Dear Little Dollies doll shop offers a huge selection of art dolls, collectible dolls and play dolls from all segments of the contemporary doll world and reflecting every price category. We also carry items that are closely related to dolls, such as the popular Byers' Choice caroler figurines, Matryoshka dolls, plush items and doll clothing and accessories, doll furniture and carriages, and more.
The distinction between art, collectible and play dolls is not always rigid, and some dolls are not easily classified in one category. All dolls are special, but we know that some of today's play dolls are tomorrow's valued collectibles. Some products debut as collectibles because they are designed primarily for display, as are porcelain dolls, but can be loved and cared for by a child. Others are created as play dolls, meaning essentially that they are made to withstand the handling of children and remain safe for them, but their aesthetic or creative quality, high calibre or innovative construction, or even nostalgic quality can lend future collectible value to them. Others become collectible when, after having enjoyed a large collector base, they have stopped being produced, and so become highly desired. The category of dolls moving from play to collectible is populated by many brands, including the well recognized lines of Madame Alexander dolls, the charming little Ginny dolls by Vogue, the larger almost life-size Adora brand, Berenguer and Ashton-Drake baby dolls, and many more.
Art dolls are distinguished from collectible or play in that they are one of a kind or very limited edition studio creations, which have been produced by the hand of the artist in whole or in main part, such as the stunning wax over porcelain creations of Hildegard Gunzel, the incomparable porcelain children of Annette Himstedt, the poignant realism of Bets van Boxel’s porcelain ethnic children of the world, the evocatively feminine porcelains of Monika, and even the precision detail of the felt creations of R John Wright or Maggie Iacono. Doll artists sometimes apply idiosyncratic techniques, such as the painterly quality of Nancy Wiley, or the direct sculpt porcelain with wax overlay of Lucia Friedericy, or the paperclay sculpts of Yvonne Flipse. Some artists develop their own creative medium of art, such as the "cultured glass" of Pat Thompson's Vlasta Dolls, and the "shell cloth" of Linda Murray. Many have perfected the art of polymer clay, like the dolls of Elisa Gallea, Laura Scattolini, Avigail Brahms and Linda Kertzman.
Dear Little Dollies is privileged to be the home of a representative selection in every one of these categories, representing many of todays best doll artists in an amazing number of types and themes. The diversity must be seen to be appreciated and we hope our web site will help to get visitors acquainted with the beautiful world of dolls.
Who opens the door to our shop and enters the breathtaking world of dolls? These are our clients. They are sometimes very little, and sometimes very old. They sometimes have a long cultivated eye for quality dolls, and they sometimes are in wide-eyed wonderment at the discovery of a world of dolls they never knew. Sometimes their selection of a doll is "love at first sight”, and sometimes our clients deliberate their selection over weeks. Our extensive collection makes browsing more than an invitation — it is magnetic and captivating! And with such a diverse selection, typically very fruitful for our clients’ diverse interests. Collectors can expect to find the unexpected, the young can expect to find the huggable to be cherished, and shoppers can expect to find the unique gift that especially speaks their heart. There is a doll for every message and happy occasion, from birthdays to graduations, weddings and Christenings!
And parents who understand the value of creative play will find many fine play dolls which will delight and stimulate a child's imagination. Just about anyone and everyone will be satisfied that Dear Little Dollies is the incomparable home of every category of doll. . . and more!
Visitors to Dear Little Dollies aptly describe our doll shop as "better than a museum," encountering such an array of splendid dolls from so many doll makers so beautifully displayed. Yet we are a family business and we bring a very personal touch to our client dealings. It's very important to us that our clients are satisfied in every way, and we will do our best to provide answers to all of their questions and to direct them to what will best fit their intentions. Our mission is to help our clients find the perfect match for their needs, small or large. Once a selection is made, we make purchasing as convenient as possible, offering a convenient layaway plan if that is desirable, and accepting payments in cash, by check, by money order, via Paypal, or by major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Our shop is located on the main street of a quaint shopping district, accessible by major highway and also by train, with several fine eateries and other retail shops, movie theaters, nail spas and other areas of interest all within walking vicinity.