As the autumn season rolls on so does the doll convention season. This autumn especially in October and November there are a number of shows trying to offer something different all of which are offering a range of dolls to the public and collectors.
We have recieved a report from Sharon Weintraub in Austin Texas over the weekend with pictures of the Austin doll collectors societies 33rd annual doll show and sale. We would like to thank Sharon not only for the report but also for the photographs!
So now we can present you with Sharon Weintraubs report:
"The Austin Doll Collectors Society held its 33rd Annual Doll Show and Sale on October 4, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Over 145 tables were covered with dolls, ranging from rare antiques to unique artist creations, as well as clothing, doll accessories, and other doll- related items.
There was a constant flow of eager shoppers from the moment the doors opened at 10:00 a.m. to minutes before the show closed at 4:00 p.m.
The club sponsors a charity booth, which sells donated dolls and toys to raise funds for SafePlace of Austin, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse, and the Austin Children's Shelter, which provides sanctuary to children at risk. All booth proceeds go to these organizations. Thanks to many generous donors, the booth was bursting with antique, vintage, and modern dolls, as well as cuddly stuffed toys.
Many shoppers found the charity booth an excellent place to start their holiday shopping, especially as the booth included a festive collection of delightful Annalee Christmas dolls.
Not only did shoppers get some wonderful bargains, by buying from the charity booth, they also did a good deed! The booth raised over $2,800!
A vintage Vogue Jill doll was raffled off as the club fundraiser.
This charming Jill doll came not only with her original clothing and accessories, but also an extensive wardrobe of beautifully tailored handmade clothing from the 1950s. The clothing, ranging from elaborate evening dresses to daring lingerie, was a perfect reflection of fashion in the fifties.
Five times as cute! Kathy's Dolls from Oklahoma offered these adorable composition Dionne quintuplets by Madame Alexander.
More beautiful babies, here in bisque, waiting to be adopted in Elliot Zirlin's (Hobby Horse,Dallas,Texas) booth.
For buyers who believe good things come in small packages, doll artist Nada Christensen (Katy, Texas) had many delightful diminutive dolls.
More tiny treasures from Hazel Samuelson (Round Rock, Texas), who makes and dresses these elegant miniature ladies.
For doll collectors who want to make a fashion statement, Patsy Taylor (Cedar Park, Texas) designs these one-of-a-kind necklaces from antique dolls and sparkling beads.
Some show-goers might have found all the browsing and shopping a little tiring. Certainly some may have wished they could have joined this lounging lady on her couch for a little rest (The Doll Shop, Brenham, Texas).
These Schoenhut dolls from the booth of Raggedy Ann & Dirty Harry (Nancy and Steve Marx, Clarksville, Texas) entertain shoppers with a piano recital.
There was a variety of dolls to please every collector's taste or desire, from vintage beauties (Carolyn DeWitt, Columbus, Texas) . . . . to imaginative artistic creations ( Skydancer Studio, Austin, Texas)."
Thanks again to Sharon Weintraub for her photos and reports, we can look forward to next years Austin Doll Collectors show and sale!