About Big Belly Banks

My Name is John Chesnut.  I am the creator of Big Belly Banks.  When you buy from me you can be sure that you are getting an authentic Big Belly Bank.

The inspiration for Big Belly Banks came from a goose that chased me. It was trying to get a sandwich out of my hand.  The higher I raised the sandwich the more the goose stretched its neck trying to reach it.  I thought it was hilarious.  Later that day I sketched a cartoon looking goose with a long neck.  I took a pencil and drew a zig-zag line down it's neck.  I thought it would be cool to make a bank that would "Eat" money.  

I made the first bank for one of my daughters birthdays.  Watching and listening to the coins travel down the neck made me laugh.  I thought that other people might like them so I made 500 Ducks and Dinosaurs and took them to a large craft show.  I sold all 500 and took orders for 470 more!

Encouraged by my success at Craft Shows, I obtained multiple patents, and went into business.  That was 25 years ago!

I believe that Big Belly Banks make the perfect gift.

They are:

Quality-Fun-Educational-Decorative-a Keepsake, and Personalized for FREE.


Every Big Belly® Bank is crafted using CERTIFIED safe materials and paints. They are handcrafted in my hometown of Elizabethtown, NY, USA.

- Save on shipping!  We charge $14.99 per order.  Order as many banks as you want and when shipped to the same address pay just $14.99.  

-We ship within 48 business hours by FEDEX Home Delivery. We've recently had to switch to shipping the banks with the foot and Belly off. (It was costing up to $42 to ship the banks assembled).  These attach very easily and don't require any tools   Simple instructions are included.  ( The Excavator and the 23 inch Elephant require a Phillips screwdriver to attach the base.) 

- The BELLY holds 987 quarters or about $120 in mixed change.

-  Unscrew the special Belly bolt to empty. You can fill and empty over and over.

We are a small family business and truly appreciate every order.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Email: bigbellybanks@gmail.com
Phone: (603) 504-4106
Hours: M-F, 9-4, EST