The Gnome’s Trove – New Ulm, MN


The Gnome’s Trove is located in Brown County at 508 1st North Street between City Hall and the Marktplatz Mall arch in historic downtown New Ulm, Minnesota. Established in 2012, The Gnome’s Trove is a one-stop shop for your consignment & consumer electronic repairs.

The business is owned and operated by Kay Leigh and Andrew Maurer of New Ulm with assistance by their children, Brad, Chris, Alex and Jesse. The Gnome’s Trove has been on Angie’s List since 2/14/2013.

In addition to electronic repairs (cell phones, tablets, TVs, camcorders, VCRs, computers), the Gnome’s Trove sells locally handcrafted treasures and artisans goods, including concrete gnomes.

They also offer a line of scented scented bath salts (you add to a bath to help relax and sooth sore muscles) and soy candles and soy tarts made at the store called “Opa Gnome’s Aromatherapy” (scents include Milk Chocolate, Pumpkin Dreams and Lavender to name just a few).


The Gnome’s Trove is also an outlet for Sandhurst Creations ceramic products, including a wide variety of gnomes, an 11-inch tall statue of Hermann The German, and their signature pieces of apple and blueberry themed food safe stoneware.

NOTE: The Gnome’s Trove is not the only place in town to see gnomes. Along South Broadway Street in New Ulm, gnomes statues line a stretch of artificial turf between South Sixth and Seventh Streets.


The gnomes represent two football teams—the Minnesota Vikings and their archrival, The Green Bay Packers. The two gnome teams are draped in purple capes and green and gold capes to represent the colors of the rival teams.

During the annual Heritagefest, the Heinzelmännchen Family, a family of four red-capped gnomes appear to entertain the crowds. The gnome family consists of Hans, his wife Carola, their energetic son, Johanne, and their shy little daughter, Angelika.


These gnomes, along with Gertie the Goose and the three Morel Mushrooms (Max, Moritz and Metta), have become a featured attraction at New Ulm festivals over the years. It is said that to see a gnome would bring you good luck for the year to come.

Other gnomes on the roam can be found at the GnomeMade Show, a popular holiday art and folk art market exhibited in private homes and in historic New Ulm locations.


Over the past 30 years, GnomeMade Shows has evolved to include emerging artists, local professional artists and several fine crafters. The elegant architecture of many homes transforms into showcase venues for artists to sell their work.

And finally, New Ulm is the home of Wanda Hazel Gag, a writer, artist and translator born March 11, 1893 in New Ulm, Minnesota. She is the author of the classic children’s book, “Millions of Cats,” which was published in 1928.


Her children’s book “Wanda Gag’s The Earth Gnome” (Putnam, 1985) tells the tale of an earth gnome who helps a hunter boy rescue three princesses trapped underground by many-headed dragons. Wanda Gag died in 1946. The Gag house is located at 226 North Washington Street.

The Gnome’s Trove
508 1st North Street
New Ulm, MN 56073

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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