Hi Bear Club Members,
Welcome to our first Members newsletter for 2013.
Are you ready for another exciting year of teddy bear collecting, if so then we have a lot of interesting and exciting things to share with you that will get the new year off to a great start.
In this months news you will find lots of news on new arrivals, exciting new ranges being released, news on how the GFC is impacting on the Teddy Bear Industry, changes to our “Teddies on Parade” events schedule, more super member specials and other information to help members get the most out of their Nana’s Teddies collectors Club membership.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
POPE BENEDICT XVI RETIRES
April 19th 2005 saw the election of Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th Pope of the Holy Catholic Church.
Hermann Coburg of Germany created a special bear to mark this historic occasion and has also created a Papal Series of beautiful and highly collectable bears marking many of the high points in the Pope’s time as head of the Church.
With the announcement that Pope Benedict is to retire on the 1st of March 2013 these bears will now become a part of a very rich history and join the realm of other highly sought after collectable bears.
We have a very limited amount of some of these designs still available but stocks are extremely limited and will sell out quickly so order now to avoid missing this golden investment opportunity
Click this link to see our special feature on these very special Papal Bears and the history of why they were created
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
Positive news this month on deliveries from Charlie Bears, the huge back order list is showing some definite signs of being caught up with.
MINIMO MOHAIR DESIGNS I have had numerous e-mails and phone calls with Charlie Bears over the past year about trying to get information of delivery times and finally William Morris, Charlie Bears Director has assured me that they are rapidly catching up.
All outstanding Minimo designs will be delivered over the next few months with the last designs coming in July at the latest, I do not know which designs will be first or last but be assured they are all not too far away now.
PLUSH DESIGNS A small shipment is due to us late this week which will only have 2 designs arriving, both from the 2012-2 plush collection INKSPOT and XAVIER.
Another large container is due mid to late next month with a whole lot of bears in it for us, some are the last shipments of designs we have had before and some newer ones we have been waiting for.
I have been advised that the following designs will be in this shipment, if you have any of these designs on order we will be in touch as soon as they arrive to organise getting them to you.
Paris -Dash - Padmin - Lancleot - Gregory - Elderberry - Wotsit - Mulberry - Chestnut - Noodle - Sherwood - Eden - Blackberry Crumble - Inca - Howard - Thing-ma-jig - Rula and the Charlie 2013 Annual Bear
Also in this next shipment will be the first 5 designs in the newly announced Bearhouse Collection, the 5 designs coming are Harewood - Beaumaris - Hampton - Spencer and Peveril
NEW CHARLIE BEAR RANGES JUST RELEASED
Three new Charlie Bears 2013-1 collections have just been announced this week, we have now uploaded all 3 ranges into our on-line catalogue for you to view, please note this is just the release of the ranges but the bears will not be available right away, some designs may take up to 12 moths to arrive depending on production schedules.
Please follow the links below to each new collection.
Charlie Bears Plush Collection 2013-1 containing 56 exciting new designs Click here to see the entire new range
This will be the one and only plush release for 2013, in past years there has been two releases but in an endeavor to streamline production and get the bears to you quicker Charlie bears have decided to concentrate on just one big plush release spread out over the next 12 months.
This years designs are quite inspirational and include a few much requested characters like Kennett the Koala, Blizzard the Polar Bear and an exquisite traditional Panda called Monium.
Monium (pictured) is a big cuddly 58cm panda and is only $149
Bearhouse Bears - a new non jointed range of really cute and cuddly teddies Click here to see the entire new range
Charlie Bears have created this new range of very cuddly non jointed teddies called "Bearhouse Bears" that are perfect as everyday playmates and companions for children over 18 months.
The range is made from high quality plush furs and filled with non allergenic poly fiber and polyester pellets to add weight and poseabilty to these delightful characters.
They each come in their own reusable canvas bag.
The range was designed by Isabelle Lee and all bears with the exception of Huggy & Cuddles are named after famous houses and castles of Great Britain.
Charlie Bear enthusiasts will also find them appealing and will want to add them to their collections as like all Charlie Bears this new range certainly are "Bears with Personalities" each one has his or her own unique appeal.
The first 5 designs Harewood - Beaumaris - Hampton - Spencer and Peveril will arrive late March, the rest will be here by the end of June
Spencer (pictured) is one of my favourites in the Bearhouse range, he is 46cm and only $53.95
Boutique Baby - a fantastic selection of really impressive new designs
Click here to see the entire new range
Boutique Baby has been designed by English designer Alison Mills whose work is well known throughout the UK.
This baby safe range is suitable from birth and is fully jointed and hand made from plush velvet like fabric and filled with soft non allergenic poly fibre.
Each design is named after the princes & princess's of various Royal Families and come in a beautiful white presentation gift box tied with a brown ribbon making an elegant gift.
They are fully surface washable.
Pictured is Sofia Bunny, she is 30cm and is only $53.95
All three new Charlie Bear ranges are available for pre-order only
HOW KENNETT KOALA CAME ABOUT
I copied this interesting little snippet from William’s post on Facebook about how he and Charlie got the inspiration to add Kennett to this years range.
DEANS ANNOUNCE NEW BEARS OF DISTINCTION RANGE
I am excited to share this news flash with you, as a long time collector of Deans Bears I have a real passion for this traditional old English bear company and look forward each year to their new seasons releases.
This year they sprang a big surprise on us, not only are they doing their normal mohair collectable bears but they have just announced a brand new range of collectable plush bears to compliment their line up.
This new initiative is a welcome venture which will bring the traditional heritage of Deans into a price range that will surely add a new generation of fans to Britain’s Oldest and most respected brand.
14 new designs all fully jointed and made from the very best of plush furs available will be the first ambassadors of the Distinctly Deans Collection, they will be available for delivery in June/July this year.
Only 200 of each design will be produced so they will be quite collectable and being priced under $100 they will be snapped up quite quickly.
I will have pictures of all 14 very soon and will send a special release newsletter to you early next month with a really Special Offer for our members who love their Deans Bears
TEDDIES ON PARADE EVENT CHANGES
In response to the changing way that people are shopping these days Nana’s Teddies are making a number of changes this year to better serve the wants and needs of our members.
The greater usage and acceptance of the internet has had a significant effect on retailers in Australia and we have found that now over 85% of our business is coming through our website.
This is particularly apparent each month when we send out our members newsletters and since we have made it easier for members to participate by e-mail in our monthly promotions the number of members attending the in store events has dropped off while the online and e-mail participation has increased substantially, in fact over the past few years attendance has dropped below viable levels to hold a regular monthly event.
The primary reasons for this decline are cost of fuel in traveling to the events, lack of time and the ease of taking advantage of all our great offers online from the comfort of home.
Instead of regular monthly nights in store we are going to concentrate on bringing you a bigger “Teddies on Parade” event in each news letter, still with a popular brand featured as the months sponsor.
We will still host a few really Special Events during the year including some visits by international artists and suppliers.
HOW THE GFC IS AFFECTING TEDDY COLLECTING
The last 12 months have been a real challenge for our industry, as the worldwide Global Financial Crisis has impacted on so many people in so many ways.
Our bear manufacturers have had a tough time as the collectors market has shrunk particularly in the US and UK where more than three quarters of the worlds collectors reside, sales in these countries have fallen dramatically so makers have had to scale back production accordingly.
This has resulted in a shortage in supply of not only the number of bears available but also the amount of designs they are releasing.
Australia is a much smaller market place for teddy bears so we normally tag onto the production these makers release to the rest of the world as we alone as a nation could not support the minimum numbers needed to produce the designs at a competitive price.
Australia is fortunate in the main not to have been as affected as badly by the GFC as many of our international trading partners and our collectors while having cut back a little are mostly still quite actively adding to their collections.
This combined with the huge number of members in our club (currently just over 29,000) has enabled Nana’s Teddies to keep our orders quite high with the suppliers so we are still able to get a lot of nice bears many of which are not generally available elsewhere.
Whilst the GFC has forced a downward trend in the industry it is not all bad news for collectors, the smaller editions being offered by the major brands and the fewer designs has created a collectors opportunity to secure some quite rare bears that will definitely appreciate at a faster and greater rate when the economy comes back around.
There now appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel as a number of our favourite suppliers are pushing ahead with some really exciting things for 2013, there will certainly be some excellent bears available this year
MORE RARE #1 PORCELAIN DOLLS
Another 34 designs added to our catalogue
We are pleased to again be able to offer our Doll Collectors another very rare and unique opportunity to adopt some extremely rare and retired collectable dolls that have not been seen in shops for many years.
We are selling these #1 dolls on behalf of the designer of the Florence Collection Mark Jones.
Due to recently moving his business to a smaller premises Mark can no longer maintain his showroom museum so is reluctantly offering these rare #1 dolls for adoption by discerning collectors.
These beautiful porcelain dolls are the number #1 in the edition from the now retired Florence Collection ranges from years gone by.
They are packed in a Florence Collection box and have an individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
These dolls have been on show in a glass showcase in the Mark Jones Designs museum showroom.
All the dolls are in perfect condition and complete with all accessories as they were originally designed.
Some of the boxes which were stored in a warehouse for the past 10 years or so have some fading and minor creasing due to being stacked.
This minor damage to some of the boxes in no way affects the value of these rare dolls.
#1 issues in an edition are highly prized by collectors and always realise higher resale values than others in the same edition.
These rare #1 dolls are offered on a first in first served basis as obviously there can be only one #1 per design.
You will need to be quick as #1 editions are rarely if ever offered up for sale, they are normally retained by the designer.
I have set up a catalogue section for these dolls which you can view and order from by clicking this link
These featured bears have been among our most popular designs over
the past few years but they are now sadly retired, however we are pleased
to be able to offer the last of these great designs to our members at
huge discounts until February 28th or whilst stocks last
These bears and many more specials are in a special section of our catalogue please use the inquiry cart as normal to order them and don’t forget to put in your members number to qualify for the special members prices
Click this link to order Members Super Specials
My First Teddy
A soft fully washable baby safe teddy with embroidered eyes
and the words “My First Teddy” embroidered on its foot
26cm normally $19.95 Sale Price $10
50cm normally $45.95 Sale Price $22
A super soft and very cuddly teddy bear from the Anipals range
normally $44.95 Sale Price $30
One of the most popular designs over many years
from the Outbackers range
normally $14.95 Sale Price $9
Will you be this month’s $100 Gift Certificate Winner?
You have to be in it to win it!!!!
Enter this months draw for a $100 gift voucher now by answering this simple question,
How many new Rare #1 Dolls have just been added to our catalogue?
You can find the answer in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.
Congratulations to last months winner
$100 Members Super Draw
Heather Nash of Invermay Park VIC who correctly named Ganz Bears as the sponsor for our December Teddies on Parade Event.
Regards and beary best wishes
FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR NEWER MEMBERS THAT HAVE JOINED
US RECENTLY I WILL CONTINUE TO REPEAT EACH MONTH THE
FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON MEMBERS DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS
For the benefit of members old and new I would like to clarify the importance of making it known to us when you are ordering that you are in fact a member, if you cant find your number we can look it up on our computer system for you.
As we have now over 29000 customers on our lists it is hard for us to keep track of every ones status so we ask your help in providing your membership number with all inquires and orders, this way we can ensure you get the discounts or specials you are entitled to as a member of our club.
MEMBERSHIP NUMBER IS DISPLAYED AT THE TOP OF EVERY NEWSLETTER, just above your name.
- Your membership entitles you to a minimum of 5% off all regularly priced products that are not already reduced.
- All prices in our on-line catalogue are our normal retail prices and members discounts will be deducted from these retail prices.
- Discounts are not available for lay-bys as we incur additional costs in providing lay-by services.
- Members discount also applies to Pre-orders placed with payment in full at the time of placing your orders.
- Discounts do not apply to postage costs.
- Special offers are made to members from time to time at up to 80% off retail, further discounts do not apply to these offers.
- We always strive to offer our members the best possible value on all our teddy bears and other products, as such we are always happy to match or better any genuine advertised competitors prices. As it is impossible for us to monitor all available offers please bring it to our attention and we will see what we can do.
CHANGED E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Many members are changing their e-mail providers or going to broadband which changes their e-mail addresses.
It is imperative that you advise us of any change in your E-mail address if you wish to continue to receive your newsletters.
We would hate to lose contact with you.
I hope you enjoy this months news and all the additions to our on-line catalogue ranges, please check back frequently for new additions that will be uploaded as they arrive.
Regards and bear hugs from all of us,
Dave, Jan, Troy, Rachel & the Bears.