Joined Sep 27 2014
67 years old
I am very very excited to have discovered a website with other dollhouse/doll enthusiasts/collectors!! I know only of one other person who lives close by - Wisconsin-with the same passion who I fortunately met through Ebay as a seller. She's wonderful and has become a good friend. I purchased my first Gottschalk dollhouse from her last year.
I live in Northern Minnesota in the United States. There is very little interest in antiques up here. I have been an advid collector all my life of all antiques (Love wood and furniture), I love history, and I love the beauty of by-gone day craftsmanship and true art. I have only been able to find and purchase one dollhouse in Minnesota. Everything I have has been from Ebay and items generally are from the East Coast.
I am 62 years old but still feel like 18. My career has been teaching elementary school for the last 35 years. I taught Kindergarten for 17 years, then 2nd grade, and now am the elementary librarian. I no longer teach in the classroom as I have had to miss long periods of unnexpected absences due to my younger son's illness. Last April my son had a 2nd liver transplant and is currently doing very well!!!! He had his first liver transplant when he was a baby of 18 months old. He is now 25. I've watched him slowly and painfully dying 3 times. It's been a very long, difficult road in life and as a mother, the worst nightmare imaginable! I am so thankful for life around me and all the many blessings life gives to us! I have never been a quitter and I've learned to survive what one must go through. My love of antiques has always been my one constant friend in life that's helped me survive through this ordeal over the years. Watching your child suffer is the worst thing you could ever experience.
I am married to my childhood playmate whom I met at age 11. Our parents had lake homes next to each other. We have 2 sons. My oldest is a nurse practitioner and my youngest has had the health problems which has interfered with his life's plans. We have a collie dog and a pomeranian puppy. We also have a calico cat and a Bengal kitten that is very sweet and looks like a leopard. My pets are my constant companions and have also been my very best friends in life!
I grew up in an extended family which included my mother's parents and my great grandmother. Family heritage/history was very important and this influenced me to acquire a love of antiques. I grew up on a lake and near us were 5 garbage dumps. People in the 1960's were tired of the antique furniture so they threw it out. Being around the lakes, many resorts and cabin owners threw their antiques in the dumps. In my teens I would visit the dumps and collect the antiques that were thrown away. (Dumps were also fun for watching the bears!)
Since I have been such a serious antique collector all of my life, my home is overflowing with them - all Victorian. Most are Eastlake walnut of which I love the carvings. I am starting to sell some of the extra things that I do not use but it is a slow process as antiques are not popular here anymore. It's a sad day when you admit that you have too much and the "hunt" for one more thing needs to end. So, I amazingly discovered that my love of antiques did not have to end but that I could "downsize"!! My favorite childhood toy was my 1950's dollhouse with the Renwal furniture of which I still lovingly own. My parents were gracious enough to save everthing for my brother and me. So, I still own all of my dolls from childhood also!
Well, I've "downsized" like you are supposed to do later in life--I have downsized to collecting antique dollhouse, furniture, & dolls from the 1880's! I just wish that I had know about this 30 years ago. Internet opened up this world for me. I actually enjoy this more than collecting lifesize antique furniture probably because it is easier to haul home!! I have been collecting dollhouses and roomboxes for about 10 years now.
And--I am so addicted & love it!!!
I look forward to becoming a member of this group and to making new friendships! Rebecca Green - you have been amazingly wonderful!!