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We were on the radio!

Alice's Bear Shop BBC Circular Economy Ethical Ethical Business Radio Interview Radio Solent Recycling Teddy Hospital Teddy Repair Toy Hospital Toy Repair

We were on the radio!

On Thursday 2nd of March, our interview with the lovely Charlotte Foot aired on BBC Radio Solent. Charlotte was a sweetheart. We had such giggles and even managed to get across an important message. Our Teddy and Doll Hospital is at the heart of our ethical business. It's a perfect example of the circular economy making it a great thing for the planet. Those of you who know us won't be surprised by the pleasure our work gives us. It's wonderful, truly wonderful to see the joy that handing over a mended, beloved teddy brings. You can listen to the...

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Flippin' 'eck February!

Flippin' 'eck February!

WOW! What a blinder of a month February has been so far, and we're not even at the end! Our decision to give up the front shop, step aside if not completely away from soft toys and concentrate on the bits of our business that make us special and, we hope, make the world a better place, was a tough one. After all, it's pick up sales and impulse buys that part parents from their money easiest. But we did it anyway.  December and the move was too fraught to worry. Christmas sales of kits were good online and we were...

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ANTI HOARDING Memory Rag Doll project for February

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ANTI HOARDING Memory Rag Doll project for February

While chatting about the mountains of 'stuff' we bury ourselves in, it occurred to me that the urge to hoard is as branching and diverse as the biggest gnarled oak in the forest. To begin with, we make a decision not to part with an item. We see value in it and therefore hang on to it.  Now that makes sense. What's the problem? And really, at this stage there is no problem at all.  But, let's break it down a little, let's take a look at a very few of the reasons for keeping an item. The item is...

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Hi I'm Chase, Saturday girl at Alice's Bear Shop.

Hi, Rikey has asked me to introduce myself as I am the newest member of the team. I first visited Alice's Bear Shop when I was about six or seven years old when I came down on holiday with my family. When I first came to Alice's Bear Shop I was very shy and I got the privilege of painting a bit of Sandy's bow in the book 'Sandy paints a picture'. I loved visiting the people who worked here and enjoyed looking at all the bears. From a young age this was where I wanted to work.  I arrive at the...

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Promises and how they changed our lives.

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Promises and how they changed our lives.

It was around a decade ago that we really changed the way we traded and began to trade as ethically as we could. To cut what is a very long story short, Unicef put out a report that told us, British children, our very own children, living in what is the fifth richest country in the word were also the unhappiest! read the Guardian article here That shook me, it really did. We aren't rich but my kids were given everything I could possibly give them, things I could only have dreamed of as a child, how could this be true? Well,...

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