MINIATURE bears are quaint, convenient and in demand.
Penny Beveridge, of Port Sorell, was an exhibitor at the Doll, Bear and Miniature Fair in Launceston yesterday, and said bears were an enduring favourite.
She has a business offering a range of unusual gifts that is based in a boathouse-shaped shop at her home, which she calls The Boathouse.
Of all the items she had on display at the fair at Country Club Tasmania in Prospect, she said the miniature bears caught a lot of attention.
"I think it is the quaintness ... and they are handmade," she said of the attraction of the bears.
"Also, they are little. So they do not take up much space."
Some of her bears are highly collectable, and come from a specialist maker in the US.
"They are well made, people have them for years," she said.
Fair co-ordinator Rozanne Boyd said the fair raised about $9000 for Eskleigh, an accommodation provider for people with a disability.
She said about 1000 people visited the fair across the weekend with 48 stallholders showing a huge range of items.