Hi Bear Club Members,
Firstly, thank you to all the members who have contacted us concerned that we have not published our regular monthly newsletter.
We missed last month as I have been off work quite a bit with ongoing health issues and the pressure of setting up a new home, both are again settling back into more normal patterns, I am back at my desk several days a week and again our news letters will flow keeping you up to date with happenings and new arrivals and of course all our special offers.
PLUS this month we are offering you the chance to WIN a Limited Edition Clemens Bear
It has been quite a busy time at Nana’s while I was away with lots of new arrivals and even a new brand of German Teddy Bears joining our team, in fact much to my accountant’s dismay our stock levels are at an all time high with close to 20,000 bears and animals currently in stock.
If they keep arriving at this rate we will soon have no room for our members to visit so I ask you all to help solve this pending situation by adopting some new bears, and to make this pleasant task even more pleasurable we are offering members DOUBLE MEMBERS DISCOUNTS plus if you spend over $200 we will throw in FREE POSTAGE within Australia.
International members can also enjoy this offer and we will give you a subsidised postage rate depending on your location
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS
The good, the bad and the cuddly!
A BIG WELCOME
After several years considering their range of bears we are very pleased to announce that we have accepted Clemens Bears from Germany into our family of preferred teddy suppliers.
With our policy of always trying to present to our members the very best and most unusual collectable bears from around the world we thought that the quirky and charming traditional designs that Clemens hand makes in Germany fitted into our range quite comfortably.
Clemens have been hand making bears in Germany since just after WWII in 1948 and have in the past 68 years have delighted thousands of collectors with their high quality bears made in the very best of German Teddy Traditions.
If you would like to know more about Clemens and their history click the link at the bottom of this article to go to our special feature on Clemens History.
Since their first shipment arrived in late June members visiting the store have discovered and fallen in love with these bears, the reasons they love them are quite varied with one member even telling me they are “so strange” that she just had to adopt some for her hug.
Anyway as they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” so I leave it up to you to make up your own mind as to why these teddies are becoming so popular, we have set up a new category in our online catalogue where you can visit and have then all introduce themselves to you.
And with our special offer for members this month adding a lovely new Clemens Bear to your hug has never been more affordable
For every Clemens Bear you purchase this month you will get an entry into a special buyers only draw to win a now retired limited edition Clemens “Lance” bear designed by Lisa Hoffman, Lance is #309 of only #399 made and is valued at $129
Follow this link to see all the new Clemens designs that we have in stock right now
Click this link to go to the end of this newsletter for our special feature on Clemens History.
FREE MEMBERS OFFER
Many of our bear collectors also love most things crafty, so if this is you then you will love this offer from our friends at Woodlands Publishing who print the very popular Bear Creations Magazine.
As a special free offer for all our members, Woodlands are offering you a FREE 12 months digital subscription to one of their many magazines, simply send them your details as requested at the bottom of this offer and they will handle the rest for you.
Thank you Simon for this very generous offer to our members.
MORE NEW HERMANN BEARS
We have just received the latest updates from Hermann Coburg in Germany and are delighted with their new releases for this year, we have placed our initial orders and stocks should be arriving in 3-4 weeks.
We will have an update in the next newsletter but I can tell you now of some of the new designs, prices will be confirmed when we finalise the shipping costs but they will all be at the great affordable prices we have come to expect from Hermann.
There are two new designs celebrating Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh, A sweet little lady “Leisel” in a very pretty linen dress with lots of embroidery, 3 new Christmas designs including the Christmas Annual Bear for those who follow this series, A couple of new releases in the “Time Honoured Classic” series, a really interest patchwork Festival release with over 100 parts making up the bear.
My favourite in this release is a really well done tribute to Mother Teresa, only 100 pieces will be made and I believe she will be a great collectable investment like the Papal series have become.
She will sell for $419 or only $375 if you pre-order and pay in full with your order.
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
LOTS OF NEW ARRIVALS
With almost all the back orders now filled Charlie Bears are really getting organised with several more deliveries of the new 2015 plush bears now in stock, not too many designs to come before we will have the whole release.
Some plush designs we only received an initial burst of a small number of our orders with the balance to follow.
Surprise, Surprise, we even received our long awaited back order of Helen some 27 months after the first shipment arrived, there was some delay on getting the fabric but it proves that Charlie Bears do deliver on their commitments, they just occasionally take a while.
The plush bears that have recently arrived are
Bouncer & Skip - Carmela - Cloth Ears Desmond - Esme - Helen - Herbs
Hob Nob - Jane - Keeley - Kekezza
Mr Meekings - Ursa Minor
Pimky - Roscoe - Skyfall - Slylar - Tia
Plus 3 Show Specials
Briar Rose - Dandylion - Magnolia
ISABELLE MOHAIR DESIGNS
Many of the latest Isabelle mohair designs have now arrived with more due in the next month or so however quite a lot of our allocation was pre-sold so went straight out to the first members to order them, more are due in the next shipment to fill remaining orders,
These designs are
Blancmange - Duddle - Mothball
Pixie Dust - Snuffbox
We do have very limited quantities of the following designs still available if you are quick
Merengue - Starsky - Vera
We also received the following Minimo Designs which are now available for immediate delivery
Blue - Breadcrumb - Butterball - Cassie
Fetch - Gumdrop - Paws - Ragdoll
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 when, we will advise you as soon as we get any information on their arrivals.
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
SNEAK PEEK AT A NEW CHARLIE BEAR PROMOTION
These designs will be released to us in the week commencing 10th October and stocks will be somewhat limited, we can take pre-orders now to ensure you don’t miss out on your favourites or maybe you would like the entire range to start your own SWEETIE SHOP COLLECTION.
Further details including their individual pictures for our website are not available to us until the 10th October so if you are interested please send us an email or give us a call.
CHARLIE BEAR BIRTHDAY PARTY
The date has been announced for this years Charlie Bears Birthday Party as the 12th November
Full details will be announced in next months newsletter however you can RSVP NOW if you wish to come and we add you to our guest list for this exciting event.
Below is the flyer Charlie Bears have sent to all stockists, we share this with you as another Sneak Peek of things to come
There will be lots of specials and surprises and another great value “MYSTERY BIRTHDAY BOX” will be released on the day, of course as it is a mystery we have no details of what exciting bear will be in the box but we have confirmed it will be under $100 and you can secure yours with a $20 deposit on a pre-order.
As this Mystery Box has not been released as yet we do not have it in our catalogue, you will need to contact the shop to secure one.
This month instead of individual special items we are
offering a great deal storewide with
*DOUBLE MEMBERS DISCOUNT
on any thing in stock until 5pm on October 9th
Simply quote 2XFP in the promo code box to get your bonuses
FREE delivery within Australia on all orders over $200
*Offer is for new purchases only, not available on existing orders, pre-orders, laybys or with any other offer
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 that our Double Members Discount and Free Postage Offer End?
You can find the answer in this newsletter.
E-mail your answer now and don’t forget your membership number.
Congratulations to last newsletters winner
$100 Members Super Draw
Sue Young of West Helensburg NSW who correctly identified our promotional offer
SPECIAL FEATURE CLEMENS BEARS HISTORY
Hans Clemens arrived in Kirchardt, Germany from Alsace with his family in 1948, shortly after the Second World War.
Like most people at that time, he had lost everything, including his manufacturing business and a wholesale trade business in shoes, due to the war.
He opened a retail trade business in Mannheim, selling glass, porcelain and gifts, but was constantly asked by customers for Teddy Bears, since these didn’t exist during the war.
Hans Clemens made the decision to help his customers and began to produce Teddy Bears from old army blankets.
His sister produced these by hand and every Teddy Bear was lovingly and individually made.
Soon the demand for these bears began to increase and the business was extended again and again and eventually Hans Clemens enlisted his first employees.
With the upturn in the economy the business began to flourish and so many enquiries were coming in it was very difficult to cope.
Many other plush game animals were introduced into the range, but the Teddy Bear was still the favourite darling of them all.
Because of Clemens’ unmistakable style and quality, the company has grown from strength to strength.
Clemens today is one of the world’s premium makers of soft toys, teddy bears and mohair collectibles in Germany – the company’s teddy bears and soft animals have warmed the hearts of many children in Germany and abroad and the mohair collectibles are much sought after by collectors around the globe.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Peter Clemens took over the business, but eventually retired from managing the company in 2002 in order to concentrate on developing new designs and concepts for their collections.
With a worldwide reputation, Clemens-Spieltiere prides themselves on having produced the highest quality teddy bears for 68 years.
Clemens is world famous for its Nostalgia family of mohair teddy bears – all natural fibres – mohair, glass eyes and cotton stitching. This family of mohair bears is made in 10cm, 15cm, 20cm, 30cm, 40cm and 50cm.
The sizes 30cm-50cm arrive with a growler so they make a delightful growl when moved side to side.
The Nostalgia range has delighted the hearts of children around the world for many years.
The Nostalgia collection has won the red “Spiel Gut” award – the highest award bestowed by the German Toy Industry.
The award is presented to toys that have been tested with children and examined by experts and achieve the highest standards with respect to play value, materials, workmanship, durability, safety, design, size and sustainability for the particular age bracket.
Each bear is born from an original design. Before the production process begins each design is critically evaluated in order to ensure that the best bear is produced.
To produce plush animals is considerably more difficult than to produce other types of toys.
It is not a matter of creating moulds but of perfecting each step of the bear making process; creating a plush animal that is identical to the reference sample takes a lot of discipline and hard work.
This can be seen by the fact that every seamstress at Clemens has been trained for a minimum of six months.
Clemens bears are composed of many intricate parts. Upon closer inspection one will discover that the bear is composed of around 20 pieces of plush.
At Clemens-Spieltiere the teddy bears do not go through a production line, they are actually individually hand-made.
Each part of the bear is sewn together inside out before being assembled.
Then the bears are sent to the stuffing department to get their final shape.
But there is still work to be done, seams are scraped out, the fur is fluffed, the stuffing is properly positioned and wrinkles are smoothed out.
After which the facial expression is added with an airbrush to draw the snout, eye corners and mouth.
The mohair and limited edition range all have beautiful stitched-in glass eyes – a feature of this classic brand.
With the addition of the necklet, the bears must pass the final quality inspection to receive the Clemens-Spieltiere trademark label.
With this, each bear become a part of the long Clemens tradition.
Although the appearance of the bears may have changed, the quality and care in producing a Clemens-Spieltiere bear remains the same.
A feature of Clemens is the collaboration with some of the world’s leading teddy bear designers to produce amazing, adorable and delightful limited edition pieces.
In 2016 Clemens collaborated with Katya Bespalova (famous for her miniatures), Anna Dazumal (specialising in unique and very German creations), Martina Lehr (unique and creative mohair editions), Solvita Baudele, Jack and Marion Finhold (well known internationally for creative, unique and heart-warming designs) and Gelibaren (beautiful, intricate and delicate designs).
Clemens in-house design staff can also produce amazing limited edition teddy bears for specialist retailers – their mohair limited edition Christmas bear complete with mistletoe, glass eyes and cotton stitching is a wonder to behold.
The Clemens Spieltiere brand represents classic, timeless quality teddy bears and collectibles borne from the finest materials.
They are perfect gifts for any occasion and loved around the world. For the finest quality teddy bear – make it a Clemens.
Follow this link to see all the new Clemens designs that we have in stock right now
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.