PollysVintageBears

My items are mainly vintage, just a few are handmade.

Holbeach, United Kingdom 1061 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (482)

PollysVintageBears

My items are mainly vintage, just a few are handmade.

Holbeach, United Kingdom | 1061 Sales

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Pauline Kingsley

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Pauline Kingsley

Announcement    Antique and vintage bears dogs, cats and other animals including Chiltern - Steiff - Deans - Merrythought - Chad Valley - Pedigree - American - Hermann - Muffy Vanderbear and Real Soft Toys (all as available).
Pud Bears are small and miniature artist mohair and hand knitted bears.
CE markeded, safe from birth hand knitted bears and toys also available.
1940's to 1960's miniature dressed dolls are also featured, along with vintage animal related egg cups and ornaments (1930's to 1970's).
Please read my Feedback and go to my About Page.
Blog - www.pollykayandsidders.blogspot.com and my FB page Pud Bears and Polly's Vintage Bears to see how the bears are restored, and to get a sneaky peek at new items before they reach my shop.

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Last updated on Apr 26, 2019

Antique and vintage bears dogs, cats and other animals including Chiltern - Steiff - Deans - Merrythought - Chad Valley - Pedigree - American - Hermann - Muffy Vanderbear and Real Soft Toys (all as available).
Pud Bears are small and miniature artist mohair and hand knitted bears.
CE markeded, safe from birth hand knitted bears and toys also available.
1940's to 1960's miniature dressed dolls are also featured, along with vintage animal related egg cups and ornaments (1930's to 1970's).
Please read my Feedback and go to my About Page.
Blog - www.pollykayandsidders.blogspot.com and my FB page Pud Bears and Polly's Vintage Bears to see how the bears are restored, and to get a sneaky peek at new items before they reach my shop.

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About

" I Think I Will Try to Make One of Those Bears"

We ran a newsagent in the 1990's and when a Teddy Bear magazine came into the shop, I thumbed through it. I was hooked and made my first mohair bear using a bought pattern in 1996. We had just come back from a holiday in Spain so I called him Uno (Spanish for one). I had a small piece of mohair left so I made a smaller pattern up using the original as a guide. This one I called Dos (Spanish for two).
It grew from there and by 1997 I was supplying 5 shops, attending teddy bear fairs and had two bears nominated in the EVA awards held at Crystal Palace in London. They didn't make it to the top 3 but I was so proud to see Freddie and Arnie, bears designed and made by myself sitting in the glass cabinets at the show.
My bears have evolved slightly since then - bigger feet, longer arms, but I have stayed faithful to the traditional type of bear. My bears are simply 'bears', cute, and sometimes colourful, but following the example of the bears of the past.
A few years ago I took the plunge and put my bear making skills into use as a restorer of vintage bears and animals. This is something I have always wanted to do and now I am retired from the workplace I am able to pursue my dream.
To see an old bear or animal with arms and legs hanging off, eyes or ears missing and with split seams, and then be able to transform it to its former beauty is such a pleasure for me.
Over the last year or two I have brought small and miniature vintage dolls into my shop. I am not skilled at restoring dolls so take care to find the ones that just need a good clean and redressing.
Last year I introduced a small range of colourful hand knitted toys that have all been put through the CE testing and are therefore suitable from birth.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my shop, and I especially hope you find a Pud Bear, a knitted toy, or an old timer that you would like to own or give to someone as a special gift.

Shop members

  • Pauline Kingsley

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Restorer

    I have always loved Teddy Bears. In 1996 I made my first mohair bear and the rest is History. I live on the East coast of England with my husband, two Cavaliers and a Ragdoll cat.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2019
Hello and welcome to the Pollys Vintage Bears online shop.
All of the Pud bears are designed and handmade by myself from good quality mohair, and have glass eyes and cotterpin joints. They are collectors' bears and therefore are not suitable for young children.
The old bears and soft toys usually come to me in a sorry state and, using my bear making skills, mended and brought back to life.
Other vintage items will be added if I find something that fits in with my shop style.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
In the unlikely event that an item is returned it will be refunded in full. No change of mind returns will be accepted after 14 days (UK) and 3 weeks (outside UK)
If you find anything has got damaged in the post, please contact me and I will pay the postage for it to be returned to me and repaired if possible. If this is not possible I will refund in full.
Please message me before putting in a claim for non-delivery. There are sometimes delays that are out of our control causing slow shipping/postage times.
***During the Christmas holidays, please see top of shop page for delivery times.
Payment
Payment preferred by Direct Payment or Paypal please.
I also accept personal cheques and money orders from UK. However your purchase will not be shipped/posted until the cheque/order is received and cleared/cashed.
Shipping
I will post the item as soon as payment is received and cleared.
For the UK I will use Collect Plus or Royal Mail First Class. Items worth over £25 will be sent by Special Delivery (next day tracked and signed).
If there is to be any delay in posting/shipping that I know about, I will message you to let you know.
Items over £25 outside the UK will be sent by Royal Mail airmail tracked (and signed for if the option is available in your country).
Couriers are used for international delivery if the parcel is large or heavy (large bears or multiples). This service is very fast and efficient (parcels have sometimes gone from UK to USA within 4 days!)
Most of my items have postage included in the price - the price you see is the price you pay.
The only exceptions are bears that are particlarly large or heavy. Any high postage overages will be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note the mohair bears and vintage bears are not suitable for children due to the metal parts in their joints, glass eyes, etc.

The hand knitted bears made from fancy yarns are for over 14 years only. I endeaver to make the items to a high standard and I am very safety conscious.
Please do not leave a young baby or child that still chews with any of these items. Some have woollen tails and tassels and some of this fancy yarn used for this type of bear is quite hairy and may shed. Also check any toys for damage on a regular basis and take away until it can be mended.

The CE marked knitted toys are tested to strict guidelines and are suitable from birth.