Holiday Gift Guide for Doll and Teddy Bear Lovers

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

The Holidays are here in full swing!  Do you know what to buy your doll and bear aficionado friends? Generally, we aren’t hard to please; most of us never met a doll or bear we didn’t like.  Yet, it can be hard to buy for the collector, or doll, who has everything, so here are… Read more »

Connecting With Your Next Dream Teddy Bear or Fine Plush Collectible

Posted in Bears, Dolls

by Ruby Lane

Calling all Teddy bear and fine plush enthusiasts!  Where do you have the best luck finding new treasures for your collection? One thing that is so exciting about this hobby is that the next great discovery is always just around the corner.  We’ve all had that extraordinary feeling of scoring and adding a delightful Ted… Read more »

How to Start a Doll Club

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

It all started with a doll or two you saved from your childhood, and a couple more you bought at a yard sale because you thought they were cute.  Then, your friends and family brought you some more dolls as souvenirs. Soon, you realize that you are a doll collector. You perform your due diligence,… Read more »

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

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by Ruby Lane

Dolls are perfect décor accessories for any and every holiday.  July 4th and other patriotic holidays are no exception. Actually, many other countries have adopted red, white, and blue for their patriotic colors.  The British, Australian, French, Dutch, and Liberian flags all incorporate these colors.  Collecting dolls wearing red white and blue, and related historical,… 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 »

You Might Be A Doll Collector If…

Posted in Dolls

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 »

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 »

Dolls Gotta Have Heart; Raggedy Ann, Legends, and History for Over 100 Years

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by Ruby Lane

Raggedy Ann has been a beloved doll and literary character for over 100 years.  Her face has graced countless story books, coloring books, paper dolls, toys, radios, canned goods, and posters about Diphtheria and Smallpox vaccinations.  Raggedy Ann and her brother, Raggedy Andy, have starred in their own animated films, and Raggedy Ann has flown… Read more »

Why We Love Dollhouses (And You Should Too!)

Posted in Dolls

by Ruby Lane

The first dollhouses on record are probably the Dutch cabinet houses and Nuremburg doll houses, meant more for adults as cabinets of curiosities than for children.  The novel The Miniaturist is based on these. One great example that still survives is Mon Plaisir, from the 18th century. Precipios and elaborate crèches with entire villages outfitted… Read more »