Hi Bear Club Members,
I think we should name this year as the
“Year of being Awful”
The Weather is Awful
The global economy is Awful
The news is full of Awful
Our political scene is Awful
Retail Sales are really Awful
Grumpy Cat says everything is Awful
So as you can see by my little rant I am sitting in my office surrounded by AWFUL.
I need something to cheer me up a bit and something that never fails to cheer up a crusty old retailer is
So lets throw the traditional events schedule out the window and bring forward our annual Pre-Stocktake Sale -
The accountant has been complaining that we are terribly over stocked, the staff are complaining that there is nowhere to put all the new stocks that arriving daily so I figure that a huge store wide sale is just the ticket to put a great big smile on everyone’s faces especially our members who always love a sale - So a Huge Pre-Stocktake Sale it is then -
That’s right every item currently in store is on sale so you can grab some bargains on anything that takes your fancy, scroll down for details of the sale.
I am smiling already - Aren’t you?
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
CHARLIE BEARS RUMORS
Charlie Bear collectors who follow the forums on Facebook were startled to read that Charlies bears and animals would no longer be coming with whiskers ....... but like most rumors not everything you read is true or factual, most are based on an element of truth and then the chinese whisper effect kicks in and in no time at all the truth is lost in the murky realms of miscommunication.
SO TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT I posted this clarification on facebook to allay any fears our members may have gotten from the distorted posts they were seeing.
Whiskers or no Whiskers......that is the question
Following all the rumours and misinformation recently on several forums I checked today with Charlie Bears to get you the correct facts about the safety standards that are being applied to all 2017 and onwards Charlie Bear Plush Designs in regards to the safety of whiskers on their animals.
From the 2017 release on, no PLUSH designs will be allowed to have whiskers under the new rulings relating to safety suitability for young children to play with, all plush will be as per the official photos as shown on our website.
Some designs in the printed catalogues show whiskers however this was printed and distributed prior to the ruling handed down by the European standard EN71 which is also the safety standard followed by Australia and NZ.
Mohair designs are NOT affected and YES, all you lucky people who have managed to secure one of the sold out En Garde designs WILL get whiskers on their cats.
All Pre 2017 plush designs that are still on back order are also un-affected and will arrive with whiskers so every one awaiting the final deliveries of Linus and Lyra can rest easy too.
Our phones started running hot when this news hit the forums with concerned members seeking the truth, it's good to see that our members are not instantly taken in by the rumors and misguided only partially correct information disseminated by people on these forums going off before checking the FULL facts of the matter.
Sorry... before you ask En Garde is definitely SOLD OUT but we do have many other new designs available for pre-order if you follow this direct link
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th Birthday, a Platinum Wedding Anniversary and sets a milestone as the longest reigning monarch.
To mark these very special occasions Hermann have created some more special bears to add to their very collectable series of limited edition teddys based on the Queen and her family.
You can see all these designs in the Hermann Coburg section of our catalogue by clicking this direct link
Here are a couple of Hermann Coburg releases that I think may interest our members, they are highly collectable due to the events they depict and also the quite limited production numbers available, be quick if you want to add any of these to your hug....
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
PLATINUM WEDDING BEAR
On November 20th Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip will celebrate 70 years of marriage with their Platinum Anniversary.
This marks yet another milestone set by this amazing lady we have the honor to call our Queen and again Hermann have designed another beautiful collectable bear to commemorate this special occasion.
This bear is 35cm made of mohair, fully jointed with a German growler, she is limited to only 250 pieces worldwide
Click this link to order
This is an amazing bear made from an expensive super plush fabric that gives the bear a softness that has to be hugged to fully appreciate, this cuddliness is enhanced by the use of supersoft polyester filling.
Adorned with a simple knitted scarf Sir Henry is ready to become a life long companion bear and is ready for any adventures that may come his way.
Making him even more special is the limited edition of only 25 worldwide making him a very rare bear indeed.
40cm makes him the perfect size for hugging but be quick as we were only able to secure 3 of this amazing bear.
Click this link to order
CLEMENS BEARS ORIGINALS
Since becoming a major Australian Stockist of the fabulous range of Clemens Bears from Germany we are pleased to confirm that we were spot on in selecting this range as one that our collectors would embrace.
Clemens have been hand making teddy bears and animals since 1948.
Our first shipment of designs arrived a few months ago and sold our fairly quickly, we have now expanded the range of designs we will carry and ordered more of each design to keep up with demand. A lot of exciting new bears and some animals will arrive in the next few weeks and Jan is busy getting them all online for your enjoyment, not all have had their full descriptions added as this takes quite some time but she is spending every spare moment in bringing this information up to date, all the pictures and prices are online and you can now place orders for the designs showing on our catalogue.
The range includes many quirky designs nicely dressed in Germanic styled outfits but they also have a really good selection in more traditional designs including the Nostalgic series that will remind many of our members of the teddys that were popular in the 50’s and 60’s, some even have growlers in them.
When we first added Clemens to our range we were intending to hold a special launch event in store to show off all the new designs but things transpired to prevent us holding this event when we planned so next month we will be holding a special “Tea with the Teddies” event in store to officially launch the new ranges with a guest speaker from Clemens, lots of great new bears to meet, discounts and door prizes.
Further details of this event and your invitation will be in next months newsletter along with a history of the Clemens Bears
Follow this link to see all the new Clemens designs that we have in stock right now
This is a range of very traditional teddy bears based on designs popular in the 1950’s & 60’s in Germany and also the UK.
Both Standard (Non Growling) and Growler versions are available in a large range of sizes starting at 15cm and going up to an impressive 50cm version.
Two styles are available - The Traditional Old gold as pictured and a nice brown and cream version that is meeting great acceptance with today’s collectors.
These bears are a favourite with Grand Parents wanting a traditional heirloom bear that will become a lifelong friend to a new family member.
Click here to see our Nostalgia range from Clemens
We all know there are two sides to collecting teddy bears but neither is exclusive of the other.
Some people collect for the pure enjoyment of having the bears and being in possession of rare and beautiful teddy bear works of art whilst others buy and sell their bears as a commodity and do very well out of them as the values on the right designs generally increase with time.
However many collectors are like myself who enjoy the bears now with the view of selling some of them to fund a nice relaxed retirement and if you have purchased the “right bears” along the way this is a real possibility as the values go through the roof.
As an example I saw on Facebook this week an English Collector selling a Charlie Bear “Symphony”
This bear had a release price in 2009 of £159.99
Incredibly it was selling for £1100.00
That’s an amazing return on investment in only 8 years
Many other CB designs have recently achieved similar results so choose your bears wisely and you could reap the benefits in the future too.
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
GOODBYE 2016 - HELLO 2017
The last remaining designs from last years release have now arrived with only a few stragglers still to arrive
New plush designs from the 2017 release have started arriving with many more expected in the next few weeks
The plush bears that have arrived this month are
Agatha - Olien
Skinny Pin - Tadam
Tiddles - Wyatt
The Bearhouse Range that have arrived this month are
A new shipment of 2017 mohair designs is on the way but at this stage we do not have an arrival date for this delivery.
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 yet, we will advise you as soon as we get any information from Charlie Bears.
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
EVERYTHING IN STOCK NOW
As we have so mush stock on hand at present we are starting our pre-stocktake sale
very early this year and running it through until 5pm on Sunday the 9th April
During this period you can take advantage of the savings on everything in stock now.
Please enter Stocktake - 20 in the promo code box
Here is a link to our main catalogue - Happy browsing
OLYMPIC MEDAL BEAR
LIMITED AUSTRALIAN EDITION
ONLY 46 BEARS MADE
Hermann Coburg created a series of Olympic Bears at the 2004 Olympic games, each participating country had a version of the bear made and the foot pads embroidered with the countries details and the medal tally that they won determined the number of bears in that countries edition.
The Australian Edition of the Beijing 2008 Medal Bear is a 38cm fully jointed Mohair bear, only 46 bears have been produced and he has the medal tally of 14 gold, 15 Silver and 17 Bronze on an Australian flag podium embroidered on one foot and our Australian edition details on the other foot.
As we love to secure some different and exclusive designs for our members Nana’s Teddies committed to Hermann to take up the entire edition of 46 bears as a Nana's Teddies Exclusive release.
We have sold most of the edition but still have a couple of stragglers still available, we need the display space for new designs so are sacrificing these last few at well below landed cost
Normally $599 - Clearance Price $299
Click this link to order
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,
When does our store-wide pre-stocktake sale end?
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
Sandy Ingram of Nelson NZ - extra congratulations sandy on being our first international member to be drawn as the months lucky winner
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.
- 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, Shae & the Bears.