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Old 01-24-2008, 11:17 AM
Location: Wake Forest
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collecting dolls is one thing (my great grandmother has a zillion of them-probably worth a fortune!)

treating them like they are real is a WHOLE other ball game.

very ....ummm.....peculiar.....
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:55 PM
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There's considerable diffference between doll collectors who admire and enjoy owning these pretty little "babies", and those who treat them as if they are real infants.

The first category doesn't seem very different from any other class of toy or doll collectors who enjoy their collections and interact with them, while the second group seem rather pitiful to me. However, if they find joy and perhaps comfort and companionship in these "babies", that's good.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:38 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I owned a successful collectible doll shop for many years. In the 90's there was a company called Lee Middleton Dolls which made weighted life like dolls which could get fairly expensive $200-$500. They started off wearing newborn real baby clothes and then the company and the copy cats started manufacturing their own clothes which were beautiful. I also designed, made and sold my own line of clothes for these dolls including knitted items. Hard to believe but these dolls were carried around by all kinds of people, especially tween girls. I think they enjoyed the reactions of the general public which sometimes ran from disdain comments thinking they were real babies to "how cute". Frankly I made good money selling these dolls and others but sometiimes I worried about some of my customers who hid them from their husbands (or wives) and became obsessive.

The "reborn" movement hit big then with incredibly sculptured lifelike newborns. I mean they were so life- like it was scary. I never knew anybody who treated them like real babies. they just appreciated the talented artists who captured features so well. As with any activity, hobby or collection, folks can get wacky o.
I think somebody who builds special garages to house collectible cars ( Jay Leno) are off the deep end too. To each his or her own!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:19 PM
Location: Whoville....
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Originally Posted by Dolly View Post
It's not creepy, its art work and a business. What is the difference between a guy who tricks out his truck or car and parades it around town and treats it like one of his children and someone who buys a doll and enjoys carting it around and showing it off. Reborning is a business, pure and simple. We are providing a beautiful art form to our customers who find joy in the detail and purity of the art form.
I'm going to agree with you.

I remember, fondly, being a new mom. Not that I'm inclined to get a reborn baby doll but I can see the attraction to reliving that time. If it makes people happy, have at it.
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