“Doll House” Estate Sale Loot/Haul/Goodies

Estate sales around my house are never super exciting. Rarely do they have any items that would fit into my doll collection. However, we recently found one that did. So much so that the actual sale was called “The Doll House”. The estate belonged to a couple that seemed like they had to have been lifelong collectors. With no children of their own, their estate was passed to a family member, who most likely had no interest in keeping the hundreds (probably thousands) of dolls that filled the couple’s home.

I didn’t expect to find anything at the sale, to be honest. The collector mostly concentrated on older bisque and french dolls. But, of course, it’s me, so inevitably, I left with something, or somethings.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Grandma and Grandpa troll, made by Thomas Dam, were the first two items I picked up. They’re about 14″ tall. Prior to this, I had never seen an elderly looking troll! The molds have wrinkles and everything. They were just too cute to not pick up.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

I usually don’t pick up Cabbage Patch Kids at sales or second hand shops. I am perfectly content with the Cabbage Patch Kids I have. I couldn’t pass up these two soft sculpture Little People, though! They’re from somewhere between 1978-1980, judging by the tag. Meaning, these two Little People were made before the Cabbage Patch Kids even existed. It’s always been a goal of mine to make it to Babyland General to get a soft sculpture doll for myself. Picking these guys up for $8.00 seemed like a no brainer. Even with the less than flattering beginnings of the Little People/Cabbage Patch Kids line, I’m very happy with my purchases.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

On the Cabbage Patch Kids shelf was also this girl. I wasn’t sure if she was a Xavier Roberts soft sculpture, but she was cute, so she came home with me, too. It turned out that she was not from Babyland General. She’s a custom Cabbage Patch Kid from 1984, crafted by Janet Waters (edition number 720/1000).

Upon googling, I didn’t learn anything about Janet, other than she worked on a lot of Cabbage Patch Kids. eBay is littered with her work, calling it by the name TJ Tots. All her kids seem to have very unique eyes, when compared to Xavier Roberts soft sculptures. I would love to know more about her, if you have any information.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Last, I picked up these two chairs. They’re perfect for SD sized dolls.

My mom picked up a few goodies, too, including a reproduction Lenci, a My Size Barbie, two bisque dolls in need of TLC and a 27″ composition Shirley Temple from the 30’s. Half of these were purchased on 1/2 price day.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

The redhead is a bisque doll with an adorable expression. She needs some work on her arms, as the previous owner may have tried to repair her and didn’t do a wonderful job. This doll isn’t marked anything but “made in Germany”.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

The doll below has eyes. They just decided to fall into her head after bringing her home. She’s the first of the dolls to go to Dr. Noreen for restoration. She’s marked “Alt, Beck & Gottschalk”.

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

Doll House Estate Sale Finds!

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Prices were good at the estate sale, which is one reason we were able to pick up these great new additions to our collection. What do you think of these finds? Have you found anything cool recently? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

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August 8, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Collection Close Up: Estrela’s 80th Anniversary Gui-Gui Reproduction

A while back, I asked readers to help me purchase the reproduction Gui-Gui doll from Estrela, produced in honor of the company’s 80th anniversary. (Also reproduced for this anniversary was Falcon, which may interest GI Joe collectors!) Within a few days, we received an e-mail from a reader who said she could help. Thanks to the aid of this kind reader, we were successfully able to get a reproduction Gui-Gui into the United States. (In record time, I might add! It only took a few days to arrive from Brazil to Illinois!)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

Gui-Gui, also known as Giggles in the States, is a special doll for my mom. She has a pretty large number of Giggles and desperately wanted to get her hands on this one. Gui-Gui’s were produced in Brazil far longer than they ever were in the United States by Ideal and varied in style. Because of that, this release was very exciting for her. It had been years since she’d been able to open a brand new, in box Giggles. They can be pretty pricey. So, as you can imagine, the idea of opening a new, in box Gui-Gui that worked was too good to pass up!

You can see my mom’s excitement in the box opening video above!

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

Estrela’s anniversary Gui-Giu is adorable. I love how they didn’t make any changes to the original molds. Gui-Gui’s red lips are more pronounced than Giggles thin, coral lips. Her brows are darker, too. The biggest difference is Gui-Gui’s eye color. US Giggles tend to have grey eyes, where Gui-Gui’s have much brighter eyes. In this case, Gui-Gui’s eyes are a pretty blue. And, of course, there’s the hair style. Gui-Gui has a head full of two tone blonde waves. The whole look is adorable.

2017 Gui-Gui and Giggles

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

To hear Gui-Gui giggle, be sure to watch the video embedded earlier in the post. In that video, we also show off all the other Giggles that live in our collections.

2017 Gui-Gui (Giggles)

2017 Gui-Gui and Giggles (ReRoot)

So, there’s a closer look at Gui-Gui, released in honor of Estrela’s 80th year. I love how true she is to the original releases and how unique she looks to our US Giggles. I can’t wait to see what they release for their 90th anniversary! What do you think of her? Did you successfully order one for yourself? Let me know in the comment area!

August 8, 2017. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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