b'An interview with Tell us about your I love Charlie BearsIf you could choose an exclusive US bear, North America Facebook page and how itwhat would you like to see?all began? I would like to see a plush bear similar to Teresa Kennedy Charlie Bears was expanding into the USA,Splodge, but white with splotches of pastel and I knew the people here would fall in lovecolours.with Will, Charlie and all their Charlie Bears Teresa Kennedy lives in Tennesseejust like I had, but we were lacking a fanIf you could choose a name for a bear, page. So, I started the I Love Charlie Bearswhat would it be and why?in the United States of America andNorth America Facebook page! Even thoughLeota.My Grandmas name was Leota has been collecting Charlie BearsNorth America is in the title, everyone isPearl.She passed away in 2015 at the age of pleased,welcome, regardless of where you live, and104. Her birthday was St. Patricks Day.So, for 12 years. We caught up with herI was convincedIm proud to say our group has membersI would love a white bear with a shamrock recently for a chat about her passionthe only way you could tellacross the world. accessory called Leota to remember her by.bears apart was based on the way they were for teddy bear collecting and herdressed.After all, I thought, how manyYou recently telephoned into the US QVCAny special requests?love for Charlie Bears in particular.different naked bears could someoneshow, how was that experience for you? I would like to give a beary special shout out make?Then in 2008, I adopted three KatieI was very nervous, but it was painless.Ito my parents, Patrick and Patricia.They Can you tell us how your love for Charliebears as they all had distinctively differentreally wanted to get on air, so I could tellwere never critical of my collecting, and, at Bears started? faces - I was absolutely amazed!To this day,everyone how great and beary special Charlieone point when I moved back home, my Although I always had stuffed animalsI am still in awe at how different two ofBears are to me.I hope I was successful inDad even built a set of shelves for me to growing up, I really didnt start collectingthe same bear can look, solely by the handconveying that message. display my bears.I love them dearly.my until I was an adult.It started with Boydsfinishing details; the shading, trimmingparents and the shelves!Bears for me.As time went on, I realised Iand eye backing placement.It is unique toHow much are you enjoying the US QVC preferred older Boyds Bears and turned toCharlie Bears and it is the reason they trulyshows and what are your favourite parts of Ebay for my collecting needs.One day inare the bears with personalities! the show?2007, I was looking at a sellers other itemsI host live group chats on the I Love Charlie section and theyDo you have a favourite type of bear Bears North America Facebook page during had two Charlieand why? appearances on QVC USA and QVC UK.I Bears (BambooMy favourite Charlie Bears are those madelove them and my favourite part is when Will and BooBoo) forwith Tyber, which is a supersoft high qualitylets a secret slip that hes not supposed to tell us!sale.At this point, IEuropean plush.For those of you with RumTell us a little-known fact about yourself?would like to say theBaba, you know what Im talking about! I am an Army brat (daughter of a US soldier, rest is history, butnow retired).Because of that, I was able toRumthat wasnt quiteYouve been a member of the Best Friendstravel to various parts of Europe and RussiaBabait.Although IClub since the beginning, why shouldin my childhood.I have been to the UK adopted botheveryone join our beary special club? three times, but I wasnt collecting teddy bears and wasOh my goodness! I love the Charlie Bearsbears at that point in my life.I would love veryBest Friends Club!My favourite threeto go back to the UK on a teddy tour - benefits of club membership are theSneakywith a visit to The Bearhouse at the Peeks & Secrets Magazines, receiving thetop of my list of course.Collectors Catalogue a week in advanceof launch andCharlies Secret Cupboard Katie openings.'