The Optimists

Gillian Trotter, Of Sale, UK   
Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2005

Welcome, Thank You For Dropping In and I Hope You Find Some Goodies To Add To Your Collection


About The Optimists

Our Service Pledge
I aim to respond to all orders as quickly as possible certainly within 48 hours. Items Will Be Posted As Soon As I Receive Payment.
About Us
Welcome to The Optimists, I specialize in Antique Cloth Dolls and Soft Toys. I have been a collector for over 30 years and in 2003 my book was published by Hobby House Press titled 'Norah Wellings Cloth Dolls and Soft Toys'.

I will be adding other Antique,Collectible and Vintage items to my shop and I hope that you will enjoy seeing what I have to offer. New items will be added as often as possible so please keep coming back to have a look.

Please do not hesitate to email me should you have any en-quires or if there is any particular item you are looking for ( especially Norah Wellings) as I have many more items in my inventory not listed.

Postage has gone up yet again I'm afraid. I do not charge for packing materials. I only post in the United Kingdom with 1st class Recorded for items less than £50 and Next Day Delivery for items over £50.
International I post with Royal Mail International Signed For with Insurance.
I can only send with insurance if you are paying with Paypal as this covers both of us with paypal.
If postage is less when I go to the post office I will refund the difference through paypal if more I will pay


Based in the U.K I can assure you if you are an International Customer I am experienced in posting overseas. Payment is due once I have sent an invoice unless prior arrangements have been made. I will combine postage to save you money. Payment is by Paypal Only for International Transactions unless other forms of payment are agreed before purchase. If you are in the United Kingdom I accept Paypal,Personal Cheque, Cash in Registered Letter or please ask if you wish to use alternative methods before purchasing. Items will be re listed after 3 days if payment has not been received.

I do list items on ebay as well as Rubylane and items may be listed on both sites at the same time. I am afraid if you press the buy now on Rubylane and the item sells on ebay before an invoice has been sent to you the ebay buyer will have the purchase. Hopefully this will never happen but I must cover myself just in case.Unfortunately with our time differences sometimes I am not able to put sold straight away on an item on Ruby Lane.
Please note I cannot be responsible for Customs Charges in your Country.


I hope you enjoy looking at my stock and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Happy Hunting

Gillian