I have been collecting dolls now since the 1990’s although I already had a few before that. I collect several types including dolls from the 1960s, the type I played with as a child. In fact I still have my first baby doll and several of my other old dolls including a Sindy from 1963 or 64.
I also like dolls made by the Australian company Netta. I feel a connection to these dolls because the factory was in Adelaide where I lived for many years.
However the largest part of my collection is fashion dolls, Sindy of course but also Tammy and both vintage and modern Barbie dolls.
I live in the Huon Valley in Tasmania with Cindy the dog and Polly the cat. I also enjoy scrapbooking, blogging and fixing up dolls that come to our local Op Shop. I enjoy doing doll photography but also getting out and about to take pictures of buildings and scenery.
My doll wishlist:
I have really been lucky to get almost everything on my old list but of course there is always something else to want.
- A black vintage Pedigree doll baby or walker.
- To own every outfit in my old “Sindy Set” booklet from 1964-5
- A Colour Magic Barbie would round out my vintage Barbie collection
My collection is a little different from Vanda’s as it does not centre around traditional dolls or even female dolls so much. I still have Bridgett my big walking doll from our dad and my two baby dolls Colin and Peter who was a replacement for my original Kader, Peter, who was stolen by our cousin. Mum threw Mark, my favourite baby doll, away. I remember how heartbroken I was about that. I loved Colin and Peter but never as much as Mark even though he was just a cheap plastic doll.
I collect toys rather than just dolls but dolls are still a big part of what I collect. Although there are robots, cars and games etc there are also some dolls. I like the vintage Mod Barbie dolls as I like the fashions and hairstyles. I am also a big collector of Ken. I have quite a lot of Ken dolls and have been collecting them while Vanda collects the Barbies. Between us there are a lot of dolls, outfits and props. We have a lot of fun with these.
My other main interest is my paper doll collection. Vanda has featured many of the sets in this blog. I love these because of the many different clothing styles and the fun you can have dressing them up. When I was a child Vanda and our cousin Della taught me to trace around the dolls so I could create my own outfits for them to wear. This was always a favourite pastime of mine. I used many different things to colour the outfits with such as pencils, crayons, cray pas and textas. I even experimented with the foils from Easter Eggs.
Finally there are my dolls houses and all the furniture that I have collected over the years. I have both tin and wooden houses. I love any tin toys as they have such beautiful lithograph on them. The designs are just delightful. The wooden houses such as Triang are just as amazing and I still ooh and ahhh over the detail. How I wish I could shrink and explore these miniature marvels. In those days so much attention was spent on every detail so every boy and girl would receive a toy just like the real thing. I think this is why toys were so loved and remembered with such fondness by us baby boomers.
My Wish List
- More Kens and clothing for Ken I actually liked
- Stockbroker dollhouse and early vintage furnishings
- Somewhere to put everything.