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REnovating dolls and Teddies

Being sock monkey maker and loving vintage Renovating Dolls and Teddies seemed the next venture for me love it!

Me and a monkey

I am still learning but bringing them back to play another day  and maybe finding a new owner  for them is wonderful.

Did I have Dolls as a kid yes!  I remember having a sindy doll not a barbie  and a baby doll that I kept till I was about 13 years old . Gave her away to a little girl who lived next door, thought I was to old to play with dolls. I remember how up set I was when I found it broke on my neighbours step.

Dont really remember having many teddies but went on to collect them later on. Still have quite a few but live in my wardrobe now but at one time they all sat on a shelf in my bedroom.

Vintage teddy

Now I have a craft room full of dolls and teddies some waiting to be fixed or packed in boxes ready for sale. Learning every day and not always getting it right.

Micky. Mouse

The first ones I found was more modern dolls and Disney soft toys but needed to keep looking till I came across a Russ berrie troll doll bright pink hair loved it! She looked a bit grubby found her in the charity shop and took her home and gave her a bath.

Troll doll

Thats how it started this was before Christmas also found a cabbage patch doll in a terrible state wasn’t sure if I could restore her she was so dirty and because she was a cabbie they wanted £4 for her had a feeling she wasn’t going to sell in that state so I bought her she was a challenge she turned out beautiful.

Cabbage patch kid 1985 this was another cabbage patch doll I found later also very dirty 🐥

I started buying dolls and teddies that took my eye or in need of renovating some I have sold on eBay but want to sell more vintage on Etsy just selling toys but it takes time.

All packed and ready to go ! pack them just the same as my handmade sock monkeys

learned a lot about renovating them what the faults  are on them and how to fix them takes time and patience . Some of the problems was getting dirty stains and pen marks off , hair coming away but found a lot of help on you tube . Think I’m starting a collection of my own to the point I have no room so a big bag is now going to the charity shop in a better condition than they started.

She’s 36” high wow now going to fix her up hopefully

I am now looking out for the unusual dolls and teddies my venture is only just starting, just bought the biggest doll 36” in hight she’s a mannequin in need of a lot of TLC but love it! I love to know the history of things and wrote a few blogs. This doll came from someone who collected dolls and the lady who sold the doll is finding more about it for me so may write a blog about her.

Thanks for reading Julie😊





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What I learned about vintage toys part 4 Troll Dolls

I do love a doll but Troll dolls are something else ! I remember having a gonk as we called them with wild hair and ugly cute face from the 70s but never really knew the history. I have been collecting the later ones made by Russ berrie love them from the 90s renovating them. So here’s the story.

*Troll Dolls

A Troll Doll (Danish: Gjøltrold) is a type of plastic Doll with furry up-combed hair depicting a troll, also known as a Dam doll after their creator danish woodcutter Thomas Dam The toys are also known as good luck trolls, or alternatively gonk trolls in the United Kingdom.


Troll Doll
A "wizard" troll doll, manufactured by Russ Berrie in the 1990s
Type Doll
Inventor(s) Thomas Dam
Company DreamWorks Animation
Country Denmark
Availability 1959–present

The dolls were originally created in 1959 and became one of the United States’ biggest toy fads in the early 1960s. They became fads again in brief periods from the 1970s through the 1990s and were copied by several manufacturers under different names. During the 1990s, several video games and a video show were created based on troll dolls. In 2003, the Dam company restored their United States copyrights, stopping unlicensed production. In 2005, the brand was modernized under the name Trollz, but it failed in the marketplace

Thomas Dam (May 15, 1915 – November 12, 1989) was a Danish woodworker and fisherman associated with Gjol in Denmark Dam designed and invented the original Troll Doll also known as the “Good Luck Troll”. He created the toy during a period of financial distress, They say he made the doll for his Daughter as a gift and carved it from wood. Soon, the family had started up a new business and Dam earned enough to buy himself a small factory where the dolls were produced in plastic. Dam created many different trolls as well as plastic baby dolls. Dam formed “Dam Things” to market the dolls. Dam trolls are now considered collectors’ items. Even the Victoria & Albert Museum have one in their collection.

Original maker and dolls

Some of the dam trolls are still found today and sell for lots of money to collectors. The clothes  made of felt and disintegrated over the years so some have no clothes. I would have loved one of the larger troll dolls but came in many sizes.

I have fell in love with the soft bodied Russ berrie troll dolls made in the 90s before the dam company took back the rights, Not a lot of info about these but I only know quite a few companys did their own version of the troll.

Troll kidz

This one had been stored away so in good condition also had its original tag

The tag


these trolls are varied girls boys all in outfits with bright coloured hair 12” high  also made the all plastic ones.


Love the story give me a great idea for pictures of trolls in the forest thats if I can find them

Troll dolls

do you remember trolls old school memories Big ones, Little Ones, Lucky ones,magic ones, Amazing.

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What I learned about vintage soft toys part 3 Teddy Bears

Oh yes everyone loves a Teddy Bear. I collected them for a long time still have some now but not quite as many as I did. We visit ramsbottom in bury like having a browse in the teddy shop can’t resist but only looking! Love the handmade ones.

*teddy Bears

cute fury soft toys with arms and legs and cute faces here’s the story.🐻


Did you know that the Teddy Bear was invented in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt? It all began when Theodore Roosevelt was on a bear hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi on November 14, 1902. Mississippi’s Governor Andrew H. Longino had invited him, but unlike other hunters in the group, Theodore had not located a single bear.

Roosevelt’s assistants, led by Holt Collier, a born slave and former Confederate cavalryman, cornered and tied a black bear to a willow tree. They summoned Roosevelt and suggested that he shoot it. Viewing this as extremely unsportsmanlike, Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear. The news of this event spread quickly through newspaper articles across the country. The articles recounted the story of the president who refused to shoot a bear. However, it was not just any president, it was Theodore Roosevelt the big game hunter!

lifford Berryman, a political cartoonist, read the article and decided to lightheartedly satirize the president’s refusal to shoot the bear. Berryman’s cartoon appeared in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902. Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop owner, saw the cartoon and had an idea. He and his wife Rose also made stuffed animals, and Michtom decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear. He called it ‘Teddy’s Bear

Cartoon drawing

Teddies was made simultaneously by toy makers Morris Michtom in the U.S and Richard Steiff in Germany in the early days. The teddy bear became an iconic children’s toy, celebrated in story,song ,film. Since the creation of the first teddy bears which sought to imitate the form of real bear cubs. Teddies have greatly changed in style,colour,material and now big collectors items with older and rarer appearing  at public auctions. Teddy bears are very popular gifts for children and are often given to adults to signify love ,valentines,congratulations,or sympathy.

michtom had great success with the teddy bears he founded the ideal novelty and toy co. Richard steiffs designs steiff exhibited the toy at the Leipzig toy fair in March 1903 .where it was seen by Hermann Berg a buyer for George Borgfeldt & company in new york( and brother of composers Alban Berg). He ordered 3,000 to send to the U.S. The record shows the bears being made but not arriving at there destination as they was shipwrecked. How ever this story was disputed as they never arrived thought they wasn’t durable enough to survive until the present day.Steiff and michtom were both making teddy’s at the same time neither would have known of the others creations.

Early michtom teddy
Early steiff teddy  these bears had buttons in ears

Seymour Eaton wrote the book series The Roosevelt Bears, while composer John Walter Brattonwrote wrote the instrumental The teddy bears picnic. Then later had words by lyricist Jimmy Kennedy.

Early teddy bears were made to look like real bears, with extended snouts and beady eyes. Modern teddy bears tend to have larger eyes and foreheads and small  like  doll features that enhance the Toys cuteness Teddy bears are also manufactured to represent different species of bear, such as polar bears,grizzly bears, pandas etc.

While early teddy bears were covered in tawny mohair fur, modern teddy bears are manufactured in a wide variety of commercially available fabrics most commonly synthetic fare but also velour,denim ,cotton, satin and canvas.

Commercially made, mass-produced teddy bears are predominantly made as toys for children. These bears either have safety joints for attaching arms, legs, and heads, or else the joints are sewn and not articulated. They must have securely fastened eyes that do not pose a choking hazard for small children. These “plush” bears must meet a rigid standard of construction in order to be marketed to children in the United States and in the European Union.

There are also companies, like Steiff, that sell handmade collectible bears that can be purchased in stores or over the Internet. The majority of teddy bears are manufactured in countries such as China and Indonesia. A few small, single-person producers in the United States make unique, non-mass-produced teddy bears. In the United Kingdom one traditional teddy bear company remains, Merry thought which was established in 1930 mohair the fur shorn or combed from a breed of long haired goats, is woven into cloth, dyed and trimmed. Alpaca teddy bears are made from the pelt of an alpaca because the fiber is too soft to weave. In addition to mohair and alpaca, there is a huge selection of “plush” or synthetic fur made for the teddy bear market. Both these types of fur are commercially produced.

Teddy bears are a favourite form of soft toy for amateur toy makers, with many patterns commercially produced or available online. Many “teddies” are home-made as gifts or for charity, while “teddy bear artists” often create “teddies” for retail, decorating them individually with commercial and recycled ornaments such as sequins, beads and ribbons. Sewn teddy bears are made from a wide range of material.

The teddy bear will be going on for a long time

Thankyou for reading

I also collect pictures of teddy bears over on my Pinterest  so take a look 

An RAF Boulton Paul Defiantcrew pose with their teddy bear mascot at RAF Biggin Hillduring World War II

Retail sales of stuffed plush animals


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