I know a couple with a house full of collections. To name a few, they have model cars, hats, tea cups, and tea pots. Some people collect coins and stamps, while others collect rocks, butterflies, recipes and recipe books. Who knows the rhyme or reason to what someone fancies? Take dolls, for instance. This blog will present some of the reasons many people collect dolls.
If a consensus were taken, I think that the most common reason is nostalgia. The greatest number of collectors come to doll collecting because of a nostalgic memory of a childhood doll. When I began collecting dolls after many years of buying them for my daughter and granddaughters, my first one was a baby doll that resembled the one I had as a child.
Some collect dolls for the love of history. They love the historic place dolls hold in our culture from Vogue vintage dolls to the manufacture of bisque dolls in France and Germany in the 1800s. These doll collectors will often narrow their collection to one time period, or of one artist they have studied and researched. Some historic collectors are also interested in the history of fashion. Some doll collectors become interested in costuming, which can encompass anything from fanciful fairy and literary costumes to baby doll and children’s play outfits. People who like to sew are often drawn to this kind of doll collecting.
Dolls can also be collected for therapeutic reasons. They can soothe a psychological need or an emotional void when there is a loss of a child, the inability to have a child, or retirement from a career dealing with children. Doll collecting can often fill the void because dolls are representations of real people. Often there’s a therapeutic value or connection with collectors of reborn baby dolls.
Finally, many collectors enjoy the decorative value of dolls. They often collect Christmas antiques and ornaments as well as dolls. Besides Christmas, dolls can be used to make visual statements and can be used to decorate homes. A single dramatic doll may be a focal point in a home, or an entire room might be decorated with dolls.
Whatever the reason, doll collectors will agree that there’s no time like the present to start this wonderful hobby. What are your reasons for collecting?
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