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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!
After buying many plush/mohair puppets from Marcus at Once Upon A Puppet, I finally added two wooden hand puppets to the family. I adore Dolly and Constable with their beautiful colors and carving! Thanks again for sharing your expertise and top notch puppets with us, Marcus! -Shay
I am going to review all these puppets with this one review rather than writting a review for each and every one. These puppets are so wonderfully made and so hard to find especially in the absolute mint condition these are in. They look like they were just made and many still have their tags attached. Thank you to once upon a puppet for offering and making available these wonderful works of art. I am beyond happy and pleased.
Love how every item I buy here is in such great shape & delivered promptly. Great source!
Lovingly cared for vintage Kersa promptly sent by Once Upon A Puppet… Thanks again, Marcus!
Lovingly cared for vintage puppet promptly sent by this wonderful source… Thank you, Marcus!
This Kersa Girl Puppet is lovely. I can't resist her beautiful blue eyes!
I was so lucky to have stumbled on this on line webstore and saw the wonderful vintage puppets for sale. I purchased 3 vintage puppets including the policeman. All were in very mint condition .Great communication from Marcos the seller and owner of this website. He is very knowledgable and friendly and excels at providing 5 star customer service. The order was packed carefully and arrived at super sonic speed. Thank you I will be a loyal customer from now on.
This puppet is very sweet and personable. Very clean and has a lot of life left. I'm a repeat customer and have had an excellent buying experience every time.
A very nice gift at a good price, and a fine addition to the collection. And, at this very demanding time of year, I'm grateful for the prompt shipping.
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.