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Even well loved dolls can retain collectible value

Sep. 23, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

What was your favorite doll when you were growing up? For guys it might have been GI Joe, for too many girls to mention it was a Barbie and for many of the baby boomers it might have been Sparkle Plenty. Nostalgia plays a major roll in the collecting of dolls.

Many folks try to recapture a moment of their childhood by purchasing the dolls they loved as children. Some will seek out reproductions of those favorite dolls if the real thing is not readily available on the market. One should note that reproductions would never have the value attached to them as the real thing.

If you don't collect dolls for nostalgic purposes, perhaps you are one of those who appreciate the craftsmanship associated with some of the specialties. Many early China dolls were hand crafted with great care and detail. China dolls usually have black hair, blue eyes and were made in Germany. There are some that were made in France and bring wonderful prices.

If you have a doll that holds a special place in your heart but is damaged, all is not lost. There seems to be a plethora of doll repair websites on the Internet. Many maintain that they can repair broken arms, torn clothing, reset eyes and treat insect infestation.

There are even specialty "doll hospitals" for Madame Alexander dolls, American Girl dolls and more.

Speaking of repair, the Pilot Club of Huntington will have its annual show Sept. 28-30 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena's Conference Center and will include someone who can do doll repair. Betty Hudson from Louisville, Ky., will be here for the second year to offer her repair services. If the repair is not too extensive, she can do it on site while you peruse the show. If it is more involved, she'll take your treasure back to her shop for repair. Her booth will also be featuring dolls from her antique shop in Louisville.

This 60th show for the Pilot Club will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and conclude at 5 p.m. Sunday. Besides Hudson, there will be other venders featuring favorite dolls from the past. Also of note will be guided tours by local antique expert Mark Bailey who will be pointing out which vendors are featuring dolls, Flow Blue china, books or other specialty antiques you might love.

Jean McClelland writes about antiques for The Herald-Dispatch.

If you go

What: Pilot Club of Huntington's 60th Antiques Show and Sale

Where: Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

How much: $25 for Friday's grand opening event, $6 general admission Saturday and Sunday. $10 Antique Show tour option includes show tour and general admission Saturday and Sunday.

Information: Call 304-360-0304, 304-697-1576.