August 4 – National Doll Day

Posted on August 4, 2013

Whether they are handcrafted porcelain dolls with dainty pinafores and exquisitely beaded gowns....or run-of-the-mill plastic dolls purchased at Toys R Us...or grubby rag dolls missing their eyes...dolls are common playthings and collectibles all over the world.

There are doll organizations, such as the National Institute of American Doll Artists, United Federation of Doll Clubs, and even Doll Doctors Association (which is all about mending and restoring dolls). There are doll conventions, doll magazines, and doll museums.

Dolls are big business! Three Barbie dolls are sold every second, 24 hours a day, somewhere in the world...and that is just ONE sort of doll! More than 23 million American Girl dolls have been sold since 1986—and that is just through the mail-order catalog (many more have been sold in stores)—and that is just a second sort of doll. I cannot seem to find an estimate of how many dolls of all kinds are sold each year—but I'm sure the number would be staggering!

Check out this Dolls of World Culture pdf (pictures, activities, worksheets). 

I am wondering if my daughters' American Girl dolls are now worth a bit of money, since most of the dolls, costumes, and other items that they own are now retired. Keep in mind whenever you are tossing or donating old dolls, you could check out eBay and other websites to see if anyone is aching to add that exact doll to their collection! I found out that there are informative Wikis for American Girl and Barbie dolls; no doubt there are Wikis or other great sources of information about other types of dolls as well...

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Here are my Pinterest pages on August holidayshistorical anniversaries in August, and August birthdays.

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