$500 Sweepstakes Celebrating Dolls, Bears, and UFDC!

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by Ruby Lane

Help us celebrate Dolls, Bears, and United Federation Doll Clubs with a sweepstakes doll shopping giveaway – one lucky winner will win a $500 Ruby Lane shopping spree. Shop for Dolls, Bears, Plush Animals, Accessories, Dollhouses, and so much more on the Dolls Lane – Ruby Lane Dolls    Sweepstakes starts July 15th, 12:01am PDT,… Read more »

10 Clues You Might Be a Doll Addict

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by Ruby Lane

On the Dolls Lane, we live and breathe dolls all day, every day. It’s safe to say that we are doll addicts. If you’ve heard the saying, ‘it takes one to know one,’ let us know if any of these telltale clues apply to you! 1.    You tell your fiancé that you would rather have… Read more »

Dolls on the 4th of July; Red, White and Blue Couture!

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by Ruby Lane

9″ Patsyettes as George and Martha Washington 5.    George and Martha Washington: Emma Clear immortalized the original first couple, but dozens of other companies have created them as dolls including Effanbee, Nisbet, Carlson Dolls, Martha Chase,  and Madame Alexander. There are interesting surviving documents showing Washington bought toys for his step-children, too. Emma Clear George… Read more »

Five Favorite UFDC Convention Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane is a sponsor of the 2018 United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC) 69th Annual ‘Passport to Adventure’ Convention which will be held July 17 – 21, 2018 at the JW Marriott Desert Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. If we will not see you in person at the event, you can attend virtually through Facebook… Read more »

Ruby Lane Radio Interview with Steiffgal Rebekah Kaufman

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Steiff’s Official Consultant Archivist and Ruby Lane Shop Owner Rebekah Kaufman, AKA Steiffgal, joins Ruby Lane’s Blog Talk and greets all our teddy bear and doll lovers with teddy bear hugs. A very enthusiastic shop owner who is passionate about the wonderful world of plush dolls and toys, and is always willing to share her… Read more »

Dolls of the Seven Continents

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by Ruby Lane

Lakota Beaded and Quilled Doll 1880-1890 on Ruby Lane 1. North America:  North American has a rich history of dolls.  Dolls and clay figures from Mexico have been found in tombs, archaeological digs, and at the foot of volcanoes.  Fairly new research into Mexican doll making shows that as in Europe, entire families were devoted… Read more »

You Might Be A Doll Collector If…

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by Ruby Lane

Being a doll collector isn’t just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle! There are many signs that one can see when they are a doll collector. From having ‘dolldar’ on all of the time to rooms full of dolls, being a doll collector is quite simply THE BEST! Here are a couple more signs to… Read more »

Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives

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by Ruby Lane

Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives:  No culture has been without dolls. In some societies, the doll figures that remain seem to be more idol or ritual figures, but the same cultures refer to dolls as children’s toys.  They might be very simple compared to their idols or decorative figures, maybe a decorated twig… Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide To Buying Antique Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Generally speaking, an antique is an object over 100 years old, or in some cases, over 80 years old. For dolls, the definition has been stretched to around 80 years and over, which makes many collectible composition dolls antiques. Everything else up to the 90s or so is generally considered vintage.  Some experienced antique doll… Read more »