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Monday, May 7, 2012

My Spare Room After The Oregon Antique Mall Closing

Okay, the mall will be completely closed to business on May 27th. But in the meantime, I have pulled a number of items that I just felt like keeping. When push comes to shove, one's heart beckons certain things, and for me, it is almost invariably, dolls.  And, yes I prefer very early dolls that are sprinkled about throughout the house, but still, the ones from the twentieth century also touch me with love, and so, my spare room has many new occupants. Hey, judging by the wear and tear, one can see that these little beings were once very much loved, and so that residue of love calls to my heart

I am so not a purist anyway.

This little baby in the buggy was left behind at a recent estate sale, and my heart had to have him in my home. He was terribly inexpensive, and that made it even sadder. I love this baby. He is a boy to me, even though on a cold night, I put this little pink covering on his head. I even brought back from the mall, my buggy for him to have a bed, and those little toys around him are what I call "leavings" from estate sales. I go in on the last day when often everything is half price, and I buy what I think is wonderfully old and good and ignored completely by other shoppers. It amazes me! But face it, the little girl in me, the little "mommy" loves the dollies. I've named this little boy Gregory after my dear little grandson, Gregory.

Sarah, a Currier & Ives print, is the real mother in this room.

Hannah, my dear first Greiner, sitting in the very same chair I painted her in for my little book Eliza Sewie  affords much love to all of the dolls. She now has a little bevy of twentieth century dolls who were "leavings" at estate sales. My most recent acquisition of these dollies is the little Holly Hobby there to the left. Holly Hobby cost me a whopping $1.00.

My dear little Lily sits in the center of friends. Of course Lily, like Gregory, is not for sale. Lily is named after my beautiful little granddaughter of the same name. Lily-doll's eyes move from side-to-side.

Look at that delightful little rubber girl doll in blue. Another $1.00 purchase last week. She is the sweetest baby, and is so happy that I cleaned her up, clothed her and gave her a place in which to live in love and joy.

There is my Marie Antoinette on a box residing on my dresser among many of my old creations as well as little things I've picked up here in there. Robert Louis Stevenson was so right-on when he said:

"The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."

Prue, AKA, Prudence Jane Plumb, is my first carved penny wooden, and she basically runs the spare room with as much love as can possibly be felt.

Robin is my doll from childhood. She has always gone wherever I have. She sits among past creations that no one wanted, as well as more "leavings" that I have grown to love even more for their having been rejected at sales and such. Robin takes good care of them.


  1. How lovely. There are enough here to open a small and beautiful museum.

  2. Hi Christine, this post make my heart sooooo happy! You know I just adore dolls and cannot get enough of them. I love them all. I had lots of dolls growing up and then really didn't get back into dolls until I got interested in Tasha Tudor years ago. Boy, I have made up for lost time. I'm still dreaming of owning on of your creations.
    I'm so very sorry to hear about the Or City Mall closing. I just love that shoppe and I'm going to visit it one last time for part of my Mother's Day celebration.
    Much love,

  3. Your dolls look very happy! I just love getting bargains and recently bought a really neat old style chair for a doll (don't know the name of the chair style) with a writing table attached for only 75 cents. I may have to get a doll just for that chair because I don't think any of the dolls I have will fit just right.

  4. I love all your treasures and I was at one time a sucker for dolls
    they all look so good living in your home and I love the doll buggy . I had mt Mom's cousin's doll buggy from the 1920's, when my died I mailed to to her cousin living in Ohio , Mom got it at her Aunts house when they sold everything


    can't wait till we can shop together. I am getting excited about coming out. Tammy is real busy with clients now, she said I could run around by myself

  5. I would like to come out when there is some great estate sales
    check it out for me or when your friend Charlotte Brocante has a sale then off to Randy's

    of course I need a months notice to get a get ticket price

  6. Hi Christine,

    I'm so sorry to hear about the antique mall closing. I loved looking through all your pictures and reading about your dolls. They are very sweet. Some dolls have such a personality, they tug at your heart. It almost breaks when I see a little doll that was so well loved left at an estate sale. So like you I bring them home. They are all our velveteen rabbits :)

    Have a nice day and wishing you a lovely week ahead.

    Warm hugs ~ Jenn