Monday, November 21, 2011

My Thrift Store Doll

If you treasure old cloth dolls like I do then you're going to love what I found at the thrift store last week! Can you believe I purchased this wonderfully worn yet obviously cherished old doll for a mere $20.00! Be still my heart!!! She smells of an old cedar chest so I believe she has been passed down from generation to generation until finally, no one was left to care for her anymore. I guess that's where I come in because I plan to keep her for many, many years to come!

Her eyes are made from two old pins and her original cotton head is now covered with a newer stockinette type fabric. I'd love to see what her original face looks like but will just have to imagine it because I'm not going to change this sweet girl in any way.

What little hair she has is braided from something like straw, at least that's what it feels like to me. A pretty white ribbon keeps every strand in place just perfectly.

Judging from her dress fabric, I'm guessing she was made sometime in the mid 19th century. I decided that such a special girl should have her very own pinkeep, so I made one from a pattern by primitivebettys. It's obvious to me that some little girl treasured this wonderful doll many, many years ago. My how I wish she could talk!

Sandy

12 comments:

The English Romantic said...

Hi Sandy,
She is delightful, what a great find. I love that she has a new home with you and you've already made her a gift.
Hugs, Angela.

Chris said...

What an amazing find!

cucki said...

hello dear sandy,
she is really very sweet and it is truly a great find..she is looking so happy in a happy home and with her new gift too...
i love her so much.
love and hugs for both of you xx

JDConwell said...

Woa. If I'd been there, we might have had to scrap. ;~) Congratulations on the honor of being this wee lass's new foster-mommy.

Shirlee said...

What a wonderful doll & amazing find! Lucky you! When I go to thrift stores all I see for sale are clothes & plastic butter containers ... lol! Blessings, Shirlee

Betty Lou said...

How nice that your doll has a new permanent home and someone to love her. What a wonderful find.

Lucy said...

What a great find. I´m glad she found your great home. (tho my door is open too ;-) ..

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Hello Sandy, If she gets naughty she can come to my house!....she is a treasure!

Carolyn :)

Sherri Farley said...

What a wonderful doll, amazing that you found her at a thrift store. She was waiting for you to find her!

HomeSpunPrims said...

What a treasure you found Sandy! Lucky, lucky you!! I know she will be very happy in her new forever home. Hugs, Lori

The Civil War Quilter said...

Glad she found a good home at last! She's such a sweet girl. If she starts talking, please tell me her story.

GailinVirginia said...

Lucky little girl...glad you found her and she is charming:)

I love great finds.