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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

April Asian Doll Display

On April 6, 2014, club member Sylvia McDonald created this beautiful display of her Asian dolls for the Missions Banquet at First Baptist Church in Round Rock.
This charming child was created by doll artist Sissel Skille and  made in Germany by Gotz around 2004.  Called Rashanee, she represents a Thai hill tribe.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Donate a Doll and Do a Good Deed!

Got some old dolls and doll-related items taking up space in your garage or storage room?  Would you like to get rid of the clutter, get a possible tax deduction, AND help a good cause?  The Austin Doll Collectors Society will hold its 39th annual doll show on October 18th, and the club always sponsors a charity booth selling donated items, with all proceeds going to Austin SafePlace and the Austin Children's Shelter.  If you have CLEAN dolls or doll-related items in GOOD condition and would like to make a donation, contact Sharon Weintraub: (512) 323-9639,, or Elaine Jackson: (512) 832-5663,  We will arrange pick up and provide a donation form.  The Austin Doll Collectors Society is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 5, 2014, Meeting

The meeting opened with a presentation from Josh Eggebeen regarding the creation of the Austin Toy Museum.  Still in the planning stage, the museum will feature toys, comics, and games from the golden age of toys (the 1960s through the 1990s), such as Barbie, GI Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony, but also hopes to include earlier games and toys.

In addition to permanent and rotating displays and custom dioramas, the museum will include an arcade of classic video games and rare unique prototypes.  The hope is to create not only one of the largest toy museums in the country, but also an educational resource and fun destination for toy lovers and families.

Josh discussed the current Kickstarter campaign, which seeks to raise $20,000 in seed money to cover start-up costs for the non-profit museum.  The campaign offers a wide variety of unique and fun gifts for donations, from tee-shirts to a custom-built diorama for the donor's favorite toys.

Member Mary McKenzie presented a program on Lilly, an early French fashion doll manufactured by Marie Antoinette Leontine Rohmer, who operated her workshop in Paris from 1857 through 1880.

Mary brought a reproduction Lilly that she made and dressed.

Mary's program took the form of a story told from the perspective of Lilly.

Members also brought dolls for sale.