One of the many charms of an Old Teddy Bear is that no two bears could ever possibly be the same. Every Old Bear has had a different owner, a different home, a different life and different adventures.
Some bears have been loved and cuddled so much more than others, while some have met with misfortune, but somehow they have managed to survive to this day.
Every single stitch, every bald patch, every colour change and every sagged body part all contribute to his amazing charm, character and lovable personality.
Some Old Bears have been slept with for ever so many years, some have been dragged around (lovingly of course) by an arm, a leg or even an ear.
Some have had major surgery performed by Mother. Some have been attacked by moths and some, sadly have been left in a loft or basement.
Some (like my Old Bear, Sooty) have been buried up to their necks in sand and then shared toffee apples and candy floss.
Old Teddies have been laid upon, cried upon, dressed and undressed, stitched and repaired. They have also been taken to war and returned home as heroes.
So, considering an Old Bear's life together with the events he has lived through, I would say that we are extremely lucky to still have these amazing creatures still in our lives.
For me, there is often a touch of sadness that endears Old Teddy Bears to people like me, a bit like layers of paint on an old building oh yes and there is that Old Teddy Bear smell too that warms my heart. It is a smell of interesting old chests and warm winter blankets. The smell is comforting and reminds me of beautiful things and memories ..........so many memories.
This beautiful Old Farnell Teddy Bear dates to the First World War
We stock a large selection of Old Bears, Vintage Bears, Classic Bears, Replica Bears, Musical Bears, Teddy Bears with names and anonymous bears. They come from some of the world's finest makers such as Steiff, Merrythought, Chiltern and Chad Valley, as well as some bears who simply cannot be identified but who are oozing mystery and magic.
We also stock some warm handmade clothes (see our Elsie Bear Designs) for teddy bears whose fur has been loved off as well as for teddy bears who just love being stylish.
Because we love them and Lorraine has been obsessed by these amazing lovable creatures since childhood.
(This is a photograph of Lorraine with her old childhood teddy bear - Sooty - a Pedigree Bear who has been with her since the day she was born).
You can contact us by email or by telephone. We love hearing from you.
If you find a teddy you wish to buy either send us an email or telephone us or use the contact sheet to the left. We will then send you a Paypal Invoice (which takes most cards) or you can pay over the telephone or send us a cheque.
PLEASE IGNORE the Cart Button at present (that is something for the future!!)
Any queries, again, please contact us and we will try our very best to help. Thank You.
317 Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL2 4QP, United Kingdom
If you see a teddy bear that you would like to buy, you can either telephone us or you can email us with your card details. Simply send us an email saying which teddy you would like to buy and we will send you a Paypal invoice. We accept most cards and we use PayPal to process them and if you prefer, we also accept payment by cheque, although we will have to wait for the cheque to clear before the teddy bear is sent to you.
PLEASE NOTE All items sold on this website are collectable items and ARE NOT toys and therefore are not suitable for children.
At Ginos Bears we will always send your goods out by either First Class Royal Mail (Signed For) or by a Carrier such as UPS. It may cost a llittle bit more to send our bears but as these old friends are unique and so valuable in both monetary and sentimental value, we feel that only the best means of postage is suitable. Using these services you should expect to receive your items within seven days of ordering, unless otherwise notified by email. If a delay in posting due to holidays, sickness or unforeseen circumstances happens either an email to the customer and/or a message will be posted on the site regarding such delay. Once your order has been received via our site an email will be sent to the customer notifying that postage of the item has been made and the expected date of arrival.
We also try our best to use re-cycled materials for packing our old bears but, of course, never putting our bears in jeopardy.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998). We collect information about you for two reasons : firstly, to process your order and secondly, to provide you with the best possible service.
We will not email you in the future unless you have given us your consent.
POSTAGE CHARGES FOR YOUR TEDDY BEAR.
Please enquire as to the charge for postage on your order. We usually send out our Old Bears by either First Class Royal Mail or a courier service.
PLEASE NOTE : We do not give Valuations. However, we are always interested in Old Bears so if you are looking to sell your Old Teddy please give us an idea of the price
Many of us have memories of our childhood bears. We remember their faces in particular. We ate with them, played with them and slept with them. They all have their very own stories.
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