So far, we’ve talked about what a collection is , box or no box, and displaying. Today my post is about the Thrill of the Hunt. If you are a true collector, you know what I’m talking about. Finding those elusive rare dolls you want to put into those cabinets.
My first experience with hunting for a doll was in the Ideal Saucy Walker line. I fell in love with Saucy Walker dolls early on; the hard plastic walker version, not the larger vinyl Saucy. I found all types of Saucys from no box, no clothes, to MIB gorgeous high color Saucys. Then I discovered the book written by Judith Izen titled “Collector’s Guide to Ideal Dolls-Identification & Values”. (At the time, the book was the first edition.) It was a wealth of information on my beloved Saucy Walker. And then I saw it – right there on page 115! Something I didn’t even know existed – in fact, there were TWO somethings I didn’t know about. There was a Saucy Walker Boy from 1953 22″ tall, that you could only get as a premium from Chicago Daily Tribune, and right next to him was a Saucy Walker Big Sister, 25″ tall, also only available as a premium from the Chicago Daily Tribune. There was my holy grail of Saucys. And so I went on the hunt. At the time, the internet was just beginning to play a part in finding dolls. I looked high and low for those dolls. Doll shows, magazines, trade papers, and then when it came along, on EBAY. (You EBAY shoppers will know as I do that if you look long enough for something on EBAY, it will eventually show up there.) Then, finally I found both the boy version (a photo of my actual doll is in the Ideal Doll second edition book- shown here at the left) and eventually, I found the 25″ version of the big sister. I was thrilled beyond belief! So excited I had found the elusive dolls. Then, about 4 years later, I sold both of them. I know, I know… WHY??? Sometimes, I still ask myself that question. Then I remember the answer. Too many dolls, and I needed money. Can’t even remember what I needed the money for, but you can bet it was something important for me to have to sell my prized dolls. But it happened at one of those times when my collection was changing, and I thought I would pass them on to someone else to enjoy. And then, on to the next hunt! Not that I can now remember what that was! 😉 Right now, I don’t have a particular hunt, but I can tell you that’s it’s probably just a matter of time before I find the next one to hunt for!
So, have you ever hunted for a doll? Did you finally find her -and maybe it’s from a totally unexpected place? Maybe it’s a Tonner doll! SHARE!
Next week, VACATION! So when i return at the end of August, my next post will be about books that are great resources for collecting dolls. Here is a link to the newest Ideal Dolls book from Amazon. Ideal Dolls