I have always wanted a Shirley Temple doll. Not any one in particular, just a cute one. The reason being that I named my daughter after Shirley Temple's movie Heidi. I always said that I wanted a little girl with brown eyes and brown curly hair. And that's just what I got. Although when she was little she looked more like Lucy in Charlie Brown. On our trip this summer we saw a Lucy cookie jar with the desk and the sign that said advice 5 cents. Oh that fits my daughter, since she is a counselor. I may have to find one for her for Christmas. Okay back to Shirley........my Mom also talks about having a ST doll. My brother destroyed hers after saving she saved it for many years.
Last week-end I went to my second doll auction. My first one was for Barbies. I have one of the first Barbies and Ken dolls. I never got into Barbies, I liked the baby dolls better. At the first auction I just sat there in awe. The prices of dolls and accessories went so high. Accessories were off the chart. We have a beautiful auction center really close to where I live. So many were collectors or vendors, I should say. Well, last Friday I went to a vintage/antique doll auction looking for a Shirley Temple doll. I really thought I wouldn't be able to get one because of the high bids. They had so many dolls........so many. They had several ST dolls. Some were very old with composition faces. They were deteriorating and the hair on most very messy. I found an article that talked about how children were told to brush and style her hair......no wonder they had messy hair. Some of the dolls were scary. When this one came up I knew I was going to bid on her. She is around the 1957 age range with a tagged original dress, shoes and socks. She has a pin on her that says Shirley Temple. One lady had bid on everyone one of the ST dolls plus alot of others. She had probably spent around $2,000 at that point. She was bidding against me. Then the bidding stopped and all of a sudden the auctioneer pointed to me and said "SOLD". I think I yelled out loud........"I got one." The auctioneer smiled and said he was glad to see someone get so excited over her purchase. The others just sit there straight faces and quiet. I didn't plan on being that excited really. I guess I didn't think I would get one. Isn't she a beauty. I love her face. She is in excellent condition. I don't want to be one that fills my house with dolls . My dolls have to mean something. I still have a few from my childhood.
This little cutie was an accident. The bid was so low that I bid on it. I was talking away to someone and I ended up with her. She is old....Madame Alexander......with walking legs. Not sure about the dress as it isn't tagged. Shoes are original. She is in good condition. Sorry for the blurry picture.
This last one is from Erika at The Golden Egg. She has a market on her blog. When I saw her for $9, I couldn't resist. Her head is wobbly and she isn't in great condition. Not crazy about her outfit but she is so sweet.
Although I won't be buying any more dolls for awhile until I get my "trip" paid for......I can't wait til the next auction.
Thanks for reading this long post. I get a little long winded. I have babysat for three days in a row for at 10 hours each day. Today I am resting. Have a great week-end my friends. The Route 127 longest yard sale is going on. I won't be going as it's around 2 1/2 hours just to connect to the sale. I hope some of you do and post about it.