Bunnings has caused chaos after releasing a range of limited-edition garden gnomes as part of its collaboration with a popular Australian childrens TV show.
The hardware store recently transformed seven of its stores in Australia and New Zealand into “Hammerbarn”, a fictional DIY chain from Bluey, for the month of February.
As well as rebranding shop fronts and offering Bluey-themed kids DIY workshops at weekends, Bunnings has dropped a line of merchandise in all its stores – with one particular product whipping Aussies into a spin.
The retail giant released four “Bluey Hammerbarn” garden gnomes, also dubbed “husbands”, which featured in an episode that first aired in August 2020.
The four figurines, which retail at $19, have proved so popular that many are claiming the product has “sold out” online.
“My Bunnings had nothing,” one disappointed shopper shared on TikTok.
“My local store was sold out,” another wrote.
As one shared: “I went to a Bunnings to get the garden gnomes and they were all gone, apparently they disappeared in a matter of minutes.”
However there were plenty who revealed they’d scored a “new husband”, a name which refers to a scene in the Bluey episode where Bingo picks up a garden gnome in Hammerbarn and declares the figurine her future betrothed, in videos shared on the social media platform.
“I got two husbands, two totes and a bag tag,” one happy shopper said.
“Ran to Bunnings this morning to pick these up bc I love them,” someone else stated, alongside a video showing off their “haul”.
As one lucky shopper declared: “Got all the ‘husbands’ at Hammerbarn today.”
Signs spotted at Bunnings stores show there was a purchase restriction on customers,
Loyal Bluey fan Christian Hull, a popular comedian and social media personality, was unable to make it into stores to snag one of the coveted gnomes due to work commitments – however one of his followers came to his rescue.
In a video showing a “dodgy deal” in a Launceston car park, Hull could be seen meeting a woman who was happy to exchange him for a festival tickets.
“What an insanely stressful 9 hours it has been,” he wrote.
“Two planes, an airport transfer and a dodgy deal on a street corner. But I’m so thrilled to announce: I GOT MY GNOMES!”
It wasn’t smooth sailing however, with Hull sharing footage of himself stuffing the four collectables into a suitcase before someone shouts “the cops are coming”.
Thankfully, it appears the items survived the incident unscathed.
“This is unhinged and I love it,” one fan commented.
“This is the absolute best thing I’ve seen on TikTok all day,” another declared.
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