Garden Flags – The Birth of a Collector

I can't wait for February to put this flag in my yard!My husband and I hit the after-Christmas sales a few days ago to pick up some more lights for next year.  It wasn’t in the plan, but I spotted a pretty garden flag with a festive poinsettia design.  I was thrilled to find that it had been marked down to just $1.25, so I figured it was a no-brainer to get.  My husband, however, was a little unhappy (understandably, considering my penchant for clutter).  He grumbled, “That’s not a light.  Now you’re just buying to be buying.”

That might have been true of some of the other stuff I threw in the cart (the strand of clear lights that I got just because they were both LED and CHEAP), but I really liked the flag.  I said, “But I’ve always wanted a garden flag!”  He was unconvinced.

When we got home, I started to pack the flag up with the rest of the Christmas decorations, but my husband stopped me.  “Why are you putting this away?  Aren’t you going to put it out in the yard?”  I pointed out that the flag was a Christmas theme.  “So?  Change it out with something else.”  I naively didn’t think the flag could be removed, and I said so.  My husband flamboyantly pulled off the rubber stopper that I thought was permanently attached and demonstrated that the flag is easily removable.

“Oh!” I said excitedly.  “I can use it year-round!”  This fact probably should have been evident to me, but what can I say?  I’ve never had a garden flag, much less a garden flag stand.  I didn’t know how these things work.

I got on Amazon and did a search for garden flags, and what do you know . . . they have LOTS of them!  And apparently they all come in a standard size that will fit my new flag stand.  I’m so excited about it, I can hardly wait for my new flags to arrive.  I ordered a snowman flag to see me through January, then a heart flag to put up in February.  After that, I’ve already picked out a St. Patrick’s Day flag to order.  In fact, I had to create a whole new wish list, which I named “Garden Flags,” to house the 35 flags I eventually want to get (so far).  They will add such a wonderful splash of color to the yard (especially during the dreary winter months).  From what I’ve seen, garden flags tend to be eye-poppingly vibrant.  It will be so fun to change them out!

I’ve never been a collector of specific items, and I’ve never understood the collector mentality (despite my tendency to collect and retain random junk), but garden flags are a reasonably priced hobby (if some level of restraint is used), and, perhaps most importantly, they don’t take up a lot of room.

I think I can now say that I collect garden flags.

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