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.

Monday, November 27, 2017


The Austin Doll Collectors Society Facebook page and accompanying blog have been recognized as one of the top 100 doll blogs and websites for doll makers and enthusiasts by Feedspot, which selected the top dolls sites from thousands of doll blogs based on criteria such as Google search ranking, influence and popularity on Facebook and other social media sites, and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review.  A big thank you to all our followers and visitors!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pictures from our October 14th Show!

As always, our show featured a wide variety of dolls and related items, for every collector.

There were big dolls. . . .

petite treasures. . . . 

bevies of babies. . . . 

beauties in boxes. . . . 

bunches of bears and other cuddly friends. . . .

Halloween treats. . . . 

and other upcoming holidays. . . . 

trousseaus for treasured dolls. . . .

BJDs. . . . 

and, of course, Barbies!

There was a lot of excitement over this generous donation by American Girl, which was offered as a special drawing.  Nanea Mitchell is the newest American Girl and represents a Hawaiian girl from 1941.

The lucky and very happy winner of Nanea, Francine!

Member Brenda Kaye White provided an informative program on American Girl dolls.

Member Sharon Weintraub created a special display of antique automatons, ranging from the 1850s through the 1920s.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sneak Preview of Tomorrow's Show!

Tonight our wonderful vendors were all hard at work tonight unpacking their wares and setting up their booths for tomorrow's show. 

Here our president, Faydra Jones, helps organize our club's charity booth.  The booth sells donated dolls and doll-related items, with the proceeds going to SafePlace of Austin and the Austin Children's Shelter.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Meet Nanea!

Nanea Mitchell is the newest American Girl.  She is a Hawaiian Girl from 1941 and you have a 
chance to win her at our upcoming doll show (just the basic Nanea doll herself is being offered as the prize).  Again, thank you American Girl for your generous donation!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thank You American Girl!

More exciting news about our upcoming doll show! American Girl will be donating a doll; don't know yet which doll or whether he or she will be offered as a raffle or door prize, so watch this blog for updates. One of the free doll presentations being given at the show will also be about American Girl dolls. Thank you again American Girl for your most generous gift!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Our Doll Show is Coming Up!

Oh, the thrill of finding that special doll! And there will be plenty of special dolls at our 42nd Annual Doll Show and Sale!

Here a 14-inch tall Emile Jumeau smiles sweetly at her own special doll, a 6-inch tall barefoot all-bisque girl. Both dolls are all original and the original box for the all-bisque girl carries the label for a Paris “Magasin de Jouets d’Enfants” (store of toys for children).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More on Our October 14, 2017, Doll Show and Sale!

An 11-inch tall Jumeau reads your fortune in the cards. She is marked “2” on her head, body, and cork pate. Clearly good fortune will be yours when you attend our upcoming doll show!

More news about our show! Lucille's Catering will be selling will be hot and cold foods, as well as drinks and treats, right there at the show. Selections include sandwiches (both cold and hot), box lunches that include chips and a freshly baked dessert, and vegetarian options of spaghetti and veggie ball cup or fruit cup. No need to leave for breakfast or lunch, so more time for browsing and shopping!…

Monday, September 4, 2017

August 7, 2017, Meeting

 Member Sallie Howard gave a program on 10.5 inch tall fashion dolls.

She explained that these dolls first became popular in 1957 with the introduction of Cissette by Madame Alexander.  Many companies produced little fashion ladies in this size range, including Toni by American Character, Coty Girl by Arranbee, Little Miss Ginger by Cosmopolitan, Little Miss Debutante by Eegee, Cindy by Horsman, Miss Nancy Ann by Nancy Ann Storybook, and Jill by Vogue.

An example of Cissette.

This is Coty Girl with her original box.  Like Little Miss Revlon and Toni, Coty Girl was part of an advertising campaign.

These are example of Little Miss Revlon dolls.

The doll in striking stripes is an example of Toni.  

Companies often produced the same outfit in different sizes to create mother and daughter pairs.

Vogue created Jill, who is dressed for the hop and her brother Jeff, in the cowboy outfit.

Fashion dolls in this size range are still being produced.  Madame Alexander has reissued Cissette as a fashion doll (example below) and Robert Tonner created Tiny Kitty Collier.

Other members displayed examples from their collections.

Pam Wolf, who attended the 2017 United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention, gave a short report on the convention and showed some of the dolls and gifts she acquired there.