Originally Published: May 30, 2014 6 a.m.
The fourth annual Doll Show and Sale, called "A Midsummer's Dream" this year, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at La Quinta Inn and Suites.
Sponsored by Bayberry's Antique Dolls, Victorian Retreat Dolls and the Yavapai County Museum Alliance, the show and sale features 30 vendors in three rooms of La Quinta. The array will include dolls, doll furniture, dollhouse furniture, clothing, accessories and toys from modern to vintage, but mostly of vintage, antique or collectible quality, organizer Lynne Shoblom said. Prices vary from $10 to $5,000 or $6,000, depending on the item, she said. Dolls, themselves, range in price from $100 to well into the thousands of dollars.
Other highlights of the event are door prizes every half hour (the winner must be present) and drawings for two antique dolls, for which the winners need not be present. Tickets are $1 each. Admission to the show and sale is $5 for adults, and children under 12 will get in for free. Visitors to the show and sale will get $1 off the price of admission if they bring a flyer about the event with them or a coupon that is available at www.prescottdollshow.com. Flyers are available in locations around town or at Granite Creek Antiques, 218 N. Granite St., Prescott. The first 100 people who come to the show and sale will get a free tote bag.
The public is also invited to a complimentary cocktail party as a prelude to the show from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Granite Creek Antiques. The evening will feature a talk about Victorian-era hats.
The reasons people collect certain items vary with each person, Shoblom said. "A lot of people collect dolls, because of an emotional connection to the doll or a remembrance of a simpler time - a time when objects of art were more appreciated and we were not inundated with mass production of cheap, valueless plastic objects that break in a matter of minutes," she said. Collectors may choose dolls for investment purposes, as the return a lot of the time is more stable than the stock market - and they have the pleasure of enjoying objects, she added. She also advised that customers know about what they are collecting and deal with reliable, knowledgeable dealers.
"Antique doll collecting can cover vast periods of time, from very early times when children had wooden or cloth dolls, antique bisque-headed dolls and onto composition and early plastic dolls," Shoblom said. "The hobby has grown in popularity since the 1950s, when people discovered them like any other antique from the past." The hobby of collecting dolls is among the most popular, she said.
La Quinta is located at 4499 E. Highway 69 in Prescott.