Were you aware that doll collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States? It’s really not hard to figure out why. Dolls take us back to when we were young and they bring those feelings we had of simpler times to the surface.
Every girl can probably remember her first doll, or that favorite doll that she hated to part with when she went off to school for the first time. I know most girls had that extra special doll that she wouldn’t play with. These dolls would have a special place in a girl’s room like a high shelf or dresser. These dolls weren’t meant to be played with, but admired.
Sadly, ever girl goes through a time in her life when she thinks it’s time to put her dolls away. This usually happens in adolescence. You know, that painful time when girls are starting to look at boys and they no longer want to be looked at as a little girl? So, they pack away their dolls and dream of one day giving them to their own daughters.
Sometime in a woman’s 20s she’ll go back to her old dolls and unpack them for a look. As she looks at her loved ones from the past it’s then that she often realizes that no one is too old to display dolls. Often this awakens something in the woman and she begins doll collecting. Others prefer to collect porcelain figurine dolls, instead.
If you’ve been feeling the urge to collect dolls welling up inside of you, don’t push it down! Let it out! Most people collect something. Some people collect hats, others collect stamps, buttons, magazines, pipes, records, tea sets and so on. If your thing is dolls, collect them and do it proudly!
There are numerous ways to collect dolls. You can collect newborn dolls, porcelain faced dolls, dolls that have moveable eyelids, dolls that talk, limited edition dolls, Barbie dolls, rag dolls, porcelain figurine dolls, antique dolls and more. You can limit yourself to a specific type of doll, or collect dolls of all different types. The sky’s the limit. Just keep in mind that doll collecting is addicting!
The popularity of doll collecting is not going away anytime soon. If you want to join the ranks of countless others who collect dolls, it’s easy. There are many clubs and message boards dedicated to doll collecting. You can also read up on dolls at your local library and perhaps meet someone who shares your interest. The good news about doll collecting is you’re never too old to do it. Well, someone between the ages of 12-15 might disagree, but you get the point!