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Tambo Teddies take on China!

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Ever since we purchased the business we have been talking about going global……and last week we took the first solid steps along this path. It may seem that 3 years is a long time to get our act together but we really wanted to make sure we undertook this project with as little risk as possible. So rather than just dropping into China and announcing Tambo Teddies have arrived! we engaged the services of an experienced consultant, Ben Ferguson, and we were very thankful that we did. Tammy and Alison flew into Guangzhou to spend a week at the Canton…

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Tambo Teddy Bear Collector – Our Local Arctophile!

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Tambo’s own teddy bear collector, Mardi Noonan began her collection of Tambo Teddies in 1997 when she purchased her first bear called Bessie. There are two Tambo Teddy bear families and Bessie was a very early member of the Toby bear family, number 2301. Created from a short grey wool pelt, Bessie with her very squashed-in face appealed and Mardi’s bear collection began.     Claiming not to be a crazy person, Mardi tries not to collect things but when the former owner of Tambo Teddies began creating  limited edition bears and each design was named after a different founding…

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Celebrating Three Years at Tambo Teddies

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This month we are celebrating a significant milestone since we purchased Tambo Teddies- we are celebrating our third birthday! When we reflect on the past three years we are amazed at how much we have achieved; there have been a lot of challenges but also loads of fun. We have had a lot of laughs, wondered what we had taken on and experienced a few ‘what on earth are we doing?’ moments but overall we’ve enjoyed the adventure and are really proud of what we have delivered. We have renovated the workshop, created a sophisticated online store, established our social media presence, won a national competition (with…

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An Ode to Tambo’s Teddy Bears

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We found this charming poem in our files……. don’t know who wrote it but we love it just the same! The drought has spread her blankets wide, with eyes blood red and flaring. Through a string of tiny country towns the mood was bleak, despairing. And in retreat to a steady beat, their dusty rifles crack. As one by one like dominoes, they fell on the drought’s broad track.   But one small town stood up to fight, took thought beyond the square, Three women from the township vowed,……. to build a teddy bear. With grit and pluck we’ll bring…

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Western Queensland Drought Bears

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Western Queensland has been suffering from an extended drought and many generous people from across the country have dug deep and kindly donated to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal Committee. The Committee are all unpaid volunteers who formed an organisation following a drought aid public forum held in Longreach in April 2015. The executive and management  team were elected and the Western Queensland  Drought Appeal was born. The management  committee has representatives from local community groups, churches, mental health organisations, finance, business and service clubs. Members all live in western Queensland  because they love it - the sense of community, the vast open spaces, the fresh...
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The Real Teddy Bear Story

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Have you ever wondered where the name ‘teddy bear’ came from? Our name, Tambo Teddies, is fairly self explanatory but why ‘teddies’- where on earth did the ‘teddy’ come from to describe a soft, cuddly toy bear? Well, believe it or not, teddy bears are named after the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt! It all started with a hunting trip President Roosevelt took in 1902 in Mississippi at the invitation of Mississippi Governor, Andrew H. Longino. After three days of hunting, President Roosevelt had not spotted a single bear. And since hunting bears was the whole point of the trip the President’s…

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Tambo Teddies Master Crafter- Verna Kruckow

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Chances are when you purchase a Tambo Teddy it might just have the initials ‘VK’ on the bum tag and will have been created in the teddy bear workshop by Tambo Teddies Master Crafter, Verna Kruckow. The Kruckow family moved to Tambo in April 2003 and Verna started working part-time at Teddies in May of that year.  For the first few years she sewed Bickie Bears and echidnas, perfecting these before moving onto crafting the ‘big bears’, the Basils and Tobies. Working for the previous owner in a part-time capacity, Verna spent her time creating bears at her machine in one…

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Up for Adoption- Allawah Angus

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Up for adoption - this gorgeous little Tambo Teddy was looking for a new place to live. He was given back to Tambo Teddies to find him a loving home. Named Allawah Angus, bear number 9763 spent most of his life living in Geelong, Victoria but his owner found she could no longer fit him into her life and bought him on a road trip back to his birthplace in Tambo. After we had him on display in the shop for a couple of weeks and many people expressed interest in purchasing him we decided that we should adopt him out and find...
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A Day at Tambo Teddies…….

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Tambo Teddies are handmade from Australian sheepskins and the process of creating our gorgeous little friends begins when our skins arrive at the workshop in large boxes or wool bales. The skins are all unpacked, counted and sorted onto the shelves ready to be turned into teddy bears.  Since we have taken over the business we have expanded our range of colours from the traditional neutral tones to include the very bright colours of red, yellow and orange and the popular ‘frog’ green.  To create a Basil teddy we take a skin and draw up the whole skin with pattern...
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Tambo Teddies – Queensland Digital Champions

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Alison recently attended the Advance Queensland Community Champions round table in Brisbane where she was announced as a round two champion. Recognised for her work with Tambo Teddies and Council promoting digital marketing and technologies and their benefits for small business, Alison was honoured, excited and a bit embarrassed to be amongst such an exalted and capable crowd. A passionate advocate for small businesses in regional Queensland, Alison facilitates workshops in digital marketing and social media to encourage local small businesses to become digitally savvy. She draws on her own experience with Tambo Teddies as a successful regional example of what can be...
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