This is actually my second refurbished gnome. The first one was a broken gnome on clearance from Wal-Mart that I zombified.
Here's this little guy's back story. In September, I had a shitty time at a oceanfront concert, left early, and went to an antiques store in Virginia Beach to window shop. I went back a second time shortly after that and realized they had a good number of garden gnomes. I went back a third time, and picked this little guy up. He's probably about 10 inches tall.
He was made by Artline in 1992, according to the markings on the underside of his feet. He was holding a tool or something at some point, which broke, but I can't get the rest of the handle out of his hand. He was originally marked at $16, then $6 and I got him for $5.50.
My grandma had an Artline cookie jar of Mickey Mouse when I was a kid made out of the same plasticy stuff as the gnome, so that's why I recognized the Artline brand immediately.
He's cute, but a little too "Disney/Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" for my own taste. I was going to do him as Uncle Sam, but then inspiration struck: he needed to be a leprechaun gnome, in honor of my mom whose birthday was St. Patrick's Day. He is a complete repaint, all the way around. He actually needed a lot of primer for some reason to get started.
Even though it's not St. Patrick's Day, this little guy lives on my front step, along with a repaired Steelers football player gnome (he kept breaking and I separated him from the other gnomes...I think they've been beating him up) and the pooping gnome my husband got me.