The Austin Doll Collectors Society is an organization of antique, vintage, and modern doll collectors, dealers, and artisans. We meet on the first Monday of each month and our meetings are fun and educational. We begin with refreshments and socializing, and, following our brief business meeting, there is a special doll-related program and "show and tell." The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a nonprofit organization and is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Doll Auction at Galveston's Moody Mansion on November 9th!

An extensive doll collection was recently donated to the Galveston Children's Museum, and the museum is hosting a silent auction on November 9th featuring the collection. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

The collection has hundreds of dolls, antique and character dolls, as well as collectibles. There are Shirley Temple dolls and collectibles, Kewpie and Campbell dolls, Madame Alexander, antique bisque, and character dolls. The dolls that are appraised for high value will be available for bid at the silent auction and other dolls and collectibles will available for direct purchase on tables in another room of the mansion. If anyone has specific questions regarding what dolls are available, contact Nicci Obert.

Monday, October 28, 2013

38th Annual Doll Show, October 19, 2013

The Austin Doll Collectors Society held is 38th Annual Doll Show and Sale on October 19, 2013, at a new venue, the Norris Conference Center.  It was a beautiful fall day, just perfect for dolling!

Dealers setting up early Saturday morning were greeted with coffee and pastries.

Volunteers set up the charity booth, where the club sells donated items, with all proceeds going to SafePlace of Austin and the Austin Children's Shelter.

Generous club members and other donors had given hundreds of dolls, ranging from antique bisque to modern vinyl.

Everything was priced to sell, allowing buyers to get great bargains and do a good deed at the same time!

Vendors filled three big rooms, offering dolls and doll-related items for every taste and price range.

There were bouquets of beautiful bisque and charming chinas. . . .

baskets of babies. . . .

sophisticated Cissys. . . .

composition cuties. . . .
vintage and modern dolls of all shapes and sizes. . . .

and unique artistic creations.

Bevies of Barbies greeted browsers in one room.
In addition, vendors offered everything necessary to create, repair, or outfit dolls, from fine furniture. . . .
to adorable handmade outfits.
Some dolls came with their own trousseaux.
Busy buyers browse the bountiful booths.
The Austin Doll Collectors Society thanks all who participated, from vendors to buyers to volunteers, to make this a successful show!

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 7, 2013, Meeting

After the business meeting, President Pam Wolf did a program on her collection of Little Red Riding Hood dolls.

 Nancy Choate. . . 

and Sallie Howard. . . 

told the club about attending the Modern Doll Collectors Convention and displayed the many dolls they acquired at the convention.

Sharon Weintraub shared these little bisque girls and their settee that she won at the Theriault's auction in Dallas.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 2, 2013, Meeting

The meeting was held at member Sylvia McDonald's home in Pflugerville.  Sylvia generously opened her house to members because our usual meeting place would not be available due to the Labor Day holiday.  Jean Cassel gave a report on the United Federation of Doll Clubs 64th annual convention, which took place in Washington D.C. from July 29 to August 1, 2013.

Jean showed members the scrapbook she had created documenting the many convention activities, exhibits, and other sights at our nation's capital.

This was the souvenir doll, by Robert Tonner.  The limited edition 10-inch "Tiny Kitty" doll came dressed in an elaborate Edwardian gown, and her accessories included a nightgown, gloves, and a fan.
Jean made this charming Bleuette dress in a convention workshop.
These are hats that Jean created at another workshop.  The convention journal is in the background.
Many thanks to Elaine Jackson for serving as the meeting photographer! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 5, 2013, Meeting

Most appropriate for August, with its sunny days and soaring temperatures, the refeshment table was decorated with seaside scenes.

Brenda Kay White gave a program on Hearts for Hearts World Vision Dolls.

Each doll tells the true story of a little girl who has worked to make a difference in her community.  The dolls represent little girls from all over the world, including Belarus, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, and the United States.  The idea behind the dolls is to empower girls around the globe to become agents of change in their communities.  Part of the purchase price of each doll is donated to World Vision for programs supporting girls in that country, such as providing food or school supplies.  

This little cutie is the completed doll made from the head poured by master doll artist Mary McKenzie at our June meeting.