I belong to a couple of Facebook doll and toy groups which I enjoy because it is another way to share photos of our collections. Occasionally I buy dolls from other collectors. Mostly people post about what they bought, what they have to sell and share information much as we do here on this blog. The other day though a thread started that seemed to touch a nerve judging by the number of posts on the subject.
It seems that many doll collectors find that other people don’t understand their collections and even find their dolls ugly. I know that doll collecting is not everyone’s cup of tea but I found some of the things that people said quite shocking. Some collectors had been told that their dolls were “ugly and creepy” and even in one extreme case that they looked like corpses. Some said that their adult children did not like their dolls and had told them that if they were left them the dolls would be thrown in the rubbish.
This made me feel quite angry because there is no call to be so rude and make hurtful remarks like that especially to your mother. There are times when if you can’t say anything nice it is better to say nothing.
Fortunately others wrote about how much their grandchildren loved the dolls or that doll collecting was a shared hobby in their family.
Thank goodness for the internet which connects the community of collectors so we know that there are others who feel the same as we do about our treasures.