Easter will soon be here. My Steiff collection at present is quite small, but with the Easter holiday around the corner, I am very glad that in my collection are two fabulous Steiff bunnies. To me, no mass-produced line of stuffed animals has the quality and charm equal to that of a Steiff.
The bunny on the left was my very first Steiff purchase. I purchased it a couple months ago at my favorite flea market, about 30 minutes from my house in Long Beach, California. I picked it up off the table to examine it, I was promptly told by the vendor that it was a Steiff. I had always wanted a Steiff animal, and at the time, the price of forty dollars was both something that I thought was reasonable (for a Steiff) and also something that I could afford. So I made it my first.
The bunny on the right I found at a flea market in Irvine. I was drawn to its cute face and so I asked the price. Fifteen dollars. At that price, I assumed that I was just buying an average quality vintage stuffed animal and was not particularly concerned with finding out the manufacturer. When I went to pay for it, the seller said to me, "It's kind of cute, isn't it?" I definitely agreed. A couple weeks later, I was browsing on eBay and came across the exact same stuffed bunny. I was shocked to see that both in the title and in the description, it was identified as a Steiff. I searched eBay's completed listings for Steiff bunnies. I found another just like it that sold, and yep, it was identified as a Steiff. I was thrilled to know that I purchased this sweet bunny - a Steiff - for just fifteen dollars! It seems that I am just drawn to this German line of plush animals. Since then, I have acquired two more.....a tiny kitten and a tall penguin. And I'm quite positive that there will be many more to come.