Friday, September 24, 2010

"Little Women" Madame Alexander Dolls --- For My Romantic Home's Friday Show and Tell

Madame Alexander dolls have extremely pretty faces with slightly sad looks. They have sweet lips that often look like pouts.  Another given when it comes to these collectors' dolls is they require a deep dip into the wallet.  The little sweethearts are pretty pricey.

                                                                           Here's Jo

                                                                                Here's Beth

                                                                     Here's Amy

              Here's Meg

With that in mind, my ears perked up when I heard two ladies in my swimming group discussing dolls. One said she was selling some collector dolls at a yard sale the next weekend.  I got her address and the time of the sale. Rarely can I pass-up anything to do with dolls.

That next Saturday morning came and I was off to the sale. My friend said she kept the designer dolls inside the house in case I attended the sale. What an honor that was!

There, inside her china hutch was an assortment of Ashton Drake porcelain pint-sized dolls but they didn't appeal to me at all.

Then, on one shelf, four demure little doll babies sat, dressed to the gills in colorful, frilly outfits.

      "Are you selling your Madame Alexander dolls?" I asked. 
     "Oh, absolutely," came the answer.  "For you, they are $5 EACH.

      "What?"  I fairly gasped.  That price seemed painfully low.

Off that shelf came Amy, Beth, Jo, and Meg, dolls representing the four sisters from Louisa May Alcott's beloved "Little Women."  The entire set cost $20.


Once home, all their little outfits got a thorough washing. The pinafores, bloomers, and socks got a dunk in hot water, soap, and bleach so they would get whiter.

      The sisters are looking quite stunning these days. They make me smile every time I see

      By the way, on the Madame Alexander website, the four Little Women doll retail for more than $75 each so my tag sale purchase turned out to be nothing short of amazing.

Did you know there was a real Madame Alexander who started the doll company by the same name?  She was the daughter of Russian immigrants. You can read all about her on the company's website.


Be sure to check out Cindy's enchanting blog, My Romantic Home,     to see some of the other entries for Show and Tell Friday. Her blog button is in the sidebar to the right. Click on it and, just like a magic carpet, it will take you to Cindy's blog!


Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

I love these dolls! Lucky you to get them at such a low price. Unfortunately, I don't have any. There is a hobby store north of us (filled mostly model trains) that I discovered also has a doll room that is loaded with the Madame Alexander dolls. One of these days I will break down and buy one. Besides being so beautiful I like the small size of them...makes it easier to store and display them.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a bargain you got. When I was younger the girl up the street from me had Madame Alexander dolls from different countries. I remember wanting those dolls so badly.So happy for you ,they are just so sweet.

It's Just Dottie said...

I really am in love with these dolls and have been since I was a little girl. I have a large collection of them.I sometime find them in thrift stores. They make my heart beat faster.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I have always loved dolls, I had a tea party every day, sometimes all day with my dolls! My favorites were my Chatty Cathy & Patty Play Pal! We had a family friend who collected them - OMG, she had cabinets full of them! There was one doll I admired, I called her "Miss Checkerboard" because she had a blue and white checkerboard dress - I was also allowed to hold her - such sweet memories! Thanks for sharing! Oh BTW, I love your Madame Alexander dolls!

Val said...

Be still my heart!!! I love these.

Jill said...

Oh, you have brought back so many memories. I have those same dolls, plus Laurie and Marmie. I also collected the larger baby dolls. I received my first one, "So Big", at age 6. I even have the Golden Book of the same name, with her featured in it. Oh, how I loved my Madame A. dolls... and yes, I still have them. :) Thanks for bringing back such sweet memories.

Susan said...

Hello everyone! So great to see you all visited and commented.

I wanted to say WELCOME to Patti, this blog's 138th Follower. Hope you stop by often, Patti. Great to have you from clear across the good ol' USA!

You know what? The 138th Follower is just as exciting as the First! It's soooo comforting to think that people want to read what I write and see the accompanying photography.

Welcome to all. Hope each of you has a fabulous Friday! Susan

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have this same set of dolls that I received for various holidays and birthdays.

Stop by and collect your clues. The largest giveaway in Decor To Adore history will be revealed next Friday.

Claus said...

I am not familiar with her dolls, but I am now after seeing these amazing dolls you found! They are beautiful!! How lucky you are.
have a wonderful day!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan -

What a great deal! I have owned some of the larger Madame Alexander dolls - a bride doll and a baby doll. I still have the baby doll, but the bride is long gone.

Susan :)

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a special purchase indeed. I still have my Little Women series of books -- green hardback, that I read as a teenager. You certainly have a wonderful collection of dolls (and glass bottles :) Have a great weekend. Tammy

Together We Save said...

Oh wow - that is amazing... I have always loved dolls but only have one Madame Alexander, a bride doll.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a score!! Love the look of these dolls. They are very cute and very special! So happy they live with you now!!

Leann said...

They are just soo sweet. My MIL has her Amy doll from when she was young!

Enjoy your treasures!

Verde Farm said...

I just found your on Through My Kitchen Window and the Madame Alexander picture caught my eye. I have this exact set. I bought them when I was probably eight or nine and I am now 41. They are in my daughter's bedroom in a glass hutch. I still love them so much and remember when my mom would take me and I would get one at a time. It probably took me a couple of years to get the set but I still love them today. You got quite a deal. How awesome for you. So happy to know what they are going for now. I think we paid about $30 a piece in the 70's. That's what I think anyway.
Amy at Verde Farm

J. Beaudet said...

I still have my storybook dolls from about 35 years ago. I love them! You go a great deal! Jenniferxx

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