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September 13, 2011

Going to The Dolls?

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 7:25 AM
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One of the thrifty items that did NOT fall into the necessity category was soft dolls.  
Or should I say two things?

She is definitely not an original Raggedy Ann but was there an orange haired cousin perhaps?  Neither doll is marked, I doubt older than the 80s, if even that.  For a dime each I could afford to add them to my growing Raggedy collection. They also fit into the genre of promotional merchandising.

Ann was not inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame until 2002, when she was 86 years old.
For more fun facts about Raggedy Ann, her family and friends, click here.

A different collection I have also covers two genres (at least) : Campbell’s Soup and promotional merchandise.  I have many Campbells’ mugs and soup dishes, dating from the 1950s to the 2000s. Until this weekend I have not had a Campbell’s doll.

I scoured the house as best I could, even asking the young father overseeing the sale
(between burp towel changes) if he had perhaps seen a boy doll.
For now, Miss Campbell will have to enjoy the company of a canine best friend.
For an interesting read about the similarities between Dolly Dingle and the Campbell Soup Twins
click here.

One more promotional item that falls into the doll category is my friend Sprout.

This is a more modern version than the one I had as a child. I think the original Sprout was scarier.  This version has a friendlier, more positive vibe, better to convince youngsters to eat their vegetables.

Sprout,  the cute little wagon which I am sure once held flowers,  and his new doggie pal set me back 50 cents.

The last dolls, which in my greedy haste I mistook for a modernized Cabbage Patch Kid couple, are around 20 inches tall, made of a harder rubber and have “real” opening and closing eyes.
In fact they are made in Illinois by Davidcraft,  still in the 1980s.

After doing some research I am pleased to say each still wears original clothing, socks and shoes and has all eyelashes.

To read about more Tuesday Treasures, Thrifty Finds and Good Memories, please visit Charm Bracelet Diva’s Club GW,  The House on the Side of the Hill for Tuesday Treasures,  Tuesday’s Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia , and 2nd Time Around  on A Picture Is Worth…  And Meet Virginia’s Thriftoholics
On Wednesday Junker Newbie plays a game we call Would You Buy This?



  1. Great scores at great prices!!
    One of my kids had the little raggedy, I think is was early 80’s so you’re right on track.
    Love the Campbells Doll!

    Comment by Debra Newton — September 13, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

  2. Seeing your Raggedy Andy doll brings back some memories! My 22 year old son who is now in the Air Force and getting ready to head to Afganistan in a couple of weeks used to carry one around exactly like that! He would go no where without it and it always went to bed with him. Most little kids get attached to a stuffed animal but somehow he ended up with that. He is mortified if I bring it up to tease him cuz he’s a guy and it was a doll! I still have it in a box.

    Comment by Rebecca Gunter — September 13, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

  3. I have always loved Raggedy Ann dolls and have made quite a few in my time but have never seen one with orange hair so unique , thanks for sharing your great doll collection.

    Comment by Sheila — September 13, 2011 @ 1:16 PM

  4. Your dolls bring back fond memories of my little girl growing up. Now she has a little one of her own and collecting Beatrix Potter. Lovely post. Thanks for the memories.

    Comment by Patti — September 13, 2011 @ 3:11 PM

  5. Thanks for visiting me …. it was lovely to read about the dolls.. I do love the Raggedy Ann’s….


    Comment by Fiona — September 13, 2011 @ 4:14 PM

  6. I always see Raggedy Ann dolls but most are handmade so I end up passing them up.

    So sorry to hear about your CL lady selling her scrapbooking supplies to someone else, that would bum me out for sure! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


    Comment by My Trinkets — September 13, 2011 @ 4:58 PM

  7. We loved Raggedy Ann & Andy in our house too. I think we also had a couple of cabbage patch dolls. My daughter still has her original Ann and my daughter is now 34.
    Great Treasures!

    Comment by michelle rag-tag stitchin' — September 13, 2011 @ 7:09 PM

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely dolls and the for the stories too.

    Comment by Melody — September 13, 2011 @ 10:28 PM

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. Right now I am keeping the Sherlock Hound but if I decide he needs a new home I will let you know. I don’t know what you call the material he is made of but it is the same type that knick knacks are made of. It breaks easy. I have 2 Campbells Dolls I am selling. If you are interested email me at and I will send you a picture and perhaps we can make a trade or work something out.

    Comment by Becky Pries — September 15, 2011 @ 1:01 PM

  10. oh my blog is Treasures in Thrifting Land

    Comment by Becky Pries — September 15, 2011 @ 1:02 PM

  11. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy, my parents bought me some dolls that have my name stitched on the belly. ❤



    Comment by Kristina Combs (@PearlGateway) — September 15, 2011 @ 1:50 PM

  12. Funny thing, I bought the same it’s a boy wagon last week and today I found a green giant doll ! What are the chances ? I hope you’ll stop by sometime

    Comment by Anonymous — September 15, 2011 @ 5:10 PM

  13. Funny thing I bought the same wagon last week and this week I found a green giant doll too ! What are the chances ? I hope you’ll stop by sometime!

    Comment by Steph — September 15, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

  14. You always find the greatest stuff! I loved my Raggedy Ann as a child. Great collections, thanks for sharing over at Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva. Have a great weekend!


    Comment by kathleen — September 15, 2011 @ 10:02 PM

  15. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy! Such great memories. Love the little red wagon, so cute! hugs, Linda

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — September 16, 2011 @ 11:56 AM

  16. Hi there,

    Thanks to Anna’s great Practical Magic blog party website I know that you are taking part in the event. I have pondered how to participate and thought it would be neat to post anonymously people’s thoughts and/or secrets regarding the movie. Sites which inspired me are:

    Post Secret
    Walt Disney Confessions

    Those thoughts or secrets could e.g. be “I have already watched the movie 1,000 times,” “I wish I had a sister like Gilly,” “The aunts’ house is my dream house,” “I have dreamt about Jimmy” etc. Anything which comes to your mind when you think of “Practical Magic.”

    If you feel like helping me out, be sure to send me your thought/secret as soon as possible at Of course, I handle each “confession” anonymously. And – please nothing x-rated!

    Greetings from Germany,

    Comment by Birgit — September 21, 2011 @ 11:34 AM

  17. I had an original Raggedy Ann from waaay back in my childhood but it was lost when my parents moved from their Missouri farm to Texas. {{{SIGH}}}.

    You certainly found some treasures there girl!

    Have yourself a blessed and beautiful day sweetie!!! :o)

    Comment by Nezzy — September 21, 2011 @ 12:54 PM

  18. That Campbell’s soup doll just stole my heart. They are all cute though. Can’t go wrong with a Raggedy Ann. What great finds! laurie

    Comment by laurie — September 21, 2011 @ 7:25 PM

  19. There is just something special about a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll that I love. My mom crocheted a set when I was young and I’ve still got Raggedy Ann on my book case. Thanks for sharing your finds it can stir happy memories….

    Comment by Jolene@JoRetro — September 23, 2011 @ 4:34 AM

  20. “I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.” ~ George Eliot

    Comment by balti — October 4, 2011 @ 5:28 AM

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