Hi Bear Club Members,
Another month has past and life at Nana’s Teddies is still hectic as we gear up to meet all the orders pouring in for Christmas.
Thankfully many members are getting their wish lists in nice and early to avoid the last minute postal back up that normally occurs during December.
The past couple of weeks have been extraordinarily frantic both in store and with mail orders and as all of you who have busy schedules would appreciate that when you are really busy the urgent things seem to push the important to the background.
Each time I have sat at my desk to try and compile this months newsletter every thing has gone haywire so my apologies for being so late with this edition, If only I could train some of these teddy bears to do some of the work then life might be less frantic.
Don’t forget that the mail deliveries get slowed right up at this time of year so if you do want anything delivered please make sure to leave plenty of time to get it home’
An actual present under the tree looks so much better than an IOU saying sorry it is still in the mail.
Thank you to all the members who contacted us during the recent bush fire emergency we were touched by how many people were concerned about us and the bears.
Although the fires came within 600 meters of our house the shop was not in any imminent danger however we were on evacuation alert in both locations for several days in case the winds changed and pushed the fires in our direction.
Fortunately with an amazing effort of hundreds of fire volunteers and some timely rain the crisis was averted for us at least, not so good however for over 200 families that lost their homes in the Winmalee area where the fires came through so fast that little could be done other than grab the kids and pets and run.
The fires in this region were the most devastating in decades with more than 200 homes reported as destroyed and another 195 badly damaged, these couple of pictures show the intensity of the fires, homes were reduced to smoldering piles of rubble in only a few minutes as helpless owners looked on in despair.
My heart goes out to all who have suffered through this tragedy, I can only imagine your pain.
Teddies lost in fires!
We have been busy helping members who have lost their teddy collections, we are able to provide lists of any bears purchased through us since we changed our computer systems in 2007 and we are also happy to assist with values on other bears for the insurance companies if required.
If you or any one you know needs this sort assistance please get in touch with me, I am happy to help in any way I can.
We were also made aware of several families whose children lost all their toys and we were pleased to be able to donate some new teddies and animals that hopefully have provided some degree of comfort during this terrible time.
We are well stocked up with all your favourite brands ready to help you and your family and friends have an amazing Christmas so to help you play Santa Claus we have some great offers in this months newsletter, hopefully there will be some that will appeal to you.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
HERMANN CHRISTMAS BEARS
The new range of 2013 Hermann Christmas Bears has arrived and selling quite quickly.
The designs this year are really nice with a few twists on the standard traditional bear in a Santa suit.
There is a cool Santa with a sleigh and a little mohair pussy cat and a very handsome “Old Father Christmas”
We also have a selection of retired festive designs from Hermann that you may find interesting, you can see them all in the Hermann section of our catalogue and also in the Bears Christmas section we have a selection of festive bears from many different brands
Follow these direct catalogue links to see them in Hermann Bears and Christmas Bears & Animals
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
SHIPMENT DELAYED DUE TO SAFETY ISSUE
You may have heard that the huge shipment of Isabelle Collection Mohair Bears that was due to arrive recently has been delayed.
Due to circumstances out side the control of any one associated with Charlie Bears, the ship they were coming on was refused unloading permission in Australia and had to return to it's last port in Singapore to have all cargo moved to another ship.
This new ship is on it's way back to Australia now and we expect to receive the bears in our store in the second week of December.
There have been some unfounded rumours on several Facebook pages that this was a story made up by Charlie Bears to account for the delay however it is no story, I have information from the shipping company ANL that verifies that Charlie Bears had no control over this unexpected and unfortunate delay.
Rumors seem to have a life of their own and the more outrageous the faster they seem to spread.
I have even had a call from a customer asking if I knew about the Pirates that had captured this ship and were holding the cargo for ransom.
Let me say this made me laugh, wow what a stretch of the truth, anyway with some of the big Charlie Bears on board like Montague Panda and Mr Brownlow the Pirates wouldn't stand a chance.
In a showdown I reckon the score would be Charlie Bears 1 - Pirates 0
I ask all our members to be patient, we will get your new bears to you as fast as humanly possible, I will be in touch individually to organise your deliveries.
Here is an official notice released from the shipping company ANL:
APL Turquoise V120S/ N - Vessel Update
Dear Valued Customers,
Further to our notice dated 4th November please be advised that APL have now confirmed that the APL TURQUOISE V.120N/S will not complete her Voyage in Australia and will return to Port Kelang, Singapore on the 12th November without discharging or loading any cargo.
We have been advised the issue is to do with Marine Orders 32 being placed on the vessel and as a result the MUA were not prepared to work the vessel.
Consequently all Import cargo will remain on-board the APL TURQUOISE V.120N/S and head back to Port Kelang where cargo will be discharged and loaded onto a new vessel.
We will advise details of the new Import vessel as soon as those details are available to us.
Export cargo will be transferred to alternate vessels and our Customer Service team will be in contact with all clients to advice of new vessel details.
We sincerely apologise for these unfortunate set of circumstances and be assured that ANL are doing all that is possible to speed up the process.
ISABELLE COLLECTION 2012 MOHAIR DESIGNS
I have now confirmed that the following designs will be in this next shipment, if you have any of these designs on order we will be in touch as soon as we sort out who belongs to who to organise getting them home to you.
Some designs have sold out but we do have limited quantities of some of these sensational bears available for adoption.
Bingo - Dibble - Dufuos - Enzo - Fiddlesticks - Harper - Jim Jams
Isabelle Masterpiece 2012 - Lullaby Marlowe - Minty - Mitchell
Montague - Potter - Ragtag
Sapphire - Selwyn - Serenade
Tattycoram - Tigerlily - Watson
Blyton - Doolittle - Munroe
Mr Brownlow - Cutie Pie - Percy - Tiffin
If you have pre-orders for designs not appearing on this list please continue to be patient, please don’t ask when they will arrive 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 designs arriving in this shipment 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
DEANS - BEARS OF DISTINCTION RANGE
If a cute & cuddly good quality bear is on your shopping list then these bears are definitely worth a look!
Britain’s oldest teddy bear manufacturers are not only making their normal mohair collectable bears but they have now released a great range of collectable plush bears to compliment their line up.
This range has met with fantastic acceptance since it’s introduction a few months ago and some designs are already close to being sold out.
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, they are available for delivery now
Only 200 of each design will be produced so they will be quite collectable and being very well priced starting at under $100 they will be snapped up quite quickly.
Click here to see all 14 designs in our catalogue
This month we are featuring another 2 of our most popular brands and offering their entire current product ranges that are featured in our online catalogue and in stock now at heavily discounted prices.
Hundreds of designs in stock now
20% off all
Settler Bears in stock
Sale starts today
ends Sunday 8th December
Pictured here is Anastasia, a beautiful big 59cm Settler Bear who could be yours for FREE when you purchase any Settler Bears before the 8th December.
For each bear you purchase you will get 1 extra entry in the buyers only draw to win this prize valued at $129
Click this direct link to the Settler Bears catalogue section
OUR MASSIVE CHERISHED TEDDIES SALE CONTINUES
Since we started this huge clearance we have sold thousands of Cherished Teddies
with over 130 designs now completely gone, we still have reasonably good stocks of more
than 100 designs still available but may styles are now down to only a few pieces left
Get in quick before they are all gone forever
Over 100 designs
still in stock now
Many of these designs are now retired and really hard to find often you may have to resort to internet auctions like E-bay and pay well over the original prices as these ever popular figurines have captured the hearts of millions of collectors worldwide and once retired they appreciate quite well in value making them a really good potential collectable investments
The Bad News - No more Cherished Teddies for Australia
Whitehill & Co the Australian Distributors along with the UK distributors have announced that due to falling demand bought on by the Global Financial Crisis that it was no longer viable for them to continue importing the Cherished Teddies ranges from Enesco, this decision means the end of Cherished Teddies in Australia and will have major ramifications on the future production of these collectables.
The need to produce these figurines in high quantities to keep the prices reasonable, the high cost of shipping such heavy items, warehousing costs and the dedicated staff required to administer sales are all factors in the distributors decision to no longer support the range.
Many retailers in Australia stopped carrying them in the past few years which has also effected the sales potential and viability of these and many other product lines.
The Good News - We are having a Massive Clearance Sale
50% off all Cherished Teddies Designs
We have done a deal with the Australian distributors to clear the last of their stock holdings at heavily discounted prices.
That combined with our already huge range means that we have over 9000 Cherished Teddies being cleared at half their regular prices.
The choices are vast as we have hundreds of designs available, some are recent releases and some are hard to find retired designs but all are amazing value.
The clearance sale is being held both On-line and In-store, for our internet customers just add all the designs you would like to the Enquiry Cart and use the Promotional Code CT SALE we will then check stock availability and get back to you promptly with your discounted price.
In store we have set up a couple of huge trestle tables laden with bargains, as well as what is listed in our on-line catalogue we have a big selection of designs that are “last ones” that are not viable for us to spend the time putting them on line, the costs involved in photographing, processing and creating on line entries for these “last ones” is greater than what we sell them for.
So if you want a great bargai n make a trip to the shop as soon as you can for the best selecti on, the Sale continu es and will run until we clear all stocks.
The sale is open to the general public as well so if you know any Cherished Teddies collectors who are not members of our club do them and us a favor and let them know about this massive clearance.
If you are not a CT Collector you may still wish to take advantage of this sale as Cherished Teddies make fantastic Christmas Presents and stocking fillers and at these prices you can’t go wrong.
50% off all
until all stock is cleared
Click this direct link to our Cherished Teddies Catalogue
20% off All Animals
Here’s some more great ideas for Christmas presents or maybe because you just can’t resist some cute and cuddly animals with hundred’s of great designs available to our members at huge discounts until December 8th or whilst stocks last.
As all our animals are in the own special sections of our catalogue please use the inquiry cart as normal to order them, you can add multiple items from different categories to the cart before submitting your enquiry. In the promotional code box type ANIMAL SALE to get your discounts
and don’t forget to put in your members number as this offer is only available to club members.
Offer applies to all categories starting with Animals- for example Animals - Farmyard
*********** Teddy Bears, Dolls and all other items are not part of this sale ***********
Click this link to our catalogue
20% off all Animals
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,
How many ANIMAL - Categories do we have in our catalogue that are included in this months sale?
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
Lynette Marsden of Winston Hills NSW who correctly answered the question on the value of the Deans Centenary Bear.
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 almost 30,000 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.