Top 5 Gift Ideas For A Doll Collector

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

That’s right, everyone – the Holidays are here, and Christmas will be here before we know it. Doll Collectors Unite! Here are some ideas for gifts for doll collectors everywhere. 1. A subscription to a doll magazine: We collectors are forever studying about our treasures.  There are excellent publications for doll making, collecting, antique dolls,… Read more »

The Top 5 Factors That Experts Consider When Identifying and Valuing Vintage Playthings

Posted in Dolls, Guest Blogs, Top 5 & 10, Vintage Collectibles

by Ruby Lane

Special Guest Blog by Ruby Lane Shop Owner ‘Steiffgal’ Rebekah Kaufman You’ve just added a new treasure to your collection, and your gut tells you that there’s something special about it.   Or perhaps you have had an unusual doll or Teddy bear for years, and have always wondered if it has any real financial value… Read more »

Top Five Favorite Antique Parian Dolls

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

A ‘parian’ doll is defined as a type of white porcelain doll that is not tinted or colored. Popular doll culture has named fine, untinted porcelain dolls Parians, after the fine marble found on the Greek isle of Paros.  They were primarily made in Germany around 1860-1880. We enjoy collecting many types of this matte-finished… Read more »

Top 5 Dolls Every Collector Should Own

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

1.    Shirley Temple:  Ideal’s 1930s composition Shirleys caused a furor.  Step aside, CPKs and Furby; the curly golden girl topped everyone.  There were all kinds of variations on the original doll, and paper dolls, clothing, figures, and glassware, too. A series of 1950s dolls were created, as well as a 1972 model of Shirley wearing… Read more »

The Top Five Reasons to LOVE Dollhouses

Posted in Dolls, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

Miniatures and miniature rooms existed even in the Stone Age, where the 40,000-year-old Venus figures mostly fit in the palm of one’s hand.  The famous Nampa figurine found in Idaho could be older, or a hoax, according to conflicting archaeologists, but it, too, is only inches high. Miniatures and mini rooms existed in Ancient Egypt… Read more »

Top 5 Must-Haves for a Vintage 4th of July

Posted in Holidays, Top 5 & 10

by Ruby Lane

Summer is full of patriotic holidays, including Memorial Day, Flag Day, and of course, July 4th!  There were really explosive, fantastic celebrations honoring The Bicentennial and The 100th Birthday of the Statue of Liberty, and there are vintage collectibles from those huge festivities to include in your vintage July 4th collections and celebrations.  While I… Read more »