Hi Bear Club Members,
I hope you are all well rested and had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas & New Year break, I guess like us most of you are back at work and the holidays now seem like a distant memory already.
Well the new year has certainly got underway with a load of exciting things happening with many of our favourite bear suppliers so I hope you are ready for an amazing year of teddy bear collecting.
Jan and I visited the annual Sydney Gift Fair last Saturday and committed a kings ransom for new product designs for this year, in fact there was the best selection of new designs we have seen for many a year.
The preview of the 2014 Charlie Bears Isabelle Collection was a real highlight and the new range that will be announced to collectors in September is truly amazing.
We as usual are sworn to secrecy about the ranges but be assured we have ordered every design available and in larger quantities than ever before to try and ensure we have enough stock to satisfy all our members needs.
The highlights of this newsletter are the release of the new 2014-1 Charlie Bears Plush Collection, New Deans 2014 designs in both mohair and plush designs plus the brand new Settler Bears Season 18 that was released on Monday.
More details on all these releases and much more later in this newsletter.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
OUR 30,000th MEMBER
Our very popular members club has found new wings in the past couple of years as the Nana’s Teddies & Toys brand is expanding into new global markets.
A couple of weeks ago Nana's Teddies & Toys marked another milestone in our fast growing history as one of the worlds largest Teddy Bear Specialty stores.
We had an enquiry for a Charlie Bears Benson and when we processed the transaction bells went off flagging this new member as the 30,000th member of our Collectors Club.
Not bad for a family business that started specialising in bears 12 years ago in what was supposed to be our semi retirement business, just goes to show what a little hard work and a lot of passion can achieve.
Robyn Crossfield from Belmont in Victoria is Benson's new Mum and for ordering him at the exact right moment became our 30,000th member and a very excited member she was when I called her back to tell her the good news.
Not only does she now have a unique membership number that she will never forget but she was also granted the opportunity to select any plush Charlie Bear from our huge range as our special gift to her on this auspicious occasion.
What a great way to start out with a new hobby collecting Charlie Bears with her daughter.
Benson waited patiently waiting for Robyn to select his new room mate so they could travel home together.
Robyn chose Aloysius as the perfect companion for Benson
Here is their first family picture with their new Mum Robyn our very lucky 30000th member getting a much enjoyed first hug after arriving at their new home.
To see more about these two bears follow these links
NANA’S TEDDIES ON SATURDAY DISNEY
The popular children’s TV program Saturday Disney is doing an upcoming feature on the Blue Mountains and the shows producers have expressly asked us to be a part of the feature.
A production crew of 7 will be filming in our showroom next week so it will be quite a busy day, hopefully we won’t get any unannounced tour coaches calling in while they are here.
At this stage I have no idea when this feature will be aired but as I get more info I will let members know so they can tune in if interested.
Our store and of course our bears are becoming quite the celebrities starring in a number of recent commercials, advertorials for tourism, website videos for our website, tourism visitor information centres and also You-tube.
SETTLER BEARS RELEASE SEASON 18
Settler Bear Fans will be pleased to know that the new 2014 Season 18 Collection has just been released.
A smaller range than normal this release features 3 exciting new collections inspired by the colours of Australia's landscapes.
The Henley, Port Douglas & Thredbo Collection feature 23 beautifully dressed bears as you have come to expect from Australia's very own Settler Bears.
We have the entire Season 18 range in stock right now
Pictured here is the Henley collection but you can see all the new designs pictured individually in our online catalogue by following this link
To see ALL Settler Bear designs currently available click here
SONNEBERG MUSEUM BEAR #20 - 2013
A VERY LIMITED MUSEUM EDITION
100 PIECES WORLDWIDE.
Introducing the 2013 Sonneberg Museum Bear.
A beautiful 38cm bear made from quality German Mohair, filled with traditional excelsior stuffing and a with a growler voice.
This handsome fellow is a very classic design reflecting the famous bears of early last century.
He is reading a mock book on the history of Hermann teddy bears commemorating the years 1913 - 2013
The book is made from German felt.
As is typical of bears of this era he is simply adorned with a ribbon bow tie which is all that is needed for a bear as handsome as this.
He looks quite studious as he studies his book of Hermann history.
His limited edition details are embroi dered on his foot pad.
Norm ally 500 pieces in the Ameri can Edition and 250 in the Europ ean edition howev er as with the last few years, due to a downturn in the global economy there will be no American or European edition of this bear manufactured or released. .
Instead Hermann have issued a very special Museum European Edition of only 100 bears.
We have secured our very limited stock of bears from this Museum Edition of 100 which we believe will be of immense interest to our collectors and will have an even greater collectable value over the normal editions.
At this stage we have only received a few of our very limited allocation and these were all pre-ordered, we do still have a few more arriving in the next few weeks and not all are committed as yet so if you are quick you can still place a pre-order for one of these very in demand bears
This years edition is still only $399
A LITTLE ABOUT THE
The Sonneberg Museum is one of the oldest toy museums in the world.
In the possession of the museum there are some old Teddy Bears made by Max Hermann who gave these bears to the museum in the 1920's and 1930's.
The idea of Max Hermann was to give Teddy Bears to the museum for protection, so that they will be preserved for prosperity.
In 1994 Ulla Hermann decided to design a special bear for the Sonneberg Toy Museum every year and to give always the number 001 of each model to the museum.
This bear is handed over to the president of the museum every December for the previous year.
Previously these bears were then released in a European (250) and an American (500) Editions in January of the following year.
In Australia we mostly got the European Editions but when they sell out we can often get the American ones.
Due to the global econo mic downt urn these edition s have not been produ ced for the past couple of years and only a very limited 100 piece “Sonneberg Museum” German edition has been issued, we have been able to secure a small number of this edition for our collectors, sadly when we sell our allocation we will not be able to fall back on the UK & US editions as we have done in past years as they have not been produced.
The common sign of all of these Sonneberg museum bears is the embroidered representation of the "Sonneberg Little Horseman" as the symbol of the old tradition of Sonneberg Toys.
Sonneburg is a town in Thuringia , Germany , capital of the district Sonneburg . Till the 19th century it was very well known for its toy industry
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATES
JUST RELEASED 2014-1 PLUSH COLLECTION
The entire new 2014-1 Charlie Bear plush range of bears and animals is now available to pre-order on our website catalogue.
I have completed uploading the entire plush range as well as the new 2014 Bearhouse designs and new designs in
Charlie Baby as well a a really cool new selection of the first designs in a hand puppets.
Click this link to see all the new designs of Plush Bears and very cute animals in the NEW 2014-1 PLUSH COLLECTION
Here are direct links to the other new collections
NEW 2014-1 BEARHOUSE COLLECTION
CHARLIE BABY COLLECTION
PLAYTIME HAND PUPPET COLLECTION
TRAVEL BUDDIES COLLECTION
ALL NEW COLLECTIONS ARE PRE-ORDER ONLY
you may place a pre-order with a deposit now to
secure the designs you would hate to miss out on
CHARLIE ANNUAL BEAR
This is Charlie 2014
She is quite different from her previous annual bear sisters as she is one of the free standing styled bears like Dyfrig, Dora & Gertrude.
Charlie 2014 is also much cheaper this year at only $91.95 a fantastic price for a very sought after limited edition collectable bear.
She has already been produced and our first delivery of her arrived in store this week but we only received enough to cover some of the early pre-orders for her.
We have more on the way expected to arrive late this month so you can pre-order her now by following this link.
Pre-order CHARLIE 2014 now
MOH AIR DESI GNS - We have had a few of the newe r desig ns arriv e in the past week and after filling our pre-orde rs we are pleas ed to offer a few to our mem bers.
In the Mohair Isabelle Collection we received Amalie - Cain - Port n’ Stilton and Wilson
MINIMO MOHAIR DESIGNS - Arrived this week are 3 the first designs from the latest 2013-2 release
The designs we now have in stock are Cherry - Mojito & Pina
MOHAIR KEYRINGS - only 1 designs so far - Balletshoe
PLUSH DESIGNS - Another large shipment of plush also arrived, most was designs we have had partial deliveries on but Charlie Bears promised they were catching up on their back orders and have been really striving to get all older orders through the system, we received our final deliveries of the following designs
Aloysius - Beamer - Bill - Blaine - Blizzard Breeny - Caleb - Cayden - Chopstix Cuddles Demi - Jimbob - Lancelot
Lorna - Monium - Paris - Ridley
Sparrow - Spencer - Woodford
We also received the first plush design from the new 2014-1 range Bamboozle
If you have pre-orders not appearing on this list please continue to be patient, we still do not have any confirmed arrival dates but we will advise you as soon as we get any information.
If you wish to look at any of the Charlie Bear designs available you can see them in the Charlie Bears for Pre-order only section and in the Charlie bears in Stock now sections of our catalogue
Charlie Bears - Pre-order Only
Charlie Bears - in stock now
CHARLIE BEAR BAGS
Charlie Bears have advised that from the 1st of July 2013 they will no longer be providing free the red canvas or white calico Charlie Bear bags with their plush bear ranges.
This decision has been made on several points, collectors who have purchased a number of bears have given feedback that they already have too many bags and do not require more, also the high cost of producing and shipping the bags to Australia combined with the unfavorable exchange rate have all been a part of decision making.
By eliminating the free bags Charlie Bears are able to hold back on any price increases for the moment
They still have a quantity of bags that they will now sell to stockists wanting them so we will continue to purchase these and provide them FREE for our members who want them whilst stocks last, however we will only send 1 bag per order and not 1 with each bear.
Isabelle Collection and Minimo Collection Bears will still have their special bags provided with each bear
CHARLIE BEARS ON TVSN
Charlie Bears appeared on the Australian TVSN shopping channel yesterday, a similar format to the British QVC.
Rob Morris presented a selection of QVC exclusive bears that are not available through normal retail stockists and also presented a pre-release teaser on 4 general range designs we are expecting to arrive in the very near future.
The featured designs were only in very small quantities and all sold out almost immediately but the good news on these 4 bears is that we have stocks on the way and can still take pre-orders on them for you.
You will need to be quick as we are getting close to selling our entire allocation and when gone no more will be available.
The bears we can still supply are:
Miss Haversham - Marples
Jack Dusty & Pattercake
If you would like any of these bears contact me ASAP, you can see them in our pre-order section of our catalogue
HIGH PRAISE INDEED
I get a lot of E-mails and Facebook comments from happy members and occasionally I get one that really makes me smile to know that we can make people so happy by just doing our jobs well.
It helps a lot when we get to deal with lovely members who share our passion for collecting teddy bears
Denise from Bairnsdale Victoria has been a member for just over a year now, she is fairly new to collecting bears and we have helped her with a lot of information to get the most out of her hobby, she sent me this very glowing testimonial that she wished me to share with members
“What I love about Nana's Teddies & Toys is the way the staff are always more than willing to go that extra mile to satisfy their customers, they are always kind, friendly and courteous, nothing ever seems to much to ask.
Whether it be a photograph to see just have lovable the Charlie Bears are in the fur, how to sit your Charlie Bears up when you display them at home when you just can't quite get them right, how to get their fur all nice and fluffy again after their boxed journey to their new home or the wonderful stories you get from Dave in your monthly newsletters, that make you chuckle and smile.
They make you feel more than a customer, they have that ability to make you feel like a friend that you have treasured for many years or like one of family.
I have have personally made 3 wonderful friends in Dave, Jan and Troy, thanks a million from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do.”
Keep up the good work!!!
Kind Regards, Denise xox
This month we are featuring one of our most popular German brands and offering their entire current product ranges that are featured in our online catalogue and in stock now at heavily discounted prices.
Over 200 Limited Edition collectable designs from leading German Bear Makers Hermann Coburg
in stock now
20% off all Hermann Bears in stock
Sale starts today
ends 3rd March
Pictured here is Moses the 1st design in the fantastic Biblical Series that recreate many of the famous people from the bible.
Hermann hav done an amazing job on this series with magnificent clothing outfits and some really interesting touches like real beards on some of the bears.
Most have great accessory pieces with them as well, one of my favourites is Daniel in the lions den, Daniel even has a terrific mohair lion accompanying him, he is #8 in the series.
You can see all ten of these fabulous historical bears in our Hermann catalogue by clicking the link below.
all Hermann Bears in stock until 3rd March
Click this direct link to the Hermann Bears catalogue section
Please use promotional Code Hermann Sale
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 March 31st 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 and use the promotional code Newsletter special
Click this link to see and order all currently available Members Super Specials
Martino is a really handsome bear made of a thick rich cream plush fur.
He loves cuddles and has fast become a favourite companion for all who have adopted him so far, this is your last chance to adopt a now retired Martino
20cm #14784 normally $16.95 Sale Price $10
46cm #14784 normally $54.95 Sale Price $25
Going Going almost Gone
Click here to order Martino Please type newsletter special in the Promotional Code box
A big soft and cuddly bear from Tatty Teddy’s Generation 3 range featuring sumptuous long pile plush fur, he holds a big red heart embroidered with “I Love You Sooo.... Much”
60cm #16209 normally $135
Sale Price $99
A great price for a huge bear like this
Click here to order Tatty Teddy Love Heart
Please type newsletter special in the promo code box
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,
What is the name of the 9th bear in the Hermann Biblical Series?
You can find the answer by following the link in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.
Congratulations to last months winner
$100 Members Super Draw
Rachel Shambrook of Narre Warren VIC who correctly answered that we were having 30% off all Pooh & Friends Figurines.
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
TEDDIES ON PARADE EVENTS
- Events are held through out the year as special promotions or important happenings occur, we will always give you advance notice of these special events.
- Teddies on Parade night events start at 7pm sharp and generally run till around 9pm but this depends on how much fun our members are having.
- It is essential to RSVP so that we can organise catering and gifts.
- Our TEDDIES on PARADE nights are young children free events so that you and other members can relax and enjoy the bears and the company.
- Well behaved teenagers are most welcome to attend.
So when we advertise an event why not mark your diary, RSVP and come along and have a relaxing fun night out with a great bunch of people that share your passion for collecting Teddies.
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 30000 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.
YOUR 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 & the Bears.