Tag Hand-Painted Watermelon-Shaped Candles – Set of 4
Pros: Happy and attractive. Hand-painted. Great for kitchen display in any décor. A must-have for fruit-shaped candle collectors.
Cons: A bit bigger would be better. Retail price.
Our local Salvation Army Thrift Store has a tendency to stock interesting items that can border on the unusual. One recent purchase of the chubby, cylindrical “Mystery Candle” fit this profile with the promise to reveal valuable gifts as it burned. My suspense-filled weekend guests and I were profoundly disappointed when the embedded booty consisted of colored cubes of wax and a lowly, 1-inch long seahorse charm.
What A Melon
My acquisition of the Tag Watermelon-Shaped Candles was purely an impulse buy. Situated in the Salvation Army‘s ritzy kitchen section, their colorful presence and hand-painted seeds resembled a toothy summer smile. With a 50% Wacky Wednesday discount price of $2.00 (US), they could also serve to light my way through the numerous power outages that befall our rural reality.
Measuring just over 3-inches long x 1-1/2-inches tall x 1-1/2-inches wide, these candles are proportioned to a smaller scale than the other fruit-shaped candles in my collection. To compensate, they have been separated from the herd and displayed on their own – where their diminutive stature is less likely to be noticed and/or ridiculed by their pear-shaped peers.
For review purposes, I set-fire to one of the quartet for performance evaluation. The Tag Watermelon Shaped-Candles appear to be smokeless and dripless, while emitting no discernible watermelon fragrance. With the wick trimmed to 1/4-inch prior to ignition, the flame’s size remained consistent throughout its burn. The manufacturer claims a 2-hour burn time, which seems likely – though I haven’t the desire to witness wholesale watermelon self-immolation.
An Apple A Day
Fruit candle collecting is not something I set-out to accomplish. My mom sold Christmas cards when I was a kid, for which she would earn premiums based on the number of boxes sold. One of the items that she chose was a beautiful beeswax candle in the shape and color of a large, Golden Delicious apple. To my mind, this was much too cool to burn, so it remains on display to this day. I have since added a Bartlett pear, lemon, avocado and pomegranate to the collection – courtesy of various thrift shops and flea markets.
Unlike the traditional Christmas lighting of my multi-Santa huddle candle, there is no definitive holiday dedicated to the watermelon. With the exception of the 4th of July, little opportunity exists for cozy, watermelon-illuminated get-togethers around the roaring fire – especially in the event of a mid-summer heat wave.
Collections aside, my coolest thrift store purchase fooled even this crafty candle fan. An elegant box of six assorted, premium chocolates looked and smelled real – until their cleverly disguised wicks revealed the deceit. An internet search reveals no limit to the style, scale, scent or theme of the novelty candles currently available.
Should it appear another chapter in my collecting phase is being written, my fruit-based mania will suffice as the sole focus of my wicked paraffin-alia.