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July 2013
Members
Newsletter

 

Happy Birthday Edition

Happy Birthday Nanas

Hi Bear Club Members,

10th_birthdayThis month we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the official opening of our Nana’s Teddies showroom, I guess I can no longer refer to it as “our new showroom” after all it is now 10 years old.

Born of a long time dream of both Jan and I to have our own “little teddy shop” came into being on July 28th 2003.
The lack of suitable commercial premises in the area, we were originally looking for an old cottage to convert to a shop, pushed us along fates path to our current venture.

We purchased the Bridgestone Tyre Service in Blaxland just to get the highway location, then put the bulldozers through the entire site and 3 months later a gleaming new 3100 square foot showroom, purpose built to be the home of our teddy bear and collectables business was completed.

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We invited famous Australian Bear Artist Lexi Haworth to officially open the new showroom and perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting in front of an enthusiastic crowd of members and local media.

Although we had started Nana’s Teddies 14 months earlier it was the new showroom and location that really set the business on a dynamic path to success, today we are recognised as one of the worlds largest specialty teddy bear stockists, our membership of our collectors club has grown from only 260 members in 2003 to an astounding 29,319 as at 18/7/2013.
The club now has members in 47 countries and this is growing rapidly as we are now also classified as a major tourist attraction in the region attracting thousands of international visitors each year.

gift03So until the end of July we are celebrating our successes and the 10th birthday of our showroom, we are also acknowledging the vital role our members have played in helping us to achieve our goals of being a successful and vibrant icon in the teddy bear industry.
In recognition that we could not have gotten to where we are are without our members this month we are giving you the gifts as a thank you for your continued support.

Free Birthday Gift with Purchase

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With every purchase you make until the end of July you will be able to select from a nice range of gifts depending on the value of your purchase after your members discounts.

 

Scroll down to see this Months Event Section for full details of all
the gifts you can choose from during this birthday promotion

 


circle_news_md_whtcircle_news_md_whtLOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!

HOW BEAR LOST HIS TAIL

From a Native American folk lore story with thanks to the Manataka American Indian Council

BeartailBack in the old days, Bear had a tail which was his proudest possession. It was long and black and glossy and Bear used to wave it around just so that people would look at it. Fox saw this. Fox, as everyone knows, is a trickster and likes nothing better than fooling others. So it was that he decided to play a trick on Bear.
It was the time of year when Hatho, the Spirit of Frost, had swept across the land, covering the lakes with ice and pounding on the trees with his big hammer. Fox made a hole in the ice, right near a place where Bear liked to walk. By the time Bear came by, all around Fox, in a big circle, were big trout and fat perch. Just as Bear was about to ask Fox what he was doing, Fox twitched his tail which he had sticking through that hole in the ice and pulled out a huge trout.
"Greetings, Brother," said Fox. "How are you this fine day?"
"Greetings," answered Bear, looking at the big circle of fat fish. " I am well, Brother. But what are you doing?"
"I am fishing," answered Fox. "Would you like to try?"
"Oh, yes," said Bear, as he started to lumber over to Fox's fishing hole.

Bear with foxBut Fox stopped him. "Wait, Brother," he said, "This place will not be good. As you can see, I have already caught all the fish. Let us make you a new fishing spot where you can catch many big trout."
Bear agreed and so he followed Fox to the new place, a place where, as Fox knew very well, the lake was too shallow to catch the winter fish--which always stay in the deepest water when Hatho has covered their ponds. Bear watched as Fox made the hole in the ice, already tasting the fine fish he would soon catch. "Now," Fox said, "you must do just as I tell you. Clear your mind of all thoughts of fish. Do not even think of a song or the fish will hear you. Turn your back to the hole and place your tail inside it. Soon a fish will come and grab your tail and you can pull him out."
"But how will I know if a fish has grabbed my tail if my back is turned?" asked Bear.
"I will hide over here where the fish cannot see me," said Fox. "When a fish grabs your tail, I will shout. Then you must pull as hard as you can to catch your fish. But you must be very patient. Do not move at all until I tell you."
Bear nodded, "I will do exactly as you say." He sat down next to the hole, placed his long beautiful black tail in the icy water and turned his back.
Fox watched for a time to make sure that Bear was doing as he was told and then, very quietly, sneaked back to his own house and went to bed. The next morning he woke up and thought of Bear. "I wonder if he is still there," Fox said to himself. "I'll just go and check."

Bear fishingSo Fox went back to the ice covered pond and what do you think he saw? He saw what looked like a little white hill in the middle of the ice. It had snowed during the night and covered Bear, who had fallen asleep while waiting for Fox to tell him to pull his tail and catch a fish. And Bear was snoring. His snores were so loud that the ice was shaking. It was so funny that Fox rolled with laughter. But when he was through laughing, he decided the time had come to wake up poor Bear. He crept very close to Bear's ear, took a deep breath, and then shouted: "Now, Bear!!!"
Bear woke up with a start and pulled his long tail hard as he could. But his tail had been caught in the ice which had frozen over during the night and as he pulled, it broke off -- Whack! -- just like that. Bear turned around to look at the fish he had caught and instead saw his long lovely tail caught in the ice.
"Ohhh," he moaned, "ohhh, Fox. I will get you for this." But Fox, even though he was laughing fit to kill was still faster than Bear and he leaped aside and was gone.
So it is that even to this day Bears have short tails and no love at all for Fox. And if you ever hear a bear moaning, it is probably because he remembers the trick Fox played on him long ago and he is mourning for his lost tail.

CHARLIE BEAR BAGS
Bags
Charlie Bears have advised that from the 1st of July 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

NEW ARRIVALS

DEANS OF ENGLAND
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Just arrived is the first shipment of the new Distinctly Deans range of collectable plush fully jointed bears with several more shipment coming over the next few weeks.
I am happy to report that the bears are exceptional, even better that I expected at this price.
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, with hopefully new designs each year if this first range proves as popular with collectors as Deans expect they will.

Only 200 of each design will be produced so they will be quite collectable and being priced under between $85 and $119 they will be snapped up quite quickly.

Each bear comes with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity and we still have several sets available with all 14 bears having matching edition numbers that we are offering to members at a special complete set price.

Click here to see the full range of the new Distinctly Deans range

COMING SOON

HERMANN OF GERMANY
The Royal Baby Bear
baby_clipart_8Hermann have announced a really exciting new release, at this point it has the working title of “The Royal Baby” but this will be changed when Catherine gives birth and we know the name and other details of the new arrival.

A prototype has been created but until the baby is born we are unable to show you the bear as the final design will depend on whether the baby is a boy or girl, I can share the following information with you now.
The bear will be an addition to the Royal Engagement and Royal Wedding bears Herman released and part of the series of Royal Bears based around William and Kate.

It will be a 33 cm white mohair teddy with excelsior filling and a growler voice, it will also feature the very rare blue eyes that Hermann have reserved for Royal editions in the Princess Diana and Prince William line.
Only 500 will be produced and already Hermann have closed off the order books as the English teddy bear shops and Royal Memorabilia stores pounced on them the moment Hermann announced they we making the bear.

As soon as the birth is announced I will have the picture and final details to share with you.
I have secured a limited amount of stock and I am already accepting pre-orders as I have had a wish list from members wanting this bear since it was announced that the Royal Couple were expecting.

If you would like to ensure you don’t miss out you can pre-order now for $299

10TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION
Nanna Bear 19-7-13 __Dave 006When we opened the new showroom 10 years ago we commissioned Australian Bear Artist Lexie Haworth to create a very special NANA bear for us to mark this occasion.
She was a big 75cm bear dressed as a turn of the century Nana, only 10 bears were made in the edition and she sold for $1199.
This edition sold out fairly quickly and all 10 of these wonderful Nana Bears were adopted and are now living around the world having found homes in Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
The couple that have come up for resale have reached excellent prices, 1 in the USA went on E-Bay for 3200 USD proving again that goo quality limited edition bears really are a good investment.

Over the past 10 years we have commissioned Lexie to make several more editions of 10 in Nana designs and each edition has met with the same success as the first one did, several members have adopted all the Nana series and we were able to match the numbers in each edition with their original Nana Bear.

Nanna Bear 19-7-13 __Dave 003To mark our 10 year anniversary we have again commissioned Lexie to create another edition of 10 Nana Bears.
This one has been named “Nana Gwendolyn”. again she is made of aged mohair to give her an authentic older look but this time we have chosen a beautiful rich purple mohair.
Lexie has been very creative with this years edition and accessorised Nana Gwendolyn with a vintage style sewing trunk complete with some very interesting and practical items that sewers will enjoy as they can be used in their needle working.
Lexie has sourced and personalised not only the small timber sewing trunk but she has hand finished the accessories which include a purple porcelain sewing thimble, A small pair of gold handled scissors in a special holder, A rich velvet Pin cushion complete with a couple of pearl headed hat pins and a mini tape measure of which Lexie has decoupaged the case

As many collectors are feeling the effects of the GFC we decided to create this edition as a much smaller 26cm bear so as to keep the price down and make her more affordable.

Nana Gwendolyn will be a limited edition of only 10 bears each with her own individually numbered certificate of authenticity personally signed by Lexie Haworth, she will also have a small commemorative scroll identifying her as our official 10th anniversary edition.
Although the edition is 10 bears I always retain the #1 of any editions I design or commission so only 9 will be available for adoption.
Place your order ASAP to avoid disappointment, you can adopt Nana Gwendolyn now for only $499

 

CHARLIE BEAR UPDATE
Monium eI know many members will be cheering at this news on the latest arrivals from Charlie Bears.
We now have confirmation that we are receiving not one but two shipments next week.

The 1st shipment is due to come in on Monday or Tuesday and the 2nd should hopefully arrive to us on Friday
In total we will get another 324 bears spread across 28 designs, most are ones we have been waiting for 12-18 months for them to come through

I am personally very excited as there are a couple of bears in these shipments that I have been patiently or more to the point impatiently waiting on, I fell in love with both MONIUM & DALLINGER when I saw the prototypes last year and for me they were an instant “must have” for my ever expanding hug.
Monium is possibly the most incredible panda I have ever seen and he is a very cuddly and huggable bear with the sweetest of faces.
Dallinger is a big 56cm “Boy” bear that is a cousin to some of Charlie’s other almost realistic “Boy Bear” editions like Diesel, Trevor, Kojak, Malcom to name just a few of the most popular designs.
Dallinger is extra impressive, not only is quite a bit bigger than most of the others in this style but he is one of the “Plumo” designs being made of both plush fur and Mohair which is used to give a much more detailed and sculpted face, the result is a bear that almost looks like he could talk to you.

 

Dallinger eHere is a list of the designs arriving and as we always do as soon as they arrive we will be in touch with all members that have any of these bears on order to organise getting them home to you.

Shipment #1
Artemis - Dibley - Edwin - Magic - Mucky Pup - Otto - Pattercake - Percival - Phantom

Shipment #2
Blaine - Bray - Dallinger - Darren - Dora - Geoffrey - Hensley - Howard - Jigsaw - Jumble - Kensington - Kuma - Lorna - Monium - Mrs Lovely - Scamp - Tony - Valentino - Wotsit

All the above bears are plush designs, at this stage we do not have any updated information on any of the Mohair Isabelle Collection bears but hopefully by our next newsletter I will have good news on these as well.

If you wish to look at any of the designs arriving in these shipments you can still see them in the Charlie Bears for Pre-order only section of our catalogue until we actually receive them, after that they will all be transferred into the Charlie Bears in stock category, click the links below

Charlie Bears - Pre-order Only

Charlie Bears - in stock now

 

THIS MONTHS
SPECIAL EVENT

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Happy Birthday Nanas

Teddies on Parade Birthday Event
PROMOTION IS BOTH IN STORE & ONLINE
Starts now - Ends 5pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
 

Free Birthday Gift with Purchasegift03partypup
 Every Member making a purchase of $25 or more can select from the gift choices below - Gift choice is relevant to the value of your purchase after your members discounts - Only 1 gift choice per order -
Please add which gift you would like to the enquiry cart by using their #product number in our catalogue search engine when submitting your enquiry
You must also enter Birthday Gift in the promo Code box to receive your gift
We reserve the right to substitute one of the other gift options from the same category if your 1st choice runs out we will contact your for your 2nd choice

You can see bigger pictures and more details on all these gifts by
putting their #product numbers into our catalogue search engine

* Free birthday gift with purchase offer is available on new orders for items currently in stock placed between now and  5pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
Offer excludes existing orders - Layby’s & Pre-orders

Spend $25 - $49 and choose one of these 3 giftsgift03

1. An 8cm Tatty Teddy #13786 valued at $17.00        
2. Cherished Teddies T. James Bear  #16267 valued at $19.95
3. Debbies Dad 16cm Porcelain Figurine  #15796 valued at $23.95     

25 gifts

Spend $50 - $99 and choose one of these 3 giftsgift03

1. A 20cm Russ Baby Bear #15350 valued at $19.95        
2. Cherished Teddies Harrison Heartford #17010 valued at $27.95
3. 15cm Fully Jointed Stylesetter Brennan Bear #16218 valued at $19.95


50 gifts

Spend $100 - $299 and choose one of these 3 giftsgift03

1. 100th anniversary Kewpie Doll #13204 valued at $29.95        
2. 15cm Tatty Teddy with Flower #13787 valued at $30.00
3. 22cm Ganz Cottage Collectables Custard bear #12407 valued at $49.95

100 gifts

Spend $300 - $499 and choose one of these 3 giftsgift03

1. Charlie Bears Slatted Rocking Chair #17016 valued at $54.95     
2. Cherished Teddies Segrid, Justaf & Igmar #17004 valued at $109
3. Charlie Bears “Titanic Replica” Deck Chair #16775 valued at $59.95
        Deck chairs come in a choice of 3 colours - Brown - Natural or White washed

300 gifts

Spend $500 - $999 and choose one of these 3 giftsgift03

1. Charlie Bears Limited Edition Charlie 2011 annual bear #14370 valued at $109     
2. Florence Collection Limited Edition 54cm Emily Porcelain Doll #14252 valued at $109
3. Charlie Bears 61cm English Park Bench #16676 valued at $119
         In a choice of 3 colours - Brown - Natural or White washed

500 gifts

Spend $1000 or more & choose one of these 3 giftsgift03

1. Deans 35cm Limited Edition mohair ”Nana Olive” #10648 valued at $499
A limited edition of only 30 bears were produced exclusively for us by Deans in this rare rose tipped pink mohair    
2. A Charlie Bears Limited Edition Charlie 2011 annual bear #14370 valued at $109
Plus a mohair Isabelle Collection limited edition “Catkin” #14174 valued at $239
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3. A 40cm Hermann limited Australian Edition Beijing Olympic Medal Bear #11251 valued at $599. Only 46 bears were created as this was the number of Medals Australia won at the Olympics.
Only a few of these highly collectable bears are still available

 

 

1000 gifts

Free Birthday Gift with Purchasegift03partypup
 Every Member making a purchase of $25 or more can select from the gift choices below - Gift choice is relevant to the value of your purchase after your members discounts - Only 1 gift choice per order -
Please add which gift you would like to the enquiry cart by using their #product number in our catalogue search engine when submitting your enquiry
You must also enter Birthday Gift in the promo Code box to receive your gift
We reserve the right to substitute one of the other gift options from the same category if your 1st choice runs out we will contact your for your 2nd choice

You can see bigger pictures and more details on all these gifts by
putting their #product numbers into our catalogue search engine

* Free birthday gift with purchase offer is available on new orders for items currently in stock placed between now and  5pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
Offer excludes existing orders - Layby’s & Pre-orders


Laughing_SmileyWINNERS ARE GRINNERS

Happy_SmilieJune’s
Teddies on Parade Event
lucky prize winners


Congratulations to last months winners

Charlie Bear Prize - A signed Tiddly Winks mohair bear valued at $250
Jill Taylor of Burram Heads QLD

Tatty Teddy Prize - A 60cm Tatty teddy holding a heart valued at $135
Moira Kennedy of Clovelly NSW

Settler Bear Prize - A 59cm Sonya Bear valued at $109
Sharon Flint of Ballarat VIC

$100 Members Super Draw
Jenny White of Rural View QLD who answered correctly that members needed to purchase any two or more Settler or Charlie Bears to get double members discounts.

winkWill 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 total number of gift options we have available for members to choose from when they make a purchase during this months birthday promotion?
You can find the answer in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.

 

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That’s it for this months general news highlights but before I sign off for this issue I wish to remind you of the following dates:

TEDDIES on PARADE
Special 10th Birthday Event


Starts today - ends 31st July

 

 

 

Regards and beary best wishes

Dave.

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

MEMBERS DISCOUNTS.

bb10068 -  Muppets AnimalFor 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 25000 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 when you submit your enquiry.
  • 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.

bottlemail_md_whtCHANGED 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.

 

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