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Christmas brings memories of my mother taking a doll we already had and refurbishing her as one of our gifts. When she left us ten years ago, I found an unfinished crocheted outfit in her craft basket.
Dolls are currently in the news and will create more memories, I'm sure. Hasbro is marketing robotic kitties geared at folks in nursing home to mimic the creature comforts and companionship real cats provide. There is also a video game developed that will aid those with dementia.
New dolls continue to flood the shelves, and there will be more posts about them, later. The vintage and antique market is going strong, too. While not everyone deals in highend dolls, I'm told by friends of mine who buy and sell on ebay that even ordinary Barbies and vinyl dolls are enjoying a brisk trade. I'm guessing OOAK artists appreciate them, but also those who love the rag-tag dolls out there that need help.
Theriault's will hold in early January an amazing auction which includes a rare Rochard doll with it's Stanhope necklace. That is definitely a doll on my wish list! I hope to publish another book on dolls this year, to file the paperwork for the museum, and to blog professionally on dolls and related collectibles.
Dolls are the ultimate goodwill ambassadors of peace, and they are portraits of all of our moods and personals, both good and bad. They are our history and tell our stories. May we have a peaceful 2018, and a year devoted to the love of dolls and collecting. Merry Christmas!