UFDC is the place to shop for the doll collector! Whatever you celebrate come and visit the UFDC shop for the ultimate in gift giving. Click here to visit the on-line shop!
See the holiday shopping flyer for more about the beautiful dolls that were made for Convention that are now available. And don’t forget the UFDC 2014 Doll Calendar!
One of the joys of UFDC National Convention is visiting the host city while you’re there. My traveling companions and I didn’t arrive early enough to enjoy the guided tours of Ann Coleman’s house and doll collection but we heard rave reviews of the experience. We did decide to visit the National Mall and the National Museum of American History where we saw a little doll who is from the Coleman collection. Can you spot her in these photos?
The Competitive Exhibit Modern categories cover all dolls since 1920 so include what are considered vintage dolls as well as contemporary.
When attending Convention, be sure to sign up for the Highlight Tours of the Competitive Exhibits. These are conducted by judges after the ribbons are presented so these volunteers can explain about the different categories, answer questions and inform you about why the winners were chosen. Volunteering as a monitor or clerk is also educational, but I’ve heard that the Apprentice Judge Program is the best way to become an expert in dolls while giving back valuable service to UFDC.
Here are pictures taken by Diane Root of almost every category in this years’ Competitive Exhibit Modern (categories 201-276 in the Competitive Exhibit Booklet). A big thank you to Susan Steirn, the Modern Exhibit Chair and to all her volunteer helpers![Click on a thumbnail below to make it larger and to scroll through the pictures using the arrows under the enlarged picture. Use the Esc key or click on the picture to close the enlargement. Make sure you click on the page number below the thumbnails to see all the pictures.]
One of the most amazing things about the UFDC National Convention is the Competitive Exhibit. Every UFDC member registered for the convention is invited to participate in the Competitive Exhibit, both Antique (pre-1920) and Modern (post-1920). The Competitive Exhibits are among the most popular features at convention, offering an unequaled opportunity to see and study rare and interesting dolls. It’s an amazing amount of volunteer work, from choosing the categories, creating the Competitive Exhibit Booklet, bringing in dolls to enter from around the world (often very costly and rare dolls), setting up the room and clerking (checking in dolls and arranging things), monitoring (making sure the dolls are secure during the convention), and finally judging and the conducting the apprentice judge program. The dolls are judged for condition, rarity and age and the categories change from year to year.
Here are pictures taken by Diane Root of almost every category in this years’ Competitive Exhibit Antique (categories 1-83 in the Competitive Exhibit Booklet). A big thank you needs to be extended to Sherry and Charles Minton, the Antique Exhibit Chairs and to all their volunteer helpers.[Click on a thumbnail below to make it larger and to scroll through the pictures using the arrows under the enlarged picture. Use the Esc key or click on the picture to close the enlargement. Make sure you click on the page number below the thumbnails to see all the pictures.]
The Helper and Silent Auction room opened on Tuesday and was lots of fun. A helper is a donation item that is raffled off to help pay the expenses of convention. I did not get many pictures because, I admit, I got distracted by all the shiny things and the need to make tough decisions about where to drop my tickets. I did get a picture of my most wanted entry — a trunk set by the Lawton Loop featuring a Wendy Lawton doll with a wardrobe and accessories made and donated by the members of Wendy Lawton’s on-line discussion group. Also pictured is Hattie Hilton, the enormous American Girl trunk set donated by members of the UFDC board that will go to a convention attendee who was a guest at the Hilton hotel. Thanks to all the clubs that donated helper items! They were truly exceptional.
Gotta run — off to distribute some more tickets!