UFDC convention sales room

I love studying about dolls and meeting friends at convention but most of all, I LOVE shopping! I don’t really care for shopping things for myself, if fact I buy most of my clothes from online or catalogs once or twice a year maybe? But when it comes to dolls, it’s a different story. It’s not exaggerate to to say convention sales room is the best place to shop for antique dolls and supplies. And you can keep shopping for 5 days straight! You better bring a huge wallet, right? It’s so over whelming if you try to see everything in one day so I made shopping schedule. I would concentrate on fabrics and lace on first day, look for antique doll(s) to take home on second day,check out small things I missed on first day on the third day, take photos of dealers to post on FB and blog on fourth day, make sure I got everything I want on fifth day. I was so excited that I felt like I was in treasure island and kept shopping till I drop for about two days, then my energy run out. I was super exhausted by third day. I was ready to go home on fourth day to tell you the truth. Thank goodness the hotel had nice floating pool. We spend few afternoons just floating on the water. But I found what I needed and wanted. It was pure joy and amazing experience!

コンベンションのセミナーで勉強するのも、ネットでしか繋がっていなかった友達と会えたのも大いに楽しかったのですが、やはり一番のハイライトはショッピングです!ちなみに私は、自分の洋服などのショッピングにはあまり興味が無くて、街まで行くのが面倒なためだいたいネットやカタログで済ませます。しかも年に1-2回くらい。でもドール関係の買い物は全く別物ですよ。コンベンションのセールスルームは、世界で一番の規模と種類と品揃えが豊富なドールショウといっても過言ではないと思います。しかも、5日間も続けてお買い物ができるのですから、大きな財布と気合いが必要なのは言うまでもありません。(;^ω^) これだけの規模のショウを一日で見ようとすると、かなり目が回ります。なのでさっそくお買い物スケジュールを立てました。初日は材料の生地やレースに集中、二日目は家へ連れて帰る子を探す、三日目は初日に見逃した小物類をチェック、4日目はFBやブログに載せるデイーラーの写真を撮る(これかなり時間かかります)、そして最終日は買い残したものがないか最終チェック。二日目ぐらいまではアドレナリンがパンパンに出ていてやる気満々だったのですが、さすがに3日目、4日目となるとぐったりしてきて、いい加減帰りたくなってきました。幸い会場がリゾートホテルだったので回るプールがあって、二日ぐらいは友人とプールに浮かんでボーっとしていました。ちなみにフェニックスは、私にとっては今まで経験したことのない暑さだったので、日中プール以外に外を歩く、等という事は言語道断でしたよ。もちろん欲しかった物、探していた物を全部買えたので大満足だったのは言うまでもありません。

Sales room is open! Time for shopping!

My kind of heaven!

All vintage and antique fabrics. All mine! ( I wish)

Best dealers from all over the world are in one place

Scott Gram Antiques from Phoenix

Sammy from Paris

Alan’s booth

Valerie Fogel’s Beautiful Bebes


I shipped two boxes full of goodies home

Out side view of Marriott Resort in Phoenix

She is my convention find. Round face early Steiner. She is so sweet!

Karakuri Ningyo and Googlies

I took Alan Scott Pate seminar about ” Karakuri Ningyo” ( Japanese Automaton) and Anita Ladensack “The history and Art of Googolies” on first day of convention. Alan’s lecture is always fun and informative, I try not to miss any when available.I had very few interest on Karakuri Ningyo before I took his seminar but after listening his lecture, I was so fascinate by their history and art work. Who knew rediscovering my own culture is such an exciting thing! I wish my school history teacher gave lectures as interesting as Alan so that I could have gotten better grade. LOL

Anita’s seminar was a luncheon meeting hosted by Valley of the Sun Doll club. Luncheon meeting is always fun because you get to make new friends while enjoying meal and learn about doll that you love at the same time! I make Googlie dolls occasionally and wanted to learn more about them since there are so many different models and brands. Each of participant received a book of Googlies written by Anita at the end of the event and this will give me a chance to go over Anita’s lecture for better understanding. I wasn’t so keen of studying when I was a school student but these doll lectures are so fun, I can not get enough of them. That’s what I love about being a member of UFDC doll club. They give us so many opportunities of leaning dolls.



text book of Alan Scott Pate lecture ” Karakuri Ningyo”

Alan’s lecture is always full of information and fun talk.You never get bored.

With Alan. Awesome teacher!

Anita’s book ” The history and art of Googlies”and paper doll were part of luncheon gift

Lots of goodies from host doll club, Valley of the Sun doll club, Thank you!

Anita, giving lecture

Visiting Friendship doll ” Miss Kagoshima”

We have Miss Wakayama Friendship doll in Reno and I was told we can visit ” Miss Kagoshima” in CREATE at Arizona Science center in Phoenix day before convention. How can I miss this opportunity? So my friend and I joined this mini field trip to down town Phoenix in scorching heat.When we arrived, museum staff took us to a little office room next to reception desk and there she was, standing on the table with her doll size tea set in front of her. Apparently Miss Kagoshima is usually stored in a box and not in permanent display like Miss Wakayama in Reno so her kimono was bit wrinkled and loose but she was a very charming doll. She has two dimples which Miss Wakayama does not have and that makes her look younger ( to me). She is my second friendship doll I have seen in person and both of them have life like expressions. If you know a little bit about Ichimatsu dolls, it is so rare to see a doll in this size and quality. I say I was very fortunate to be able to view this doll.  I’d like to thank people who organized this field trip and museum staff who let us view her.


If you would like to inquire about Miss Kagoshima, click link below.                                                       CREATE at Arizona Science Center

Miss Kagoshima in Phoenix AZ

Front view of her kimono

Back side with silk obi

Her doll size tea set

This maybe a last chance to have selfee with her!

Article of Miss Kagoshima in Alan Scott Pate “Art as Ambassador” book


Back form UFDC convention

It’s been 6 years since I attended last UFDC convention. It was so much more fun this time because I was able to meet many of my doll friends in person. And sales room was just amazing! I found more supplies than I hoped for! Can’t wait to attend next convention in Nashville TN next year!


I had a travel companion came all the way from Japan this time. We went to National Doll Festival doll show on Sunday before UFDC convention started on Tuesday. I forgot to take photos of this doll show but this was also a good show to attend. I found lots of antique lace and fabrics etc..  Quality of dolls were also very good but size of show itself is smaller than UFDC convention. We went to Theriault’s auction on next day. Their preview display is always the best quality and you won’t be disappointed. We stayed for about one hour to watch live auction. Stewart’s talk is always entertaining and that makes this auction very exciting. Unfortunately we had to leave for field trip to view Friendship doll at Science museum. I will report that in next post.


My most favorite of this auction!

My next doll

I will be making 19 inch Bru Jne 11 to take to Japan this fall. I have several antique eyes would fit on this head and can’t wait to get started!