IAM such a paper doll junkie

@bunnybon7 (32526)
Holiday, Florida
May 10, 2011 10:38pm CST
yes. growing up the thing I total played with all the time was my paper dolls. I had regular dolls, but never played with them hardly. Other friends always had other things they played mostly with but mine was always paper dolls. Still love them to this day and go look at ones Ive collected for many many years. and long to cut them out and put the clothes on and play again but then they'd be worthless. I must have a fortune tied up in them and am putting up many other things on Listia to get rid of but never my paper dolls. Thing is on Listia, ive won a few but am non plused tonight, because i have not enough points/credits to get a whole Lot of them. someone put up 1,000 and more to win them. so, is there a childish thing you still love? is there any other paper doll lovers here?
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
12 May 11
I can relate to the many paper dolls i played with as a child. i was fascinated by them. i played with them until the paper edges of the dolls began to fray. Sometimes i miss those wonderful paper doll days!
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@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
well start getting them again. you can even find some free online to print out. i used to do that back before i started just having to make a few extra bucks online.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
12 May 11
There is a site called something like Marilee's Paper Dolls and they have alot there... I printed out (for free) the i Love Lucy ones...one doll and 3 dresses! I did my scrapbook page with these as I am a HUGE lucy fan and did a page about when I introduced my grand daughter to her! THen I gave her a set of the dolls...she wasn't to impressed! But it was fun for me!
@cynthiann (18635)
• Jamaica
12 May 11
heavens - you have brought back some memories! I used t love paper dolls and would cut out the clothes and hang them on the dolls. sometimes I received the better quit books so that the dolls would stand upright. Otherwise I would just prop then against books and admire them or act out plays with them. My daughter loved them too and acquired from my sister Victorian paper doll books which were valuable. I would love to have then now but they were destroyed in a big hurricane we had in 1988
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
so sorry. i miss all the ones my mom threw away. it was a thing with her. she'd throw them away while i was at school. id try and keep them hidden but she usually found them. even tho cut out, some of them would be worth lots today. i just lost the bids on listia for a nuge lot of old ones, that went up to 3,800!! credits. would you believe?
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
13 May 11
Remember the problem with the tabs on going around them and if the tabs were not long enough the clothes wouldn't stay on very well? Our biggest problem back then!! Oh that that was all we had to worry about today! But we would tape an "extension" on the shorter ones! Oh that our problems were that easy to fix today! Okay, I call for a paper doll party....bring your favs!!!
@cynthiann (18635)
• Jamaica
13 May 11
what a price! Amazing. My mother gave away ,my doll's house. It was a big one over 2 feet high with all the furniture and family inside. I was so angry as sh said that I was too old to play with it. But I wanted to keep it as it was mine. Likewise as a teenager she gave away my mahogany washstand and chest of drawers. They were made in the late 1800"s and the wash stand had a marble top. Even then I loved antiques. @coffeebreak. I would love to come to the party but I don't have any paper dolls. Please will you share yours with me??
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
12 May 11
My sister and I LOVED paper dolls! Our most favorite time was when we'd go on family camping trips or extended vacations...we were allowed to buy a new "set" of dolls to take with us. Back in the day...they came with a folder cover kind of thing...and the front and back cover flaps had a pouch for the dolls and clothes. There was this one that we got, never forget it....it had 6 dolls and a ton of clothes and we got that one and the front and back had a pouch each and she got one and I got the other and we split the dolls and clothes and then dreamed up a clothes stores, and we'd have them go to the store (didn't know about MALLS back then!) and we'd make a clothes store of our less favorite clothes and make them buy and sell and that was how we switched clothes for them all! I tried to get some from my grand duaghter few years ago, but couldnt' find much. I ended up going with the scrapbook Sizzix "paper dolls" and clothes and she liked those, but it just wasn't the same!
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
yes it seems kids are not as crazy about them today. i think its because they have so much and that causes them not to have the same appreciation for having something that you have to use your imagination with. its sad because i really believe they are missing out on a lot of joy and pleasent thoughts.
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@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
of course you are also right about the fact that they just dont make them the way they used to. im wondering if it has something to do with copy rights? back when, stars were copied all the time. today if you dont get permission, its like a problem.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
13 May 11
bunnybon - I'd venture a guess that if you asked most little girls today what a paper doll was they'd have a hard time answering! If it dont' have a button to press...they don't know what it is these days! And playing with an imagination? Also seldom done! They just don't know what they are missing! I never had star ones...just girls. And they always had such lovely clothes!
@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
18 May 11
Oh I used to LOVE paper dolls. I played with them all the time. The ones I remember the most were the Princess Diana paper dolls. Kate Middleton is great, but I bet she isn't a paper doll! Of course this was before the divorce and everything when I got them. I haven't seen paper dolls in ages. I wish I had kept mine. They were probably pretty raggedy though because my sister and I played with them so much.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
19 May 11
mine got raggedy to but mom always threw them out before they got bad. i do wish id been able to keep my Liz taylor and Doris day ones.
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
19 May 11
That must have been so cool. Do you ever see paper dolls sold anymore? Now that you brought the memories back I'd like to see what kind they are making these days.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
20 May 11
usually if you look in the toys isle at some stores where the coloring books and such are. they are not many and you have to dig sometimes. also on ebay and barnes and noble, etc. they arent all over the place like they once were.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
20 May 11
I do have something I treasure but I don't recall from where. My birth parents don't recall me having one, so it could have been while in a foster home. It is a Jack In The Box. I just find something comforting about it. It has to be from a time in my childhood when I felt secure. I take it out and play with it when I am upset and it makes me feel better. I too had dolls, even paper dolls. But being a tomboy I didn't play with them much. You would usually find me sitting in a tree. I still collect stuffed animals. Just a few. Some are things that I bought in memory of a friend that passed. For example a pink gorilla with a pink rose. One dear friend used to tease me so about pink. It wasn't one of my favorite colors. She would be so proud of me as I wear it often now.
@celticeagle (114155)
• Boise, Idaho
12 May 11
I used to have Doris Day paper dolls that I wore out. We all have things we like to collect. For me it is real unicorns and victorian things. I had a Barbie, one of the original ones when I was young and loved to play with it. I had made all manner of clothes for it and it was my treasure. When I got older I gave to my best friend's younger sister.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
13 May 11
it really gets you when you realise how much those things are worth these days, huh?
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@celticeagle (114155)
• Boise, Idaho
13 May 11
That's for sure. Have to measure how much you want them.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
11 May 11
OH!! Bunny i am into paper dolls too!! i could remember when i was in fourth grade i kept on pestering my mom to buy me more! hahahahah i had like loads of it! and there was a time when i learned how to make one my own. i would often find a hard card board and draw the dolls myself ( yes i am that artistic lol) and i would make their own clothes!!! it was sooooo fun but i really do not know where they are now must have given them to a friend or something..and now that i have a daughter, i taught her how to make but since she is not that good in cutting i cut it myself and make dresses for it..
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
cool. none of my daughters took up this same love. even though id often buy them and play with them with the girls. even my grand daughters ive tried to interest in them. no luck. dont know where they will go when im gone. i hope to someone that will love them as i have.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
11 May 11
give it to me then hahaha my daughter loves it and now that it has come to my mind again, i might make her one later
• United States
11 May 11
Oh my you mean I was not the only one. As a child in the foster care system I had no toys. I use to make so many of my own and remember I use to say I was going to be a fashion designer. Although I love fashion and still do never got in to the fashion designing world. I have no idea what I did with mine, from back in the day. But I remember having a special shoe box and had so many different styles I use to dress my paper dolls in. I remember my daughter and I sitting for hours dressing the paper dolls. My son has a paper boy as he was younger and use to play with us as well. lol
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
great. i know what you mean. my mom left when i was 8mths and dad often had to work away on business as a supervisor for construction. he'd leave me with one of his sisters families which he'd give money for my support but they were so poor that it didnt seem to allow for toys so sometimes my older cousins would make me paper dolls to play with as young as 2yrs old, i was. that carried on for even after my mom finally settled down when i was 6yrs and took me so i could go to school. even though i had everything then but love, ( thats another story. lol) i still got so many boxes and boxes of paper dolls , my mom would eventually get tired of my clutter, even tho they were usually stashed somewhere out of sight she'd throw them away when i was in school or somewhere and id have to start all over.
• United States
15 Jun 11
I think it is fun to see you still enjoy the paper dolls. Thanks bunny for my BR.
@maximax8 (27048)
26 Mar 13
As a child I loved paper dolls and real dolls. In one of classes I had a set of Victorian paper dolls and paper clothes for the children to dress them in. I loved that activity and the children really enjoyed it too. As a class we made a giant model of Florence Nightingale. Some Year 6 children made the model and we decorated her. I have got a collection of porcelain dolls.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Mar 13
i also had a collection of dolls when i had room for them and a house of my own. all i have room for now is the paper dolls and it makes me happy to bring them out at times and look thru them
@MsTickle (24966)
• Australia
21 May 11
I used to love paper dolls too but it was not often I got the chance to play with them. I certainly was never in a position to collect them. I did collect stamps though and I have a lot. I'm a bit sad though because I have no one to give them to as stamp collecting seems to be old fashioned these days. I would sell them only I don't know the value and I'm not interested enough to do all the research to find out.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
21 May 11
well i think stamps are still collected by many. ive put some on listia. as i had started collecting at one point then lost interest. they've had 5 bids, going from 50 credits to 102 credits. so thats good.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 May 11
Ohhhhh I remember having paper dolls when I was a kid!! I forgot about those till you posted your discussion! They were so neat! You could change their clothes so easily but the bad side was, the dolls and clothes would tear so easily after a while but thank God there was scotch tape! LOL My favorite thing as a kid was Raggedy Ann and Andy. I had everything a child could want! Bed spread, blanket, sheets, curtains, all the dolls in all their sizes, coat rack, trash can, nic nac's, a lamp, clothes, and anything else you can think of! LOL I still have most of my dolls. I'll never get rid of them!
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
16 May 11
i had many regular dolls that i seldome played with. they were almost like new. bride doll, a ballerina doll, etc. when we moved, my mom made me leave them at grandmas till we got settled in a place big enough. my little cousin played with them and tore them up. i would have still had them and they'd be worth money now to. good for you to be able to keep your raggedy ann things.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
11 May 11
that was one of the toys i really liked to play with when i was young. as for me, i still love to blow bubbles with my kids (even though they are teenagers) its fun to blow bubbles outside during the summer.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
i do to and i buy them for my grandkids so we can enjoy them. good excuse to play with anything again ,huh?
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
11 May 11
I haven't seen paper dolls in forever, but I remember being very little and getting paper doll books. You could color then and their clothes and then punch them out and play with them. I loved them. They were a lot of fun.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
12 May 11
they still have them. look them up and have fun again.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 May 11
I think you and my mom would have gotten along very well. She always loved paper dolls, too. I think I received them as gifts so that she could play with them. My favorite thing was crayons. When I got a new box of Crayola crayons, the BIG box of 64 colors, I'd be busy for days. And weeks. Crayons today are not like they used to be. Seems like they are waxier, and have less color. If they made paper doll clothes that needed to be colored, we'd make a great pair!
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
as i said above, they do and i have lots of ones could be colored. but need to copy them. they arent worth as much if colored or cut, and its the only excuse i have for collecting and saving them from my embarrassment with family ive often said you'd be a great daughter for me love ya', kid.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
11 May 11
I don't think it is childish at all. There are people that collect matchbox cars, NASCAR memorabilia, antique dolls, etc. And if you can't enjoy what you collect, why do you do it?! If I were you I would Xerox the stuff and play with them! I know this might be difficult if they are in packages but dang, why deny yourself a good time? Open one up and have some fun! I played with them a bit when I was young but I preferred the Colorforms dolls/figures. They were plastic pieces that stuck to each other and you could play with and put together shapes, people, funny monsters, Looney Tunes characters and the like. I wish I could find some now, I'd love to give them to my brother's child!
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
if you do a search on ebay or somewhere like that, i bet you'd find them. or something similar. ive thought many times of copying them and playing with them but then i really dont have the time. i think next time im blue though i will. in fact ive got some sixties disco ones that would probably be the first. you know the flared pants and platform shoes, etc.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
11 May 11
Good mornimg, Bon. Thanks for this discussion, brought back wonderful memories. My late sister loved playing paper dolls. Whenever it was her turn to pick out what we were going to play it was always peper dolls.I didn't know they still made the,. Would like to get my grandaughters some.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
oh yes, they still make some. but not like when i was a girl and you could find them in every store theres also lots of vintage and antique ones worth money if uncut. i have lots of those. mostly from ebay. but tonight im in a sad way. cause listia has a huge lot of them in one auction and i didnt save enough credits to get them. they have went up to 1,010 credits! oh well next time i'll be ready.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
11 May 11
Hi bunny, I can't say your hobby as childish. It's childlike. Every person has a childlike feeling. For this reason humans never get old in mind. I have no such hobby. But I appreciate your 'childish' hobby.
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
oh bhanusb, you have no fun childish things? well you need to find one. so true it keeps you young thinking at least. you know
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
11 May 11
Hi bunnybon! I used to love playing with paper dolls, too! I had lots of them when I was a kid. I loved making them and making clothes. In fact, there was once a time that I wanted to be a fashion designer and my family was encouraging me to be one because of that hobby.^^ But I lost interested eventually. I really did love it though. I remember I was heartbroken and very angry with my friend's sister because she ruined one of my best paper dolls. Until now actually, I am still indifferent to that person. ..
@bunnybon7 (32526)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 11
you treasure them like i do my paper dolls. i understand. when you feel down you can go look through them and its all better or at least a bit better.