Star Tulip Stuffies House of Fine Stuffed Animals
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Find Us at The REDLANDS PLAZA:

330 Sixth Street, Suite 101
REDLANDS, CA, 92374
909-798-9313

Mon. thru Wed. 10 AM -- 6 PM
Thursday  2 PM -- 8 PM
Sat.  10 AM -- 6 PM
Sun.  11 AM -- 5 PM

startulipstuffies@earthlink.net


We are the most intriguing biggest little stuffed animal shop in Southern California (also featuring Decorative House and Garden Flags for the home--and NOW also featuring Designer Scarves for your wardrobe)!

Extremely easy access from Interstate 10 in Redlands between San Bernardino and Palm Springs!
(see map on "About Us" page...)

Open 7 days a week! 

Today is Monday, July 16, 2018


We are OPEN until 6 PM in Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330 6th Street in Downtown Redlands!

Our summer temperatures are supposed to stay below(?) the 100 degree mark for the duration of THIS week--but NEXT week is promising to be in the triple-digit zone again, solidly, for the entire 7-day forecast starting this coming Sunday! So if as much as a ten or more degree increase in the heat is going to be a deal-breaker for going outside next week, we recommend that you come visit us before those temperatures get completely out of hand! Either way, as long as the electricity stays on so will our AC inside the Shop to help keep us and our customers "comfortable" in the mid-seventies (where to come NEXT week if you need some shade...)!

We hope everyone is making the most of your remaining summer vacation days (school starts in Redlands the second week of August, so those days are numbered...)! Do remember if you are out enjoying visits to Zoos, National Parks, Aquaria and the like to be mindful of the prices in their gift shops--if they seem a bit high to you, hold onto your spending money until you get back home and check out ours. You may find a great reminder souvenir of your travels in a place where you can also (save a little money and) support your local economy!

On that very note, we've been really enjoying the fact that many of you long-time customers (we LOVE you!) have been showing us off to friends and relatives who have been visiting our local area for THEIR vacations--and several of those welcome out-of-towners have commented that they have nothing like Downtown Redlands, and especially our unique little Shop situated here, wherever they call home! We are so proud to have the opportunity to positively represent Redlands to locals and visitors alike! Thanks so much for sharing us with the folks who are important to you--we love meeting them as well!

It's July--and this year's Hunt for Waldo in Downtown Redlands is still on!

To participate, simply go to The Frugal Frigate Children's Bookstore (the fabulous Sponsor of this annual event!) just a couple of blocks to our south, on the west side of 6th Street, and pick up a Passport! Visit as many of the businesses listed on there (yes, you DO have to physically show up and go inside them) as you can during most of the month of July and locate where in store they have hidden the cute little flat cardboard statue of Waldo, about 6" tall and very colorful. Once you have found Waldo in each business point him out to the Shopkeeper/Reception Staff and make sure they stamp your Passport to show you have been there! Obtain enough stamps on your Passport (details at The Frugal Frigate) for the opportunity to WIN PRIZES (we will be contributing to the prize Stash, of course) while you get to know your LOCAL businesses!

Do you have an established or b
udding Naturalist in your family or circle of friends? Should you ever be in need of a gift for said nature-lover, we want to remind you all that, while our plush is cute and huggable, most of it is far more than mere toys! Our realistic and highly detailed stuffed animals come from exactly the same suppliers who help stock the gift shops at Zoos, Museums, Aquaria, National and State Parks and Monuments (except that we have a huge selection all in one place that you might otherwise have to search several such venues to find)! Many are artistically lovely enough to display as home decor as well as to appreciate for their tactile and visual comfort value! If you've never visited our shop, the need for a unique gift that reinforces an interest in and appreciation for Nature (and maybe even serves as a concrete reminder of an awesome family experience visiting any institution 
dedicated to this end
--or even the great outdoors itself) could just be your perfect excuse to come check us out--we promise you will be amazed!

Every once and awhile one of you comments on how much you enjoy our background music here in the shop (it's so lovely we've even had folks notice "our" tunes during a phone conversation and comment or inquire!)--because it is tranquil and soothing! The CD's we almost always play are from a very talented local Piano Tuner, Greg Schultz--who composed and performs all the works on each CD! We are very pleased to tell you that Greg dropped a few of his CDs by the Shop recently, so now you, too, can enjoy his beautiful Nature-inspired compositions! Ask at the check-out counter--they are just $15 each, including tax--and we play them until they just about disintegrate! 

Do remember to check out our gift choices before you do all of your shopping at big-box and department stores with the cookie-cutter selections! We, like all of our Downtown small business colleagues, go out of our way to bring you things you just won't find in the "usual" places! Find unique gifts (holiday and year-long) for the most special friends and family members in your lives by shopping local!


Note: If you saw something on this site a day or more ago and find it is no longer here (or it appears this site has not been updated daily--we occasionally have issues with Earthlink's usually reliable site builder!), check our Facebook address (link above)--there is more "space" there to leave things up longer (and it usually works when the website is not available to us for editing), so we try to do that in case anyone missed something here!

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We've been trying to get our display window updated for summer, but we have to confess the scorching heat of the sun shining in there has intimidated us a bit! We ARE making progress in spite of that, so if you don't find us behind the counter when you step inside, chances are we are working in the window--and we'd LOVE for you to "interrupt" us for a break!



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THIS is the DISCOUNT COUPON now appearing inside the July issues of the Redlands Coupons Monthly and Highland Coupons Monthly coming this week to local mailboxes!


Many of these are delivered right to houses in these areas, but if you don't happen to receive one on your doorstep, never fear! We will soon have a stack of them in store (meanwhile, we are happy to honor the June version of our coupon!), so pick one up when you visit and take advantage of all the cool deals inside!


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The Hunt for Waldo in Downtown Redlands is on!

Visit our sponsor, The Frugal Frigate Children's Bookstore to obtain your official Passport (and rules and instructions) to have stamped when you find Waldo inside the listed local businesses (including us, of course!) for a chance to WIN Prizes while you get to know your local businesses!

Follow the Clue to help you find Waldo in our Shop today!

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And, in honor of the Patriotic month of July, we have a NEW Gift-with-Purchase promotion for you (while supplies last!)...

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YAY!
No more "holes" in our Swing Card display!
Our NEW shipment (including some brand new styles!) just arrived so we have filled in all those empty spaces!


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Great-horned Owl UPDATE!
Some of you may remember us reporting earlier this year the nesting of "our" resident adult breeding pair 
of Great-horned Owls 
(the same ones whose two surviving chicks had to be rescued and rehabilitated off-site when they blew out of their palm tree last year), hatching three owlets, one of which also sustained a fall from this year's alternative nest site and perished and the eventual disappearance from the nest of the two remaining juvenile owlets, who both did indeed successfully fledge (we weren't sure about that until we saw the movement of enough individual owl silhouettes 
at one time 
in late evening twilight that two of them HAD to be the juveniles). While we have over the past several weeks barely discerned among the trees multiple flapping shadows, sometimes accompanied by head-bobbing--and certainly have heard the simultaneous begging "feed-me" shrieks characteristic of owlets from more than one individual location, this has never occurred with enough illumination to photographically document--until this past Saturday 
(much earlier than usual) evening! 

Had just finished up dog feeding and kennel cleaning Saturday late afternoon (sun still in-your-face above the horizon) and took a random glance toward the back fence line at the west (obviously!) end of our lot. Noticed a couple of "extra" forms on a fallen log/tree stump complex way back there. Trying to recall how many "protruding branches" there had always been there and thinking maybe one of those apparent limbs was possibly actually one of the neighborhood cats taking a break from gopher-hunting out there to survey the territory seated atop the stump... Have been surprised before how much the silhouette of an owl standing on the ground resembles the outline of a similarly sized cat when either animal's back is facing the viewer (hard to distinguish back-lighted edges of fluffy feathers from fur from a distance in such high-contrast light--and Owl "horns" look a LOT like cat ears under these conditions!). Watched long enough to determine forms were occasionally moving; checked off as "not-branches". Eventually, wing flapping, hopping and head-bobbing gave the forms away as probably juvenile owls--and there were indeed two of them! The more hulking adult form of either Mom or Dad was sighted a few feet from the ground within a clear pocket of light in the nearest pine tree. At some point the owlet on the ground to the left of the image gave up bobbing at its sibling to seek further adventure within the trees--and was roundly harassed by what we guessed to be half of a breeding pair of medium-sized hawks (size and vocalizations "match" those of Cooper's Hawks...?) forcing it to move father off and higher from the ground. Meanwhile, the more sedentary of the pair of young 'uns held pat on the ground watching and almost posing as we got within maybe 30 feet of it to nab its "portrait"! We're sure this is a juvenile because although it has fully-grown functional flight feathers, it still retains a good bit of downy fluff around on the rest of its body and face--and its ear tufts are still a little under developed! Nothing timidly childlike, however, in that piercing steely-golden gaze!


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Thank you for tolerating us taking a day off on 6-19-18 to do a little more botanizing! We had lots of 
pictures of 
wildflowers from the San Bernardino Mountains to share!

Now that we have posted all of our images from this trip it must be time to think about at least one more foray 
before everything burns up for the summer! Watch for us to be closed for a day to do that soon...!


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You have a chance to qualify to WIN our NEWEST Customer Appreciation Gift Basket Drawing! Entry forms available NOW!


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Our storefront is transforming from Spring flower gardens and graduations to patriotic summer fun! 

Our Greeter Cheetah has even assumed the harmonizing "disguise" of a red-hot Ladybug to match our Red, White and Blue Decorative Flags, any one (or more) of which would "accessorize" your home beautifully for the Fourth of July and beyond!

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Patriotic Flags are now available in store!


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And even MORE Patriotic Flags in our  collection!


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We are SO excited to have just received our VERY FIRST shipment from Bocchetta Plush direct from Queensland, Australia--complete with customs documents affixed to the boxes! 

Although from Italian origins, now that Bocchetta Plush has been based in Australia for around 15 years, we would expect them to be quite expert at designing and producing plush versions of animals that inhabit their adopted home--and well they do as you can see from the examples we chose, including a few representing some (actual, real) Aussie fauna we had never heard of before! How cool is that!

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Equally if not more impressive is the artistry with which the designers at Bocchetta have rendered certain specific breeds of Cats and Dogs, some that are unavailable to us from US vendors! We are pleased to present these initial offerings from both collections! We look forward to adding additional styles in the future!


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Why not try our NEW SERVICE for your next event with an animal (real or imagined) motif?

We do ask that you allow us at least 4-6 weeks ahead of your event to work with you for these functional reasons imposed by the space-time continuum of the Universe:

--In almost all cases we will need to special-order the contents of your goodie bags (In the interest of diversity, we seldom if ever keep more than a few pieces of any style of item on hand and almost certainly would not have desirable coordinating gift items already in store.)

--There are a LOT of available choices to mix and match among our many suppliers and you will want time to explore and think about exactly what you want once you see some possibilities!

--We always check stock with our suppliers to be sure they can ship what you select in a timely fashion and to allow you to decide among alternatives, if not.

--It can take up to two weeks for items to arrive once we place an actual order from some of our best vendors, many of whom are on the east coast—and at least a few days for us to assemble your favors.


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Here are some examples of the amazing array of realistic plush creatures from so many world-wide habitats from Wild Republic!

To find information and (usually adorable) photos of babies of many of these and many more wild animals born in zoos around the planet, wander around this Link:

Baby Zoo Animals and Info!


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We have a MUCH nicer display area at our NEW location for Dane's beautiful landscape photography! It's just past our Decorative Flag area, to your right as you come in!




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Hansa'sPortraits in Nature”, absolutely beautiful, highly realistic plush animals have returned to Star Tulip Stuffies!!

This is their River Otter—he is NOT taxidermy (better—his gorgeous synthetic fur will not degrade!), but we do half expect him to give a shake and spray water from his wet-looking coat all over!

We have lots more exquisite Hansa pieces in store--come take a look




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