Sunday, December 20, 2009

Boyds Bears Spanglers Collection

We have received in the full set of 5 Boyds Bears from the Spanglers Collection. These bears are all dressed in patriotic colors of red, white and light blue. This is a bit of a variation from the red, white and blue patriotic Boyds bears of the past. Do you remember the "Old Glory" Collection from way back?

This set of bears is perfect for displaying in a group of by themselves year-round.

Their names are:

- Sarah Beth Spangler
- Sydney Spangler
- Emmy Lou Spangler
- Molly Sue Spangler
- Maggie Mae Spangler

This Spangler Collection by Boyds should definitely be categorized as a classic Boyds Bear Collection.

Quote of the Day - "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller

Monday, December 14, 2009

We have the nicest customers

By far, doll collectors and bear collectors are the nicest group of people in existence. They continually amaze us with their kind comments (and, of course, their ability to word things so incredibly).

We got this email over the weekend and without a doubt, have decided that our customers are the best group of people out there.

"I just wanted to thank you for the phone call today, alerting me that these much sought after Favorite Friends Madame Alexander dolls came in over the weekend!! Such personalized service is not all that common anymore, and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it. Your prompt processing of my order has put my mind at ease, as I now know that my little girl will have a beautiful gift awaiting her on Christmas morning. Also, I have to point out that your prices are less than all of the other online vendors of the same doll. This was a wonderful surprise, and a great added bonus!! Even your shipping charges are less than the others. (I know...I asked!!) So with your personalized service, your lower prices on the dolls and your lower shipping charges, this makes you THE BEST online store that I've come across this Christmas season!! Thank you so much...everything about my shopping experience here has been dearly appreciated. Merry Christmas and best wishes with your business."

Thank you all for your business, and I hope that you and yours have a blessed holiday season!

Quote of the Day - "To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says:"Leave no stone unturned." - Edward Bulwer Lytton

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Boyds Bears Friends of Boyds (FOB) Club

We received word from Enesco, distributor of Boyds Bears, some news regarding the Boyds Friends of Boyds (FOB) Club.

Per Enesco: "As you know the launch timing of the 2009 program was later than in years' past. . . recently we have been seeing an upward trend in membership enrollments. We attribute this to your continued support of the club, increased brand awareness as a result of appearances on QVC as well as the increase in buying activity during the holidays.

Because of the current trends we are also learning that many past members are just now feeling comfortable renewing for a variety of reasons, some as a result of the economy and some as a result of our delayed schedule with this past year's inventory. To better serve our customers and give everyone time to become a "Quiltin FOB" we've decided to extend our renewal efforts through the holidays and into 2010. We've received extremely good feedback about this year's theme of quilting, as well as the quality of the pieces within the FOB kit. We want to make sure that we've given all past members the opportunity to become a "Quiltin FOB" before launching the new program.

For all existing members, all benefits will be extended through 2010. Please note that this in no way means we are discontinuing the Friends of Boyds program. We are solely reacting to the renewed interests in the 2009 program and extending the current program through the holiday season, continuing through 2010."

We have been notified by Boyds Bears that we will be receiving the 2001 FOB Kits in October of 2010. This will allow us to have the new kits available to our customers during the 2010 holiday season.

Quote of the Day - "Dost though love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of." - Benjamin Franklin

Friday, December 11, 2009

Madame Alexander Dolls Favorite Friends In Time for Christmas

For those of you that did not know, December 17th is the last day for shipping anywhere in the United States using UPS Ground. We here at Beacon's Glow Collectibles have continuously used UPS as our source for shipping. That is, with the exception of international orders and we have no choice but to utilize the US Postal Service.

Anyway, we received in late today the complete line of the Favorite Friends Collection from Madame Alexander Dolls. These vinyl dolls are all 18 inches tall and come dressed in the latest fashions. They have fun to style hair (made of Kanekalon hair which is the best there is), and eyes with long lashes that open and close. Additionally, there the articulation at the neck, shoulders and hips to allow for multiple poses. Their bodies are soft and huggable.

Six (6) Favorite Friends dolls have been introduced by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, as well as six (6) different outfits. (Incidentally, all 18-inch outfits can be worn on any 18-inch doll).

These 6 Favorite Friends dolls are named:

1. Party Perfect
2. Urban Cowgirl
3. Spring Fling Dance
4. Turning Heads
5. After School Cool
6. Oh So Groovy

There is a good choice for eye and hair color combinations also. As is always the case with Madame Alexander dolls, their quality and attention to detail is unsurpassed.

Quote of the Day - "The only journey is the journey within." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Boyds Bears - The Wellingtons are Here

We were quite surprised to receive in very recently several of Boyds Bears Fashion Family Collections. It was our understanding from Enesco, distributors of Boyds Bears, that these brand new collections would not be arriving until early 2010.

We were very impressed with the Wellington Collection. As Boyds puts it "The Classiest Bears in Town!"

This collection includes 6 different bears ranging in size from 10 inches to an incredible 30 inch bear named Chandler Wellington. Each bear wears rich colors and textures of shimmering satins and velvety velours that were inspired by the vibrant shades of autumn. Hand-crafted accessories add a touch of class to each elegant piece.

Names of these bears are as follows:

1. Chandler Wellington
2. Lady Wellington
3. Whitney Wellington
4. Gracie Wellington
5. Buffy Wellington

Quote of the Day - "So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key". - The Eagles

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Marie Osmond Material Girls Tiny Tots are In

Late last night we received in a shipment from Marie Osmond Dolls that contained the 4 brand new Material Girls Tiny Tots. They are all so adorable that we cannot decide which one is our favorite.

These 4 Material Girl Tiny Tots include:

1. Taffeta Tiny Tot
2. Organza Tiny Tot
3. Cotton Ginny Tiny Tot
4. Velvet Tiny Tot (Pictured Left)

This Marie Osmond Doll Collection was inspired by her mother, Olive. Her saying was "She who dies with the most fabric, wins!"

Each Material Girl Tiny Tot has been sculpted by the same sculptor who did the full-sized models - Karen Scott.

We were so pleased that they arrived in time for ordering for the Christmas holidays. All Material Girl porcelain Tiny Tot dolls are priced at $49.95.

Quote of the Day - "If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes." - St. Clement of Alexandra

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What a great idea for Steiff Bears

We were on the phone with a customer this morning and we were trying to navigate the Steiff Bears subcategories on the Beacons Glow Collectibles site. Confusing and difficult to navigate to say the least - we were both having trouble finding what we were looking for. Her suggestion was to create an "All Steiff" category and list every Steiff item we have available in this category. What an excellent idea. . .

Steiff collectors can immediately identify the difference in numbers between Steiff North American Exclusives and Steiff Worldwide Limited editions. But oftentimes, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the two.

Creating this new category remedies this issue by allowing potential customers to scan each page (or select "View All") to see all Steiff items currently in stock.

Quote of the Day - "The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp." - John Berry

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jim Shore Figurines Fabrics of Faith

Jim Shore Figurines has recently introduced three wonderful angels and this new collection is called "Fabrics of Faith". This angel collection serves as a reminder of faith. Each angel features a fabric skirt with special embroidery details. The detail on each and every angel in this collection is incredible.

This new Jim Shore Collection includes:

1. Angel of Love (with a heart pattern skirt)
2. Angel of Hope (with a star pattern skirt)
3. Angel of Friendship (with a flower pattern skirt)

We expect that this new collection will be very popular and should imagine that Jim Shore will gradually add to this collection to add different faith themes.

Quote of the Day - "There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you." - David Burns

Tne Enduring Popularity of Snoopy

Have you noticed that many stores this holiday season have several Snoopy-themed Christmas decorating items? The enduring popularity of the late Charles M. Schulz beagle character, Snoopy, is quite amazing. This ever-popular character made his debut in a comic strip on October 4, 1950.

Both Steiff Bears and Madame Alexander Dolls have very special items celebrating Snoopy this year.

Steiff Bears has introduced Snoopy and Woodstock (EAN 681387) (which by the way has won the coveted Teddy Bear of the Year (TOBY) Award, and an adorable Snoopy ornament (EAN 681394).

Madame Alexander has 3 dolls this year with the Snoopy and Peanuts theme:

1. Wendy Loves Snoopy (48975)
2. Peanuts Christmas Jack (49735)
3. Peanuts Christmas Wendy (49736)

It sure does look like the popularity of Snoopy will last forever. . .

Quote of the Day - "The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be." - Horace Bushnell

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Madame Alexander Winnie the Pooh Dolls

Better late than never as they say - we were expecting in both the "P is for Pooh" and "T is for Tigger" Madame Alexander Dolls back in June but we just recently received them in.

As is always the case with Madame Alexander Dolls, the quality and workmanship is superb in both of these dolls.

P is for Pooh is an 8-inch Wendy doll with dark hair and blue eyes and wears a very colorful pant set. An adorable miniature plush Winnie the Pooh is included with this doll.

T is for Tigger is a blond-haired, blued eyed boy doll that is also 8 inches tall. He wears a cute pair of tan cargo pants and a hooded sweatshirt. A miniature plush Tigger comes with this set.

For those of you who were waiting for the Jack Loves Toy Story, we are sorry to disappoint you but the Alexander Doll Company ran into some manufacturing issues with this doll. Therefore, this doll will not be produced but hopefully things will be straightened out next year and production will resume.

Quote of the Day - "If we could first know where we are. . . we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it." - Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fairies by Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore

Jim Shore's long-awaited fairy figurines have finally arrived! This new collection entitled "Fairies by Heartwood Creek" includes 7 adorable resin fairies.

This new collection has been highly requested and we believe that it will be popular with both Jim Shore collectors and fairy collectors alike. Each fairy has pressed metal wings which is new to Jim's figurines.

Figurines from this collection include:

1. Cat Fairy Figurine
2. Cooking Fairy Figurine
3. Fairy Princess with Frog Figurine
4. Fairy Seahorse Figurine
5. Flower Fairy Figurine
6. Musical Fairy Figurine
7. Sewing Fairy Figurine

Additionally, a displayer base is available to display 5 of these adorable fairies.

Quote of the Day - "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bearington Bears - A Family Affair

We have been carrying Bearington Bears now for at least 5 years now, and it still amazes us how Bearington can come up with new and cute themes for their teddy bears.

Bearington Bears was recently featured in the latest 'Teddy Bear & Friends" magazine and we thought we would share some highlights of this article.

Bearington Collection is truly a family-based business steeped in tradition. In existence for more than 11 years, the Stray family has worked side by side in their family business. Mother Betty and daughter Jamie Stray develop the new products and designs, and are both artists by nature. Father Jim, along with son Brad, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company.

As is popular with many manufacturers this holiday season, Bearington has designed their bears in classic Christmas reds and greens. It is their intention to exude a feeling of days gone by with their creations this holiday season and they have certainly met their goal.

Quote of the Day - "Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate." - Margaret Cho

Saturday, November 14, 2009

2009 Holiday Forecast

It looks like the economy is starting to turn around as things are looking up for the 2009 Holiday Shopping Season. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF) they are projecting holiday retail industry sales to decline only one percent this year to $437.6 billion. Incidentally, the NRF defines "holiday sales" as retail industry sales in the months of November and December.

While this number fails significantly below the ten-year average of 3.39 percent holiday season growth, the decline is not expected to be as dramatic as last year's 3.4 percent drop in holiday retail sales nor as severe as the 3.0 percent decline in annual retail industry sales expected for all of 2009.

In addition, we have heard that many individuals this holiday season are leaning towards holiday items that return to things that offer comfort and reflect memories. Popular Christmas themes and colors are Christmas red, greens and golds this holiday season.

Quote of the Day - "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." - Patrick Henry

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Thinkin of Ya Bearstones by Boyds Bears

Boyds Bears has always been famous for their intricately designed resin Bearstone figurines, and have recently introduced a new Bearstone Collection. This new collection is the "Thinkin of Ya Bearstone Collection". In the past, Boyds had consistently created plush bears for their "Thinkin of Ya" Collection so the introduction of resin Bearstones is quite new.

As Boyds says: "Each Thinkin of Ya Bearstone is small in stature but big in thoughtfulness!" Boyds has captured popular gift giving sentiments and themes such as: 'Sweetest Grandma'; 'Happy Birthday'; 'Moms are Angels'; 'Teachers Rule'; etc.

Perfect for any special occasion or special person in your life.

Quote of the Day - "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Boyds Bears Charming Angels

If you will recall, Enesco formed a partnership with Boyds Bears in the summer of last year. At that time, it was decided that one of Boyds resin Collections - Charming Angels would no longer be carried as a product line for Boyds. Both Boyds and Enesco received in many letters, calls, and emails requesting that this incredible line of resin angels be brought back. We are very pleased to announce that this line is once again being carried by Boyds by Enesco and we are pleased to say that we are now carrying this line of resin collectibles.

Boyds description of their Charming Angels Collection is as follows:

"The Charming Angels Collection. . . Guardian Angels of all that is beautiful, precious and pure in the world. Each Charming Angel captures not only the essence of true beauty but shares a feeling of comfort and grace, protectors of all things and all people that are important in our lives. Each delicately sculpted figurine shows exquisite detail and attention, from the gentleness of the face and hands to the flowing gown with embellishments fit for the most graceful of angels.

A Charming Angel is not complete until the perfect set of wings is sculpted, capturing the unique and beautiful expression found within each figurine. The wings are then cast in a translucent resin which are only enhanced when touched by sunlight.

Each Angel is gift boxed and packaged with a 24-karat gold overlay charm, symbolic of the true meaning each Charming Angel shares. Boyds Charming Angels are hand painted and sculpted by master artisans, hand numbered in 3600 piece editions and bottom stamped with an inspirational quote. "

Quote of the Day - "Give all to love; obey thy heart." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Boyds Bears 2009 O Holy Night Nativity Set

Just this past week we received in Boyds Bears latest resin Bearstone Masterpiece named 'O Holy Night" Nativity Set. This piece certainly captures the beauty and magic of the most holy of all nights.

O Holy Night Nativity Set features ten pieces - an angel-topped creche, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the Three Kings, a camel and a lamb. This set comes from a limited edition of 3600 pieces.

The bottom stamp reads 'May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace. The gladness of Christmas give you hope. The warmth of Christmas grant you love.' - Unknown

This is a perfect nativity set to add to your Christmas holiday.

Quote of the Day - 'Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.' - Robert Collier

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Marie Osmond Dolls October 2009 Collection

Marie Osmond Dolls October 2009 Collection has arrived. For those of you who watched Marie Osmond on QVC on October 26th, many incredible new dolls were debuted. We here at Beacons Glow Collectibles have received in at least one of each of these dolls that was presented during the show.

These include:

Rosemary Bru (Mary Benner)
Chloe (Sonja Bryer)
Baby Abigail Blessing Day (Sonja Bryer)
Harmony What Child is This? (Karen Scott)
Soyala (Karen Scott)

Mimi (JoAnn Pohlman)
Baby Tina (Karen Scott)
Adora All You Need is Love Belle (Marie Osmond)
Adora Belle Holiday 2009 (Marie Osmond)

Marie mentioned during the QVC show that the prices for these dolls is even more reasonable than usual. This is due to the fact that Charisma Brands is acquiring additional doll manufacturers and therefore, are getting better pricing on their doll production. Just recently, Charisma Brands (Marie Osmond is part owner by the way) has acquired Adora Dolls. We expect that these dolls will be offered to retailers in the beginning of 2010.

Quote of the Day - "People fail forward to success." - May Kay Ash

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fall 2009 Charlie Bears Collection

We received in 15 new Charlie Bears from their Fall 2009 Collection, and as is usually the case, they are very, very nice teddy bears. Additionally, we have received in additional bears from Charlie Bear's Spring 2009 Collection that were very popular to include: Evie, Diesel, Jackson, and Crispin.

More deliveries of these adorable bears are to be shipped to us throughout November and December according to Lucy from the Charlie Bears Ltd. UK Bearhouse. They expect to be receiving in large shipments of new bears every 10 days and will get them shipped out to retailers as quickly as they can.

Their goal is to have all Charlie Bears shipped out to retailers by the second week of December so that will still allow for delivery in time for the Christmas holiday.

Quote of the Day - "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Better Late than Never Halloween Items

Fortunately, we have received in both Halloween Boyds Bears and a Halloween Marie Osmond Doll before Halloween. But unfortunately, there is probably not enough time to get it to you by Halloween this Saturday.

For those of you who have been waiting for the following we thought we should get this out to you.

Both Boyds Bears CC Sugarbeary and Shadow McBoo have arrived and are ready to order.

Additionally, the highly anticipated Marie Osmond QVC Exclusive Doll that became available to retailers in very small quantities is now ready to order also. This full porcelain cutie is named 'Adora Spell Belle' and is dressed in a colorful Halloween witche's outfit.

Our apologies for the late arrival of these Halloween items but we just received them from our manufacturers (Boyds Bears and Marie Osmond Dolls).

Quote of the Day - "It's not know what to do, it's doing what you know." - Anthony Robbins

Monday, October 26, 2009

Boyds Bears New Boydsville Village Collection

Boyds Bears has recently introduced a new miniature resin line named Boydsville Village. This new collection features a miniature village where Boyds Bears live, work and play. . .

According to Boyds: "Where every morning, you can hear the church bells echo through the valley and the streets come alive with laughter from children making their way to school. Where just a short ways out of town, farmers tend to their fields and the aroma of freshly baked apple pie fills the fresh country air."

Over time we will meet more members of the Boydsville Community - the merchants along Main Street in town, Boydsville's wealthiest folks living high in the hills in mansions that have stood for generations, and folks with simpler needs, finding comfort and shelter in their cozy lil homes nestled in the Boydsville countryside.

Each Boydsville Village piece has a removable roof and floor and whimsical sculpted messages inside every rooftop. Each is also intricately detailed and has a removable miniature Boyds Bear character inside. All are hand-painted and hand-numbered in 3600 piece editions.

We have received in the first four of this brand new Boydsville Village Collection:

1. Mr. and Mrs. Sitaspell's Ol Grey Farm House 4015170
2. Pastor John's Woodland Church 4015169
3. Mrs. Applesworth's School of Book Learnin 4015171
4. Farmer Jed's Big Red Bard 4015172

Each resin piece is anywhere from 3 inches to 4-3/4 inches tall.

Additionally, we have in stock the Boydsville Village Sign (4015168) that looks great displayed in front of your Boydsville Village Collection.

Quote of the Day - "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Boyds Bears 2009 Limited Edition Bearstone

Late Friday we received in the 2009 Limited Edition Bearstone by Boyds Bears named 'The Haymaker Family. . . Simple Pleasures, Lasting Memories'. This incredible piece measures more than 13 inches long and comes from a limited edition of 5000 pieces.

The Haymakers share an afternoon of family fun in one of Boyds Bears most elaborate designs to date. This family of six makes their way through hill and dale in an old fashioned wooden resin hay wagon led by their faithful friend. Seven intricately sculpted figurines include Ma and Pa Haymaker with their brood of four and trusty steed.

No details has been overlooked with this Bearstone from the weathered wood slats and nails on the hay wagon to each strand of straw hat.

The stamp on the bottom reads 'We do not remember days, we remember moments'.

We expect this limited edition Bearstone to sell out quite quickly. As we most of our Boyds resin pieces, all of The Haymaker Family Bearstones are 1E editions.

Quote of the Day - "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Charisma Dolls Now to Carry Adora Dolls

Charisma Brands, known for their distribution of Marie Osmond Dolls, has recently acquired the Adora Dolls Company. At this point in time. Charisma is already shipping Adora products to customers and will be introducing the 2010 Adora lines at next year's IDEX and Toy Fair venues.

Beacon's Glow Collectibles plans to add Adora dolls to their collectible doll offerings towards the beginning of 2010.

Adora dolls are known for their irresistible baby dolls. They also offer both outfits and accessories for these adorable vinyl baby dolls.

Quote of the Day - "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Additional Snowbabies Have Arrived

We are continuining to receive in additional Snowbabies by Department 56. The most recent shipment from yesterday contains many cute Christmas ornaments as well as many from this year's special "Polar Bear Express" Snowbabies Exploration Collection.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of American explorers that traversed the North Pole during 1909, the collection was inspired by the scenes and characters of the far North.

Featured items received from this Collection so far include:
Baby in the Hood
Hop on Board
Snuggle Babies ornaments

We expect that the popularity of Snowbabies will increase once the colder weather sets in, as well as the holiday season. Snowbabies convey a preponderance towards the cooler winter months. And, it looks like most of us will have cold winters this year. . . .

Quote of the Day - "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased." - Katherine Hepburn

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Charlie Bears Chocolate Fondue

Due to the incredible popularity of Cheesecake introduced in Charlie Bears 2009 Spring Collection, they will be introducing the much anticipated follow up and he is named Chocolate Fondue.

Chocolate Fondue is made of long, wavy chocolate brown German Schulte mohair. He has faux suede paw pads and felt-backed eyes. As with all Charlie Bears, he is hand-made and additionally is partially bean-filled. Chocolate Fondue is 13 inches tall and comes from a limited edition of only 500 pieces.

Charlie Bears are certainly "Bears with Personalities". Chocolate Fondue is expected to be shipping in late October. If you are interested in obtaining this incredibly adorable teddy bear, please contact us and we can notify you when he has arrived. We do not believe in pre-orders but can certainly put any item to the side for you when they arrive in stock.

Quote of the Day - "Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine." - Joan Collins

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Charlie Bears MiniMo Collections

Charlie Bears, the wildly popular plush and mohair teddy bears from the UK, have announced their introduction of 4 MiniMo Collections for their Fall 2009 lineup. MiniMos are mohair teddy bears that range in size from 7 inches to 8 inches. Their philosophy is "There's always room for one more bear". These adorable smaller sized mohair bears will look great grouped together or as an accent for a larger Charlie Bear.

We will provide you with an overview of each upcoming MiniMo Collection but would like to start with the following 8-inch MiniMo Collection.

This collection (pictured above) includes the following mohair teddybears:

1. Bubbles
2. Dewdrop
3. Digit
4. Dumpling
5. Scallywag
6. Tuppence

We expect to start receiving our North America allocation of Charlie Bears within the next couple of weeks, so plan to see them available to order on the site towards the end of October.

Quote of the Day - "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." - Dolly Parton

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Marie Osmond Dolls

We have heard from Charisma Brands, distributor of Marie Osmond Dolls, that Marie Osmond will be debuting her October 2009 Collection of dolls on QVC on October 26th. As always is the case, we plan on being sure to watch.

There are 4 dolls from this October Collection that we are sure will be popular with Marie Osmond Doll collectors.

They are:

1. Baby Tiny who comes dressed in layers of pastel pink tulle and crystal-embellished floral accents. She has been sculpted by Karen Scott for Marie Osmond Dolls.

2. Scarlet is dressed in a scarlet red dress with white faux pearls and coordinated hair bow. She truly looks like she could easily become a Christmas holiday doll to display during the holidays. Scarlet was sculpted by Kathy Smith.

3. Mimi, sculpted by the very popular JoAnn Pohlman, comes dressed in a black and white toile dress with bright red ruffled detailing. Incidentally, Mimi’s dress was inspired by Marie’s love of Paris and she is as petite and beautiful as her name.

4. Harmony - What Child is This is a musical doll costumed in a black embroidered chiffon with scalloped edging over a deep red and blue iridescent taffeta and coordinated headband. She plays "What Child is This" and was sculpted by Karen Scott. Harmony will be the third in the Harmony doll series. (She is pictured above).

As usual, we will match QVC pricing on all of these incredible Marie Osmond Dolls.

Quote of the Day - "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't." - Pete Seeger

Friday, September 25, 2009

Retailer Exclusive Katelyn Rose Marie Osmond Doll

Katelyn Rose, sculpted by Beverly Stoehr for Marie Osmond Dolls, has arrived at Beacons Glow Collectibles. This incredibly cute 13-inch seated porcelain doll is a Retailer Exclusive and comes from a very limited edition size of only 75 pieces.

Katelyn Rose comes beautifully costumed in a sheer organza dress with tiered layers and over-stitched hemline. Burgundy ribbon rosette flowers adorn the layers, bodice and coordinating headband.

She comes from Marie Osmond Dolls 'Toddler' Collection and is hallmarked on the back of her neck with Marie's classic signature and is hand-numbered.

We have been allocated only one of these dolls and her edition number is 11.

Quote of the Day - "Genius without education is like silver in the mine." - Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Margarete Steiff Felt Doll by Steiff EAN 421082 is Incredible

Margarete Steiff Felt Doll by Steiff Bears EAN 421082 arrived today and this set is quite amazing. By the way, this Steiff creation honors the 100th anniversary of Margarete's death and even to this day she still remains known to many as the 'Mother of all Teddy bears and toy animals'.

Designed from original photos of Margarete Steiff from the Steiff archives, this incredible 11-inch wool felt doll with a center seam wears a subdued dress made of luxurious black wool with a black satin blouse adorned with a brooch with burgundy stone. She also wears a fine lace underskirt and a pair of black nappa leather boots. Each face of Margarete Steiff is painted by hand and individually designed. Her eyes are glass and the black metal wheelchair that is included with this set has been painstakingly reproduced after the original.

Margarete Steiff Felt Doll by Steiff EAN 421082 holds in her lap a wonderful 3-1/2 inch white mohair teddy bear. Both pieces come with Steiff Bears famous 'Button in Ear' tag that have the initials 'MS' that is reserved exclusively for the Margarete Steiff Editions only. Comes from a limited edition of only 750 pieces worldwide during the year 2009.

A priceless addition to any Steiff Bear collector.

Quote of the Day - "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall 2009 Charlie Bears Sneak Peek

We here at Beacons Glow Collectibles were very pleased to receive a CD from Charlie Bears containing images of the brand new Fall 2009 Plush and Isabelle Collection.

We have been notified by Charlie Bears that the new Autumn 2009 Plush and Mohair collections will be arriving late September until mid-December. These bears will be arriving from the Charlie Bears UK Bearhouse and we expect that the plush bears will arrive first with the mohair Isabelle bears trickling in after that time.

We would like to gradually give you a sneak peek of some of these bears in this new collection.

Pictured above is Manfred who is a 18-inch jointed plush teddy bear who is sure to steal your heart.

Please stay tuned for additional Charlie Bear information.

Quote of the Day - "A good education is the next best thing to a pushy mother." - Charles Schulz

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Boyds Bears Christmas Bear 'Kristopher Nickebeary with Teddy' 4014609

Boyds Bears Holiday 2009 Limited Edition bear is guaranteed to put folks in the holiday spirit! 'Kristopher Nickebeary with Teddy' comes from a limited edition of only 2500 pieces and stands an incredible 19 inches. This limited edition set includes Kristopher Nicklebeary who wears a quilted patchwork jacket with blended plush trim and gold accents, Christmas red velour pants, and faux leather shoes. He holds an embroidered 'Who's Been Good' list in one bear paw, and a 6-inch Boyds bear named 'Teddy' in the other bear paw.

Clyde, a wooden, hand-crafted rocking horse with brown yarn strands accenting his mane and tail measures 15-1/2 inches long by 15-1/2 inches high.

A bounty of Christmas gifts surrounds the base accented with evergreen sprigs and berry attachments.

A true heirloom Boyds Bears Christmas collectible that can be passed down for generations to come.

Quote of the Day - "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that he didn't trust me so much." - Mother Theresa

Monday, September 14, 2009

Madame Alexander History of Fashion Dolls

Madame Alexander Dolls has introduced four stunning 16-inch dolls this year from their 'History of Fashion' Collection. Each doll comes from a limited edition of only 300 pieces.

These four dolls include:

1. Nephratiti who comes dressed in a dramatic floor-length flowing white dress with bead embellishments on the collar. Nephratiti's accessories includes bracelets, earrings, and a dramatic headpiece that so exemplifies the grandeur of Nephratiti.

2. Elizabeth I wears a dramatic floor-length gown embellished with white polka dots and frilly sleeves and collar. Elizabeth I accessories includes a rose, earrings, and white tulle veil.

3. Ann Boleyn wears a dramatic floor-length deep purple and tapestry gown. Ann Boleyn accessories includes a pearl necklace, and dramatic headpiece.

4. And last but not least, Marie Antionette wears a dramatic floor-length pink satin gown embellished with rosettes. Marie Antoinette accessories includes pearl earrings and a pretty headpiece.

Each of these dolls wear a very detailed and intricately designed outfit that Madame Alexander Dolls is known round the world for. Each doll would make a wonderful addition to any doll collection.

Quote of the Day - "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose." - Lyndon B. Johnson

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Great Idea for your Bear or Doll Collection

We received in an excellent suggestion from a customer the other day. It seems that this individual was responsible for selling a doll collection after their partner had passed away. It was very frustrating because all of the doll boxes had been saved with each respective certificate of authenticity inside, but the doll could not be matched up with the box. This was because there was no name on the doll itself.

We always recommend that both doll and bear collectors save the original boxes when possible but we would like to add this individual's very helpful suggestion. Either photograph or print out an image of the doll or bear before putting their box into storage. This will mitigate any issues in the future with finding the right doll or bear for the right box. What an excellent idea!

Quote of the Day - "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A History of Snowbabies

Do you know where Snowbabies originated? One theory dates back to 1893 when polar explorer Admiral Robert Peary was living in Greenland at the time. During this period of time, his newborn daughter Marie was called Ah-poo-Mic-kaninny, meaning "snowbaby" by the Eskimos, due to her snow-white skin. The second theory traces Snow Babies to sometime in the late 19th century Germany when "sugar dolls" were a favorite confectionery decoration.

Several snow baby collectors are familiar with antique German snowbabies or Japanese snowbabies. Snowbabies figurines date back to the very early 1900’s. Right around the beginning of 1905, German artisans carefully painted each snowbabie by hand. Japan also began to produce snowbabies just before World War II, but they were of a lesser quality than those made in Germany.

Today the very popular Snowbabies by Department 56 are in high demand by collectors. Kristi Jensen Pierro, designer of Snowbabies, has been drawing Snowbabies for the past 22 years. She gets her inspiration for these whimsical characters from the activities of small children.

Manufactured by Department 56, these charming porcelain bisque collectibles have been meticulously crafted with hand-painted faces and hand-applied frosty bisque crystals.

Quote of the Day - "One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things." - Henry Miller

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Snowbabies Have Arrived!

Beacons Glow Collectibles is now an authorized retailer of Snowbabies by Department 56. These very popular bisque porcelain figurines convey an endearing personality to the sweet simplicity of childhood, and are just adorable. These charming Snowbabies have been meticulously crafted with hand-painted faces and hand-applied frosty bisque crystals.

Designer of Snowbabies by Department 56, Kristi Jensen Pierro, has been drawing Snowbabies for the past 22 years. The creation of a Snowbabie includes making a draft sketch which is transformed into an actual illustration. Kristi then makes a scale drawing to include each aspect of a Snowbabie - side, top, and bottom. And, of course, she then adds little touches along the way that ultimately makes each Snowbabie collectible irresistible – whether it be a waterglobe, a figurine, an ornament or a musical piece. Currently Kristi is Executive Director of Product Design and Department 56 artist. Kristi gets her inspiration for these incredibly whimsical figurines from her life experiences, photos and stories. Her Snowbabies creations have always reflected the activities of small children.

Quote of the Day - "I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be." - Whoopi Goldberg

Monday, August 24, 2009

Additional Markdowns Taken on several Marie Osmond Dolls

We were lucky enough to catch Marie Osmond of Marie Osmond Dolls on QVC early this morning. And, as previously stated, we will match or beat QVC's pricing on these incredible collectible dolls.

Markdowns have been taken on the following dolls and new prices are as follows:

1. Poetry in Motion - $93.95
2. Little Bo Peep - $68.95
3. Baby Lex - $97.95
4. Baby Connie - $105.95
5. Adora Sprinkle Belle - $68.95
6. Katie Sue Grandma's Rose Garden - $49.95
7. Baby Grace - $129.95
8. Milk Chocolate Hershey's Miniature - $27.95
9. Alyssa Blue - $67.95

Please note that these dolls are in very limited quantities and available on a first come, first basis.

We will keep you all abreast of when we receive Marie Osmond's 2009 August Collection of dolls. If you are interested in one of these dolls beforehand, please let us know and we will put one to the side for you. And, as previously mentioned, we will match QVC pricing.

Quote of the Day - 'A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones who need the advice.' - Bill Cosby

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Marie Osmond Dolls on QVC August 24 and August 25

Marie Osmond will be appearing on QVC on both Monday, August 24 and August 25 to debut her August Collection of Marie Osmond Dolls. Her appearance on QVC marks Marie's 18th anniversary on the show.

Those times are as follows:
Monday, August 24: 4 am to 6 am (eastern time)
Monday, August 24: 1 pm to 3 pm (eastern time)
Monday, August 24: 11 pm to 12 am (eastern time)
Tuesday, August 25: 2 am to 3 am (eastern time)

We here at Beacons Glow Collectibles have been notified that these August Marie Osmond doll introductions have already shipped and we should be receiving them this week. (Please note though that Baby Olive Marie and Baby Jessica will be shipping towards the end of October).

As always is the case, we will either meet or beat the advertised QVC price.

Quote of the Day - "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." - J.K. Rowling

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bearington Bears Holly N. Ivy Limited Edition Bear

This year's special Bearington Bears limited edition holiday musical bear, Holly N. Ivy, has just arrived. This adorable bear is the seventh in this series.

Holly N. Ivy wears a floor-length Christmas red velvet dress with faux fur inset and holly embroidery down the front. She holds a green pillow that has 'Joy' embroidered on it and it is decorated with holly and Christmas red French Knot berries. This very special bear plays the wonderful Christmas melody 'The Holly and the Ivy".

Holly N. Ivy additionally comes with the specially embroidered foot sash to make her even more collectible. She would make a lovely gift for someone special or be a wonderful holiday home decoration. 'It Must Be a Bearington!'

Quote of the Day - "Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world." - Annie Lennox

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Boyds Bears Esmerelda Castaspell with Spidey is Back in Stock

The very popular Boyds Bears Halloween bear, Esmerelda Castaspell with Spidey, is now back in stock. We felt quite lucky to be able to get some of these additional bears as Boyds by Enesco had told us that our order had been put on a waiting list.

Esmerelda Castaspell is an incredible 18-inch brown witch bear that has quite the elaborate Halloween outfit. She wears a skirt of double metallic purple netted fabric with sheer purple overlay embellished with black velour spider web embroidery. Her dress is made of a Halloween orange and black plaid with black satin inset on the bodice with purple ribbon. Of course, Esmerelda wears a black satin witch's hat with fabric rosettes, netting, and faux feathers.

She holds Spidey, the spider in her bear paw and his body is made of black glitter fabric with black and orange felt legs.

This adorable bear is perfect for our upcoming Halloween (which is on a Saturday this year by the way), and a must for Boyds Bears collectors.

Quote of the Day - 'If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.' - Erica Jong

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kringle The Christmas Stocking Bear, 2009 Steiff Bears Swarovski Bear

We have just received word that Steiff Bears has debuted their usual yearly Christmas Swarovski bear and this year it is named Kringle, the Christmas Stocking Bear. We are not quite sure when these magnificent bears will be arriving but please let us know if you are interested in us putting one to the side for you. Either we can give you a call or send you an email when they have arrived. MSRP is expected in the $300 range.

Verbiage about Kringle, the Christmas Stocking Bear that we have received from Steiff is as follows:
"In the grand tradition of Steiff bears with Swarovski accessories comes Kringle, an all-new Teddy personality created exclusively to celebrate the holidays. Standing 10 inches tall, Kringle's slright curly German mohair is the festive color of a freshly baked Christmas cookie. On the edges of his paw pads, there's a hint of airbrushings, almost like a sprinkling of cinnamon. Around his heck, Kringle wears a genuine Swarovski crystal ornament -- a red and white Santa boot that's sure to add glitz and glitter to your holiday decorating. In his ear, as a finishing touch, Kringle sports a radiant Swarovski Xillion stone that will sparkle brilliantly as it reflects your holiday lights. There's no better way to celebrate the season than with Kringle -- a new Christmas classic from Steiff."

Quote of the Day - "If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelow

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Madame Alexander Doll Seven Year Itch Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe has the mystique and staying power to fans even to this day. Madame Alexander Dolls pays tribute to this famous actress in their recent introduction of Seven Year Itch Marilyn Monroe doll (50180).

She wears the signature white halter sleeveless dress from the 1955 movie 'The Seven Year Itch'. This dress has a wired skirt so it can be posed into the same signature pose from the movie.

In this movie it has been said that Marilyn Monroe's image as a sex goddess too often overshadowed her talent as a fine comic actress. She was completely irresistible, and very good in this movie.

Quote of the Day - "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil." - James Allen

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Steiff Bears Acquisition of Schulte Mohair

Schulte Mohair, known for producing some of the best mohair in the world, has been at the heart and soul of the teddy bear industry since 1903. This particular year marked the beginning of the long-lasting relationship between Schulte and Steiff Bears. (Incidentally, Steiff recently acquired Schulte).

Reinhardt Schulte's factory opened back in 1901 and even to this day, this company still resides in the same building in Duiberg, Germany. Contained within this building is the weaving mill, dye shop, quality control, and finishing department.

Mohair comes from the angora goat through a shearing process (like sheep) that never harms the angora goats.

Mohair fleece has always been the ultimate fabric for making teddy bears. There are several reasons for this: 1) mohair has an incredible luster to it, and dyed mohair resists fading caused by time and the elements and is very hard wearing; 2) mohair is almost non-flammable; 3) mohair is considered the most durable animal fiber; 4) the natural fibers from mohair have the ability to absorb and release atmospheric moisture; 5) mohair is characteristically resistant to soiling; and 6) mohair possesses great tensile strength. Diameter to diameter it is stronger than steel!

Artists and manufacturers world-wide cite the magnificent quality, variety and durability of the Schulte mohair when designing their wonderful creations.

Steiff Bears, as well as the mohair Charlie Bears, are crafted from Schulte mohair.

Quote of the Day - "Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer." - Ernest Holmes

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Marie Osmond Dolls Retirement List 7-16-09

Charisma Brands, distributor of Marie Osmond Dolls, has notified us that the following collectible dolls have been retired as of 7-15-09:

1. Leela
2. Aiko
3. Baby Jumeau
4. Strawberries and Cream
5. Kamara
6. Adora Good Morning Belle
7. Satin Tiny Tot
8. Clara - Glory Days

We still have the Marie Osmond Dolls Baby Jumeau, Strawberries and Cream, Kamara, and Satin Tiny Tot available in very limited quantities.

And, as always, customized layaway plans are available.

Quote of the Day - "Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open." - John Barrymore

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Steiff Bears Purity Law and other awards of outstanding quality

"Only the best is good enough for our children" was the personal credo of Steiff Bears company founder, Margarete Steiff, more than one hundred years ago. Over the years, Steiff has applied this basic principle to all areas of the company.

It is their goal to create not only the most beautiful and best toy animals and teddy bears in the world, but also the safest. In order to live up to this high standard, Steiff Bears has developed a special quality control system to supervise the entire creative development and production process: from the initial idea for the product until the moment when a Steiff animal leaves the factory in Giengen, Germany.

Steiff stands behind their 'Steiff Purity Law'. This involves the voluntary examination of all of their products - not those imposed by any standards - because harmful substances of any type have absolutely no place in Steiff Bears products. This 'law' is comprised of ten rules from avoiding physiologically harmful colors for all dying and coloring processes to maintaining higher requirements for the workmanship of seams and applications than required by all international standards, to name just a few.

Quote of the Day - "Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is every done in this world by hesitation." - Thomas H. Huxley

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Marie Osmond Dolls on QVC in August

Marie Osmond will be presenting her August 2009 Marie Osmond Dolls on both Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25.

Those time are as follows:
August 24 - (All times are Eastern Time (ET)).
4:00 - 6:00 am
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
11:00 pm - 12:00 am
August 25 -
2:00 am - 3:00 am

Marie will be celebrating her 18th anniversary on QVC during this time.

Please take a look at our previous post to get a sneek peek at the incredible collectibles dolls that Marie will be presenting during these QVC show times.

As always, we will meet or beat QVC prices on all MOD dolls.

Quote of the Day - "Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working." - Pablo Picasso

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Marie Osmond August 2009 Dolls - Sneak Peek

We have been informed by Charisma Brands, distributors of Marie Osmond Dolls, that we will be receiving in late August (August 24th most probably) Marie Osmond's August 2009 dolls.

There will be at least 10 new Marie Osmond dolls being introduced and here is a brief highlight of those dolls that we believe will be very popular with doll collectors:

1. Goldilocks (with James) - this incredible 22-inch porcelain doll is from Marie's "Quite a Pair" Collection. Marie pairs up with another successful collectible company and this doll pair features a Steiff Bear names James. This vintage beauty has been created by doll sculptor Monica Reo and is sure to become a timeless classic. She wears a floral print peach dress with lace and ribbon trim, organza underskirt and a coordinating headpiece. Goldilocks is hallmarked with Marie's signature logo and is hand-numbered. James comes with the famous Steiff Bears "Button in Ear" tag. This set comes from a limited edition of only 250 pieces.

2. Baby Aisyha is a beautiful African American doll dressed in a cream faux silk dress adorned with beaded accents. She comes from an edition size of 300 collectible dolls.

3. Catherine Elizabeth is quite unique in that she is a rare wax over porcelain collectible doll. This classic and timeless reproduction inspired by turn-of-the-century clothing from a bygone era. She comes from a limited edition of only 200 pieces, and wears an incredible ivory satin dress adorned with multiple layers of lace and roses.

4. Katelyn is an irresistible toddler doll that is 12-inches seated. She wears a gorgeous blush peach faux silk dress with fabric flower rosettes, sage green tulle underskirt and coordinated shoes and headband. She has curly reddish brown hair and just a faint hint of freckles across her adorable face. Comes from a limited edition of 500 pieces.

Quote of the Day - "If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Jim Shore Figurines Introduces John Deere Collection

New for 2009, Jim Shore has created the John Deere Traditions Collection. These iconic John Deere tractors are designed in the best-selling Jim Shore style and each piece captures the history and quality of what has become an American tradition in farm equipment.

This new line includes the following:

1. John Deere Tractor Jim Shore Figurine (4013408)
2. John Deere Pumpkin Jim Shore Figurine (4013406
3. John Deere Bucket Jim Shore Figurine (4013407)
4. John Deere Barn Jim Shore Figurine (4013409)

Quote of the Day - "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Flexible Layaway Plans Available at Beacons Glow Collectibles

For those of you who are not aware, we here at Beacons Glow Collectibles offer flexible layaway plans that appeal to several of our customers. In fact, we have several customers with layaways at the current time.

We have always had layaway plans available to customers since our inception in 2003, and have recently been reading that the concept of layaways for consumers has become extremely popular with the current state of the economy.

A summary of our liberal layaway plans as taken from the site:

"Layaway plans are available for orders greater than $100.00, but we do make exceptions to this. Two possible available options are as follows: 1) upon your authorization, we would charge a pre-determined amount for your purchase each month automatically to your VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express charge card on the same date, or 2) you may send a series of personal checks or money orders instead of using a charge card."

If you are interested in setting up a layaway plans for that special doll(s) or bear(s), please either email us at or give us a call at (512) 990-9881 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm CST), and we can work out a custom layaway plan that fits your needs.

Quote of the Day - "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." - Patrick Henry