Tuesday, August 7, 2012


On Saturday, Joy and I went to the Melbourne Doll Market which is held twice a year at the Banyule Council  Arts Space.

It's not a very big space but the market is fun and full of interesting sellers.

Not everyone was a business.  The lady who owned these  two beautiful dolls (which were not for sale) was selling off some of her excess dolly clothing and accessories.

Most people brought their dolls with them - which was a good idea as there were some interesting things for sale:

this was made by KaosDollAccessories
and of course you want to make sure your new purchases fit your doll.

We had fun talking to The Blythe Ghost (theblytheghost.blogspot.com) who makes Blythe doll clothes and hats and also customises Blythe dolls.

 She has customised the doll on the left and made the outfit and hat for the doll on the right.

We also talked to the lovely Fran Smiles of Sew Petite who sews clothes for small porcelain dolls and sewed these beautiful dresses for the small ball-jointed dolls.  They are made out of silk and cotton lace.  (Sorry, she doesn't have a website or an Etsy shop so I can't give her a link.)

She also told me that the Croydon Doll Show which I think I said no longer happened in the doll survey, will actually be held in the middle of next month.  Its venue has changed and it hasn't been very well advertised lately  but it is still going strong.  It used to be just for porcelain dolls but Fran told me that it is beginning to open up to other doll collectors.

And what did I buy.  Well, Jemgirl (jemgirl.com)  was there with her resin goodies and I couldn't resist her Monster High Shoes.  

I couldn't buy just one pair as there would have been war here so I went for the buy 3 pairs deal.  And I bought a microphone (also from Jemgirl).

We stayed for the draw for the door prizes - a small BJD from Indollgence, a customised Blythe from Natalie who organises the doll market and a parcel of doll clothes from Hegemony77 ( who sent them from Hungary - wow - etsy.com/shop/DollClothesStore ) but didn't win anything.  Never mind, we still had a lot of fun and are looking forward to the next market next year.


  1. Now this sounds like the kind of stuff I would like to do at a doll show. Unfortunately, we don't have many doll shows in Philly. Shrug.

    Those Jemgirl shoes (pretty gold shoes ohhh) look like stuff I could convince myself that I could afford ... just spending a little bit, lol.

    Hegemony77 does make some incredibly cool fashions. I LOVE her Superman tees. Someday, I am going to shop there.

    Glad to read that you had fun and thanks for sharing it here online.

    1. I must admit I was surprised to hear that the Croydon Doll Show is still going (there's been very little advertising) so there are obviously more shows around than I had realised although the doll market is the only one that specialises in fashion and BJD dolls.
      The shoes - well, they are always a temptation.
      Yes, I looked at Hegemony77's clothes and thought they looked great. Apparently she supports doll events all round the world which I think is fantastic.

  2. Hello from Spain: in my city there is no such doll conventions. I would go to a show of doll collectors. Things are always interesting and original. I like Monster High Shoes. Keep in touch

    1. Hi Marta, the doll market is quite new, it has only been going for two or three years. I think as more people start collecting/playing with dolls and talking and blogging about it, there will be more of these sort of events all over the world.

  3. This looked like a fun time! Even if you aren't buying it seems like there was much to see and awe over.

    1. It was a fun time and for a small market there was a lot to see. I'm looking forward to the one in September too because even though it is mostly porcelain dolls, as I remember a lot of suppliers of fabric and trims and unusual dolly things used to go - and I'm hoping they still do.

  4. Really awesome. I love this Blythe doll and I just collect my new Blythe doll at PIJ. Now I wanna to ready some nice and cute dress and accessories for my Blythe :D

  5. The Blythe Ghost does some really lovely repaints and Blythes really suit being customised. I hope you find some cute dresses and accessories for your new doll.