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Retro & Period Dolls: 4 Important Details to Look For

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 13, 2014

If you've looked into collecting dolls you know that antique dolls can be prohibitively expensive, hard to find, and difficult to take care of.

But contemporary dolls dressed in period costumes can provide a fascinating window into the life and styles of other eras. A meticulously accurate retro-style doll can transport you to another time, be it the Victorian Age or the Roaring 20's.

Online resources can be help you judge how authentic a doll's outfit really is. Looking at vintage illustrations, advertisements, portraits, and movies from the era can also help give you a sense of the right feel for the time.

Here are 4 important aspects to pay close attention to when you're shopping for authentic style of a retro, vintage or period dolls:

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Topics: Doll Collecting, Period Dolls, Retro Dolls

How to Start a Doll Collection: A Beginner's Guide

Posted by Madame Alexander on Sep 6, 2014


Artistry. History. A seemingly infinite variety of choices. And of course, timeless, captivating charm. No wonder so many have started their own doll collection and that it has become one of the most popular hobbies in America.

The world of doll collectors is a vast and busy one, but there's always room for one more!

We asked doll lover and blogger Maureen Jenny Aucone of The Mommy's Guide for her thoughts. She also sits on Madame Alexander's 2014 Mom Advisory Board, so clearly we value her opinion.

With Maureen's help, we put together some advice to help you get the most out of collecting, starting with your very first doll.

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Topics: Doll Collecting

How To Choose The Best Doll for Any Age And Stage

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 30, 2014


When chosen correctly, a doll has the power to be a best friend, a source of comfort, and a way to show creativity.

So how do you make sure that the doll you select will be all of those things and so much more?

You can start by choosing a doll appropriate to the little girl’s age. Every age group uses dolls in a different way, which means you probably shouldn't buy the same doll for the 1-year-old and the 5-year-old in your life.

Here are some features to look at in a doll to find the right doll for the right age:

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Topics: Baby Dolls, 18 Inch Dolls, Parenting

3 Important Benefits a Girl Gets From Having An 18 Inch Doll

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 23, 2014


18 inch play & fashion fun dolls seem to be all the rage these days.

You can find dolls in every ethnicity, with every combination of hair and eye color imaginable. But are these dolls just a marketing hype, or do they actually provide some benefits to your little girl? (Hint: the answer is yes!)

When you can find an 18 inch doll that closely matches your daughter’s features, she will experience these 3 very important benefits as part of her pretend play that will assist to her growing up:

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Topics: 18 Inch Dolls

5 Fascinating Facts about Margaret Mitchell

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 16, 2014


On August 16, 1949, 65 years ago, the world lost Margaret Mitchell at the young age of 49. The creator of Gone With the Wind had led a colorful life.

While that was the only book she ever published, it brought her great fortune and lasting fame. It remains one of the most popular books of all time, still selling thousands of copies each year and inspiring a major film as well as a series of collectibles.

But did you know Mitchell's life was interesting enough to give her heroine, Scarlett O'Hara, a run for her petticoats?

Here are 5 fascinating facts about the life of Margaret Mitchell:

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Topics: Gone With The Wind

Why Children Should Play With Dolls

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 9, 2014


Whether walking through a toy store, browsing online, or visiting a friend, chances are your daughter is drawn to the dolls she sees.

Why is this? What is it about dolls that appeal so many children, especially girls?

When you buy your child a doll, you're not just buying her a beloved companion – you're also giving her the chance to develop some crucial skills as she plays.

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Topics: Playing with Dolls

5 Essential Features To Look For In A Baby Doll

Posted by Madame Alexander on Aug 2, 2014


So you've already decided you want to give your little girl a baby doll. It's the perfect gift to celebrate a new arrival! And as she grows, she'll want to be just like Mommy, with her own little baby to take care of. But before you get too far in the purchasing process, it’s important to realize that not all baby dolls are created equal.

Just like with most baby toys, it’s crucial that you pay attention to the doll safety features, its quality, and how easy it is to clean.

When you invest the time to pick out the perfect baby doll for your daughter, she will be able to enjoy her doll to the fullest. More importantly, you can relax knowing it’s perfectly safe whether you are with her or not.

Here are 5 no-compromise characteristics every baby doll should have:

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Topics: Baby Dolls

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