KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Antique Doll Dealers Association (NADDA) will hold their annual show and sale April 30-May 1 in Kansas City, Mo., home of the world famous Toy and Miniature Museum. Housed in a 38-room mansion on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, the museum, the largest collection in the Midwest, contains a vast collection of furnished antique dolls’ houses and room boxes as well as extraordinary contemporary artisan miniatures, dolls and toys. In recent years, the museum has added several rare dolls including the incomparable Miss Mary, a perfectly preserved doll by Izannah Walker, complete with an original wardrobe.
Photo above courtesy Fritzi’s Antique Dolls, below courtesy Valerie Fogel
NADDA dealers will turn an entire floor of the Embassy Suites Kansas City Plaza into individual doll shops, a highly successful format that customers and dealers love. Cognizant of the current economic climate, they will offer a broad array of merchandise in all price ranges. Those on a budget will find affordable antique and vintage dolls, miniatures, doll books, clothing and accessories, wigs, doll-size china and furniture, teddy bears, books, figurines, half dolls, candy containers and more. It’s a great opportunity to examine dolls, to sit and ask questions and learn more about the hobby.
The popular Body Shop, offering doll parts for sale, will benefit the United Federation of Doll Clubs. Kansas City is also home to the UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs).
On Saturday evening, April 30, the public is invited to a fund raising
barbecue at the UFDC offices. The price is $45 and along with the dinner
and fun, attendees can view the UFDC museum and library and bid on
silent auction items.
Prior to Saturday’s show opening Dorothy McGonagle, a well-known expert on Steiner dolls and the author of “The Dolls of Jules Nicolas Steiner,” will present a free program entitled “Beguiling Dolls by Jules Steiner.”
Each NADDA show includes a special exhibit that is included with the price of admission, part of NADDA’s mission statement to encourage learning about dolls. This year the exhibit is being staged by the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum who will present: “Antique Dolls and Their Miniatures.”
The cost to attend the NADDA show is $6; hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the organization’s convention page for more information.
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