Hi Bear Club Members,
I open this month’s newsletter with much admiration and respect to the many very talented teddy bear artists in the world who bring so much joy to us all through their sensational creations.
I was spending a day last week researching the values of some older English and German bears, a task which takes many hours and is prone to many distractions as my attention kept getting drawn away to interesting bears in styles that we have not seen the like of for many years.
That is not to say that I like the older bears more, in fact I personally love almost all bears no matter their age and style, I see the passion and artistry in them that their maker intended.
My thoughts were on just how different a “modern” collectable bear looks to his 100 year old ancestors, the difference in materials available and the use of modern techniques like air brushing have given today’s artists the ability to make their cuddly creations come to life in a way not possible in yesteryear.
As an example of the fine detail and sculpting possible I present
this wintery selection of Charlie Bears Isabelle Collection designs,
just looking at the expressions on their faces makes them look
almost real and as their sell out sales results show our collectors
also found something very appealing in these bears.
In fact they were the fastest ever pre-order sellouts we have seen to date, in fact we have a long wait list on all 4 designs of people who were not as quick of the mark as others and are now after a long fruitless search for them have joined the list of hopefuls awaiting a rare cancellation.
Sadly for members who prefer to wait until the bears arrive to “look at their faces” have missed the opportunity as these and most of the current Isabelle Collection have sold out and will not go on the shelves for sale, we would love to see bigger editions so more members can enjoy these treasures.
As more and more collectors globally are competing to be able to adopt collectable bears the pressure to act quickly when you see one you love has never been greater, particularly so when many of these interesting bears are limited to editions of only 200-500 pieces worldwide, that’s not many bears per design when you consider the fact that there are now over 2 million serious bear collectors around the world.
See our “Pre-order” catalogue for designs still available or our
“In Stock Now” catalogue for bears you can adopt right now.
Links to these sections are below in the Charlie Bears update.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
PADDINGTON OLD or NEW?
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the recently released Paddington Bear movie and the discussion is not at all about the actual movie but surrounds it’s furry star (on right).
Many love the new character but traditionalists are up in arms about changing the character in any way and are insistent that Paddington should always be portrayed as he was originally intended by the author Michael Bond.
Paddington Bear was first introduced as a character in a book first published in 1958 by Micheal Bond. " A Bear Called Paddington".
Mr and Mrs Brown found him sitting on a battered old suitcase on Paddington Station with a label around his neck simply stating " Please look after this bear".
Unable to resist such a simple request Mrs Brown took him home to live with her children Johnathon and Judy at 32 Windsor gardens.
And so the legend of Paddington began from the deepest darkest jungles of Peru to the busy streets of London.
He has now become a favourite of children of all ages and over the past half a century many a child has drawn comfort or inspiration from a Paddington Bear.
FACEBOOK - Love it or hate it
The past few years have seen Facebook become so much more than a social chat room or meeting place, in fact it has become a very real time and important source of information that businesses have adopted as a major way of interacting with their clients.
I personally was wary of Facebook and other social media and have almost nothing to do with it in a private sense however due to the urging and encouragement of many of our members I created a Nana’s Teddies Facebook presence which we post to daily keeping our members up to date on everything going on at the shop.
If you have not liked our page already I strongly recommend that you follow the link in the image and join us now, you will be rewarded with a daily post of new arrivals, retiring designs, competitions with great prizes, some interesting trending news item, a bit of humor and as required important events and announcements.
We now see it as an important communication with our members filling the weeks between our monthly newsletters.
So if you would like to get a whole lot more out of your membership the click on the Facebook button to the right and like our page now
You do not have to give personal details, in fact you can keep it almost anonymous and only use it to look at what you are interested in.
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
More new arrivals
Wow, it is always a feast or a famine with Charlie Bears, we are either complaining that we are not getting enough deliveries or we are getting too many all at once - now here is a novel idea, for a change maybe we could get all the bears we need at the time when we really need them most, ahh but it is good for the soul to have impossible dreams and as long as we keep getting Charlie Bears who are we to complain?
Recent plush bears that have arrived are
Befuddle - Ian - Peyton - Charlotte
Jubbly - Neil Puppet Bear
Chase - Dixie - Niall - Tango
We only received enough Charlotte to fill some of our
pre-orders, more are on the way and hopefully we will
get enough this time to fill all orders and have a few on the shelf for sale
Recent Bearhouse bears that have arrived are
Raglan - Tatton - Terry - Flitwick
Knole - Warick - Woburn
ISABELLE MOHAIR DESIGNS
Recent Mohair bears that have arrived are
Rebus - Snug - Cain
We are expecting another container of Mohair Isabelle designs to arrive late next week, we are expecting these designs will arrive
Fancy Pants - Gadget
Orange Pippin - Plum Duff
Seeker - Tilda - Anais
If you have pre-orders not appearing on this list please do not harass us about when they are coming as we do not know, we will advise you as soon as we get any information.
If you wish to look at any of the now hundreds of amazing designs currently available you can see them all in the following Charlie Bear categories...
We now have 6 Charlie Bear Categories
Click these direct links to our catalogue categories
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Baby Collection
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Bearhouse Range
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Mohair - in stock now
BEARS - Charlie Bears - Plush - in stock now
BEARS - Charlie Bears Mohair - Pre-orders
BEARS - Charlie Bears Plush - Pre-orders
These Four special Charlie Bear designs were created four the recent Charlie Bears World Signing Event Tour launch held in Australia earlier this year.
The bears are all smaller versions of some of the 10 most popular designs from the last 10 years as voted by Charlie Collectors and were exclusive to the 3 stores holding the signing events.
We have a limited number of each design still available and are pleased to offer the last of them to members at the great low prices that they were at the event.
These are much cheaper than comparable designs in the Charlie Bear range
Click this link to order Mia
Click this link to order Lewis
Click this link to order Woody
Click this link to order Isabelle
SUPER MEMBERS OFFERS
This month we are featuring all the brands we carry in our huge End of Financial Year Sale only available to members
That means that every teddy bear, plush animal, collectable doll and figurine we have in stock is reduced for members with up to 4 times your regular members discounts
BE QUICK THIS EOFY SALE EVENT ENDS 30TH JUNE 2015
BUY ANY ITEM AND GET 10% OFF
BUY ANY 2 ITEMS AND GET 15% OFF
BUY ANY 3 or more ITEMS
AND GET 20% OFF
To get these extra discounts you must add all your selected items to the enquiry cart and use promotional code EOFY Sale
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 special event price being offered on Mia in this months newsletter?
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
Tracey Power of Osbourne Park WA who correctly identified how many new Charlie Bear designs were being released in the new Classics Collection
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 32000 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.
You must quote the promotional code for each offer to qualify - NO CODE - NO OFFER
- 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.