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Alison Shaw

Tambo Teddies Hero – Josie Smith

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Josie Smith is the longest serving employee at Tambo Teddies, she even outlasted the original owners.  Moving to Tambo in 1988 when the family purchased their property, Shady Downs, 61 km east of Tambo on the road to Alpha, Josie started with the business in 1993 sewing bears at home. When Josie began, the sewers undertook the whole process, they cut-out the skins and then sewed and stuffed the bears, things then changed, and a new process, where the sewers received the skins already cut out and just had to sew, was implemented. The very first Tambo Teddies had a…

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Tambo Teddies wool campaign, campaigned for the use of the Woolmark

Campaigning for Wool

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Since the beginning, Tambo Teddies have been created from the best Australian woollen sheepskins, they were even stuffed with wool in the early days. But despite being an Australian made, quality sheepskin product Tambo Teddies was denied the right to use the Australian Woolmark. The body responsible for the promotion of wool in the 1990s, the Australian Wool Research and Promotion (AWRAP) considered that the woolmark had a vital role in generating demand for quality woollen clothing and other products, and if the woolmark was extended to ‘certain other items’ it would risk devaluing the symbol. Yes, the ‘certain other…

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Caring for your new best friend

Caring for your Tambo Teddy

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Your Tambo Teddy is created from the softest Australian sheepskins we can find, and we want to make sure you know how best to care for your new bear friend. Sheepskin Tambo Teddy bears are made from wool and leather, a totally natural product that can’t be washed in a machine because the skin will pucker and shrink destroying the bear who will stiffen and lose shape. If your bear does require cleaning, we recommend the following: • Surface clean the woollen fleece using a wet cloth or sponge, don’t let the leather hide get wet as this would stiffen…

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Tambo Teddies – highlights from the early days

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We were recently sent some old media articles and information about the business by founder, Charm Ryrie and in the mix was an interesting list of Tambo Teddies highlights from February 1993 to March 1997 that we would like to share: Feb 1993:           The first bears were sold to the public at the Charleville Sheep and Wool Field Day. May 1993:          Tambo Teddies received an invitation to attend the Trade Fair in Japan. Sept 1993:         Tambo teddies appeared on the 7.30 Report. The first Teddy Bears Picnic,...
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Millie jsut loves huggin her Tambo Teddy Bear

Why love a Teddy Bear?

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Everyone should have a teddy bear! But why? It is reported that teddy bears are the perfect transitional object for a child that is facing a point of separation from their home and parents whether it be to attend daycare, preschool, school, or being baby sat. Moments of separation are known as transitions; and sit has apparently been proven that children who have a transitional object, such as a teddy bear, handle these moments easier than those without one. According to Elizabeth MacDonald in her blog on the everyday Family site, “The transitional object is meant to remind a baby…

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Twenty-Five Reasons to Love Tambo Teddy Bears

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Recently Outback Queensland Tourism Association wrote a lovely blog on us, ’25 Reasons to love Tambo Teddies’ to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary. This blog got us thinking and we decided we need to challenge ourselves to gather together 25 reasons to more love our bears. The first five are from the heart 1. Tambo Teddies are soft and cuddly. 2. Tambo Teddies are the best listeners – they never answer back. 3. Tambo Teddies love you beary, beary much. 4. When you get a Tambo Teddy and you have a friend for life. 5. You are never too old for…

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We love a Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday Tambo Teddies………… March 19th marks the four year anniversary since we purchased Tambo Teddies. Giving us a bit more to celebrate – our four years of the twenty-five years of the business.  As we have mentioned Kiralee has left the teddy family to concentrate on her family and new life, and Tammy and Alison will be taking the business forward. Four of our favourite things about Tambo Teddies are: Our Customers: we have the loveliest customers, many keep in touch and love to share stories of their beautiful bears. Our…

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A Special Gift- A Special Teddy Bear

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This gorgeous honey coloured basil, Chatham Chester, was purchased by Maree and friends as a gift for their special friend and work colleague, Kelly, who is terminally ill. What a lovely gift! Teddy Bears are reminders of our innocent carefree childhoods and of the loved ones who purchased the bears for us. Cuddling teddy bears, ‘evokes a sense of peace, security and comfort. It’s human nature to crave these feelings from childhood to adult life’, according to psychologist, Corrine Sweet.  And it is well documented that considerable comfort is obtained from cuddling, naming and speaking to a teddy bear. Maree...
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Naming Tambo Teddy Bears

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All the Basil and Toby Tambo Teddy Bears made in Tambo are given an individual name and unique identification number. Our bears are all named after local Tambo Properties alliterated with a Christian name. We do name some  teddy bears after other properties, or with a selected name in response to special requests. Tambo is a small region, the 2006 census recorded a population of 345. The town was settled in 1863, making it the oldest town in western Queensland. Like much of the west, sheep became the mainstay of the economy. The town takes its name from an aboriginal…

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