Saturday, March 29, 2008
At Christmas we overstocked on these realistic and charming plastic Bactrian camels (two humps) from Safari, Ltd. It's as simple as that. During Christmas 1996, we couldn't keep enough in stock, so this year we decided to be prepared! As it turned out, we over-prepared, bought too many, and on top of that, it turned out not to be a big camel year for us. We have lots of them left! So, we're offering them to you at a discount. When you visit our web site to purchase your camel, the price you'll see in your shopping cart is the regular price. There is a COMMENTS BOX when you check out. Please make a note that you would like the 15% discount as advertised on our blog. We'll make the deduction as we process your order. Come see our plastic camels! Or, make us an offer for a larger quantity. Call us at (503) 325-3179 (West Coast Time, USA).
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
These two chow dogs are among the huge selection of realistic animal jewelry in our store - available today! Each painted pin, hand cast and hand painted in the USA is available for $25.00. We have hundreds of designs that are not pictured on our site yet but are in stock! Call us at (503) 325-3179 for information or to place an order. You can also order securely online. Scroll down to the list of available animal jewelry! At TPF's Animal Jewelry, we are here to help!
Today we sold our last plastic nautilus and our last blue-spotted octopus. We're so sad to see them go! They were discontinued by the manufacturer, unfortunately. They were popular in our shop, but maybe not so much in other retail stores. This situation happens fairly regularly. We stock unusual and hard-to-find realistic animal replicas. They are a wonderful discovery for those looking for them, but may not be the top sellers made by the manufacturer. One of the reasons our customers find us online is just because the item they were looking for could not be found in local stores. You can be sure we'll be on the lookout for something to replace these wonderful aquatic creatures, and if you see such a thing, please let us know by e-mail! The plastic nautilus was 2 3/4 inches long and the small spotted octopus was 2 inches at the longest point. We have lots more octopi (none with spots), but no other nautilus. We do have clams, snails, sea cucumbers, and a host of other sea creatures. Check out our great collection today!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thanks so much for the rush [shipping]. The party is tonight and my friend will LOVE her. She's gonna give her a great home.
Monday, March 17, 2008
If you like unusual animal jewelry, don't miss these original-design hand-made lightweight aluminum pieces by Corinna Bechko. At Tapir and Friends Wildlife World Online Gift Shop, we've been working with Corinna for almost a dozen years. Order online from us, and within a few days she completes your jewelry in her studio in California and ships directly to you wherever you live. Currently she makes fourteen different animals. Any one of them can be ordered as a pin, pendant, or earring set. We offer a number of truly interesting colors for the body of the animal; after that, your animal jewelry becomes truly customized when you select a bead color to go with the earrings or pendant. Corinna has a terrific selection of artistically-designed beads to go with any of the aluminum animals. We've seen some combinations that are analogous and subtle, and others that are amazingly exotic, such as purple with yellow bead, or red with . . . well, sometimes our customers just say, "Choose whatever bead you think looks good." We've never been disappointed, and our customers love her work.
Corinna Bechko is not only an artist, but she also has a degree in zoology. She worked at the Los Angeles Zoo in the research division and has volunteered at a wild animal rehab center in Southern California. Her favorite animals there were the opossums - she actually took a class in how to handle and rehabilitate opossums. She continues to work with wild animals. Corinna attended the Jewelry Arts Academy in Manhattan. The Los Angeles resident is also an author and filmmaker. What a lucky day it was for us in the mid-1990s when she discovered our web site and suggested we might want to see the jewelry she makes! At the time we were located in the tiny town of Palisade, Colorado. We later moved to Astoria, Oregon, where our association with Corinna continues. Working together over the years, we've made a lot of people happy, which makes all of us happy, too. Corinna's work is classy, and the prices are affordable. Making these beautiful pieces of animal jewelry is a labor of love for Corinna. She donates the cost of postage so we can put that much more toward the conservation of wild habitats. Please check out our page of Corinna's special animal jewelry. Here you can see all of the animal designs and a few of the delightful color combinations we've had in the shop as samples. Tame or wild, you decide!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
The cardboard boxes went into the recycling bin, but we got a bonus out of the deal - enough bubble wrap to last awhile (and I took the photo after much of it had been stored). We were happy. We recycle everything we can, and we won't be having to buy new bubble wrap for quite some time.I thought I'd like to end with this. You can see this poster on the wall in Picture 2. And yes, that's a lowland tapir near the center on the left. The Safari poster rack can be seen on the right in Picture 2. We carry a number Safaris' beautiful posters, but they're not online yet.
Click any photo for a bigger view.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Until our overstock is depleted, contact us for discounts on our spotted sea and sea otter plastic children's drinking cups! Usually $3.00 each, we are selling from one to a quantity at $1.50 each (US dollars) until our supply is down. Call (503) 325-3179 (West Coast time, USA) or send e-mail. Thanks! Thse cups are colorful, kid-friendly, dishwasher safe, and have been tested for paint and plastic safety. They are made in China for K&M International, a US distributor who has the highest standards in safety and quality. You'll see their products at major zoos and animal attractions, or shop on our web site. Buy from us, and you help save rainforest habitat. Online with integrity for nearly 12 years. As of this post date, the sale price is not on our site. Either call us or send e-mail, or if you order from the site, put a note in the comments box that you found our sale on the blog. We will adjust the price for you before we process your credit card.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Here is another piece of our exquisitely made realistic animal jewelry - this time, a beautiful cockatoo. I've left the original picture large, so just click on the image above for a better look at the craftsmanship and detail. The original cockatoo is cast in pewter and hand painted. The feathers and other details are in raised metal (bas relief), and pained. Some of the shading and detail effect comes from the casting and some from the paint. You can see more of this beautiful animal jewelry art in our online gift shop. Choose from hundreds of birds, animals, fish, and other life forms such as squid and octopus. Use as a lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, or larger tie tac. Many of our designs also come in smaller traditionally-sized tie tacs and with metal finishes. When you go to the web site, scroll down past the images for a partial list of what's available. You can also call us at (503) 325-3179 or send e-mail.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
What were our best-sellers in February? We had a three-way tie between our crocodile children's drinking cup (which also comes in turquoise, light green, and purple), our plastic red-eyed tree frog, and one of our plastic African elephants. The croc and the elephant have been with us for a number of years and are old favorites. The tree frog is one of our newest items. It's always fun to see what people like and which items continue to attract attention!
We have approximately 40 3D puzzle animal types! They're fun for kids and for adults, although the kids are often more adept than us old folks at putting them together. One youngster who had every puzzle we sell also had a special talent. He mixed all of the pieces together from every animal and was able to put them back together at some astounding rate. I'm not sure I would try it! However, you can create your own game, as this young man did, or just enjoy the results of the finished puzzle!
If you're looking for something new, we have four new sea life 3D puzzles that are not even online yet. To order any of these, please call us at (503) 325-3179 (West Coast Time in the US). As of this post, the prices are:
These fun puzzles are also known as 4D . . . three dimensions plus details. Once you've put them together, they make a nice addition to any toy or plastic animal collection! CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A BIGGER IMAGE.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Although our online store generally focuses on wild animal themes, our line of hand-painted cast pewter animal jewelry (pins and tie tacks) contains a large number of domestic dogs and a variety of cats, including mother cats with kittens. The calico mother cat with her two kittens shown above is just an example. The same pin comes in black and white. I'll post photos of some of the SEVENTY-TWO dog breeds soon. You can check out Tapir and Friends to order or to see the list of dogs, cats, and other animal pins available. Yes, we even have painted Asian tapir jewelry! Call us toll-free at 1-888-325-3179 (in Astoria, Oregon).