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September 2017 Members Newsletter
Hi Bear Club Members,
I know that for the past few months I have been complaining about all the bears and animals that have been arriving and that I am fast running out of room for any more.
Well that situation has not improved inspite of all my efforts in creating sales and promotions to encourage you to adopt more bears to assist me with this unprecedented crowd control issue.
No matter how many teddies we send on their way to new homes it seems that even more are headed our way from our global network of suppliers, they are now even spilling out onto the roof and into the carpark.
You see the problem started about 12 months ago when retail was very busy and in our industry we need to forecast about 12-18 months ahead to ensure we have enough stocks in store to meet expected demand, that’s great business planning when it works out correctly however when I ordered based on current demand at the time plus a little fudge factor for expected growth all seemed well and good. Then over the next 12 months retail sales in most industries slowed down and kept on slowing down, hence my dilema, I ordered plenty of stock when we were at our busiest only to have it arriving when we are at our slowest.
I am powerless to stop the flow coming in so I need to increase the numbers going out, to do this I need YOU to join the struggle and do your bit to help, you can start by adding on some spare rooms or building a bigger house, maybe encourage the kids to move out and fill their bedrooms with bears, I know these are only little measures but they all help and for my part I have been busy dreaming up new ways of encouraging you to indulge in your favourite pastime.
So this months newsletter like the shop is overflowing with bears and I have for you some of the biggest and best offers ever offered in an attempt to get the balance right again.
If we are not successful in reducing the numbers significantly this month Jan is going to take my order book away and stop me talking to the reps altogether.
So first here is the months latest news and then we can get to all the great specials I promised you!
LOCAL & GLOBAL TEDDY NEWS The good, the bad and the cuddly!
PRINCESS DIANA BEAR This month marked to 20th anniversary of Diana’s tragic death and Hermann again created a beautiful tribute to this wonderful lady in a special limited edition “Diana - Queen of Hearts” Sadly only 20 were created worldwide, I managed to secure 10 being half that available for the world but sold out within an hour or so of advising previous Diana bear collectors of the release.
NICKY - YES/NO BEAR How about a bear that can help settle arguments, make decisions for you or just plain agree or disagree whenever needed Then this Hermann design is just such a bear. Yes/No bears are not a new concept in fact they have been around since the early 1900’s however no one makes them to the exacting quality controls as the famous Hermann branded versions, the mechanisms used are without doubt the best quality on the market and the engineering that goes into each bear ensures that every one will nod and shake his head until the cows come home and what’s more will do it without skipping a beat for years to come. The German Yes/No movement runs through the bear, you move his tail up and down or sideways and his head will follow your movements, many designs we have seen have jerky or limited movement but this Hermann one is exceptional in both it’s range and smoothness of operation. Nicky is a 28cm traditional mohair bear filled with traditional woodwool (excelsior) stuffing and features a “press voice”, he is also a limited edition of only 3000 pieces globally and sells for $429 Click this link to order Nicky
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC You are invited to attend the annual Rivendell Flower Show Teddy Bears Picnic will be held at the Thomas Walker Estate which is adjacent to Concord Hospital along the banks of the Parramatta River.
The event will run from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September.
Rivendell isn’t opened to the public for events, however once a year we organise an event on the grounds for the community. The event will be a collection of show garden exhibitors, stall holders, talks, workshops, performances, high tea, food stalls and other activities including their famous teddy bears picnic, all raising money for the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Concord Hospital. The Patron of the event is Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir and the organising committee that we have invited on board includes City of Canada Bay, the NSW Royal Horticultural Society, The Sydney Flower School and Don Burke to name a few. We are expecting above 5000 visitors for the event and will be the biggest and first large scale show to be servicing the Inner West community for Sydney. All information on the event is available on their website: www.rivendellflowershow.com.au
If You Go Down In The Woods Today… There be magic in The Woods! The Woods have magic trees, each with their own personality. Colourful butterflies are dancing around the trees too – and dream catchers are spinning in the gentle breeze from the river as the people gather in The Woods for their Teddy Bears’ picnic, Set among the tall trees of Rivendell, The Woods will be a fun and interactive picnic and play area for families to relax and enjoy. Sit in the picnic area and enjoy our Picnic Hampers for sale or bring your own, marvel at the wonderful costumes and win an award at the daily teddy bear competitions
There are secret adventures at the Rivendell Flower Show: the Teddy Bears’ picnic is being held in The Woods. Teddy Bears love to dress up and they love to win prizes. So, dress yours up and there will be prizes for the biggest, the smartest, the best-dressed boy teddy, the best-dressed girl teddy, the oldest and the cuddliest teddy. The judging will be at 2pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Families can bring blankets and picnic on the grass or there are tables and chairs provided. The children can join in the games of Simon Says, Musical Chairs, Croquet and much more! The Woods are behind the Marketplace area at Rivendell. Come one come all you Teddy Bear lovers and join in the fun on the day. Bring Mum or Dad or someone to look after you.
We are promoting this event on behalf of the Concorde Hospital’s Teddy Bear Picnic, for further information, bookings or any other information regarding the event you can go to their website www.rivendellflowershow.com.au or contact Eden Caceda on 029 767 6919
INDIVIDUAL PICTURES Last year we made the decision not to do individual or non stock pictures of bears as it was creating quite a few problems and taking up considerable time, the main issues were members were asking for us to photograph several bears so they could select the face or bear that they liked the most, this was not the issue however we had to hold all the bears in the picture whilst a decision was being made, this often tied up 3-4 bears for a couple of days then the member ended up not taking any of the pictured bears preventing them being offered to other members. This was happening quite a lot so we ended up refusing to offer this as a service.
As handmade bears often have differing expressions we understand that collectors sometimes like to see a selection of faces to choose from so pictures are again available on bears by request under the following conditions.
Please understand that we are not professional photographers Pictures are available on IN stock bears only.
Once you have selected the bear design you are after and you have paid in full we will then email you a high resolution picture with up to 3 choices for comparison (depending on stock availability) you will then need to select your preferred bear ASAP so that the remaining bears can be returned to stock for adoption. If you have not advised us of your preference in 24 hours one will be sent at random.
If after seeing the pictured bears none of the options suit, you may cancel your order for a refund less a $20.00 per design photography fee to cover the labor costs involved processing your pictures, please note there is no photography cost to you if your proceed with your order.
The offer of pictures is NOT available for Pre-orders as the bears are not in stock.
Profile/multiple pictures of each bear are not available
We reserve the right to not offer our picture service during promotional or sales events as due to high demand we are unable to hold stock aside awaiting decisions
Pictures are available on Lay-by orders at the time of creation only once lay-by deposit has been paid.
CHARLIE BEARS UPDATE
NEW DESIGNS CONSTANTLY ARRIVING With all the changes Charlie Bears have introduced to the way they are scheduling production and deliveries we are seeing some improvements but also some new irritations are occurring. There are now a greater number of designs being delivered each shipment but less of each bear, it’s a sort of trying to “have our cake and eat it too” situation. We may have members pre-orders in for say 18 bears in a design but only get delivered 2-3 of this design per delivery, this is causing some upset when a member ordered towards the end of our list and others are getting their bears now and they are still waiting, sadly we can not do anything to remedy this and we will continue to allocate deliveries on a “1st ordered 1st to receive” basis.
Some designs were only part deliveries so we needed to allocate members pre-orders on a first placed first delivered basis, if we have not contacted you to say yours has arrived then it is still coming and we will be in touch when it does arrive
ISABELLE MOHAIR DESIGNS New arrivals in the mohair designs this month are almost a duplicate of more bears in the designs that arrived last month, this staggering the deliveries is helping as it is hard on space and finances when we receive say 15 designs and our full allocations of 20- 60 bears per design all at once.
We do have very limited quantities of the following designs still available if you are quick
We also received a very limited number of some of the designs that have completely sold out, these were already pre-sold and have been allocated to members on a next in line basis, these designs included Chillstar, En Garde, Isabelle Masterpiece If we have not been in touch to advise that yours has arrived please be patient, we will get them to you as soon as we can.
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 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
These featured bears have been selected from our vast ranges as being some of the best bargains we are able to offer, some like the Hermann Limited editions have been included as we are way overstocked and yet others like Santa & Sissy because they are retired and no longer available once existing stocks run out.
Most of this months specials are in limited quantities so it is really a “first in first served situation so be quick and do not miss out.
Each of these very significant limited edition designs was created by Hermann Coburg of Germany to commemorate some very important events in our recent history and each was only available through Nana’s Teddies making them even more exclusive, we only have a few of each still available but in our attempt to make some room for new arrivals these designs have been targeted to go at ridiculously low prices, what a great way to start a serious collection or add to an already impressive one......... Click the link below the pictures for full details on why they are so significant
Bejing Olympics Pope Benedict XVI Crown Princess Isabella Medal Bear Australian Tour Edition of Denmark $599 $699 $599
Okay now for our super special deal, you may buy any 1 of these 3 designs for only $400 you may buy any 2 of these 3 designs for only $650
or all 3 for only $900
To take up this great offer click this link, add the bears you would like to the enquiry cart and use promo code HER123
BIG BONUS OFFER-
EVERY HERMANN BEAR IN STOCK
you can have 20% OFF by quoting promo code HER20 in the enquiry cart
All offers are valid until September 30th unless sold out sooner
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 much do you need to spend on Charlie Bears to receive a FREE Bearhouse design of your choice valued up to $45.00? 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 Kim May of South Penrith NSW who correctly identified our new red pandas name was Paignton.
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 aminimum of 5% offall 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.