The Collection Must Go

While contemplating spring cleaning, I have decided that I need to get rid of a lot of the collections I have including books, audio books and dolls.  Down-sizing will free up some space and cut down on my dusting which is always a good thing!!!

I have been a collector of beautiful dolls for over 25 years.  All of my dolls were expensive dolls with porcelain bodies and dressed in beautiful costumes.   Before we moved to this farm we had a huge farm-house in the county with about 20 acres. I dedicated one entire room to my collection of Georgetown, and other collectible dolls of all sizes and shapes.  I kept them in covered cases and displayed them on all four walls of the “doll room”.  Most of the dolls are 16″ – 24″ tall and some are 32″ – 36″ tall.

I’ve always been an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction and kept all of my hardcover books even after they’ve been read.  The audiobooks were mostly read when I was working and drove 45 minutes each way five days a week.  Listening to the books made the ride home more interesting! One room held most of my books and audio books in our old home.  In our present home the dolls are wrapped up and placed in sealed totes to keep them nice.  The books and audiobooks are all over the house and I’m not exaggerating.

This bookcase is in my dressing room off the guest room and is filled with gardening, homesteading, crafting and sewing books.
Third shelf in my sewing room.
Second bookcase in my sewing room.
This bookcase is in the guest room.
This shelf is in our guest room.  The bottom shelf is where all of my audiobooks are shelved along with a bookcase in the dressing room.
This shelf in one of three in my sewing room.
These shelves are in our upstairs foyer.

Now I MUST downsize and find a new home for these dolls.  Here’s a preview:

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

7 thoughts on “The Collection Must Go”

  1. Wow – you have a lot of books… and dolls! My mother is also a doll collector. She is especially proud of a couple of Shirley Temple dolls she has that have their original clothes. She is also thinking of downsizing her collection. Luckily my mother has four granddaughters and five great granddaughters to gift to, but deciding which doll to give to whom has been a bit of a challenge for her. In my humble opinion, I don’t think you should get rid of the entire collection, but should keep your most precious dolls and books around. At least that is what I am telling my mother!

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    1. I hope those grandbabies enjoycollection. I have one granddaughter and she never liked dolls, just animals! Hopefully I’ll get them all sold cheap before the end of summer this year. The books I’m not in a big hurry to get rid of and may try to sell them on Craig’s List or Ebay, maybe even Amazon. I have a lot of how to books on gardening and decor.


  2. I noticed the word “contemplating” at the beginning of your post! That gives you an out. 😉 however, there is no doubt that you have the potential for lots of extra space – for new interests! Do you have a library or branch of the association for the blind that you could donate some of your talking books to? My mother-in-law lived for talking books when she couldn’t see any more. Good luck!

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    1. That’s a great idea Jane!! There are two libraries that have recently opened close to me, one in New Castle and one in Giles County. They both have book sales on occasion to help raise money to expand and get new books so that’s an option I’ve been looking at too!

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  3. I’ve seen the books! How can you determine how much each doll is worth? Many of your dolls are beautiful, some are kind of scary. I used to have a Mademoiselle doll but have no idea of it’s worth. I may be interested in a few of your dolls for my granddaughters. But they can’t play with them!


    1. I will never get out of the dolls what they cost!! Collecting dolls is at the bottom of the collector groups. I’ll be lucky to get $20-$25 a piece for the big ones. I won’t mind letting them go for that if I know they’ll be taken care of. Victoria was NEVER into dolls and don’t think my grandson will be either!! 😉 Most of my dolls were over $100 and some $200.


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