Wednesday, October 31, 2018
An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Happy Halloween 2018!: Some haunting bytes for this year: Secrets of the Dead talked of vampires and their history. They did not mention Erzebet, but did talk of...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Great News! FAO Schwarz will reopen after being gone three years; the date is November! There are rumors of Toys R Us and the lost Bon Ton Store, Bergners/ Younkers chain. Happy Days are Here again!
Walmart's list of top toys for 2018; see Holiday Shopping Trends: https://qconline.com/lifestyles/holiday-shopping-trends-include-toys-demos-pop-up-shops-scavenger/article_63d4dc32-7898-5a7d-ae93-2620a4c8af26.html
Target's top toys for 2018
Amazon's top toys for 2018
- LEGO Star Wars Solo: A Star Wars Story Kessel Run Millennium Falcon 75212 Building Kit
Find the full list of Top 100 Toys at Amazon.com.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
This weekend, Theriault’s will be hosting two amazing auctions. Sunday is a very unusual and complete collection of Barbies and friends. Saturday involves the sale of the contents of Yesterday’s
Child Doll Museum,
formerly . Both will be in Chicago ,and
Theriault’s.com has all the details. Vicksburg, MS
During the late 80s, when I was just out of school, my family and I took a terrific trip down South, which included
. We walked the battlefield, and while I
personally do not believe I ghosts, I did sense a presence there. It was moving and sad to see the Civil War
monuments put up by northern and southern states, and to realize how closely
camped both sides were on that field. Vicksburg
We also saw Yesterday’s Child, just my mom and dad and me. I’m the only one left. I think it was the last of our great road trips, though we took a lot of smaller ones in later years. It was charming, and a very pleasant day. I still regret we didn’t buy a small composition doll wearing a white faux fur coat, hat, and muff in the gift shop They did not have much for sale, but the museum was a feast for the eyes.
My dad, ever loyal to me exclaimed as we walked in, “she has more than this!” That was Dad; he also built doll houses, hauled us all over to buy dolls while he sat in the car, he brought dolls for me from all over the world, carved little dolls from sticks, carried two very large Italian dolls for me when we were coming back from a trip to Europe. He often drove back out of his way so I could get a doll I forgot to buy, and he learned what a Jumeau was. My mom was my partner in crime when it came to finding dolls; she also dressed them repaired them. After a while, it wasn’t “Ellen’s” doll collection; it was “our” doll collection.
I hate to see any doll museum close, especially when I am busy creating mine, but this one’s closing is particularly painful for me. The silver lining is that the dolls will go to good homes, to people who will care for them and carry on the museum’s legacy. For me, doll collecting has become a lonely hobby, full of lovely memories.
Monday, October 15, 2018
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Monday, October 1, 2018
A Review of Toonstyle; Calling all Kids, Collectors, and Parents! It's safe to Holiday Shop for Ideas Here!
Licensed characters and pop culture characters are entrenched in our culture. Children, adults, and collectors all want to wear clothes featuring their favorite character, sip out of mugs and glasses with their image, and even wear jewelry inspired by them.
The site itself is attractive, bright, and well-organized. The blog, in particular, is divided into categories; each category is a link. This makes it very easy to search. So, if you are looking for a product review click on that category. It saves a lot of search time.
The page with franchises is comprised of lots of rectangles with the names of characters or shows. Click on one, and you go to a page of great graphics of products related to that theme. E.g., click on “Walking Dead” and you find a variety of terrific licensed merchandise.
What’s really great is that, not only does Toonstyle tell you where you can find each item; click on the site or store name and you are taken right to the site where you can buy it. Prices are included as part of the information, too.
Imagine a buy mom or dad with only a few minutes to fid a birthday gift or holiday shop; a couple sips of coffee and a click or tow, and you have that much wanted Spirited Away Crocheted Necklace (Etsy) or that terrific Golden Girls coloring book.
The recommended way to search is to type what your want in the standard search box. This works. I didn’t see Corpse Bride, Prince of Egypt, Napoleon Dynamite, Fantastic Beasts or Lion King, in franchises, but when I entered them into the search box, I found mugs, clothing, toys, figures, etc., for all ages. These are fairly popular characters. Once I realized you had to read horizontally, and that you alphabetize under “the” with regard to titles, I was able to navigate it. I love the variety; I only wonder if some would find so many franchises overwhelming, but I think they are just great.
|Black Panther Tee, via Toonstyle|
It’s tons of fun to surf this site; also, you can take a wonderful tour down memory lane and find great collectibles, whether you are 2 or 92!!!