Doll Shopping at the Flea Market & Antique Shop – Vintage, Antique, Handmade Dolls – Brunswick, ME


Hi and welcome to Vintage Doll Collector. A couple of weeks ago we took a drive to Brunswick,
Maine to visit the Waterfront Flea Market and Cabot Mill Antiques, which are located in
an old textile mill building downtown. They had a LOT of dolls in both places! Come along and I’ll show you what we found. First stop was the flea market. It’s only open on weekends I was intrigued by this little vinyl doll,
who I hadn’t seen before. He was marked with a name, but it wasn’t any
doll manufacturer that I recognized. And did I write down what it was? No, of course not! I thought I’d remember, and of course I don’t. If you recognize him (or her), please leave
me a comment and tell me who it is. This Russian doll is quite large, at least
20″ tall, and has a fancy hat to match her dress. A handmade cloth boy doll, with a needle sculpted
face. Check out his hands, they look like baseball
gloves. Another Russian, or Eastern European doll,
made of cloth. This is the style of Russian doll I’ve seen
before, but this one’s got an elaborate hat with jewels, which is very different. Ceramic figurines usually have molded hair,
but this little pixie has a red wig. Cute! There weren’t a ton of antique dolls in the
flea market, but here’s one. This is a German metal head doll, probably
a Minerva. These dolls are almost always chipped like
this one is. The price tag says $75, which seems way too
high to me for this condition. A sweet Japanese boy and girl doll. I think they’re composition. Now these are not actually dolls, but they’re
so unusual I had to take a picture. They’re wax figures, maybe 5″ or 6″ tall,
very detailed. Have you ever seen anything like them before? And the price was really reasonable, I think
they were maybe $5 for all three. If I had someplace to put them I would have
picked them up. There are a lot of action figures at this
flea market. I saw a lot of things I would have bought
if money and space were no object! The Donna doll on the right is a typical 1950s
hard plastic doll, but her dress with the hearts on it would make a nice doll for a
Valentine’s day display. And I would have liked that Babe Ruth doll
for my New England collection, although the uniform he’s wearing here is the Yankees. I wonder if they made him in a Red Sox uniform? I hemmed and hawed over this Little Women
Amy doll by Ideal too. But I finally decided the box was a little
too rough. This Ask Gypsy doll is very interesting. I had never seen her before. She’s a battery operated talking doll made
by Eugene. I did a little research when I got home and
found that she was made in a blonde version as well. The word Gypsy is considered by many people
now to be an offensive ethnic slur, so this doll would never be made today. Remember this guy? This is the McDonald’s Hamburglar. These were made back in the ’70s. There were other characters too. Mayor McCheese, remember him? Speaking of racially insensitive dolls, this
black doll is actually a bell with a wooden handle. Behind her is, of course, Fred Flintstone. I think he’s a pretty recent one. I love this is Sun Set Malibu Ken from the
1970s. The mod era Kens are so handsome. I looked up his outfit when I got home – it’s
called Shore Lines and the pants he’s wearing are a hard to find variation fabric. This is one of those pose dolls made in Japan
and Korea – I didn’t look to see if she was tagged. Wow, there really are a lot of action figures
here! Cute 1980s baby doll by Horsman. There was one booth here that was all dolls,
and a wide variety. You can see there’s an American Girl doll
here, and I see Elvis too. I don’t know who the doll in the pink and
purple outfit is. Anyone recognize her? This is one I would have loved to take home
– Leslie by Madame Alexander from the 1960s. She’s wearing an original outfit too. There was so much to look at! The owner of the booth was sitting right here
so I felt weird about taking pictures of everything. But there was a lot of great vintage stuff
here. And the prices were reasonable. Cute cloth doll This is one of those big 32″ dolls made by
Uneeda in the 1960s. I like these dolls but don’t have room for
anything this big. This guy is a puppet, with a character head. I really liked this felt angel doll. She might have been made as a Christmas tree
topper or ornament. These little polar bear dolls have porcelain
heads and limbs. I was tempted to take them home. I just didn’t know what I would do with them. The cloth doll with the striped apron is Clara
Barton, she’s one of the Hallmark Famous American series. I have her already, or I would have bought
her. The most popular dolls of all time, Raggedy
Ann and Andy. This is a homemade pair. This is a Madame Alexander doll. I don’t know if you can see in the photo,
but she’s wearing ice skates. Anybody know who she is? That was it for the flea market, so we headed
over to the antique shop. If you want to check out their website it’s
cabotiques.com This Italian doll is similar to the Lenci
miniatures. With that orange outfit, she would have been
great for my Halloween display. The antique shop has a lot of locked glass
cases. You have to ask for help if you want to see
something. I didn’t want to bother the employees since
I wasn’t going to buy this Midge doll, but I would have loved to get a look at her! Sorry this picture’s not quite in focus, but
I didn’t want to leave it out. He’s some kind of outer space robot man, made
of hard plastic, Just awesome. An antique bisque parian type doll. The price was $75. Here’s a celluloid or plastic Kewpie doll,
made in Japan, needs restringing. An antique Armand Marseille doll. A little pricey with what looks like a synthetic
wig and modern dress. Some vintage travel dolls, possibly from India. There were some great old teddy bears there
too. I just love the big one here. A wonderful cloth doll with embroidered details,
it says WWII Doll on the tag but I think it’s earlier than that, might even be WWI. Here’s a hard plastic Royal Canadian Mounted
Policeman doll. I can see he still has his gun. Little accessories like that are often lost. Check out this walnut head doll from the Ozarks. I had a hard time getting a decent photo of
this doll. She appears to be an artist made doll with
a hand painted face. Another awesome old teddy bear, very well
loved. Poor baby has lost his eyes. Some tiny dolls. The one lying horizontally on the bottom is
a celluloid doll. The white doll is an all bisque. The one on the top is a Renwal dollhouse baby
I believe. A cute little bellhop monkey with celluloid
head and cloth body, made in Japan. There were a few nice dollhouses here too. A German china doll head, lowbrow style. Here’s a nice china half doll. I like her bonnet and collar. Another shoulder head, I think this one is
unglazed bisque. Some cool vintage animals. The monkey looks like a wind up toy. The poodle and the donkey might be Dream Pets. And what’s that thing in the back? I thought it was a monkey but seems to have
a lot of legs? Maybe it’s a spider monkey! This skiing pair is wonderful. I don’t think they’re Lencis, but they look
Italian to me. Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong. The dealer’s tag on this doll says she’s hard
plastic, but I can tell by her hands that she’s actually composition. She is in great condition and has a mohair
wig. It says she’s unmarked. Her face looks very much like a Toni doll,
I wonder if she was one of the compo dolls that Ideal made before they came out with
the Toni? A Norah Wellings sailor doll made of felt. I think these were souvenirs you could buy
on passenger ships. Found this little Ginny doll tucked away in
a corner. Very cool cloth mouseketeer doll with a molded
mask face. Never seen one like her before. Here’s an advertising doll for Eskimo Pies. I’d love to do a display of advertising dolls
for food products in my kitchen someday. But they’d have to be in a glass case or they’d
all end up smelling like onions. Another antique bisque Armand Marseille doll. Love this handmade cloth doll, with her matching
dress, hat and shoes Santa Claus! Some more little tinies. The plastic doll on the right is tagged Made
in Italy, A couple of half dolls made into whisk brooms. Nobody uses whisk brooms any more, do they? They used to be a common item in every home. Love, love, love this cloth doll by Georgene
Averill with a printed face designed by artist Maud Tousey Fangel. After I left the shop I actually went back
to look at her again. But then I noticed she had a water stain across
most of her face. I think it may be possible to get water stains
out of cloth dolls, but I’ve never actually tried it. And that was it for our trip to Brunswick! I did come home with two dolls from the flea
market. One was the Tonto action figure that I showed
in my Thanksgiving video. And the other is this wooden doll made by
Erla Gribbin of Portland, Maine. I found Mrs. Gribbin’s obituary online. She was born in 1923 and passed away in 2014
at the age of 91. It said she was especially fond of collecting
and repairing dolls. I’m so happy that she signed the back of the
doll so I could know its history. If you make dolls, or doll clothes, please
please please, mark, tag or label your creations in some way. Future generations will thank you! And thank YOU for joining us on this trip
today. Which doll would you have bought? Leave me a comment and let me know. And if you want to be notified when we have
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8 Replies to “Doll Shopping at the Flea Market & Antique Shop – Vintage, Antique, Handmade Dolls – Brunswick, ME”

  1. I love your channel. The doll in white top and purple skirt is a Fancy Nancy. My daughter has 2, but not with this outfit. I don’t really know what year. Thanks for sharing your outing.

  2. Thank you for this fun, wonderful, field trip. I would have taken the 32 inch Uneeda doll, seems those bigger vintage dolls are getting harder to find esp in descent condition. Take care

  3. Love the great pictures! Thanks for taking us to the show ,so to speak, and if I was there I would have bought the Ginny , as long as she was older than the 80s .

  4. Just quick note to say thanks for the video. It's always fun to share and you do a great job. May God bless you and have a very happy Holiday and a dollfull New Year. Keep up the great work. 🎄

  5. That Leslie MA doll is gorgeous. I've seen her on eBay but she's so expensive!! The African American dolls are quite pricey probably because of the controversy so they are quite rare especially from that era. It's too bad. Did you know Macy's turned away a black doll (can't remember what doll it was) because they thought it cause a stir with the public?

  6. The composition doll, that they said was hard plastic, and is unmarked. Poor girl looked like she needed love.. Maybe she was a sample doll.. I know Barbie put out skipper dolls, and gave them to employees to try out. Maybe other companies did the same.. I've come across the odd
    in-between doll before now, when companies are changing over to different materials.. I really enjoy watching your videos, I learn much from you.. 😊

  7. The vinyl doll at :23 is a modern 'dress me doll' found at craft stores like JoAnn's or Michael's. I believe he's supposed to be Native American. One of the big craft doll brand names is 'FibreCraft'. Here's a link to a similar doll on eBay:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fibre-Craft-World-Friends-Doll-American-Indian-New-Old-Stock-1988-Vintage/223451918725?epid=27012075391&hash=item3406c5b185:g:sRYAAOSwp0ZawTCb

    Hope this helps!

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