It started off well, with a trip down to The New Forest in Hampshire. We stayed in a small hotel in a beautiful position right on the cliff top overlooking the sea and the Isle of Wight.
The Teddy bear fair was about half an hour away at a place called Minstead. We set up our table between two Charlie Bear retailers (both had shops). At least the old bears stood out well between these very popular mass produced bears. I always felt that I could not compete with them when I just sold my own made Pud Bears, but this was not an issue with the vintage bears. It went very well, lots of interest and indecision from the customers, some of them picking up many different bears before making a final choice.
|Saggy Bear was very popular, but is still |
available at www.weebly.com/pollysvintagebears
|Bailey, waving goodbye as he has a new home|
|..........but lost out to Charlie Klonk, who found a new home|
|Chocolate Chad was picked up a few times............|
|Doll not for sale|
|Blankets and knitted bears available at www.folksy.com/shops/PudBearsandFriends and www.etsy.com/shop/PollyKay11|