Happenings at the Doll Hospital
What an exciting week this has been! First…I must say I have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful comments and questions from my Blog readers. Learning about what you collect and why has made me even more eager to share…so please continue those comments!! As you are probably aware…we have been quite busy this week at the Tonner Company Store in preparation for the Fall Preview and Sale on August 26th…so sadly I had to close the Doll Hospital this week. No major surgery or trauma…but I did have one lady come in to pick up her “Martha”..(an antique Kestner toddler doll). Her doll was only in for a quick spa treatment…a mini makeover that included cleaning her face and hair. Anyway….to get to the totally freaky part…she asked if we could look up her approximate value as someone once told her this doll was worth about $375. Although we do not appraise dolls here due to fluctuations in markets–I usually have a pretty good idea of what things would sell for. As I was looking at this bisque headed character…I was thinking..about $1,500. or so. We grabbed one of my Doll Values Books and there she was! The value listed for this rarer mold number and largest size was an astonishing $8,500. We both stood there…she speechless and rubbing the goosebumps that sprang up all over her arms…and me–smiling ear to ear knowing that although it was her late grandmothers doll and will never be sold–I made her day! There is something about these feelings that just can’t be put on paper–but it just makes my day!
My Collection and Resin Dolls
Anyway….I just had to share that moment–but now to get on to what today’s blog topic is really about–Doll Collections! I have been asked about resin dolls several times this week–and yup…I collect those too..
Like the resin Evangeline’s and of course the new resin Ellowyne–these dolls have something very special about their look and feel. They are fully jointed which allows incredible posing…and for some strange reason…we collectors usually not only name them–but attribute personalities! I can tell you in my collection…Judah is the Rock Star wanna-be and Zane is my brilliant little bookworm. Winston is a proper English fellow and he is an investor….(see what I mean). Now–of course the purpose is to have fun, encourage creativity and imagination–but I have a tendency to go over board when it comes to my resin kids. Noah’s outfits usually cost more than mine! The same can sometimes be said about the Ellowyne Wilde girls when it comes to their furnishings. My girls need their own things…and of course they love to entertain…
I think most of the fun for me is setting everything up and taking pictures. It brings this smaller world into focus and creates a story every time. Many of my collector friends will tell you I have finally slowed down a bit and now limit my vast little worlds into only two rooms in my house! How about the rest of you readers….Are your dolls in every room—or do you now showcase them all in one place? For me….I keep rotating the kids so my husband never really knows the exact number……. I hope to share parts of my Tonner collection next week (Wait until you see what I did with my Sinister Circus)…but my blog may be delayed a week. I am finally going back into the real Operating room to have these pins taken out of my finger. It is the last part of the surgery that has slowed down my dolly re-stringing a bit this summer. To finish up….here are a few more pics……but the last pic of the dolly on the bench in the Tonner Company Store sure is one of my most favorites! (He is my grandson…tee-hee)