I went to a Habitat for Humanity Resale store this morning and found this treasured buried in the craft bin. I paid a grand total of $3 for him. (I saw on this web site that it rare and selling for $19.99) He's designed by Anna Krajewski. I haven't been cross stitching lately but this just spoke to me. Why would someone abandon him? Did his previous owner die and it was donated with her things? (This particular Habitat store gets LOTS of estate items.) Did someone realize they would never finish him and just wanted to get rid of him? It made me sad for him.
I was pleasantly surprised when I peeked inside the package and it was already started. This does not bother me at all since I always dread making that first stitch. I rather like finishing him up for someone. I think he must have come from the 1990's? Seems like Teddy Bears were big then. I will finish him and then gift them to someone who loves teddy bears. Or, maybe I will make him into wall hanging. We will just have to wait and see.