Hi Bear Club Members,
Sorry I have been tardy with the newsletters, I know many of you have made them a part of your monthly bear collecting life and I do try hard to present you with a good quality news filled and interesting newsletter each month.
I would like to thank all the concerned members who contacted the shop to see if all was okay based on the lack of newsletter for the month, it is nice to know that the news is appreciated and that members know that normally they will arrive like clockwork each month.
In my defense for missing the February edition I was rushed to hospital which as you can imagine throws all normal routines out the window.
I went to my GP for a regular check up and fortunately he had his best doctor mind about him and realised all was not well with the indestructible mountain called Dave Robertson, something about my breathing and the unusual shade of purple I had turned for the day, I could not convince him that I was auditioning for a support role in the next Avatar Movie so he booked me on a One Way No Questions Asked Ambulance Trip to the Hospital where after a visit to the Emergency Department they found me a really uncomfortable bed in the Critical Care Unit and hooked me up to a very unfriendly breathing machine for the next 28 hours.
Jumping to the tour highlights as I am sure you want to hear about the bears and not my escapades, it turns out I have an issue with clearing the Carbon dioxide from my lungs which can lead to several very bad situations including respiratory and heart failure and also death, so until they find a cure for the last one I have been a model patient, gone on a supervised crash course diet to lose weight and increase my cardio exercises, all good so far and I am feeling quite a bit better and on the road to recovery having dropped 10kg in the last two weeks, thanks Doctor for being alert when I needed help.
If you think I am treating this lightly I am not but if we don’t have a laugh about things it all gets too serious and the alternative is to cry and a big fellow like me does not look good in tears.
Now it is time for some news, some good, some very good news and some even better news again
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
NEW TRADING HOURS
After the big health scare earlier this month and the realisation that even for Super Heroes life is really way too short I have had a hard look at the lack of family time running our own business allows.
After much discussion with the family and consulting with lots of our members/extended bear family we have decided to cut down to only 5 days a week, we believe that by closing on Tuesday & Wednesday we will still be able to offer our award winning customer service and have the minimal impact on members and our tourism trade on the weekends.
This change will allow the entire family to have two days a week off TOGETHER, something we have never had in almost 40 years of retailing, Jan and I will also get to spend our days off together.
So effective immediately we will be
Open - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday - Monday 9am to 5pm
Closed - Tuesday & Wednesday - Our huge website catalogue still available 24/7
Last year I had the sad task of farewelling Deans of England from the general market place, it was sad to report as Deans have always been one of our favourite brands.
Well some good news!!!!!!! They are back, I will explain how they have risen like a Phoenix to resume their place as industry leaders of the Teddy Bear world.
Firstly here is the article we shared with you last year as a reminder of this sad event
ONE YEAR AFTER A SAD FAREWELL
After leading the English Teddy Bear scene for over a century Deans of England, Britain’s oldest and most respected teddy bear manufacturer has withdrawn from the general market and is no longer supplying their network of retail stores around the world.
This is already having an effect on the collectors market as these bears disappear from stockists shelves and we are already seeing an increase in auction sale price results.
This was a hard thought out decision brought out by a shrinking UK collectors market and the pressure of many shops to bring through cheaper bears which would have meant moving manufacturing from the UK to China a move that to their credit Deans did not wish to make.
Over the past few years they have let go most of their talented Artists and concentrated on in house designs made by the Miller family themselves.
The size of Deans Editions have also been shrinking in line with the UK Collectables market, only a few years ago and edition would have been 500 - 1000 pieces but in recent times editions of only 20 - 50 bears was the norm.
Their recent decision to longer supply the general market place and concentrate a a small number of designs sold only to members of their Deans Direct Club Members has dumbfounded stores like us that have been long standing supporters of the Deans brand, we have a huge number of their bears in our personal collection and in my opinion the Deans styling and solid British heritage makes a Deans bear really stand out.
Although as Deans collectors we are saddened by the news that we have received our last shipments from them we wish Neil and Barbara all the best in their restructured venture, we will certainly miss having them as part of our range.
There is always a silver lining in any decision and that is all Deans bears that you currently own will now start to appreciate in value as has been the case in all instances when a quality maker has ceased producing.
We have in stock quite a good selection of interesting designs so if you would like a few more Deans Bears in your hug or maybe your first one now is the time to get in before they all disappear forever.
Click these links to See all our remaining Deans Bears in our online catalogue
Mohair designs - http://www.teddys.com.au/products.php?catid=21
Plush designs - http://www.teddys.com.au/products.php?catid=94
DEANS ARE BACK
Like a Phoenix from the ashes Britain’s oldest and most respected bear maker has been resurrected from the history books to again hold their very traditional Teddy Bear heads up proudly.
After many changes and much downsizing in line with the general shrinking of the marketplace the Owners of Deans Neil and Barbara Miller made the tough decision to retire and close the company, not something taken lightly with over 115 years of history and surviving even World Wars.
The good news is that over the years they have made a lot of industry friends that have the same love, respect and passion for creating quality teddy bears as they do and one such friend expressed an interest in taking over the company.
Knowing the ethics of the company behind the offer gave the Millers the confidence to know that the company would continue in good hands and that the Dean’s reputation would be preserved, something that is very important to them.
The new owners are an existing German Bear maker who we have dealt with for quite some years now and we agree that they are going to be great custodians of the revered Dean’s name, once they get every thing sorted out they will be making public announcements about the merged interests but assure me that they will be keeping the brands and the things that make each of then unique completely separate.
The only thing that will change is that due to the huge costs involved the bears will no longer be able to be produced in England but made in Asia in factories controlled by the new owners.
I can give you my assurance that from what I have seen so far the quality and attention to detail will still be as we have always come to expect from Deans.
We have ordered the complete 2018 collection of Deans bears in both Mohair and plush and will have them up on our website catalogue for you to see until stocks arrive in store, you can also pre-order if you like.
There are 25 new designs for this year with a nice mixture of traditional and classic designs, I believe Dean’s Collectors will embrace the new designs, they will certainly love the lower prices being made possible by the integration into the structure of the new owners companies
The new owners of Deans Bears are committed to sustainable and fair trade manufacture, so every bear begins his (or her) journey to a forever home with the good wishes of the local community in which they are made.
Click these links to see all NEW & existing Deans Bears in our online catalogue
Mohair designs - http://www.teddys.com.au/products.php?catid=21
Plush designs - http://www.teddys.com.au/products.php?catid=94
HARRY & MEGHAN - ROYAL WEDDING BEAR
Only 250 will be made for worldwide distribution with an extremely limited number for Australia, we have secured initially 6 and are unsure if we can get any more at this stage so be quick
Hermann Coburg of Germany have created a very exclusive, limited edition bear, to commemorate the royal engagement of Prince Harry and his fiancÚ Meghan Markel.
Made of mohair, this five-way jointed bear has an unforgettable face with a hand-stitched nose, sculpted muzzle and friendly eyes. He is firmly stuffed with polyester filling for a good hug of a bear. Hermann has given this beautiful Teddy a satin bow fit for royalty with SWAROVSKI® Elements and fine embroidery on his foot pads.
Each bear comes with a Hermann certificate of authenticity and a big satin ribbon embroidered with the wedding details for PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN on the 19th May 2018.
Only a limited number of these bears are available in Australia exclusively through Nana's Teddies & Toys, so be quick and order now if you would like to add one of these highly collectable 35cm bears to your hug, great value at only $299.
Follow this link to pre-order now
In our experience Royal bears are always a good investment.
Part of the British Royalty Series.
STEIFF PETER RABBIT
A brilliant new limited edition from Steiff to celebrate the release of the new Peter Rabbit Movie, from the shorts I have seen the movie will be a lot of fun.
The beloved classic character, Peter Rabbit, and all his friends has been brought to life in an all-new live-action/CG motion picture based on the series of books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter.
The mischievous Peter Rabbit and his family take over the farm, throwing an endless party of fruits, vegetables and bad behavior.
However, when a younger, spryer and more fastidious McGregor arrives to claim his inheritance, Peter is determined to keep the party going at the farm.
It's not long before Peter realizes he has a formidable foe in the young McGregor, who is also falling for the local painter (and the rabbits' surrogate mother), Bea.
Now, Peter will stop at nothing to drive McGregor away as the two go to war over the garden and Bea's affection.
Steiff has outdone themselves in bringing to life Beatrix Potter's mischievous Peter Rabbit!
He embodies all the character traits of the character from the new motion picture.
Peter Rabbit is made of brown and beige alpaca with three-way jointing. He wears his iconic blue jacket and features the iconic gold Steiff 'button-in-ear'.
To Pre-order Peter Rabbit follow this link
He is great value at only $199
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
MANY OF THE REMAINING 2017 DESIGNS HAVE ARRIVED THIS MONTH
With almost all the back orders now filled Charlie Bears are really getting organised with several deliveries of the new 2018 plush bears already in the stores.
Some plush designs we only received an initial burst of a small number of our orders with the balance to follow.
LEONARDO is one of the 2017 mohair designs we have been waiting for and he led the charge to get out of the box when a big shipment arrived this week
Leonardo was in fact the first character to be created in a colourful miniseries of five designs.
This gorgeous bear has been designed with chocolate coloured flat paw pads so he can stand unaided and his tussled coat has been made using a combination of soft apricot and creamy coloured Mohair.
He has a hand embroidered nose with additional airbrushing detail which has been finished off with a soft coat of wax.
Small eye whites have also been introduced to give him his unforgettable Charlie Bears signature look.
His accessory is a soft to the touch enormously long scarf (modelled on one of Charlie’s favourite accessories she wears).
Click here to order Leonardo
PLUSH DESIGNS that have arrived are
April Lamb - Dippy Egg - Daffodil Bunny - Egg Cup
Egg Shell - Hugglesworth - Mr Cuddles
ISABELLE MOHAIR DESIGNS that have arrived are
Most of the mohair that arrived was pre-orders so went straight back out to members but we did get to top up the shelves a little with the following designs
Clockwork - Clootie - Darby
Deck the Halls - Fairylights - Hans
Leonardo - Orson - Pipkin
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.
We are aware that some 2017 designs have been held up and not delivered when expected, the list is fairly long and we are awaiting an answer from William as to when these designs will be coming
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 amazing creations have won coveted industry choice awards in the TOBY AWARDS which is a real credit to Charlie Bears and adds value to the designs in the eyes of collectors.
To make them even more important Charlie would love to have them also win the Publics Choice divisions as well.
If you would like to help by voting for your favorites then please follow Click this link to vote
THIS MONTHS SUPER SPECIALS
You know what they say about rabbits breeding, then this certainly seems to be the case at Nana’s Teddies as we find ourselves extremely overstocked on hundreds of fantastic Bunnies and Rabbits from many brands.
Either plain bunnies in cuddly fur or wonderfully dressed bunnies like the Bearington Collection, we have them all and we are pleased to be able to offer these great designs to our members at huge discounts until March 31st or whilst stocks last
all rabbits & bunnies in stock
Excludes Isabelle Collection
You will find bunnies and rabbits in various sections of our catalogue but the simplest
way to see most of them is in two searches to which I have created the following links
Bunnies or Rabbits -
please excuse the bears & animals showing up in the search they’re not included in this offer
Use promo code Easter30 to get this huge discount
CHARLIE BEARS 2016 PLUSH COLLECTION
Not many people still believe in the Easter Bunny but Charlie Bears certainly do!
He is a shy character and rarely seen as he tends to not stay in any one place for long so if you blink you could miss him.
He is 117cm tall and made from a plush of the purest white and is fully jointed, he also has joints in his elbow and full armature in his hands and fingers so he can be posed even holding items like Easter Eggs.
With his animated look and life like sizing he feels like he has just stepped straight out of a story book. His huge ears are lined in a soft pink fabric and he has a hand embroidered pink nose with extra long whiskers.
A simple floppy satin bow has been added as his accessory
Super Easter Special is only $1200
2 only available at this super low price
Click this link to order Easter and use promo code Mad Hatter
Will you be a winner in this month’s
$100 members draw?
We have another 4 x $25 Gift Certificates to win
You have to be in it to win it!!!!
Enter this months draw for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher by answering this simple question,
How much is the saving offered on our giant Easter Bunny?
You can find the answer in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.
Congratulations to last months winners
Members Super Draw $25 Gift Certificates winners are
Gail Philp - Urana NSW
Michelle Reynolds - Merrylands NSW
Vera Kapitanof - Nords Wharf NSW
Gailene Vinter - Burpengary QLD
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 & the Bears.