The sales tables did a nice steady trade and the raffle tables, were full with fabulous donations.
Our display theme for this year was a Toy shops doll Christmas window and so I asked those attending to bring along a Sasha /Gregor dressed that they'd have loved to see in a toy shop window when they were young at Christmas and one other non Sasha doll and or a teddy.
And wow did we get some wonderful dolls and teddies to share the day! The above photo is at the start as the 'shop window' begins to fill with dolls, Sasha's were to the left and other dolls to the right with teddies down on the far left.
Chris Meatyards Studio dolls were dressed for some winter fun.
Lisabet and her baby sister were in the antique bed reading It was the night before Christmas.
The other dolls were all listening as well as watching what their mum's and dad's were getting up to!
This young girl could hardly contain her excitement at all the dolls before her!
Elderly teddies watched the goings on too!
I kept returning as more dolls were added as people arrived during the morning.
But the big chair remained empty waiting for a doll to arrive to sit in it!
The beautiful group of Natterer dolls belongs to Jane Mclaskie , I asked her to bring along a group as she has a vast collection of these dolls.
another selection in the non Sasha side. Monty put on his arrival suit to take part and Vita- Margery agreed to wear a Christmas style outfit. A gorgeous Kathe Kruse doll belonging to Diane Dukes.
There were a few very old friends brought by their owners , along side a trio of Gotz belonging to Michelle ,a Sissel Skille Gotz Anna belonging to Anna, a Stupies doll belonging to Dawn, a couple of Judith's Wichtel dolls , and a pair of familiar Pongratz dolls , one of whom could be heard muttering about not being allowed to have a sales table and her a famous shopkeeper!
There were a Trio of Zwergnase dolls, the larger Art doll belonging to Kim my friend who kindly donates sandwiches and comes along to help man the kitchen.
Along with on the left Trisha Jackson's girl and on the right mine.
Some teddies were chatting over tea just like their owners.
Dawn's Guardsman stood along side Doll mum's girls , while Shelly's button nose looked down from beside the Christmas tree.
Finally Steve arrived with his large 30in Jumeau doll who was taking pride of place in the child's wicker chair. So at last the window was complete in the centre.
Steve brought along his Nini doll Nettie to sit along with my Izzy.
He sat proudly along side the younger bears.
some of the wonderful Sasha dolls.
This BJD doll belonging to Alice was making friends with the baby polar bear
Two Xenis dolls.
A very rare Heidi Plusczok boy doll belonging to Laura Horner.
This little darling doll of Catherine French.
Mony , a Schoenhut doll beside a wonderful Kathe Kruse doll.
This poor BJD doll looks unhappy stuck behind so many other bigger dolls.
and these two Wichtel's look happy to be in the window!
I have to say I was really pleased with how the Toy shop window came together as more and more dolls and teddies were added , I think if we'd invited in a few youngsters they'd have been fascinated by the choice before them.
I know I was think which one I'd love to take home.......and much to my surprised and delight I got my Christmas toy shop window wish!!!
But more about that in the next post!
Once all monies are in we will have raised £901.29 for The Alzheimers Society which my employers will add another £250 to, so a great day.
Many thanks to my wonderful family and friends for helping me and to all those who have donated money, raffle prizes and those who came along to help make the day special , thank you all.