Charlie Bears - You won't find a more affordable, collectable teddy bear
All About Charlie Bears
Everything you could want to know about the lovely Charlie Bears and Isabelle Collection bears and animals.
Find out where the bears come from & the materials used in their creation, and how they're growing fast in popularity. Vote for your favourite bear from my top ten, browse retired bears available for sale on ebay and discover other resources where you can indulge your passion for the gorgeous 'bears with personality'.
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A Little History of Charlie Bears
Charlie Bears were established in 2005 in North Yorkshire, before moving down to Cornwall in the South of England. Owned and run by husband and wife team Charlie and William Morris. Their aim was to have continually changing ranges of affordable teddy bears by artist designers from all around the world, and that's just what they did! Past and current Charlie Bears teddy bear artists include Isabelle Lee from Korea, Australian Lisa Rosenbaum and Kiwi Heather Lyell.
Each year four new collections have been launched - two in the Spring and two in the Autumn. The Charlie Bears collection comprises plush teddies and animals and the Isabelle Collection has limited edition bears made from the finest mohair and alpaca.
Occasionally extra, even more exclusive ranges are released, such as 'Show Specials' characters which are only available to official Charlie Bears stockists who attend the Spring Fair at the Birmingham NEC, where Charlie Bears were first unveiled in 2006. Other special collections include limited edition mohair bears that are only for members of the Charlie Bears Best Friends Club.
Charlie Bears have even created special teddy bears for their retailers including Bronte, Brook and Little D for QVC, the television shopping channel, Ollie for Danbury Mint and Goldie for Golden Valley Bears.
In December 2009 the first Charlie Bears 'Year Bear' was launched - a lovely plush bear with mohair nose and inner ears, named Charlie 2009 after Charlie Morris herself!
The First Charlie Bears Collections 2006
Your Favourite Charlie Bear - Vote for your favourite plush Charlie Bears from this short-list of ten
Which is your favourite plush Charlie Bear?
More about Charlie Bears...
- Frankie's Bunny is the only non-jointed Charlie Bears toy
- A Charlie Bear has appeared on Bruce Forsyth's famous conveyor belt on TV's Generation Game...a Cuddly Toy!!!
- Arctophilia means collecting teddy bears - so a teddy bear collector is an arctophile! It comes from Greek words meaning 'bear' and 'affection'
- Charlie Bears range in size from the tiny 7.5 inch Pansy and friends, to the gigantic 6 foot tall Digby, Wellington, Odin and Nelson!
- Mohair is a soft, natural fibre sheared from Angora Goats
- Charlie Bears are now officially sold in the United Kingdom, the United States of America and now, Australia.
- Frankie's Bunny is a celebrity amongst Charlie Bears having appeared in the British film 'Three and Out' in 2008
Charlie Bears & Isabelle Collections 2007
Charlie Bears Spring 2007
Charlie Bears Autumn 2007
Fred and Ginger
Isabelle Collection Autumn 2007
Coco and Baby
Neo, Barbara and Runa
What's So Special About Bears With Personality?
Well that's one thing for a start...they each have their own, individual personality! Whichever Charlie Bears teddy bear artist a bear is designed by, Charlie herself will check and double check the design to make sure the bear feels good, cuddles well and has the right personality. Charlie has a passion for bear's bottoms and feet so you will see lots of well-rounded bottoms and delightfully-detailed feet & pads!
All Charlie Bears and Isabelle Collection are five-way jointed like traditional teddy bears. This means that their arms, legs and head all move with special joints. While some bears are firm and can be posed and even stand alone, others have 'wobble joints' making them very cuddly; when you hold them they snuggle in and look up at you with lots of love in their eyes!
Charlie and William name each of the bears themselves, but they listen to all of the suggestions that teddy bear collectors send to them. Big Dave is a great big teddy bear who stand nearly 2 and a half feet tall; he was named after Charlie received a letter from a Charlie Bears fan all about her wonderful husband called Big Dave. Now he's immortalised as a lovely large bear! Ade too was named after a collector's husband who needed a bear of his own. Other bears are named after collectors (like 'Debbie') or teddy bear shop owners and there are now two Williams - William and William II (the second) after Charlie's own husband.
Charlie Bears & Isabelle Collections 2008
Charlie Bears Spring 2008
Charlie Bears Autumn 2008
Isabelle Collection Spring 2008
Isabelle Collection Autumn 2008
Cuddles for Everybody!
One of the best things about Charlie Bears is the fact that there are many affordable teddies - and lots to save up for too! Prices start at just over 20 pounds and go right up to Â£1499 for a life-size 6 foot tall bear. But there are plenty of bears to choose from that could be bought with saved-up pocket money.
Then there's the Isabelle Collection - these bears are a little more expensive for two good reasons. First of all they are all made from either mohair or from alpaca. These natural materials are dearer to purchase than man-made plush, and more difficult to work with so the bears take longer to make.
Secondly all of the Isabelle Collection teddy bears and animals are strictly limited editions so they are rare as soon as they are released to the public. There are some Isabelle Collection teddies limited to as few as 150 worldwide. This makes them highly sought after and very collectable bears indeed. Sometimes it doesn't even take a photograph for collectors to start scrambling for a particular bear - just a description!
Charlie Bears and special Isabelle Collection teddies make great gifts for people of all ages. Whether it's a present for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, graduation or Mother's Day and for a youngster or a grown-up a Charlie Bear makes a lovely surprise that will be treasured. Anyone who likes a cuddle will love a Charlie Bear!
Charlie Bears & Isabelle Collections 2009
Charlie Bears Spring 2009
Isabelle Collection Spring 2009
Show Specials 2009Click thumbnail to view full-size
Top Ten Isabelle Collection - Vote for your favourite Isabelle Collection Bears and animals from my top ten
Who is your favourite from the Isabelle Collection
Collector's Items or Commodities?
Charlie Bears are the fastest growing teddy bear collection worldwide right now. Orders this year are three times what they were at the same time last year.
A couple of times a year Charlie and William appear on QVC, the shopping television channel with a selection of the current teddy bear ranges. Rarely are there any bears that don't sell out during the day that they are featured and often they are sold out within minutes!
Every time the bears have a day out at QVC more people find out about them - after the last appearance the members of the 'I Love Charlie Bears' group on Facebook increased 6 fold!
If you look at how often Charlie Bears are searched for online you might not be surprised to find out that the volume of searches is increasing even faster than searches for Steiff Bears! The graph below shows the trend for searches for 'charlie bears' and for 'steiff bears' and you can see that while Steiff Bears shows a gradual reduction in searches, Charlie Bears is steadily increasing!
And you only need to take a quick look on ebay to see that 'retired' Charlie Bears (that are no longer being made and are sold out at all retailers) are selling for amazing prices. In August 2009 Cheesecake teddy bear from the Spring 2009 Isabelle Collection sold on ebay for Â£300 after an original recommended retail price of Â£110!. Blueberry Muffin is the latest highly-sought-after mohair bear, currently for sale on ebay from around Â£255 - more than double the stockist's price. It's rather sad but it seems that these teddy bears are fast becoming a commodity for profiteering out of collector's passions.
Charlie Bears and Steiff Bears Web Searches - Comparing the change in search volumes for Charlie Bears and Steiff Bears
Autumn 2009 Collections Coming Soon...
On the 1st of September 2009 the brand new Autumn 2009 Charlie Bears and Isabelle Collection will be revealed to the eager public. Charlie Bears stockists have already had an opportunity to meet the new bears and place their orders, but they are sworn to secrecy!
My guess is that Charlie Bears collectors and fans can expect another great mixture of traditional, colourful and character-filled teddy bears and animals. There will be a full range of Isabelle Collection mohair bears and lots of gorgeous plush Charlie Bears. I think there will be some surprises as well - previous collections have included an elephant, cats, dogs and some rabbits - what animals will there be this time?!
As you now know, demand will be sky high so it will be important for fans to make fast decisions and get their desired bears ordered, bought or laid-away as soon as possible.
Charlie Bears Resources On-line
- Charlie Bears at Corfe Bears
Browse and buy Charlie Bears plush teddy bears. Free first class delivery!
- Isabelle Collection
Mohair, Limited Edition Isabelle Collection teddy bears and animals. Free careful packaging and first class delivery.
- Charlie Bears Official Website
All the Charlie Bears news and current brochures.
- I Love Charlie Bears group on Facebook
A place to share your Charlie Bears passion. Discuss everything from your shopping list for the next collection to where you keep your teddy bear collection.
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