Antique Teddy Bears and Vintage Bears for Collectors
Antique Bears Need a home too!
Antique teddy bear collecting is a passion that only fellow bear lovers will understand. It starts when you are young with that special friend that shares all your secrets and worries, comforts you when you are alone and never judges.
Slowly the quantity of bears grows, big bears and little bears, fat bears and thin ones. Then one day something happens and you cross over from a bear lover to a bear collector. There is no turning back now. A new world has opened up, a world of fuzzy friends without realizing it you have become an arctophily (bear collector).
Welcome to Antique bears
Ok, I confess the first old bear I bought was on the spur of the moment at a general auction - I knew nothing! Absolutly nothing about antique bears.
The old bear looked as if it was worth about $2(Â£1). He was very tatty and worn and not very pretty. He sat on a table half sitting and half slumped over, forgotten and unwanted. Being a bear addict I wanted him. He looked like he needed a home.
The auction wore on. The bear finally came up. Poised ready I held my breath ready to bid. I was having that bear.
The auctioneer raised him high and said, "bids start at $100 (Â£50)!"
My hand froze mid way up. Horror griped me. I couldnt believe it - how much! Really?
Silence stilled the room. Not one person bid. He was being held back. I rushed out of the room to find a cash point, withdrew money and ran back again. Breathing heavily I rejoined my parents only to be told someone decided they wanted it - No! Luckly my father had asked for the bear to be held back for me.
So it was I left the auction with one of the scabbiest bears I have ever seen.
After that I researched old bears. It opened up a whole new and quite complicated world.
Don't make this mistake - know your bears! Theres some fantastic books below about how to choose your bear. But also, take a chance - you never know.
Collecting Antique Bears Video
Teddy Bear Collecting Books to Help You
Books to help you get the best bear for your collection. Teddy bear collecting is an art, the more you know about what to look for the better chances you have of gaining an original bear to adopt!
I think it is a great idea to find out as much as possible about the bears especially if bidding on eBay as while you can get bargains and most people are reputable some are not.
You can always find teddy treasures but you need to know what you are looking for to get the best bargains.
My Old Teddy
his arms are rubbed bare.
Hes faded, hes injured.
How we love this little antique bear!