Hi Bear Club Members,
Another month has past and life at Nana’s Teddies is still hectic as 100’s of bears come and go every week.
This month we have had a lot of exciting new arrivals and sadly seen some old favourites retired.
We have filmed a series of new promotional television advertisements and video presentations to be used in the Visitor information centers in our region, this was a lot of fun but very disruptive as customers dodged the film crew and all their equipment.
Jan is getting quite comfortable in front of the camera however she is still not too keen on a speaking part.
I have included links to both the 15 second Charlie Bears version and the 30 second main advert for you to enjoy.
Lots of news and special offers for you in this months edition and a special invitation to attend next months special Teddies on Parade Event when we will be having VIP visitors attending, Neil and Barbara Miller are coming from Deans of England for a special Deans Event.
This will be their only visit to Australia this year so don’t miss the opportunity to meet with what we consider real teddy bear royalty.
We also have a 3 part video presentation on the new Charlie Bears by William Morris, this is well worth a look.
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
OUR LATEST TVC GOES TO AIR
Two new Nana’s Teddies TV commercials have just been launched, if you watch any of the Channel 7 regional stations you will probably see them in the near future as we roll them out across the country.
For members who live in the big cities where TV is way too expensive for our meager advertising budget we have uploaded them to our You-tube channel so you can also enjoy watching Jan and a few teddy bear co-stars as they present our latest generic advert and a special one dedicated to all the Charlie Bears we have in stock.
OUR NANA’S GENERIC TVC
OUR SPECIAL CHARLIE BEARS
NEW ISABELLE COLLECTION PREVIEW
The new range that we sent you a special news blast on last week has met with unprecedented acceptance by collectors with a huge amount of pre-orders across the range, on several designs we have already sold out of our entire allocations and many others are getting quite low.
Because this release is a worldwide edition, not regional like past years and the edition numbers are quite low these bears and animals are in big demand and are going to be hard to get so if you have your eye an any I strongly recommend you don’t wait too long to place your pre-order.
WILLIAM PRESENTS THE ENTIRE COLLECTION
IN A VIDEO PRESENTATION
In a TV style presentation William has made a three part video showcasing each of the designs in a refreshing and informative way, if you like Charlie Bears then this presentation is well worth watching.
I have included the link to part 1 and once you have watched it you can just jump to the next 2 parts
click here to watch the presentations
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
MINIMO MOHAIR DESIGNS Arrived this week are 6 more of the 2011 Minimo Collection Yorkshire Pudding - Twinkle Toes - Choc Chip - Minnie - Piper & Turvy, all pre-orders have been filled and we have a few of each design still available for adoption.
That now only leaves 2 designs in this series to be delivered, Cutie Pie & Tiffin
We are also waiting on the balance of our allocations for 2 designs we have had a partial delivery on, they are Percy Polar & Tito
All outstanding Minimo designs will be delivered over the next few months with the last designs coming in by Christmas at the latest, I do not know which designs will be first or last but be assured they are all not too far away now.
PLUSH DESIGNS Another large shipment is arriving in the next week or two with a whole lot of bears in it for us, some are the last shipments of designs we have had before and some newer ones we have been waiting for.
I have now confirmed that the following designs will be in this 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.
Aloysius - Beamer - Bill - Blaine - Blizzard Breeny - Caleb - Cayden - Chopstix Cuddles Demi - Jimbob - Lancelot
Lorna - Monium Paris - Ridley
Sparrow - Spencer - Woodford
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 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
DEAN’S ROYAL VISIT NEXT MONTH
The owners of Britain’s oldest and most respected bear manufacturers will be making a trip down under in October this year, they are visiting relatives in New Zealand and I have invited them to jump across the ditch and have a short visit with us at Nana’s Teddies.
Neil and Barbara Miller look forward to catching up with friends they met on their last visit and hopefully meeting a lot of new ones this trip.
As they are on a tight schedule we will only have the one opportunity to see them, they will attend a bear signing and photo opportunity event on Thursday evening the 10th of October, we start at 7pm and generally these event go for a couple of hours.
You will be assured of an interesting evening, learn a lot about collecting bears and the rich history of Deans and their major contribution to the teddy bear industry and the development of over 110 years of teddy bear designs.
To attend you must RSVP by 12pm on the 10th
Pictured is Neil Miller, noted author, teddy designer and owner of Dean’s Bears with his wife Barbara.
I will send more details closer to the event but mark it in your calendar now and RSVP as soon as possible as places will be limited. It will be a great evening with lots of surprises including great door prizes and special bears for this event.
Famous artist Jill Baxter who has designed for Deans for many years has come out of retirement and we will be offering some new designs from her at this event.
DEANS - NEW BEARS OF DISTINCTION RANGE
I am excited to share this news flash with you, 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, 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 3 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.
Over 200 Limited Edition collectable designs
in stock now
20% off all Hermann Bears in stock
Sale starts today
ends 31st October
Pictured here is Old Hermann Bear Stuffer, a tribute to the founder of Hermann Bears Max Hermann who in the early 1900’s was always seen around the factory wearing his leather bear makers apron full of tools and teddy bear parts.
The Sonneberg Museum is one of the oldest toy museums in the world.
In the possession of the museum there are some old Teddy Bears made by Max Hermann, who gave these bears to the museum in the 1920's and 1930's.
The idea of Max Hermann was to give Teddy Bears to the museum for protection, so that they will be preserved for prosperity.
In 1994 Ulla Hermann decided to design a special bear for the Sonneberg Toy Museum every year and to give always the number 001 of each model to the museum.
This annual bear is handed over to the president of the museum every December for the previous year.
These bears are then released in a European (250) and an American (500) Editions in January of the following year.
In Australia we mostly get the European Editions but when they sell out we can often get the American ones.
The common sign of all of these Sonneberg museum bears is the embroidered representation of the "Sonneberg Little Horseman" as the symbol of the old tradition of Sonneberg Toys.
Sonneberg is a town in Thuringia , Germany , capital of the district Sonneberg .
From the 19th century on it was very well known for its toy industry.
Pictured here is the 2009 edition of the Sonneberg Museum Edition, he is the 16th design in the collection of currently 19 annual bears, the 20th bear for 2013 will be released in December. You can see all this series in our online catalogue.
Over the past 100 years the teddy bear has become so much more than just a cute and cuddly toy.
He is intricately woven into our lives as a companion, confidant, playmate and a canvas for talented teddy bear artists to depict some of history’s most famous and colourful characters.
The worlds leading bear makers including Hermann Coburg of Germany have been inspired by the lives of famous people and often create entire themes around these characters.
One of the first to be immortalised by bear artists was President Theodore Roosevelt who the teddy bear inherited his name from. Many makers over the years have honoured this dignified and famous US President with wonderful creations in his image.
Queens and kings have also been honoured throughout teddy’s brief history, Cleopatra, Tutankhamen, King Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and possibly the most popular our own Queen Elizabeth II.
Currently there are quite a number of fantastic teddy bears honouring this great lady in all her regal finery.
You don’t need to be a monarchist to appreciate these royal teddy bears who are destined to become some of the most sought after collectable bears in history.
Princes and princesses, famous composers, writers, inventors and fantasy characters throughout history have been lovingly created as cute and lovable teddy bears.
As one of the worlds oldest and most famous teddy makers Germany’s Hermann Coburg works with many leading artists to create fabulous themed bears and their current range is so diversified that it is simply mind boggling.
Made as limited edition collectors series these bears are of the highest quality German mohair and individually numbered.
all Hermann Bears in stock
Click this direct link to the Hermann Bears catalogue section
Over 200 designs
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 bargain make a trip to the shop as soon as you can for the best selectio n, 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
Over 200 cute and quirky designs in stock now
Webkinz are a range of very collectable plush pets that have a unique web code that allows you to register your pet in Webkinz World, an interactive virtual world where you can design a room or house to play with and care for all your Webkinz and Lil’kinz pets.
All types of bears & animal designs are available with some really unique creatures like fantasy dragons and the range features most types of domestic, farmyard and wild animals as well as a series of endangered species wild life that are extremely realistic, just like you would see them roaming in nature
Lots of virtual gifts and surprises are your with each pet your add to your Webkinz World.
25% off all Webkinz Pets and accessories
That makes all Webkinz only $14.95
and Lil’Kinz only $11.20
Sale starts today
ends 31st October
Click this direct link to our Webkinz Catalogue
These featured bears have been among our most popular designs over
the past few years but they are now sadly retired, however we are pleased
to be able to offer the last of these great designs to our members at
huge discounts until March 31st or whilst stocks last
These bears and many more specials are in a special section of our catalogue please use the inquiry cart as normal to order them and don’t forget to put in your members number to qualify for the special members prices
Click this link to see and order all currently available Members Super Specials
STOCK IS NOW RUNNING VERY LOW
The 2011 edition, the 3rd of the Annual Bears is quite unusual even for a Charlie design, she is made in cream and grey colourings of both Mohair and plush fabrics, which Charlie Bears call a PLUMO bear (part plush and part mohair)
She is made of a very striking long pile "stringy" fur which gives her a real air of distinction, and has beautiful detailed paws.Around her neck she wears a checked ribbon
Making Charlie with mohair for the face and inner ears and plush for the rest of the body and arms this gives much greater definition to the bears than a normal plush bear has and with lots of extra personality.
#14370 normally $109 Sale Price $99 If ordered on her own or
If your purchase any other Charlie Bears with her then you can adopt her for only $79
Click here to order Charlie 2011 Please type newsletter special in the comments box
Martino is a really handsome bear made of a thick rich cream plush fur.
He loves cuddles and has fast become a favourite companion for all who have adopted him so far, this is your last chance to adopt a now retired Martino
20cm #14784 normally $16.95 Sale Price $10
46cm #14784 normally $54.95 Sale Price $25
Click here to order Martino Please type newsletter special in the comments box
A really cuddly bear, the perfect Christmas idea
for under the tree or as a stocking filler
It’s never too early to start saving on Christmas gifts
A super soft and very cuddly bear, with a satin ribbon around the neck.
Huggles is available in brown or cream and comes in 3 extremely cuddly sizes 28cm #10294 normally $18.95 Sale Price $10
43cm #10294 normally $34.95 Sale Price $19
76cm #10294 normally $109 Sale Price $59
Click here to order Huggles
Please type newsletter special in the comments box
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 date of next months special “Teddies on Parade” event and who are our special guests that are coming from England to see us?
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
Melissa Moore of West Wodonga VIC who correctly identified how many new Charlie Bear designs were arriving in the last shipment
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 29000 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.