Cat Doll and Doll House Boy
I had a couple of nice little finds at this years doll show. I usually go along with Vanda if I am not working or broke from spending too much money on other hobbies. My problem is I like and enjoy too many things at once. I usually go more for the teddy bears and this year I wanted to take James my Kiesewetter Petz bear to get his leg fixed. (We are both confident that James is a Petz bear.)
We browsed a little but our first main stop was to get Teddy James and Pedigree Penny assessed by the Doll Hospital people who have a stall at the doll show every year. While James and Penny were in the capable hands of Dr Kitty and Dr Peter we browsed the stalls in the hall.
I was hoping to see a few stalls with doll house supplies on them but there was only one this year. This was a bit of a disappointment as I had been looking forward to looking at any dollhouse treasures on offer. The one stall had some nice things including furniture and dolls. I don’t yet have any dolls suitable for The Beacon Hill so I was keen to buy some. The first pile of boxes contained expensive dolls costing $50.00. I did not want to blow $50.00 on just one doll. I had James undergoing repairs and I was still unsure of what it would cost so I had to keep some money in my purse to pay for him. There was a second box of loose dolls. These had been taken out of the boxes. Some of them had messy hair but they were in overall good condition. I was thinking they might be a little cheaper than the their boxed counterparts. I tried in vain to get the attention of the stall holders. There were at least three ladies manning this stall but none of them were remotely interested in their customers. They had their backs to the stall and were engaged in what must have been the gossip of the century. I think Vanda and I stood there for ten minutes or more before one of the ladies approached us. She was quite rude to say the least when I enquired about her dollhouse dolls. I can’t remember what she said but I didn’t particularly like the tone in which she spoke to me. She told me in no uncertain tones that the loose little girl doll with messy hair that I was interested in would still cost me $50.00. Well I placed her back in the box with the others I might have possibly bought if the price had been reduced. Not much in the way of show specials on their stall. I was going to walk away but there was one little boy doll of a less expensive brand but still very nice going for $10.00. I liked his blond hair and little sailor suit so I bought him despite the rudeness of the woman and her friends. We did not spend anymore time on their stall to see if there was anything else. I hope they had to pack the lot up at the end of the day and take it all home.
We wandered about for a bit longer as there was still plenty to see while we waited for Teddy James to be repaired. I had been told he could be repaired that very afternoon. I enjoyed looking at some of the second hand dolls and of course all of the teddy bears. There were a lot of teddy bears this year but none of them were really saying “Please take me home with you” this year. Other years I have walked out with two or more. Hermie who I featured on the new Teddy page was one of these. While looking at one stall I spotted a lovely cat doll. I just loved the cat’s face. It was very appealing and the seller didn’t want all that much for it either so I decided to get it. The cat is a rag doll but with a cat head and paws. It is quite realistic to look at. Here are some pictures.
A short time later it was time to go and pick up Teddy James. Nurse Kitty reattached his leg and replaced his broken growler. James can now speak and is never lost for words anymore. When I picked him up the other day he made a noise and it made me jump because I had forgotten he was no longer mute. I was very impressed with the Hobart Doll Hospital. They took so much care with their work and Kitty and Peter were so friendly and helpful to both of us. They were both very interested in James and Penny. They have a lot of respect for their customers as well as their little patients who depend on them to get well again. If you have a special doll or teddy that needs repairs it is worthwhile looking up doll hospitals. They do wonderful work and often perform miracles. I looked at a lot of before and after photos of some of their patients and you would think they were beyond repair at first glance. I plan to take another of my bears later for ear surgery. They have been put back on with cement of all things. Another “Dad” repair I suppose. Vanda took some photos of the doll hospital stall and they can been viewed in a previous post. Here is my precious Teddy James.
I realise that James is a bear and not a doll but I wanted to show him to you because of his repairs at the doll hospital. His leg had come completely off and the pin that had been holding it on was rusted through. His growler no longer worked and I was interested to see the old one when it was pulled out. It was made of cardboard and it had collapsed into itself. The cardboard was very fragile and was disintegrating. I kept it as a souvenir. James has a new one made of plastic. These are made in Germany and Penny is getting a crier from the same company while she is being repaired.
So that was my day at the 2019 Doll Show.