We’ve had a bunch of doll finds lately, so we thought we would save them up for one big dolly palooza of a post. Some of them are very nice indeed, and there is one that’s just dreadful. Being us, we kind of enjoy both ends of the spectrum.
Let’s start out with something adorable:
It’s bar ware and a doll all wrapped up in one–two of our favorite things. She’s a shot-glass-toting cutie. She is missing one of her shot glasses and an arm, but who cares? Her little red vinyl outfit was definitely homemade, but they did a fairly nice job with it; blanket stitching evenly all around something is more difficult than you might think. No, we didn’t buy her, but we thought she was appealing.
Here’s another homemade sweetie:
I remember my mother making a granddaughter something similar in the ’80s. The dress is cute and well done, but it’s the face that makes this girl a winner. Her embroidered expression is very winning. We don’t often buy this kind of homemade doll, but we appreciate a good one after looking at a ton of bad ones.
We run into Madame Alexander dolls more often than you would think:
Again, not our kind of doll, but we think they are charming. My sisters and I had three of the Little Women set when we were young. It was a big deal because these dolls were never cheap! The front girl’s dress was crisp and intact and she was lovely. It was the doll in the back that had cool stuff. She had one wooden clog and something attached to her wrist:
She still had her basket holding a chicken! It was almost irresistible, but we decided to let an M.A. collector find them. Or maybe they would be snapped up as a present for a child who likes dolls. We know why they still look so nice; these weren’t dolls to play with as much as look at. Unlike our Barbies, who lost their shoes and jewelry on the first day we played with them, our M.A. dolls were still perfect when I left home.
While this little man isn’t strictly a doll, he still belongs in this post:
Oh, Kathy struggled mightily NOT bring this little fellow home; I know this will shock you, but Kathy has a thing for rabbits, and this one is about as cute as they come. We loved his outfit, but his physique was the killer. That hippy body and tail sticking out back are pretty funny. Hey, wait a minute, this could be a lady rabbit too. How sexist of me to assume it was a male! Hopefully someone will take shim (she/him) home to love, but until then, Bunnykins had found a friend the next time we visited:
She sure looks like Red Riding Hood, and they make a nice couple. Glad they have each other to help deal with the secondhand awfulness around them. (Kathy here: Doesn’t it look like that bad bunny just told her a dirty joke?)
There just isn’t anything nice to say about this pair:
I don’t think these were ever good–EVER! I have to think they are victims of the ’70s general decorating insanity. If these were next to my bed, and I saw them in the middle of the night, I might think they were monsters from under the bed coming to take me away. These dolls generally aren’t great quality, as you can tell by the neck issues. Then there is the over-the-top ruffled gingham costumes and lacy parasols. They look like rejects from Kmart’s antebellum clothing and decorating department.
This winsome lady was the decoration on a Christmas present:
She’s a very nice clothespin doll. She reminds me of Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. We both have a soft spot for these kinds of dolls made from clothespins, corn husks, or dried apples.
Kathy made my dolls a Soft Kitty t-shirt:
She added to the cute factor by including the cat hat that originally came with the little plastic dolly on the left. I’ve said it before, but Kathy sure is a clever duck!
Lastly, we couldn’t have said it better: