Tacoma/Puyallup doll show isn't huge, but large enough to spend about two hours looking at everything. (There's another row to the left)
When I attended in 2015, there were many UNUSUAL dolls:
|Poor Pitiful Pearl|
|A ventriloquist doll|
|I love this redhead doll's wistful expression|
|Little Miss No-Name doll|
|teeny musical instruments!|
|assemble your own doll?|
In 2017, there were less zany dolls, but still many good classics.
|Classic Barbie and friends|
|Hundreds of Simon & Halbig dolls|
This china doll interests me. She's not exactly warm and cuddly or highly detailed. I wonder what a young child from her time period thought of her. Somehow, being both simple and dramatic gives her a presence.
|amazing facial expressions - Himstedt dolls|
Dolls I wish I collected:
These large Himstedt dolls (at least 2 feet tall, $300 and up) have gorgeous expressive faces. A women is working on selling her mother's entire collection.
This little wood doll is so cute and sassy, from her flapper outfit to her side-glancing eyes.
And of course, I'd love to collect American Girl dolls! I'm shy wandering around these booths by myself, but I was lucky to have a nice conversation with the woman who customized this doll. (It was not for sale, but she caught me rubbernecking for a view of her dolls on her walker.) She gave the doll a short wig, freckles, and darker lipstick. She's planning on fixing an old Molly doll next, who is in need of re-stringing and new hair. (She's going to become a redhead!)
I though the most unique doll at this show was this big-headed girl with a Strawberry Shortcake-like face. (Or is she more like Betty Boop?)
There are always a lot of dresses for sale with Very Large Prints. Intense. If you'd like to make and sell your own dresses, can I recommend this tasteful guide from Nethilia? Avoiding the Generidress.
|Black baby doll|
|Blondie feeling classy|