RDP: Collection

Three is a Collection

Both Naomi and I are both collectors and we love our “stuff”. Some of my collections of things are inherited. Mum had a collection of brass ornaments that her mum bought in India and Egypt when they lived there plus a few things that Naomi and I had given her since. Those things live with me now as does her collection of china monkeys.  I have other glass and china ornaments that I have inherited, been given or collected myself.

Favourite treasures in the living room.

I also have a small collection of Star Trek and Doctor Who collectibles, some were given to David and some to both of us by people who knew we loved those TV shows.

My biggest collection, the one that I mention most often, is my doll collection. I wasn’t always a collector though. I had a lot of dolls as a child and I played with them for rather longer than children do now. I was given my last doll at age fourteen although, to be honest, I didn’t play with her a lot because by that age I preferred fashion dolls. In my teens like most kids I felt pressured to stop playing with them and for several years that was that. I didn’t keep all my dolls, I wished I had later on, however, I did keep some of my childhood favourites.  As far as I was concerned they were not a collection, just part of my childhood that I wanted to keep.

When David and I bought our first home we had a spare bedroom and I had the dolls sitting around in there. I thought it would be nice to get replacements for some of the ones I had given away.  At some point in my thirties, I bought a couple of dolls that I liked. Naomi and I would go to markets, antique shows and second-hand shops looking for interesting things and more dolls started coming home with me.  I realised that I had become a collector when I added my third Sindy doll. I was no longer just replacing dolls I used to have I was actively looking to get ones I’d never owned. At around the same time, I also started to buy Barbie dolls both new and secondhand. At first, I liked to think that people thought I was buying them for a child or grandchild but eventually I didn’t care what they thought. I am proud to tell people I collect dolls now.

Now my spare bedroom is full of dolls and there are more packed away until the day we move to a new house. There are dolls in the other spare room too that I bring home from the Op Shop where I volunteer twice a week. I clean them, remove ink marks from their skin and tidy their hair before they go back. Occasionally I weaken and buy one for myself. Naomi and I have a doll blog too where we share photos and stories about our collections. We have a lot of fun with it. Collecting is a great hobby. Never mind people who complain about dust gatherers.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I’m afraid many of today’s people who are into downsizing and having pretty much an empty home would consider me a person with a terrible hoarding problem. I admit a am a bit reluctant to let stuff go. Mum was a firm believer in waste not want not. I should write about that one day. I have many collections of mostly vintage items including dolls, teddy bears, robots and other toys, vintage appliances and other antiques. They give me so much pleasure so I am keeping them. Bugger what anyone else says!

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    • I’m a second generation collector of misfit toys/hoarder/what-ever. My dad used to take me and sibs to garage sales, I didn’t really get into the doll thing, truly, though my childhood dollies fell apart from wear. I never replaced them,till a sister made me a doll. Two others made me dolls for Christmas and they are my favorites. I try to be thoughtful,and share /re-home some/donate mint ones,or give some to friends who collect the same ones I do. I include my nephews and grand-sons too. It has broadened my interest to secret agents/G.I. Joes/wrestlers/Ninja turtles/etc.. If it doesn’t bring me joy, I’ll just stop. As far as what anyone outside my circle of family or friends or family says, I agree w/ Naomi!! (and tell them about Vanda’s article).

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      • I really like what you wrote. In fact you seem so in tune with us two over here. Wouldn’t we have fun if we ever met up and went out looking at dolly stuff together.

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    • I know we’d go crazy/fun..But I’m nearly always going over budget, and over estimating what might fit where. If the dollw were the only collection I might manage by 2025. I did send some porcelains to a friend who has a Christmas house but need to do that more.This year bought a few Harry Potter gals (STILL) looking for Dumbledore! But did get the #111 plus size blonde AA fashionista & Rainbow Sparkle Barbie (Her hair is a little Hula hair barbie) and I’ve been binging on Shelly (A Thousand Splendid dolls/you-tube/Flickr) and as I’m not so keen on the 2019 dolls prices yet.
      I did nearly buy a pram at the swap meet but as I was w/ the guys /hubby and his best mate Bill, it made me too conscious of where I’d put/stash it till doll-room is cleared out.Started de-boxing /bagging/binning and I am beginning to think the darn barbies are reproducing or somthing. Even after putting away Holiday and Irish dolls , the room is still packed.Time to re-home some duplicates! This is where a really big family comes in useful.

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  2. please not till 2025? (also I would load you up with dolls I’m sure! but my little house might explode.It will need serious work soon as we have electrical/plumbing issues..etc..t might explode if i put one more body in here..but it is beyond a horrible mess!! After the kids pets all died off last year I thought go through papers & boxes already threw out stuff pets destroyed, and passed along some photos after moving F-I-L,but still 10,000 plus slides ,everyone wants US to scan! lol, then my m-I-L stuff we haven’t completely donated yet…..I am swimming in books/clothes /dolls/AND my hubby took over the garage so my spill over is on front porch and back patio.. halls..shed ..sent stuff home w/ kids..I gave up on tagging stuff/listing..now i’m putting it on the sad ol’ computer, I hope doesn’t conk out any time as I only have back-ups for family records..not the thousands of pics/etc.. I am so lucky to have two sibs relatively close (no pun intended)..and my folks 20 mins away. If dad has his hoard..we get to help him relocate..no room here. Their area is really good for garage sales so I can send a few dolls there every few years. They have some of the dolls my sister who passed made. On the up side we have a truck so when we load it up we can donate full loads. On the down side we have a truck everyone wants us to help them move this or that..So all things considered whats one teensie little pram?

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    • I know how it is with slides. I have boxes full which I ought to scan but I think I’ll probably die of old age before I get them all done. A truck would be handy but you are right, when you are the person with the truck or trailer everyone wants you to help them but when you need help they will probably be busy.


  3. seems to be the way..but my folks are nice about calling when i forget ..and we also have my hubby Mark’s aunt and uncle next door. Used to do family history w/ them hence where some of the pics and slides came.They are needing more care now. It is grand to have family, and be needed but bouncing around to keep up is more Mark’s thing. I like books and blogs and snail mail and bees/birds/bunnies. (my front yard is a habitat.) I tame twice a year. (which reminds me ) I have loquats to pick ..I can share them w/ my folks along w/dolls!

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