Grove Street Doll Shop

Lora Soling, Bath, ME

Antique and Vintage Dolls and Accessories, Toys and Folk art from the Nineteenth Century through the 1940's.

Member since 2017

An Old-Fashioned Doll Shop in Mid-Coast Maine


About Grove Street Doll Shop

Our Service Pledge
My aim is that all my customers and collectors will be very happy with their purchases. I respond to all orders and questions within a couple of hours- most of the time, immediately, but I cannot guarantee a response while sleeping.
About Us
This is the online version of my antique doll shop in my hometown of Bath, Maine. Tucked away in an 1830's house in the heart of Bath's beautiful Historic District, the shop contains antique and vintage dolls, toys, stuffed animals, doll accessories, folk art, and all kinds of tiny delights for your dollhouse. I am a member of the UFDC.

My retail shop is open by appointment: just let me know when you want to visit.

Growing up in a family of collectors, I spent a fair amount of time poking around in antique shops and lived in a household that revered the past, aesthetically. Surrounded by old advertising art and antique wooden chests, clocks that tick-tocked, windup toys and mechanical penny banks, the patina of age came to be normal and desirable to my eye. My inspiration has always come from old things, and as we all know, the collecting thing starts when you're a wee babe....

I am trained as a fine artist, and have been a doll artist for 6 years. The dolls that I make stem from my admiration of old papier-mache and china head dolls. One of the many things I love about antique dolls is the clothing: the amount of attention and energy that's been lavished upon those miniature garments! Homemade doll's clothing has a special place in my heart: made for a child's doll by their mother or aunt, who were trained to sew as part of a lady's education. My own dolls will be available in the shop every few months as they are ready. They're inspired by a fascination with antique papier mache & china head dolls. You can see more of my work at my website, which is simply under my own name. I am very proud that my work has once again been included in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts for 2017. The Directory is published by Early American Life Magazine and will be out in the August issue.

In my previous life, I worked as a floral designer for 17 years, in addition to careers in graphic design and as a patternmaker in the apparel industry. I've also had my own millinery studio, and a delightful, rewarding 10 years as a teddy bear artist.