Friday, June 1, 2012

International Black Doll Show 2012, Pt. 2

Behold! a blast from my past: Soul Sister doll seen at Linda C. Hayes' table. Talk about childhood memories ... many years ago, I owned a Soul Sister doll. Seeing her triggered an involuntary smile. I almost forgot my shoulder pain and being broke. That's why I attend the International Black Doll Show and Sale. Why I appreciate Ms. Hayes' annual presence at this event. You never know what fun, charming, amusing, exciting object will appear next.

Soul Sister doll was only one of the many interesting dolls for sale by Linda Hayes, doll dealer extraordinaire.  From sport figures like Kobe Bryant and Dennis Rodman or a play scale rickshaw or special issue-themed dolls like Cammie Goes to College, Ms. Hayes never disappoints her fan base at the Show. For example, the special item that she discovered in the West Indies - please see Debbie Behan Garrett's blog or Ms. Leo's blog.

Another IBDSS "regular" was Anna's Collectibles. In addition to collectible Barbies, Anna's offered Madame Alexander dolls, Gene dolls, Lee Middleton and Tonner dolls as well as toy bears, figurines, and nutcrackers. If you missed the Show or missed Anna's tables, you can visit her online shop where she has Barbies starting at $9.00! Per a lavender flyer distributed by the Anna's team, Anna's accepts credit cards and lay-a-ways. Yes! Either of those options is likely to loosen purse strings in these difficult financial times. Contact information via the Internet is or by telephone at 856-667-2916 or fax at 856-779-8868.

Zister II Creations offered Black Barbie-clone "Air Freshener Dolls." The dolls seemed to be heads-torsos with arms ... you've probably seen those half-dolls whose full skirts cover tissue boxes and other household items. Well, these dolls skirts presumably covered air fresheners. The gowns looked attractive and interesting, but I wondered if the legs were ... well, there. I confess, I did not check. I could imagine the dolls screaming, "What have you done with my LEGS!" Shudder. However, if you are curious about this series, contact B. Scott by e-mail or telephone 718-573-6712 or 718-909-5497.

I missed any other dealers selling play scale figures. However, I did meet new to the IBDSS doll artist, Jacqueline Bryant Campbell. Ms. Campbell creates cloth dolls in a variety of shades - obtained by tea dying. Her daughter and inspiration to create cloth dolls was not there. You can see her adorable dolls at her website and e-mail her: she is also on Twitter @JBryantCampbell and on Facebook.

Additional doll artists Scharynne Holmes, Frannie Robinson, Laura Tuzio-Ross, and Goldie Wilson. Owner of Dolls, Teddy Bears & Gifts, Eleanor McGhee was present also. I just gathered cards and/or took a photo of those tables because they were outside my main interest, play scale figures.

For additional photos of this event, please see the 2012 Black Doll Show album on Webshots site. For additional coverage of the Show, please see I-Luv-Dolls or Debbie Behan Garrett's blogs noted above.