|Tiny Valentine Doll with assorted miniatures, books, doll related objects.|
- Stuffed animals in red and pink; these were staples when I was growing up. I love especially the red monkeys and pink poodles. Some, like Snoopy, come on candy boxes. WebKinz and Beanie Babies have special characters for Valentines Day. I find they are still popular as small gifts.
- Antique valentines featuring children and cupids: The antique shows start up again in February, and that means sales of vintage and antique valentines. Price ranges I’ve noted range from $.25 to over $100.00 for the elaborate honeycomb style. Modern boxes of Barbie, Care Bears, Monster High, Bratz, Strawberry Shortcake, and other doll themed valentines are for sale nearly everywhere.
- Cupid and Angel figures. Just as I display snowmen for January, I display angels, cherubs, and cupids for February. Vintage mechanical cupids that move and play music might be in antique malls, along with Enesco cupids mounted on red heart boxes. Doll Charms and jewelry made with vintage doll parts is popular online, at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and in local boutiques. Angel figures are popular everywhere, and there may be fantastic deals on angels leftover from Xmas. Jewelry is also popular with these motifs, as are framed prints, paintings, books, soaps, fingertip towels, and pillows. If you are near Beloit, WI, visit The Angel Museum, and shop the local antique malls.
- Buy someone a subscription to a magazine. Doll Castle News is my favorite. Another I like is Antique Week. Somerset Studios includes free vintage papers and features handmade art dolls, as does its sister publication, The Art Doll Quarterly. Etsy and eBay often sell vintage copies of Kimport’s Doll News, National Doll World, and Doll Designs. My friend, late collector and author Mary Hillier, wrote articles on old valentines. All her books and articles about dolls are searchable on The Internet. Try Amazon, Powell’s Books, Alibris, and Barnes and Noble online.
- Crafty folk will find valentine fabric for sale. Create doll fashions, doll pillows, or valentine dolls. Or, just buy a few yards for someone to drape in an exhibit or fold into table runners and cloths.
- Vintage or new candy boxes often sport dolls on top of them. I used to love getting candy Kewpie dolls, complete with wings. These can be preserved with a coat or two of clear nail polish. You can also pint them with acrylics.
- Hankie couture is popular with doll collectors. Hankies are perfect for dressing small dolls. Buy some new or vintage hankies as a gift; look for those embroidered in hearts.
- Order some stands, doll supplies, wigs, shoes, socks, for collectors refurbishing their dolls.
- Is there a museum exhibit featuring dolls in your area? Take a collector friend and yourself. Have lunch and make it a day.
- Make your own valentine candy box. Buy a box of your friends’ favorite candy; top it with a DVD about dolls, a Beanie, PVC character figure, small bisque or celluloid doll, and tie it all together with a red satin ribbon.
|Vintage Valentine, Public Domain|
|Valentine Display, Bears and 20th c. Porcelain, PD|
|A.T. with Puppies. Courtesy, Theriault's|