Dolly Re-Root: Ideal Giggles

At the last Chicago Doll and Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, I picked up an Ideal Giggles.  I had rerooted a Giggles in the past for my mom and decided it was time to purchase my own. This Giggles was a steal at $15.00. Giggles had very dry hair and was in desperate need of a reroot when I picked her up.



I knew that Giggles needed a fun and funky hair color, so after much debating on Dollyhair, I decided to order 5 hanks of nylon Dragonfly.  Dragonfly is a vibrant green that reflects a blue tint when in the sun. It’s a very cool color. There’s so much depth to it. I love it!

Re-root in progress

Re-root in progress

After a day and a half of rooting and 3 hanks of hair (long Barbie length), Giggles was complete. Her dull dirty blonde hair was gone, replaced with a wicked cool shade of green. Unlike other dolly reroots, I actually ordered more than enough hanks of hair this time around, which means I have two full hanks to play with on other dolls.

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

Re-Root: Giggles

I’m in love with how this Giggles turned out. (Now, all she needs is a new outfit!) Her green hair gives her tons of spunk!  Have you rerooted something recently? How’d it turn out? Have any thoughts on Giggles transformation? Leave a comment below.

July 31, 2015. Tags: , , . Re-Root, Uncategorized. 10 comments.

‘Love, Shirley Temple’ Collection from Theriault’s

Currently, a collection of memorabilia owned and collected by the lovable, iconic Shirley Temple Black is being displayed in a limited time, traveling exhibit around the United States. I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched and loved my fair share of Shirley Temple movies. Shirley added light to the darkness for many people during her days as a child actress, which coincided with the Great Depression in the United States.

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At the mere age of 3, Shirley Temple was spotted by two producers who worked for Educational Pictures.  They loved Shirley and gave her her first on screen credits in a handful of satirical shorts starring toddlers.  She gained popularity relativity quickly.  In 1933, after Educational Pictures went bankrupt, she was hired by Fox Studios for the feature film Stand Up and Cheer, singing and dancing to’Baby Take a Bow’, where her future in film was forged.  In her career, Shirley starred in 43 movies for multiple studios and won the heart of generations.

Shirley Temple and her Doll Collection

Shirley Temple and her Doll Collection

While her films have left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry, Shirley also made an impact in the doll collecting hobby.  Dolls have been made of Shirley Temple since 1934.  The first Shirley doll was created by Ideal and was, from all accounts, a joint effort between Ideal and the Temple family.  Taking inspiration from Stand Up and Cheer, Ideals’ Shirley wore a polka-dotted dress similar to the one the real life Shirley wore in the movie.  This doll, which was sold in four sizes, started at $3.00.  Keep in mind this was the Great Depression.  $3.00 was a lot of money.  Shortly after, Ideal started releasing outfits sized for their Shirley line and the demand for this original release and other companies Shirley dolls has never wavered.

Shirley herself had a bit of a doll collection.  Costume designers would create doll sized dresses to match Shirley’s on screen outfits for the young actresses own personal collection.  The little starlet also had a soft spot for Lenci dolls. I don’t know how much truth there is to the story, but apparently, a producer suggested Shirley start a doll collection.  From then on, fans would send her dolls.  According to the source I found (which is just a tumbler), Shirley would end up passing many along to charities, only keeping a small few.

If you’d like to see some of Shirley’s personal items, including some of the dolls and/or outfits she saved over the years from her film career, you might be able to.  There are tour stops in California, Texas, Kentucky and Missouri scheduled through July 13th.  The Theriault’s auction itself is July 14th in Missouri.  You don’t know how disappointed I was to not see Illinois on this list, but, alas, that’s how it turned out.  You can follow the tour stops on Facebook, where you will also find some amazing photos.

For those looking to savor this bit of history, you can purchase the hard bound catalog, “Love, Shirley Temple, Collector’s Book”.  It’s a little pricey, but this wonderful collection will soon be getting split up and I wouldn’t doubt that a number of these items will never be shown in a public setting again.

Credit: Unknown

Credit: Unknown (I LOVE the doll she’s holding in this– what is it? Do you know?

Do you own a Shirley Temple doll?  What made you purchase it?  What’s your favorite Shirley Temple movie?  Did you get to see this exhibit? Share your thoughts below.

Below are some links you may find interesting.

May 23, 2015. Tags: , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Goodies from The Chicago Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds

Twice a year my mother and I go to one of the most wonderful places on earth– The Chicago Toy Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds.  The Chicago Toy Show has hundreds of vendors with antique to modern toys and dolls.  As you probably can guess, my mother and I go there for their doll room!  Inside the doll room, it’s easy to stumble upon early Madame Alexanders, Pink box Barbie’s, Patty Playpals– you name it and it’s probably there somewhere!

Every show is different.  Some shows have more of things than others.  For example, this show had a lot of pink box Barbie’s, a lot of cardboard Barbie play sets from back in the day and a lot of big baby and walking dolls.

I know many of you aren’t located in the Midwest USA,  so I thought I’d share with you a few things we saw at the show.  I’d like to thank all the vendors who allowed me to film their booths!!!  I really do appreciate it!

Not included in this video are the Star Wars character’s that came out to celebrate the shows 40th year.  This is the first time I’ve seen characters at the show.  They even had a radio station there, which is a first.

Star Wars characters from the Midwest Garrison at the show

Star Wars characters from the Midwest Garrison at the show

Star Wars characters from the Midwest Garrison at the show (and me!)

Star Wars characters from the Midwest Garrison at the show (and me!)

The Midwest Garrision at the Show

The Midwest Garrison at the Show

Now that you’ve seen a little of the show, I thought you guys might be interested in seeing what my mom and I picked up during this little trip to the Kane County fairgrounds.  So, without further ado, here’s the grand unveiling!!!

My first purchase was at a booth we stopped by early on that had a $1 bin.  In the bin, there were two Barbie puzzles (from the 80’s) that I grabbed.  One is Barbie and the Rocker themed and the other is wedding themed.  They’re not mint, but the price was right!

Mom's Purchase- A New Dress for Baby Face

Mom’s Purchase- A New Dress for Baby Face

My mother’s first eBay purchase was this Baby Face.  That was years ago!  Up until now, this Baby Face was wearing an outfit that was too large for her.  At this past show, she picked up a slightly more appropriate outfit for this cutie!  It fits her SO much better.

My Purchase- Skipper outfits

My Purchase- Skipper outfits

I try to feed my Skipper collection every time I go to the show.  This time, I ended up with two cute outfits for my dolls.  The one of the left is Ship Ahoy.  I have had my eye on this outfit for years, but never found it priced low enough for me to get it.  This outfit ended up costing me $50, which I think is pretty good, considering it came with the socks, shoes and toy boat!  (It’s only missing a few pieces, but since I can’t display extra’s, I don’t mind!)  It’s also a very clean outfit!  The outfit on the right is a mod outfit.  I haven’t dug into my Skipper price guide yet to see what outfit it is exactly.  It’s really cute, though, and was a steal at $15.

Mom's Purchase- Little Miss No Names with new outfits

Mom’s Purchase- Little Miss No Names with new outfits

My mom has loved Little Miss No Name‘s forever.  I’m not surprised at all that she ended up coming home with new ones!  These two needed a little TLC and will need a hair job (done by yours truly), but they cleaned up pretty well.  One of these two dolls, the vendor said, was standing in his music room for years.  He’d look over at her and think ‘wow, she’s a creepy doll.’  He brought her to the show on a whim and after a bit of negotiating, Little Miss No Name ended up in my mom’s bag!

The outfits came from the same vendor we found Baby Face’s outfit at. The seamstress worked for American Girl and when she retired, she brought patterns home with her and started a side business.  The seamstress passed away last year and her stock was bought by a lady selling at the show.

American Girl Outfit for my Amelia

My purchase- American Girl Outfit for my Amelia

My Amelia has been wanting a new outfit for a while.  The problem I’ve had, though, is that she’s not the most universal size and I have found very few outfits on sites like Etsy.  This American Girl outfit is a little big on her, but it looks great!  My mom found this in a bucket for $10.  The colors work really well with Amelia’s coloring and the brown boots match, too!

My purchase- A Skooter Case

My purchase- A Skooter Case

I have a good number of Skipper cases (none of which I can display due to space), but I’ve rarely seen a Skooter case.  This came from a vendor that was downsizing her collection.  You could tell she was trying to sell her items to people who would love them.  This case is in great shape and has the boxes on the inside.  And most importantly, the graphics are great!

Mom's Purchase- Baby Chrissy

Mom’s Purchase- Baby Crissy

My mom’s first purchase of the day was a steal.  This Baby Crissy was priced super nice and in great shape!  I think this AA Crissy might be even cuter than the white version!

My purchase- A 14" Madame Alexander Amy dressed as Alice in a tagged MA outfit

My purchase- A 14″ Madame Alexander Amy dressed as Alice in a tagged MA outfit

14" Madame Alexander dressed as Alice

14″ Madame Alexander dressed as Alice

It seems like every winter show, I end up with a hard plastic Madame Alexander.  The hard plastic dolls are really the only dolls I collect from Madame Alexander, to be honest.  I’m not sure why, as it wasn’t influenced by my mom, because she only has one hard plastic Madame Alexander.  I just adore them, especially Maggie and Margaret faces.

One of the best things about this doll was her price.  She was half off the asking price, which you rarely see on Madame Alexanders!  Especially when an Alexander is clean, strung well and has good face paint!

I picked this girl up thinking she was a Madame Alexander Alice in Wonderland doll.  After doing a bit of research and only finding a Maggie face Alice, it was pretty clear that she wasn’t an Alice all of her long dolly life.  My mom saved the day by ID’ing her as a Little Women Amy, redressed in an Alice dress from a later release by Madame Alexander.  I’m thinking she’s from 1951 or so.  (Can I just mention here that I really don’t like how the Madame Alexander Price guides don’t include pictures?  It’s so hard to figure out who you have based on a one line description!!!)  That being said, if you have  seen a hard plastic Alice in Wonderland with a Margaret face that is around 14″ or you think this girl could be another Madame Alexander, let me know!!!!

My Mom's Loot

My Mom’s Loot

My Loot

My Loot

So, that was our Kane County Chicago Toy Show experience in a nut shell!  This trip proved to be quite an affordable one with lots of vendors offering deals.  I highly recommend you check out this show if you’re in the area!

What was your most recent toy show find?  Do you have a favorite toy show?  Do you have an item you actively search for at shows?  Share it in the comment area!

October 31, 2013. Tags: , , , , . Spotlight Posts, Uncategorized. 10 comments.

Re-Root: Ideal Giggles

Recently, I re-rooted another Ideal Giggles doll for my mother. Even though these large dolls take a lot of hair, I love re-rooting them.  The end results of these re-roots are always fantastic and make for quite a sense of accomplishment!

Giggles started life looking like this:

Ready for the unveiling?  Da Da Da DAAAAAAAA.

Giggles was re-rooted with Old Bubblegum Nylon hair from Dollyhair.  I purchased a total of six hanks of hair to root this Giggles.  The owner of Dollyhair probably thought I was crazy, always coming back to order the same color I had ordered just weeks before.  Let’s just say, I’m not very good at estimating how much hair I’ll need for a re-root…  :p

I love this bubblegum pink color on Giggles.  It makes her look like a young Jem (from Jem and the Holograms).  Her outfit was purchased from a vender at the Kane County Doll and Toy Show.  It was originally made for American Girl dolls, but fits Giggles well enough.

The color looks great on Giggles.  It definitely sets her apart from the pack, not to mention my earlier re-root!  Overall, I’m very pleased with how this re-root turned out!

April 24, 2012. Tags: , , . Re-Root, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Re-Root: Giggles by Ideal

Recently, I set out to start re-rooting larger dolls.  You’ve seen my work on Chatty Cathy already and now I’m ready to unveil my newest re-root (finished yesterday) done on the adorable Giggles doll by Ideal.

Giggles is a pain in the neck to take apart.  Anyone who is thinking of re-rooting a Giggles, be warned that it takes a bit of work to unscrew the body and ‘un-cork’ the head.  For Giggles eyes to move, her head is on a track of sorts (referred to in this post as a joint) that goes up and down.  To re-root Giggles, you have to pry the joint off her head very carefully and then pray that you’ll be able to get it back on when the time comes.

Here’s a shot of the body.  They definitely don’t make dolls like this now a days!

See that black circle connected to the off white border around her neck opening?  That is what you have to pry off.  My mom used a cake icer to get this done.

After getting all her hair off of her head, I went to work.  I re-root with a re-rooting tool purchased via Dollyhair.  It cuts down on time and is easier on the fingers. It only took four days start to finish on this re-root. I’m sure it would have taken much longer with the needle method.  Remember, you’ll need to get crafting glue to secure the hair after you’re all done re-rooting with the tool.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to style it well.

Ta-da!  Here’s the finished product.  This Giggles now has a head of ‘Chocolate Pudding’ nylon hair.  It took a total of four large hanks.  To get it to crimp a bit, we braided the hair and then hot boiled it down.  Getting her back together was a pain in the neck, but I love the end result of this re-root!

June 2, 2011. Tags: , , . Re-Root, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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