At the time, the Western PA Doll Club had their members and friends make the centerpiece dolls for each meal function. In the end, the club ended up with about 30-35 extra dolls, partly through lack of communication.
For many years, those dolls were kept in the collection of the club's then president, Nancy Parsons. Nancy used to set up a large table each year at the now-defunct Laurel Highlands Doll Show and often times, she would bring convention related items.
In the early 2000s, she brought many of the dolls that had been designed as table centerpieces but never used and sold them off for $5 a doll. They were $10 if they were designed to be a set. As she knew me pretty well by that point, she agreed to write up a little something about the dolls and their provenance, as long as I agreed to buy them all. And, after borrowing a little money from my dad (who went with my mom and me because he was worried about the possibility of snow) and another trip to the ATM, I did.
When my doll room is done, they will be displayed along with the dolls I own that do have the charm, like this Russian dancer.
This is why I miss doll shows. Not for cheap dolls (although that's really cool) but because collectors can no longer connect and share stories of special dolls like we once could. I miss that.
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