The wholesale part of The Boyds Collection began to flourish as G.M. designed, painted, antiqued, boxed and sold the decoys.
Tina handled the customer service, billing, shipping, and accounting aspects of their business.
G.M. added a new line when he found a group of 100% Merino Wool Bears from China.
In 1984 G.M. designed a 12" fully jointed wool bear and named it after his latest "joint venture" with Tina - their new born son, Matthew.
Also in 1984, G.M., tired of painting 20,000 duck decoys until 3 am, turned to resin sculpting to produce "The Gnomes Homes," extremely detailed miniature houses based on American architecture and his own fertile imagination.
The company expanded from its home into an 1880s-era Sunday School building down the street and the Lowenthals added a secretary and a warehouse man.
They continued to wholesale duck decoys, wool teddy bears, Gnomes Homes, and some antique-style brassware.
In 1987, G.M. and Tina relocated the firm to the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area and the company continued to grow.
In 1993, Boyds released its first series of resin figurines, The Bearstone Collection®, and followed that up with Folkstones®, Dollstones, and a host of other wacky resin characters, villages, dolls, pottery, treasure boxes and nifty home décor.
It was always Gary’s dream to open a flagship store - a magical place where Boyds bears, hares, and friends could live and play! His dream came true in early 2002, when the Folks at Boyds broke ground and began construction of Boyds Bear Country.
The Boyds Collection Ltd.® has continued to grow by leaps and bounds over the years.
As G.M. Lowenthal says, "We're a lot bigger than when we were a 'mom and pop' shop, but, for better or worse, we still run it like a 'mom and pop' shop, only on steroids. We are still a little disorganised and a little off-centre and slightly eccentric, just like our bears!"