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|December 26, 2017||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer Emerald Sapphire & Amethyst 2017 Christmas Gambler’s Choice
Like last year’s Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold, Breyer released a Gambler’s Choice model on Christmas Day.
The 2018 Gambler’s Choice Special Run were Emerald, Sapphire and Amethyst. They are clearwares decorated with silver bells on the adorable Bouncer the Welsh Pony mold. Emerald, Sapphire and Amethyst were available from Breyer to current 2018 Collector’s Club members. Their price was $95 which included domestic postage. I consider this price to be quite fair and I hope Breyer considers offering more free shipping in the future. The Breyer Emerald, Sapphire and Amethyst are Gambler’s Choice models and the color that is sent will be random. 350 of each color will be produced. I believe that a total run size of 1050 is generous enough to be attainable to most collectors and still small enough to hold its value. I really like how Breyer made the run size large enough that folks didn’t need to worry about being glued to their computer screens on Christmas Day for fear of missing the Breyer Christmas Special Run. Bravo Breyer! Did you bite on Breyer’s Christmas offer and if so, which color are you hoping for?
I ordered my Emerald, Sapphire and Amethyst and I am anxious to see what colors we receive. I personally am hoping for Sapphire. There’s something beautiful about his blue color 😊 In the past, I have found the transit time for UPS Surepost to be 10 days from New Jersey to California so it will be some time before I receive them. I’ll be living vicariously through everyone else’s pictures until then!
While Emerald, Sapphire and Amethyst are adorable, I personally preferred the previous years’ Christmas Shermies and Holly and Ivy.
Here is what Breyer has to say about Emerald, Sapphire and Amethyst. If you are logged into your current Collector’s Club account, you can access their purchase page directly at this link: http://www.breyerhorses.com/712233
1 Model Only – Chosen at Random
Merry Christmas! Exclusively for Breyer Collector Club members, it’s a Holiday Surprise!
Santa is not the only one bringing surprises this holiday season! Adorable Bouncer the Welsh Pony is here to celebrate Christmas in the colors of pretty holiday lights: rich jewel tones of Emerald, Sapphire, and Amethyst. These clear ponies are adorned with ribbons and bells on their sides for a festive holiday presentation. The colors are randomly shipped!
Comes in a Breyer mail order box. Model is a blind draw and will be chosen at random by Breyer. And shipping for this item is on us!*
Limited to 350 pieces of each color. Model chosen at random (you cannot choose which one you will receive). Limit one (1) model per Collector Club member, while supplies last.
*Note: Offer available to valid, current Collector Club members in good standing only, while supplies last. Free standard US and International shipping only. Expedited ship methods, shipments to APO/FPOs and some shipments outside the contiguous United States may carry additional charges. You will be contacted after your order has been completed if additional charges apply. Any remaining models which have not been purchased by Collector Club members may be sold to general consumers on BreyerHorses.com. Emerald, Sapphire, and Amethyst are excluded from all discounts, promotional codes, sales, and/or special offers at this time.
$95 free shipping
|December 17, 2017||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse, Retail Store|
Where I’ve Been & the Breyer 2017 Collector’s Club Appreciation Offer
I truly feel like I’ve gone through a bit of a time warp. Thanksgiving crept up on me and now Christmas is just 1 week away. Yikes! Business has definitely picked up at our retail store, our eBay Store AND our Website Store. This is FANTASTIC but I’m physically and mentally drained. Aside from our online business, I have never worked in retail before. When we opened our retail location in July, I had no idea just how big of a chunk I had bitten off.
Truth be told, our primary intention with the retail store was to move our massive Breyer inventory out of the house and to provide me with a quiet place to work on the online business. We were keeping a watchful eye on the commercial space available for rent and when a down town location opened up, we jumped on the opportunity. And when we jumped, we jumped high and we jumped blindly.
Our first hurdle was getting the store into move in ready condition. We took possession of the store in June and set our opening date as July 4th. That time frame was optimistic to say the least. The store had mold on the floor where it met the back wall. And by floor, I mean uneven sheets of plywood. We were able to get the owner to cut out the mold and even out the plywood. We installed new laminate flooring ourselves, we painted the inside blue and spent a silly amount of time masking off the molding which was to be painted white. We finished installing the flooring and had the painting completed the last week of June. But nothing went smoothly. We failed building inspection twice. Once for not being ADA compliant and once for not having exit signs that lit up when the power went out.
While waiting for the signs to arrive and be installed, we started to set up shelving. The checkout counter arrived in the nick of time and the day before opening we were still stocking the shelves with inventory. Somehow, we had made the store presentable enough to open as planned on July 4th. But then I blinked and POOF, summer came and went and then fall went missing. Just where had all the time gone?
I was mystified and to a point still am. I put a lot of time into placing orders, tracking inventory, stocking the shelves and sourcing new product. I spend a huge amount of time promoting both the retail and the online store. To start with, I was able to work on our online business for several hours while watching the store. Much to my amazement, the holidays brought out the customers (duh!). I found myself accomplishing less and less for the online business. With the increased foot traffic, there also came an increase in online sales. We’re still scrambling to pack and ship orders while having the retail store open 7 days a week. As of right now, on Sunday evening, we have 15 packages to ship out Monday and the night isn’t over yet. I can’t wait for Christmas to come so we can go back to being open 5 or 6 days a week. We will have to shuffle the retail store hours with the New Year but logistically I’m too brain fried to think that far in advance. On a side note, eBay rescinded their ban on watermarks. We need to give this some thought but this will likely allow us keep our eBay Store open. We haven’t found the time (there’s that word again, time!) to migrate the Website Store to Shopify but that is a move we will be definitely making, it’s just a matter of WHEN. Originally, early 2018 was the planned migration time for the website but when eBay changed the watermark ban, the website migration became less urgent.
I did not have time to post any videos to YouTube last week and my posts to Instagram have been on a sharp decline. It feels like I’m never able to finish a blog post. Checking in on Facebook seems to be my most frequent online activity. So where have I been? Simple, the store ate me! I’m not kidding when I say I’m chained to the store. It feels like I live there!
I haven’t been able to keep up with the Breyer News. Tonight, I noticed that Breyer is offering a ‘free’ Mystery Model Gift to Collector’s Club members with a $125 purchase. I happily took the bait on the freebie model last year which was a Glossy Cosette or a Glossy Julian and Sophia.
The 2015 Collector’s Club Appreciation offer was a chance at receiving a glossy #1730 AQHA Anniversary Horse in glossy chestnut or a glossy grulla.
I definitely preferred how a glossy model was guaranteed in 2016 versus just a chance of one in 2015. Breyer states that the 2017 Collector’s Club Mystery Model has a value of $74.99. Breyer’s email says that the offer is limited to the first 500 orders and will be one of the following:
Glossy Liberty (I don’t have a picture of this one, sorry!)
It’s worth noting that both Bandera, Hickory Hills Wallstreet and BHR Bryant’s Jake will be discontinued in 2018. Liberty is already discontinued. I think glossing models is a great way for Breyer to clear out the warehouse but I’m too worn out to feel very excited about this offer. Perhaps I will feel differently after a good night’s sleep. Speaking of sleep, that has also gone missing. Can anyone help me find it?!
|December 5, 2017||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer Eldora and Sol – Decorator Cow & Calf
Meet Eldora and Sol 712234, a Holstein Cow and Calf in Vintage Gold Charm Pinto. They have a glossy finish. This pair of Breyer cows is available to current 2017 Breyer Collector’s Club Members. They are priced at $165 + $20.50 for domestic shipping bringing the total price to $185.50. I was surprised to see this set pop up for sale tonight. Breyer has been using many of the Breyer Animal molds for micro runs but Eldora and Sol are not a micro run. They are a run of 350 pieces. This makes me think that there will be no Breyer micro run for December. Breyer is making Eldora and Sol available exclusively to Collector’s Club members through December 6th at which time they may be offered for sale to the general public. Normally, I would say that a run of size would sell out before it ever reached the general public. However, Eldora and Sol are only exclusive to Collector’s Club members for roughly 24 hours and many people are strapped for cash with Christmas just around the corner.
We still have not seen a Breyer Silver Filigree this year and I have my doubts that we will see one. Interestingly, Breyer offered the Rosalind and Rigel Mystical Unicorn which sold out in under 2 months. Breyer never released a run size number for Rosalind and Rigel. The production runs size of Eldora and Sol makes me wonder if Rosalind and Rigel were more limited in number than past website special runs. However, they were popular molds in a beautifully executed color. I have a feeling that the unicorn set was attractive to even non Breyer collectors just as Eldora and Sol will be sought after by those that collect Breyer cattle.
Make sure you are logged into your Breyer Collector’s Club account and you can see Eldora and Sol at this link.
Here is what Breyer has to say about Eldora and Sol:
Holstein Cow and Calf in Vintage Gold Charm Pinto
Collector Club Member Exclusive Access ends Dec 6, 2017 at 11:59pm EST
Exclusively on Breyerhorses.com and offered first to Collector Club members! This sweet Holstein cow and her inquisitive calf are beautifully decorated in vintage Gold Charm pinto and finished in a delightful high gloss. Limited to just 350 pieces, Eldora and Sol are rare golden treasures!
Limit one (1) Eldora & Sol model set per Collector Club member, while supplies last.
Comes in a Breyer mail order box.
|November 9, 2017||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer St. Moritz a New Web Special Run
I’ll admit that I was rather pleased that Breyer’s Test Bay Roan Roy didn’t float my boat. However, St. Moritz just about knocked my socks off! He is the popular Esprit mold which was sculpted by Kathleen Moody. He is product number 712225. St. Moritz is what looks to be clearware with frosty blues and and contrasting pinks. He has snowflakes in his pattern.
St. Moritz is the perfect winter Web Special Run! I can’t help but wonder if this means there won’t be a silver filigree Web Special Run this year. But I’m okay with that, so long as a get a St. Moritz!
Current Breyer Collector’s Club members may enter once a day until November 12th, 2017 for the chance to purchase St. Mortiz. Winners will be drawn and notified on November 13th. St. Moritz will be a run of 380 pieces which is an increase from the normal 350 pieces. However, Java was limited to 255 pieces. The price of St. Moritz is $165 plus shipping which I anticipate will be a flat $17.50 for those living in the United States.
If you are logged into your Breyer Collector’s Club account you can see St. Moritz at this link.
Here is what Breyer has to say about St. Mortiz:
A Winter Web Special!
The magnificence of winter is on full display with St. Moritz! Sledding, ice skating and riding in fresh snow are wonderful ways to enjoy the season! Breyer’s St. Moritz is a spirited equine that looks like an ice sculpture and is decorated with frosty blues and warming pinks. Clear snowflakes and windy swirls adorn his sides for an elegant wintry motif. Limited to just 380 pieces, St. Moritz will be gone before the snow melts, so act fast! He is marked St. Moritz 2017 on his belly, and comes in a Breyer mail order box.
|November 7, 2017||Posted by aidanstoytrove under Model Horse|
Breyer Test Bay Roan Roy For Collector’s Club Members
Breyer is once again offering a Test Run available exclusively to Collector’s Club members. He is the Roy the Belgian mold in a rather interesting Bay Roan color. Current members may enter once a day up until November 10th, 2017.
The winner may purchase the Breyer Test Run Bay Roan Roy for $650. He will come with a COA and postage is included in the cost.
This fellow isn’t a personal favorite of mine and I will not be entering for the chance to purchase him. I also did not enter for the chance to purchase the last Test Color Quarter Horse Gelding. This is very good news for my pocket book! Will you be entering for the chance to purchase the Breyer Test Run Bay Roan Roy?
Make sure you are logged into your Collector’s Club and you can see the Test Bay Roan Roy at this link.
Here is what Breyer has to say about the Test Bay Roan Roy:
Exclusively for Breyer
Collector Club members!
Exclusively for Breyer Collector Club members! Breyer test run models are initial decos painted up to see how a particular color might look on a particular sculpture. Or, they may be created to test out a painting technique or new colorway. Not all test run models are used, and they may vary over time as different painting techniques are developed and tested. Test run models are sold as is, with several photos and descriptions of any wear. We’ve decided not to attempt to touch up older test runs as we’ve found that this can alter their character and uniqueness. Each model has a fixed price and interested members enter a random draw for the ability to purchase the test piece. We enjoy sharing these special pieces with you and hope you enjoy them!
We have a lot of roan horses in our archive! They are a fun color to test, and there are also many techniques to achieve roan so we’ve had lots of variations over the years. Old Roy was an early test run, probably from 2000. He’s seen better days, but we cannot bear to send him out to pasture! His blaze and four socks, done with masking tape, give him character, and his bay roan shading and big dark hooves add so much character. But he does have wear. He has rubs on eartips, hooves, right knee, left barrel, and inside the left hind leg. There are a few shiny marks and a few colored rubs from being too close to another model at one point in time. He has stress marks on his face seam and it’s a little rough there too. But we still love him and hope he finds a home, because he’s actually quite adorable – look at that face!!
Roy is priced at $650 and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Only 1 piece is available for purchase.