Then a fairly innocuous announcement was made on the Trollbeads Facebook page on Wednesday:
Are you a Trollbeads collector? We have chosen a selection of our best sellers, limited edition and favourite retired beads which you need to have in your collection! Is there a particular bead you've always wanted?
Shop our 'Collectors' favourites today: http://bit.ly/1WWgWoCI went to have a quick look but I was on my phone, so having seen a few regular beads, I thought nothing more of it. This is why you should always look at EVERYTHING no matter how trivial it seems.
Several hours later and I was alerted to rumours of Quatre... went to check, and yes indeed there it was, innocently nestled on the 3rd row down, for sale, Quatre!!
Non-Trollbeads fans at this point will be wondering what all the shrieking was for? Well Quatre was one of the original beads in the collection (1976 original) and designed by Soren Nielson. According to the Museum, it was officially retired in 2000, 15 years ago, and has become one of the sought after oldies, often changing hands for quite a bit of cash.
So to find one at all was very exciting, to have it for sale from an official source was doubly so, and for it to be on sale for a normal amount of money was oh my god, running round the house like a lunatic exciting...
I placed my order, and then agonised (along with many other collectors) for 24 hours wondering whether it would all be a horrible mistake, as the rumours had swept the globe (quite literally) with many people reporting that they'd also ordered. I, myself, had put in two further orders for friends who were having trouble with the website.
Another 24 hours later, and it was confirmed that my original order went through, but sadly for my friends my other two orders did not, as unsurprisingly they were sold out.
Less than 48 hours after the confirmation came through, the postman knocked (twice), once for each bead I like to think!
What was all the fuss over? Just two little beads, two perfect little beads!
What has been your run round the house shrieking moment?
(or is that just me??)