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About Marcus Sampaio
Puppets have always fascinated me! Their expressive faces, life-like movements and magical construction entranced me since I was a little kid. All the great memories of attending marionette shows and playing with hand puppets — fostered by my parents during my childhood — led me to a side career as a puppet performer and later on as a theatre producer. I toured proudly around Brazil with my puppet company A RODA and my friends with wooden hearts carved by artist Olga Gomez.
Today I live in Canada and continue to cherish this passion as a collector of all sorts of puppets (e.g. hand, rod, string, shadow...), rediscovering antique and vintage treasures from all over the world.
Once Upon a Puppet is a place to revive this ancient fascinating tradition, share ideas about puppetry, meet new puppet enthusiasts and help bring some unique puppets to people that share the same love for them as I do. So if you are into puppets, welcome!
I bought this after having multiple, successful experiences at OnceUponAPuppet buying my first beautifully made puppets. Love this source.
Wonderful source for great retro puppets in fantastic shape. The owner goes an extra mile to ensure you’re happy with your purchase as he gives detailed insight on each piece.
My puppet arrived in perfect shape. Exceptional customer service here, too.
I was very happy to find this toy with the help of the seller. I felt he went above and beyond to help me locate this toy. I am very pleased with my purchase experience with this seller.
My Steiff Molly puppet was perfectly described. I’m very pleased. Fast, efficient service. Thank you - Once Upon A Puppet.
Wonderful puppet. Great transaction.
Very good communication! Prompt shipping and item was exactly as described!
I collect frogs and found out about Once Upon a Puppet while searching for Steiff frog puppets. The website is attractive and well organized, and I wound up purchasing 2 other puppets, both ~100 years old and from Punch and Judy theaters. The owner is personable, service oriented, and friendly, the shipping is quick, and even the packaging is prepared with care to demonstrate the added personal touches of a small company aiming to please. Anyone interested in antique puppets should make Once Upon a Puppet their first stop!
Hansel is a beautiful marionette in perfect condition with everything working just great and I'm very pleased with him! Even the box is in wonderful condition considering its age!!
Marcus always offers 1st class soft puppets from Steiff, Kersa, other European companies in addition to wonderful antique carved wooden German puppets. His website is fantastic because it is easy to navigate, has THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS and detailed descriptions.
I know he spends hours and hours on photographing the puppets which he lists for sale. He describes in detail and points out with a red line arrow, any faults.
I have bought many puppets from Once Upon A Puppet and have not once been disappointed with any product. I find his prices are good and fair🤗
They were exactly what we were looking for. My only complaint would be the too fast shipping. I wasn't expecting that kind of service, so I ordered way earlier than I needed.
Everything was great! The puppet head was described accurately, the item was packed properly and mailed promptly. It was a pleasure doing business with this seller. A+++.
I received the puppet on July 6th and Nancy saw it for the first time yesterday. She was ecstatic and fell in love with it immediately. Lumpi exudes personality - what a sweet expression on her face! She's in fabulous condition and we couldn't be happier. As usual Marcus goes above and beyond what any other seller would do. His knowledge of puppets is exceptional and I appreciate learning about the puppets we've purchased. Marcus, you are an amazing person and I appreciate the personal touch. Thanks for letting me know that this puppet was available and helping us grow this ever expanding puppet family.
Love this cat! This is the second Kersa for my collection - Many thanks to Marcus for curating a top notch selection of collectibles!
I am a thrilled repeat customer. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. As always, Once Upon a Puppet is customer friendly, readily accessible and ships immediately. Prices are fair and the merchandise offered is quality. I am glad I found this internet store to enhance my puppet collection. I give them a thumbs up!