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Rita D

Garden Ridge Christmas Inflatables

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Hi All,

Was in Garden Ridge (Houston) this morning and they are starting to set up their Chirstmas inflatables section :)

But, I'm disappointed because not one of them was a Gemmy inflatable. I checked all the boxes but none had a manufacturer or any info on them - just the inflatable picture and GR price sticker. Some of the boxes were colored but most were white boxes with the picture glued on the front of the box.

Now, I'm biased because I've only bought Gemmy inflatables. But, what I look for is how well they inflate and do they stand up well. I give them the squeeze test to see how quickly the air is replaced once I let go. Yeah, I did look a little strange "squeezing" the inflatables, but hey it was early and not too many people were in the store.

I don't think the motors on this brand were very powerful. Yeah, they inflate but some had a hard time recovering from my squeeze test so I thought "how are they going to stand up outside with a little wind?!?!" None of the motors were attached on the bottom (like Gemmy). Their motors were mounted like the small 4' Gemmy inflatables and the plug was large like a converter (?) plug (hope this makes sense). Also some of the D rings on the inflatable (to attach the tie downs) were plastic.

The only one that inflated with pressure was the santa in helicopter but it had a different motor/fan that attached to the inflatable with a tube of fabric and velcro and the motor was pretty large.

Here's what they had (so far):

$29.99 -

48" snowman family

48" penguin family

48" santa sitting in chair

$39.99 -

8' santa with gift box

8' snowman

These were lit with "5 mini lights"

$59.99 -

71" snowman and penguin

48 " santa in sleigh with reindeer

60 santa on tractor

$79.99 -

63" nativity

106" santa in sleigh with reindeer

$99.99 -

92" santa in helicopter (this one had the best motor -in my opinion)

I'm hoping they'll put out some Gemmy inflatables as they continue to stock their shelves. In the Halloween section, they had quite a few Gemmy and one Chrisha creations inflatable (cat) so there's hope.

If anyone else has seen this brand in their stores, give us your opinion. I'd like to hear from you.

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Rita, your best bet is to go to gemmy.com and look what they have and see where it is being sold.

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Tink my freind so good to see you on here. I second that, I have a long list of Christmas ones with the stores who will carry them

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Are those all they have now, or do they just not have all of their inventory in yet? I haven't been to Garden Ridge in a few years, but I remember when they used to have too many different inflatable displays to count!

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They were just starting to fill the shelves with boxes of the ones on display. I'm sure they will add more as they ususally carry a lot of inflatables. I was just surprised to see this "no name" brand show up on their shelves as they usually carry a bunch of the Gemmy inflatables.

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