As I’ve been putting out dolls I’ve come to fear that there may never have enough room for all of them to be on display. I don’t mind so much about the modern Barbies.The ones that I photograph and play with most often are not display dolls; they live in plastic drawers or crates when not in use. There are just too many which is the reason I can’t answer when people ask me how many dolls I have. I don’t know.
I dislike the idea of the larger dolls having to stay in storage though. It makes me feel that if I can’t see them maybe there is no point in having them. I know a lot of people rotate their displays but I don’t want to to do that. My favourites have to be where I can see them all the time. But how would I decide what goes and what stays?
It goes without saying that all my childhood dolls would stay. Nor would I part with the vintage celluloid and hard plastic dolls. I’m also very attached to the 1960s vinyl dolls that remind me of my childhood.
That means that the candidates for getting culled would come from the modern vinyl, porcelain and cloth dolls. But there is a problem with that too. Some of those dolls were given to me and I would not want to hurt the giver’s feelings by getting rid of those dolls. Some were the childhood dolls of those people others were given to me for birthday or Christmas presents.
That leaves dolls I’ve bought myself in my early collecting years but even those have their stories. Valerie, Jacqui and Jill were bought at an Op Shop in Brighton when I first decided I was seriously going to collect dolls. I went out that day with the intention of buying dolls and bought the three of them together. I fixed their hair and made their outfits. There is nothing special about them, except to me. Molly, the cloth doll I bought at the Ulverstone Doll Show when David and I were on holidays before we moved over here. She sits in a Peacock chair with her very own teddy that I made for her. I have given away quite a lot of the other cloth dolls I had to people who had grandkids or did Family Day Care. The ones I kept are my favourites.
There are a couple of modern vinyl babies I could live without. I’d want to dress them first but I’d give them away to good homes. Finally, the category that always comes to mind when I’m thinking of culling dolls. Dolls with white hair. As you may remember from previous posts I just don’t like white haired dolls and never have. I can’t explain it. I just don’t like them. I have given most of the ones I had away but there may be one or two left. If I had dolls with pink or blue hair they would be on the list too.
So as you can see it is a dilemma and one that I will most likely solve by not getting rid of any. What I probably will do is not buy as many in future and concentrate on dressing and accessorising the ones I have.