introducing annabelle

May 30, 2016 11:32am CST
The antique fair greeted us with a smell of mustiness and old-age. {as an aside, husband informs me that the old-age smell is a real smell ... who knew?!} The hall was full of tables, which in turn were full of all sorts of goodies, some vintage, some retro, some purely kitsch, some collectible and some insane. Some of the dealers seemed very similar to their wares. Prices ranged from cheap to ridiculously expensive. I returned home with some old photos {I shall scan them and upload them somewhere, maybe even here} of someone else's family. And a doll. Yes, a doll. Husband says she looks spooky. I have therefore named her Annabelle. She's from the fifties or sixties, and is a {non-} walking, {non-} talking doll with the cutest blue shoes and eyes that blink. Do you think she's spooky? I think that she's lovely, more-so because she only cost me a few pennies {£7.50 to be precise}. If you were ever to pop by and visit me you would be forgiven for making the assumption that a child lives here with us. I have a lot {and I really do mean a lot of toys from my childhood. There's my rag doll with the two heads, made for me by my beloved Nana. Raggedy Andy has lost much of his hair and has a very grubby face, but I have had him since I was two years old. There's another little rag doll, a Holly Hobby, a one-of-a-kind badger wearing a replica bridesmaid dress {a gift from my cousin, the bride, when I was eight}, the Happy Harry I made whilst learning to sew in primary school ... On top of all my old stuff there's the bits I've been collecting over more recent years. The Sindy dolls, the Dean & Son Enid Blyton books, the Twinkle annuals ... anything which remind me of those cosy days of childhood. Sometimes I think I'd be happier if I could revert back to Little Me ...
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@amadeo (45986)
• United States
30 May 16
some old stuff there.Loved to see the old photo,Any tin type there?
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30 May 16
What's a 'tin type'? Excuse my ignorance ... *grin*
@LadyDuck (118143)
• Switzerland
30 May 16
I think it's spooky. I believe it's from the fifties, I had a very similar one when I was a very little girl.
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30 May 16
The woman who sold it to me said it was her Sister-in-Law's doll and her SiL was now seventy, so fifties would presumably work.:)
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@Corbin5 (78359)
• United States
30 May 16
Come to think of it, I would have a lot more fun if I went back to Little Me too. Dad is 95 and I have all his toys and the toys of his siblings too. I have my grandparent's toys too. Those people saved everything! Well, the doll does look a tiny bit creepy, but I think she just needs to some getting used to.
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30 May 16
She looks lovely sitting in my living room! Husband will just have to get used to her. :)
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• Canada
1 Jun 16
Yeh, she does look like what a lot might call spooky, but...well, I have a slight affinity for those things (to me they ain't so spooky), so I don't mind-glad you found something you like and it brings you joy:)