Almost all Americans who live in the part of that big, big country we call the Midwest can complete that sentence with the phrase “when you shop Menards”. Menards, for those living elsewhere, is a regional big box store. 90% of its inventory is a wide range of stuff for doing things around the house: cleaning products, tools, light fixtures, plumbing, appliances, paint, lumber, doors and windows, garden supplies, etc. etc. and 10% is … other stuff: clothes, a huge selection of candy and weird snacks, fireworks, hunting gear: basically an assortment of things Menards thinks the customers who come in for the do it yourself goods might also like to buy. I have no idea if the following items are in the first category or the second.
The animals are also available individually at lower price points, except the camel, which is apparently a luxury item.
Note that while all the other characters are in good supply this early in the season, there is only one cow left. Buy now to avoid disappointment.
Here’s the finished version with the entire cast– and the price list. Note that the Baby Jesus is not listed here, since he is included in the three piece basic set. So what are all those $18.99 Baby Jesuses for? Is Menards stocking vitally needed Nativity scene replacement parts? (Also, although it isn’t specified on his sign, Baby Jesus is Illuminated too.)
(Yes, it’s easy to amuse yourself at Menards while your spouse is looking at boards. No disrespect to anyone’s religion is intended.)