Grandmother's
antique Singer treadle sewing machine.
Shortly after I received Thaddeus,
my Mom decided to open a children's bookstore and teddy bear
shop called "Books & Bears". She carried
many of Charleen's pieces and had a special section of the
store for the "Kinser Gallery". I worked at
"Books & Bears" through High School and College
(Thanks for the job Mom!) and that probably planted the business
seed in my head. The appreciation for Charleen's work
just naturally grew because of the incredible artistic talent,
amazing design, and impeccable craftsmanship in each and every
eGnome - Why
do we do it?
The main reason for eGnome is
to expose Charleen's work to as many people as possible.
We think it's THAT GOOD!! And what better way than a
An ancillary reason is for me
to gain more experience building web sites and learning eCommerce.
My day job is designing computer software. It pays my
bills and feeds my dog.
eGnome - what's
in a name?
A website needs a domain name
so I had to think up something that was catchy, short, and
hopefully memorable. I tossed around quite a few names,
some already taken, some not. I just liked the sound
of eGnome and Charleen has made some great gnomes (Gnome Tom
Griswold, and Sweetcakes). Thus eGnome was born.
eGnome - what's
We're not here to make a quick
sale. We're here to answer your questions about Charleen's
work and to make sure you find the creature that's right for
you. If you just want to ask us questions, but prefer
to give your business to your local toy store, that's great!
Growing up working at my Mom's store, I know how important
it is to support your local retailers. We're not here
to take business away from others, we're here to create new
collectors of Charleen's work and to provide as much information
about her pieces as we can.
eGnome - our
We've built up a large inventory
of Charleen's pieces so that when you absolutely must have
a gnome, or bear we'll be able to ship it out to you as soon
as possible. Also, if you like to choose the piece that fits
your personality we'll be happy to take pictures of the exact
pieces you're interested in and email them to you to choose.
Since eGnome carries only Charleen Kinser Designs, we know
a lot about her work, and we want to provide the most helpful
and friendliest service we can. Let us know how we can
serve you best.
All of Charleen's pieces that
we sell are brand new and have never been on display in a
store. They're just as we receive them from Charleen...full