Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Off to 'The Village"!

When I got home from work last night, Gary asked me if I was tired.  I replied "Not too bad" then he asked if I wanted to go to the "Village" after supper.

The "Village" is the thrift store I check out for dolls.  I had been thinking all day about how I could convince him to head there.... not that I can't go myself - I can - but it's just so much more fun when he's along!

I wasn't really looking for dolls this trip  - good thing because there were none anyway!  What I did want to check out is the Little Golden Books in the Children's book section.

The Baby Dear I am restoring for my friend actually was created from a story written by Esther Wilkin.  The doll was designed by Ester's sister Eloise Wilkin, who also did the illustrations for the book.   The book was first published as a Little Golden Book in 1962 as Baby Dear - and later re-released with a New title "The New Baby" in 1990.  I had seen it on the Internet, and thought it would be really fun to find it for my friend.

There actually were not a lot of Little Golden books at "The Village" -  I pulled them out from between other books - an easy task due to their tell-tale spines (no pun intended).  Do you know the third book I pulled out turned out to be "The New Baby" in really great shape, no writing in the cover or anything.  I was so excited - I just had to go and find Gary and show him!

What are the odds I should find the one book I was really looking for - with an old story about an old doll from the 60's?

I poked around for a bit, and found another book - a novel - called "The Doll People."  Well what can I say - I had to have it.

The synopsis:

A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow THE DOLL CODE of HONOR.

I am between books at the moment  - perfect timing, don't you think?

Happy -


  1. Hey I had a few minutes tonight and i was over at the VV and looking through the sport shirts, get all my cycling shirts at the VV they are so much better priced. Anyway, found myself wandering around looking at things and I thought hey I will check the doll situation. Nothing that remotely looked interesting. Which got me thinking I wonder if Winnipeg is simply an older city and maybe you won't find anything out in Calgary. That said I will always look for you if I am in any of the thrift stores so if a Doll suddenly shows up one day it may be a Calgary doll.

  2. Oh you are a dear - I have actually gotten some very good dolls spotted by other people first. I have my Scouts out there working for me - good to know I now have my Scott out working Calgary too!

    I am always amazed at the things I find there. The other day I found a Wedgewood soap dish for.99. It made me think of Mom - and yet another Blog post is born!