We went to Glasgow yesterday. It was cold, but we really wanted to just get out and about. We’ve been there only a handful of times, so I knew of a couple of places that have dolls, but so far, nothing I would want. At one shop there were 3 Gotz dolls and while not my style, they were adorable and I was tempted by their sweetness. In particular, I liked their plump chins and pink mouths. The were £15.
And this tiny one, a Mini Muffin:
All had that wonderful glowy vinyl that has such a nice quality to it. I could feel their weight by holding the box. I saw a lot of Monster Highs, running about £12-£22.
At a variety shop, I saw some dolls that I had not seen before. These were not high quality, more like the old super-market dolls. Still, I was somewhat pleased to see less of the Bratz look in teen dolls, even though there are Bratz icons on the boxes(?). I would guess the smaller one was about 14 inches, the taller one about 18 inches.
These girls were really interesting. About 22 inches tall and the tallest, may have been 28-30 inches. They had sweet faces. I couldn’t find a price on them. Having a restless husband along, I didn’t get a chance to check out the quality. The more I look at them, the more I wished I had insisted on checking them out. They were either really cheap plastic and looking good or better than I initially thought. I do not remember the name or where this shop was.
This lack of dolls here in Scotland depresses me. A few fashion dolls, a few pram dolls, but nothing that grabs me. There was such a burst of artistic dolls in the 1980’sand 90’s, it seems to have faded away. Modern dolls are looking so cloned and lack personality in my opinion. Babies and fantasy fashion dolls….what about the vast in-between?
We went to the People’s Museum. I found a cute photo of a girl and her doll in Glasgow
The only other doll related item was a couple of doll houses being used as models for types of housing.
I was fascinated by this one, because it showed a tenement block of flats and how they were refurbished over the decades. The bottom photo shows the bed closets which is what is now my kitchen. I can still see the rounded inset corners.
My kitchen was divided in half by a wall so that there was a bed closet on this side, and on the other side that led into the second room, which is now our bedroom, but once was a large kitchen. Both rooms had fireplaces, the one being more of a cooker
Sorry for the bad photo, but this is exactly how our bedroom is shaped, see the rounded corner next to the chair…that is that weird indent I have written about, it was where the bed closet was. I could show lots more, but this is more of side hobby of mine, exploring architecture in history and oddly, the Scots seemed to have stuck religiously to the exact same lay out all of their tenement flats. I get a kick out of watching for the ones that come on the market and can see those who still have their fireplaces and those who have converted these bed closets into smaller kitchens and or small nooks….but never, so far have I seen them remain bed closets, which is a shame, what a space saver they are.
These are the other dollhouse, all handmade, including all the furniture. It was fascinating and made me crave to build one of my own. I really liked this approach from the top, it made it so much more real in the sense it was all self contained.