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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Protecting Dolls, Strawberry Shortcake, Dolls with Teeth and Domes; Free Newsletter
Sweet Strawberry Shortcake and Her friends Rethought!
I thank M, one of our readers, who suggested our first piece on Strawberry Shortcake. What a lovely idea with spring just around the corner! This week was a bustle of pre-spring activities, including our March Antique show and the first ads for our spring flower show. Don't we all want to go to the sun!! Our next post deals with tips on how to insure and protect dolls. While I'm no expert in insurance, this is food for thought for us collectors. Another wonderful reader inspired our post on types of dolls to collect; she had some very interesting preferences that were inspiring. Doll collecting seems to be enjoying a Renaissance this spring; many new dolls were introduced at The New York Toy Fair, and many great doll shows are springing up everywhere. I plan to write more about our antique show, but there were many dolls and similar items available, more than I have seen in years. I did very well there, and also well at a retirement sale of a shop that featured Boyd's Bears, Wee Forest Folk, Steiff, and more. One lovely object at the antique show from Summer Kitchen Antiques was a very large dome, about 2 feet in height or more, that contained a scene made of tiny French fashion type dolls that had bisque heads and limbs, but tiny bodies of steel springs. They danced along a grassy flowered, slope to music. Just fantastic! I also note that current issues of Doll Castle News and Antique Doll Collector Magazine feature very unusual mechanical dolls, primarily made with metal and composition and papier mache. With spring comes a lot of doll variety, so have fun choosing and collecting! Remember to write at firstname.lastname@example.org.