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Friday, May 4, 2012

Cape Cod says, Hello, Dolly!

Cape Cod has its doll collectors the same as most places in the free world. This very popular category of collecting has spawned doll clubs and organizations throughout the country, from folks who collect dolls for their value to folks who just love dolls.

Ragady Ann & Andy antique dolls
What little girl doesn’t look forward to birthdays and Christmas when the gift might be that coveted doll she has been dreaming about. I know when I was a very young child in the early 1950’s, I dreamed about receiving a Bride Doll, which was the popular obsession of the day. Of course, back then, we didn’t have the endless variety of dolls that are available today.

For anyone who loves dolls, there is infinite information available online to help you learn about doll collecting. There is information about buying dolls, books and magazines about dolls, doll events, which dolls to collect, clubs and organizations to join where you will meet other doll collectors and enthusiasts, costumes for dolls, how to restore dolls, how to sell antique dolls, and there is even a website with a doll collecting glossary.
Antique doll face
For a number of years there was a doll museum here in Sandwich, in a repurposed church just around the corner from our bed and breakfast. That church has been renovated and is now a private residence. Doll collectors and enthusiasts have found other locations to gather however. On June 10, 2012, Yesteryears Doll Study Club will hold an Antiques, Collectibles, & Accessories Show at the American Legion Hall at 20 Main Street (Route 130) here in Sandwich. The show is from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and the admission is just $3.00. For more information, contact Cynthia Burke at 508-697-5781 or email Jennifer Sweeney at
Antique Bear Doll
Do you ever outgrow this doll obsession? For some, the answer is a resounding, ‘No!’ Come join other doll and toy collectors and enthusiasts on June 10th here in Sandwich.  Make a weekend of it and stay with us at our historic bed and breakfast. We will serve you a fabulous breakfast before you head off to the show.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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