Equal, Quests and Gnomes | A Shoppertunity

I would like to begin this tale with the end. I went to Wal-Mart to find some Equal sweetener on Rollback and I got it. Eventually. Now let’s get to the rest of the story.

Quests, Gnomes and Equal

The Quest: To shop for the brand new yellow-packed baking sweetener, Equal, at Wal-Mart

Shopping for Equal at Wal-Mart

So far, so good.

My husband joined me for this mini-adventure, which is good because the biggest part of the adventure went down in the parking lot and I would never have had the guts to take it to the next step if he wasn’t there.


We saw a guy.



So awesome.

And unexpected.

And awesome.

Gnome sighting

Here’s how the conversation went.

Husband: “You have a gnome!

Guy with Gnome (GWG): “Yeah it’s amazing!”

Me: “Can I take a photo?”

GWG: “Yeah!”

Husband: “How much did you pay for that?”

GWG: “Does it matter? It’s priceless now!

Pft. Priceless? We’ll see about that.

Gnome shopping

Keeping our original intention in mind we managed to immediately locate the last gnome in the store. My husband did a price check. Sixty bucks. Yikes.

Price check

GWG was right. Priceless. We had to get it.

But now, let’s get to the task at hand. We walked over to the baking section (with the gnome in tow of course), which is where I expected to pick up the Equal sweetener and hightail it to our next appointment (it was a busy night). But alas, there was no trace of it alongside the sugar, sweeteners, or otherwise.

So we continued searching throughout the middle aisles where the Rollback items were in bins…we searched in all the food aisles…and then started searching in more creative places.

And, since I already ruined the ending, we did find the yellow baking bin—in the vitamin section, over by the pharmacy. So random! Any idea why it would be there?

Equal and Gnomes

But I chose not to dwell on it for too much longer. After checking out the health info (there don’t seem to be any effects, good, bad, or otherwise) we departed our neighbourhood corner store and our new gnome waved goodbye, one last time.

Waving goodbye

Then we buckled him in for the long drive home. What a random night.

Safety first

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias

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I would like to begin this tale with the end. I went to Wal-Mart to find some Equal sweetener on Rollback and I got it. Eventually.

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My name is Robyn Roste and I'm a freelance writer in Abbotsford, BC. I help purpose-driven businesses translate their heart message into words so they can create meaningful connections with their customers.