Friday, June 30, 2006

"The Spirit of New Orleans" Doll by the Alexander Doll Company

The effects of Hurricane Katrina can still be painfully felt, although it has been longer than nine months since this horrific natural disaster occurred. Did you know that this was the costliest hurricane ever to hit the US, and damage is estimated at $75 billion dollars? More than 500,000 children were torn from the place they once called home and relocated to new and strange surroundings. Many New Orleans families were placed in new residences throughout Texas, to include Austin (and Pflugerville, Texas, where Beacon's Glow Collectibles is located).

Beacon's Glow Collectibles has been honored to be chosen as one of the Alexander Doll Company's retailers located in the South that can offer this very special "The Spirit of New Orleans" doll. This incredible 8" Wendy doll comes dressed in an exquisite purple Mardi Gras gown trimmed in gold and green. She holds a whimsical Mardi Gras gold mask. (A portion of this sale of this doll will be contributed to the K.I.D.S. Foundation which assists in providing clothing, shoes, toys, and books to those people in need, specifically Katrina victims at this time).

We have already ordered "The Spirit of New Orleans" and we are anxious to receive her. If you are interested in obtaining one of these very special dolls, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We all hope that you and yours have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July Holiday!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Vintage Madame Alexander Dolls

If you hadn't heard, this year the Alexander Doll Company is introducing their "Vintage Collection". These dolls were made as a tribute to Madame's most legendary sculpts and highly regarded creations from earlier eras. Each comes in a special collectible tin doll box, and all come from a small limited edition.

Beacon's Glow Collectibles has received all but two (2) Vintage Collection Cissys - Scene Stealer Cissy, and Retro Revival Jacqui. Hopefully, these will be arriving in the next month or so. Please let us know if you are interested, and we can let you know when they arrive.

Currently in stock from this special collection are 2 8" Wendy dolls: Little Southern Miss, and Signs of Spring; and 2 10" Cissette Dolls: Picking Bouquets and Summer of '57. (Picking Bouquets has been nominated for the prestigious 2006 DOLLS Award of Excellence. We sure hope that she wins, as she is a very nice doll.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Steiff's New Ornament Arrivals

We just received in two of Steiff's North American Exclusives Christmas ornaments and they are just precious. One is the Christmas Swan Ornament (EAN 668579) - an adorable white mohair swan and her beak is made of trevira velvet which has been delicately airbrushed. She comes from a limited edition of 1500 pieces.

The second Christmas ornament that has already arrived is the Bear on Wheels Ornament (EAN 668609), a personal favorite of the owner of Beacon's Glow Collectibles. Bear on Wheels has been nominated for the 2006 Golden Teddy Award. This beautiful baby bear stands 4 inches tall, and wears an embroidered felt saddle and a velvet ribbon accented with a golden bell. He is second in the series of Animal Ornaments on Wheels. This adorable ornament is based on a 1952 design, and is cleverly limited to an edition of 1952 pieces.

Wouldn't it be an incredible sight to have one's Christmas tree decorated only in Steiff ornaments? :)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Sneak Peek at Bearington Collection's 2006 Fall-Christmas Inventory

The efficiency of the Bearington Bear Company is quite amazing. An order was placed for their upcoming 2006 Fall and Christmas items on Monday, and on Thursday multiple boxes of new fall and Christmas inventory arrived.

Check out some of these adorable pieces:
  • Apple Annie (who is apple scented)
  • Bearly A. Reindeer
  • Christopher Christmastales
  • Grandfather Frost (a 16" bear who wears an incredible coat with matching cap)
  • & several new miniature plush ornaments
There are many more items expected to arrive in the next couple of months, so please check back occasionally. If you are looking for a specific Bearington piece, don't hesitate to contact us and we will see what we can do to track it down for you.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

New Paulinettes Arrival Slightly Delayed

Just heard from Ernst Jacobsen, Pauline Bjonness-Jacobsen's son, that the three new 8-inch Paulinettes (Marina, Selena, and Caroline) should be shipping out to retailers towards the end of June. The initial estimate was mid-May.

Definitely a case of good things come to those who wait!

Additionally, 2 new Paulinettes (Amelia and Lily) will be introduced during the August/September timeframe. (Photos are expected to be available mid-July, and we will post these as soon as we receive them.) Also, the adorable Amish Paulinette pair, Annie and Jacob, are going to be re-introduced. For those of you anxiously awaiting their return (including myself), this will be a perfect chance to add this pair to your collection.

I got the priviledged opportunity to chat with Pauline herself a couple of months back. What a sweet and dear individual. I felt honored to be able to speak with this special celebrity.
Pauline Bjonness-Jacobsen has been creating wonderful Pauline dolls since the 1980's, and as can be expected, has quite a following.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Boyds Bears Update

Boyd's is constantly adding to their Heart to Heart collection of bears. These reasonably priced bears are a great buy, and all of these bears come with the Boyd's signature embroidered heart on their paw. Beacon's Glow Collectibles currently have 22 Heart to Heart Collection bears in stock, and 3 new bears were added yesterday. They are: Alexis, Dawn Marie, and Hannah.

Probably the most popular Boyd's item this summer is the Bug Jar with Copper Finish. There is a battery compartment contained in the lid that holds two "AA" batteries. The fireflies (aka lightening bugs depending on which part of the country you live in) fade in and out with a yellow glow. What a clever idea!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Hello Kitty Madame Alexander Dolls Now in Stock

Both of the "My New Friend Hello Kitty" (Caucasian and Asian) 8" Madame Alexander dolls have arrived and are now in stock. These adorable dolls come with their own miniature "Hello Kitty" plush and are just adorable. They are modeled after the very popular Japanese cartoon phenomenon, Hello Kitty, iniatially introduced back in 1974.

We were thrilled to finally receive these Alexander Doll Company dolls as they were scheduled to be delivered back in April of this year.

Please keep in mind that, as is always the case with the purchase of any Madame Alexander 8" or 10" doll, a Madame Alexander logoed doll stand is included free of charge with the purchase of each doll.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to the Beacon's Glow Collectibles Blog! My name is Brenda and I am the owner (and webmaster) of Beacon's Glow Collectibles. As many of you already know, I have a background in Information Technology and love to learn the intricacies of computer software. Recently, I read an article on one of my favorite webmaster newsletters (Site Pro News) on blogging, and how it is taking the Internet world by storm. So, I decided to research the possibility of blogging on our site, and here is my first attempt after taking some time to get our blog set up.

Incidentally, for those of you who do not already know about Beacon's Glow Collectibles, we carry many fine gift and collectible manufacturer lines to include: Madame Alexander, Lee Middleton, Marie Osmond, Ginny Dolls by Vogue, Dolls by Pauline, The Doll Maker by Linda Rick, Precious Moments dolls; Jan McLean, & Susan Wakeen Dolls; Steiff North American Exclusives as well as Steiff Worldwide Classic Collection, Robin Rive, Bearington Collection, Boyd's Collection, Annette Funicello Bears & Ganz Cottage Bears.

We also carry a nice selection of Little Dippers by Ganz; Bear Dips by Beacon's Glow; and Lang candles, but because of the sizzling summer temperatures we have been experiencing here in Central Texas, we have had to discontinue sales of these items until the Fall when the temperatures begin to cool down a bit.

Our online store carries more than 1,000 different collectible items, and we have been in business since the fall of 2003.

We love getting to meet and stay in touch with our customers, and have built several long-lasting friendships along the way. Our customers truly mean a lot to us.

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Thank you for taking the time to visit and please check back often to read the latest Beacon's Glow Collectibles news (new product arrivals, special sales, interesting tidbits that we hear about artists and manufacturers, etc.). We look forward to keeping in touch with you.