NEWS: Windy City (BD) Collectors

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Golly, I'm officially a doll collector (I have doll blog, joined a CLUB, belong to a FB group, and have a vast city of dolls and paraphernalia growing in my Craft Room), so I guess I am!

MY Latest Mess: The pumpkin farm diorama, how-to coming up next week.


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But, today's NEWS:

As of last night, I'm officially a member of Windy City (Barbie Doll) Collectors CLUB. And, what a great group it is. Here is their website Windy City BD Collectors

If you love Barbie dolls and are located anywhere in the NW Indiana, SE Wisconsin or NE Illinois---once a month meetings are easily accessible from the Toll roads, in Northlake, IL.

For those who just want to participate from afar, a free FaceBook group page is FACE BOOK HERE.


I took a few photos of the September and October meetings. Each month there is a theme for the night. Tables are set up for the theme, and members bring dolls and such---according to the theme. Sometimes there are workshops---and of course business meetings, (kept short).

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The theme for the September meeting was Wedding Boutique. These four dolls were generously donated for raffles. Raffle proceeds help keep membership fees low.


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Since the club concentrates on Barbie and her friends---we have a wide range of collectors. Many are very creative. Here is a vintage Midge in a handmade creation which is quite beautiful.


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Vignettes are set up also. 

I loved this Wedding floral shop-set up---with handmade floral designs. The workers were very busy.


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There was even a delivery guy on a scooter.


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Actual mini Florals for sale---I purchased Vickie's Roses and corsage at the meeting---and they were perfect!


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Handmade Tuxedo shirts---which were so well done---! Loved the couple shopping, too.


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A vintage Barbie shop complete with tea and cakes for the shoppers. There was so much more---it was really an amazing meeting.


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The meeting for October was a Halloween Fashion Show.
 Here are some handmade creations made by a member for special order. 
They are really gorgeous.

A fashion runway was set up and a backstage area, as well as a audience area. My photo smeared...and I didn't get another one.


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There were prizes in seven categories. My backstage "Eek" couple---took a prize.. There are actually  a 1980's Barbie and Ken under there. 
Those Kitty bags are prizes filled with fun Halloween items.


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Many of the fashions and accessories were handmade or adapted from other outfits. 


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There were more witches than anything---I brought 4 myself.


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I brought these, Ragnar and Lagertha from the Vikings series. Their costumes are handmade. Ragnar's tunic is an OLAF Disney shirt with handmade leggings and his boots are from a Star Wars doll. 


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These almost Steampunk twin witches were fun.


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This doll took most elegant---she was very striking, the gown was sumptuous. In the background next to the arch of lights, is the fashion show director---with her clipboard, looking harried. SO many models to control.


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And I'm sure this gal was runner-up for most elegant, so much creativity.

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My Pumpkin Girl took a prize, I took these photos at home. She was really located in the Witch pack on the runway.



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I'm not sure which category. 
Everyone voted on all 7 categories. 
This took awhile with lots of discussion. IT WAS HARD!
 I think there may have been close to 75 dolls or more up for the prizes, and another 30 or so in the wings or audience.


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More witches, and there were spectators, too. Some of my photos didn't turn out. (hard to take photos with 30+ others milling around doing the same thing.


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This was one of three raffle collections---the PINK purse came from a Doll Convention. .
The winner was ecstatic...!
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We all had great fun, I sure did!

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3 comments:

  1. How fun to see your post! I have to get my book club to meet on another night so I can come to play dolls with my Windy City Peeps!! Diane

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  2. LOL...I know it's a dilemma... By all means, next meeting is November 8...!

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  3. What a stunning collection and great vignettes!The brides are my favorites...I had one(a Susie) when I was a child.Hugs,dear Sandi.

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