Build-A-Bear is one of the most adorable shops on the high street, whether you’re seven or 27.
I personally love giving a personalised bear away as a present, complete with the accessories and ‘birth certificate’ name you know they will love.
However, let’s face it, after glamming your bear out with a set of rollerblades and a stylish tutu, your bank balance isn’t looking quite so cute and cuddly.
Luckily, Build-A-Bear are about to launch their first ever ‘Pay Your Age Day,’ where you could pay as little as £1 to treat the baby bears in your life.
BUILD A BEAR WORKSHOP IS HAVING A PAY YOUR AGE EVENT!! YOU ONLY HAVE TI PAY YOUR AGE FOR THE BEAR YOU MAKE AND WHOSE TRYNNA GO WITH ME
— Haley (@haleynicohl) July 9, 2018
which one of my girls wants to go to build a bear for a nostalgic time?
— syd? (@sydneyward13) July 9, 2018
Basically, this really is as simple as it sounds. A child only has to pay (in pounds) what their age is. So a three-year-old would pay £3, a four-year-old would pay £4 etc etc.
But there is a minimum spend of £1 so don’t think you can run off with a free bear if you have a little one who is yet to celebrate their first birthday.
Bear-ing in mind a Build-A-Bear teddy would usually set you back around £25, this really is a honeypot of a bargain.
The ‘biggest in-store deal ever’ encompasses all your favourite branded teddies, including Star Wars, My Little Pony, Marvel, Shopkins and Disney.
According to the Manchester Evening News, chief executive officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sharon Price John, said:
We have overwhelming data that indicates Build-A-Bear is synonymous with childhood, and nearly one-third of our sales are associated with birthdays.
We ‘heart’ birthdays at Build-A-Bear, so we’re hosting the Pay Your Age Day to launch our year-round ‘Count Your Candles’ offer for guests celebrating a birthday with us in stores – an experience we designed especially to commemorate birthdays in a memorable way.
There is a maximum purchase of one bear per child, which will surely make a lovely summer holiday treat if you’re a money savvy parent.
Even if you have 25 children to spoil, you will still be making a sweet saving..
Mommas! July 12 , this Thursday at build-a-bear workshop it’s pay your age day!
& you bet your ass my girl is gonna build rainbow dash for $3 ?
— ??? ???? ???? ✧ (@MomWifeLife_) July 8, 2018
build-a-bear is having a pay your age day . i just might have to be 12 that day ??
— hailey hughess (@HughessHailey) July 9, 2018
The bear-y special day will take place 12 July 2018, and is really not one to miss.
You do have to be a Bonus Club member to get involved, but this is super simple and looks to be well worth it.
All you have to do is sign up here.
Wait, so I have to pay MORE than what they cost if I want to buy one? I have to vicariously buy via the kids even more now? pic.twitter.com/RiEUm55WyG
— Jessica Boyd (@noIsaidHello) July 9, 2018
The kids can get a friend for cheap. It’s a pretty awesome deal. pic.twitter.com/9dmyZOGEGz
— Nathan (@Notanace) July 9, 2018
I’m too old for this to be a good deal ?
— ??️? (@scene_destroyer) July 5, 2018
@aaliyahgloverx we need to go Trafford on Thursday? I wanna get him a bear!!!! He’d pay £1!!
— rheannon glover (@rheannonxglover) July 9, 2018
Parents are delighted by this excellent offer, and are taking to social media to share their joy.
One lucky young person said:
July 12th is pay your age @ build a bear
I smell a great date coming up.
Seriously though, this is a great idea, and will make a lot of children happy.
So does that mean that adults will need fake IDs that say they're children?
Seriously though, this is a great idea, and will make a lot of childreb happy.
— Thomas Wade (@Thomas_R_Wade) July 9, 2018
July 12th is pay your age @ build a bear
I smell a great date coming up
— sam (@SamVannoy) July 9, 2018
PSA: If you go to Build-A-Bear July 12th, you pay your age for a bear?
— l e x i e? (@alexischheyanne) July 9, 2018
Build a bear is having a pay your age sale for any bear on Thursday. For the kids that's awesome. Idk if that's awesome if the parents want one ?
— Stephanie (@theladysims) July 9, 2018
— Brandon (@BrandonBytes) July 9, 2018
However, child-free adults are getting a little jelly of the offer, with one person suggesting:
I wish you’d acknowledge that childfree adults also enjoy purchasing your bears and plushies and would enjoy a discount day of our own.
Perhaps adults could pay their age in pennies?
This is all well and good unless your age is higher than that of a full priced Build-A-Bear… So not fair.
I wish you’d acknowledge that childfree adults also enjoy purchasing your bears and plushies and would enjoy a discount day of our own. Perhaps adults could pay their age in pennies?
— Jenn N. (@lapetitecupcake) July 9, 2018
A good bday would consist of Build a Bear workshop (um hi I’m a sucker for cute stuffed animals.), manicure, pedicure, and dinner w my bf. I’ve officially decided.
— T (笑) (@hentaihavnwaifu) July 7, 2018
So, and I don’t mean this to sound creepy, has anyone got a bunch of one year olds I can borrow for like one hour on 12 July…?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.