Crazy about dolls

Many people have collections: rubber bands, pennies, antiques or art.

Olympic Peninsula Doll Club members collect dolls, big, little, old or new. They are crazy about dolls.

Conradine Holtz says she has about 500 dolls. Entry into the club is restricted to those who have more than 10 dolls. That's not difficult for any member.

The club has been around for 36 years and is affiliated with the United Federation of Doll Clubs, International.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 22, the club holds its 28th annual doll show and sale at the Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N.

Sequim Ave.

The theme of the show is the Ultimate Fairy Tale and members will be showing their dolls in fairy tale costumes, homemade or commercial.

Clothes and furniture

The raffle this year is for an 18-inch Madame Alexander doll with five handmade fairy tale costumes, three pairs of shoes, handmade wooden bed and armoire, and a carrying case. Members of the club crafted the items.

The costumes are for Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Cinderella in working clothes and princess dress and tiara.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 at the door or from club members. Also being raffled is a doll dress trunk.

In addition to the dolls on display, 40 vendors will sell dolls and accessories, from antique to modern, as well as teddy bears and other toys. Holtz says they have had inquiries about the show from around the world and expect some foreign visitors.

Show proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

Some start as children

Holtz says the allure of dolls involves the way they look, their clothes and rekindling childhood memories. Many members start their collections with dolls they had as children. Usually those dolls inspire other purchases, either to duplicate the look of first dolls or to be entirely different. Some prefer baby dolls while other gather Barbie dolls.

Some members collect only antique dolls and some search for antique French fashion dolls that were used to demonstrate the newest couture from Paris. Many members enjoy making new outfits for the dolls, which are displayed at shows.

Some also branch out into dollhouses, making them for their dolls or dolls for the houses.

The Olympic Peninsula Doll Club welcomes new members. For information on meeting times and places, call Holtz at 582-9982.

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