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From The Collectors Newsletter #472 November 2006 (06-29-2007)

I've been reading the stories about how people started their collections and have enjoyed them immensely. I have numerous collections, but probably one of the more unusual ones is toaster dolls. About 5 years ago I went to an all city garage sale in a little town not far from me. I found a cloth doll that immediately reminded me of an elegant Jamaican lady with caramel colored skin, a beautiful yellow dress and her hair done up in a matching scarf. I was really puzzled because the doll didn't have any legs, but I loved it so much that I bought it anyway. There was a teen-aged boy manning the sale, so I didn't really ask many questions. Well, I found out that it was a toaster doll. Since then I have accumulated about 30 different toaster dolls. I have them in just about every skin color, hair color and a wide variety of dress styles. I just love them because they all have different distinct personalities. Two years ago I went back to that same little town for the all city sales again. I had made myself a mental note of the neighborhood where I purchased that first doll. I went into one garage and sure enough, there was another toaster doll. I bought it and this time I was able to meet the lady who was selling them. She was downsizing and was thrilled that someone else appreciated them. This year, I'm taking a picture of my collection and taking it with me in case she is having another sale. I have had a problem figuring out how to display them. Since their dresses are so poofy, they take up a lot of room. I'd love to hear any suggestions. Pam PPaul92506@aol.com


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