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We have all experienced the odd raised eyebrow or nervous shuffling of feet when we tell a friend or acquaintance about our doll hobby. After all they know not what they do, poor things :(

 

However the best we can expect is for our nearest and dearest to at least be polite! Unfortunately this is not always the case so this begs the question: what it the worst thing that someone has said to you in the face of your love of dolls??

 

To kick things off this is what a friend said to me when I excitedly showed off my latest (and rather expensive) gal; "You paid that much... for a piece of plastic!" Ugh the words still haunt me! 

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  • I think they bring out our playful, imaginative nature. Those with no sense of humor or ability to transcend practicality have trouble understanding why we enjoy finding tiny cakes or donuts.  :-)

  • it is just amazing how a hobby (whatever it is, dolls, stamps,or scrapbooking) bring often the best of us in light.

    I often see more aggressiveness in people who are bored. finally dolls are good for the health eh?

    xGlamFairyx said:

    Thank you! :) Just got another:  "Your playhouse stuff is cluttering up the place. When are you going to pick it up? You always have these... hobbies!" (said as if that's a bad thing.) ;> 

    I've got six diorama walls and two floors waiting for the arrival of baseboards, chair rails & crown molding. It's probably easier to apply the trim before attaching them to one another, so they're tucked up against a wall in the hallway. They're really not that big, but are apparently incredibly disturbing to those without hobbies.     

  • Thank you! :) Just got another:  "Your playhouse stuff is cluttering up the place. When are you going to pick it up? You always have these... hobbies!" (said as if that's a bad thing.) ;> 

    I've got six diorama walls and two floors waiting for the arrival of baseboards, chair rails & crown molding. It's probably easier to apply the trim before attaching them to one another, so they're tucked up against a wall in the hallway. They're really not that big, but are apparently incredibly disturbing to those without hobbies.     

  • well said!

    xGlamFairyx said:

    I get, "How old are you now?" and the shaking of heads, as if I've gone over the edge but they're too polite to say so out loud.  There's no age limit on imagination, or the ability to appreciate beautiful things. Actually, those can increase as one gets older.  I also hear, "You're wasting your money." How? I work to make money to obtain things that make life more pleasant after bills are paid. It's up to me to determine what those things are. ;-) 

  • I get, "How old are you now?" and the shaking of heads, as if I've gone over the edge but they're too polite to say so out loud.  There's no age limit on imagination, or the ability to appreciate beautiful things. Actually, those can increase as one gets older.  I also hear, "You're wasting your money." How? I work to make money to obtain things that make life more pleasant after bills are paid. It's up to me to determine what those things are. ;-) 

  • amen, sister!
  • Oh My Gosh!!! this is  a tough one ! .

    and after a second thought...may be, we are all soft in the head here, after all...soft is good, soft is gentle...

    we are here between soft, good, gentle people ..right? hee hee

    Mary Beth Jennings said:

    The absolute worst was when somebody asked my mother if my illness had left me brain damaged. Like you have to be soft in the head to collect dolls!
  • The absolute worst was when somebody asked my mother if my illness had left me brain damaged. Like you have to be soft in the head to collect dolls!
  • some time when people say the I forgot to grow up I I answer that I am quite happy with my 58years old, never have any problem, each year, to ad one more year. and that I intend to keep on doing this..a long time!! ok and I would have love to save your cousin's dolls too hee hee!


    actualy now I have no problem at all with strangers, I go outside taking pictures of my dolls and when somebody is surprise they usualy ask " this Barbie is very big?"I do inform gently them that is Tonner doll that they are on the market since a little while and not really for children to play with, and I am amazed how quickly the people are intersted! men, women in France, in USA, in Spain I got this experience several time. now i am quite confortable to take pictures outside with my "Gang"
    Porcelina said:

    I must admit that, reaction to my doll collecting from stranger people is always positive, so far. There was some issues with my relatives but I think they are getting used to now (they probably figured out that it's last for so many years so they don’t have any other way but accept it).

     

    Buy there was a few situations that aggravated me a lot.

    When I told my mother that I have to sell some dolls to buy another ones she was very surprised and ask my with disgust, is there anybody actually want to buy "these things"?  Oh, well...me for example.

     

    My aunt told me , when she saw my collection that her daughter also has dolls...when she was a child. But now she is an adult and she through then all away! That a pitty- if she told me sooner I could take them.

     

  • I must admit that, reaction to my doll collecting from stranger people is always positive, so far. There was some issues with my relatives but I think they are getting used to now (they probably figured out that it's last for so many years so they don’t have any other way but accept it).

     

    Buy there was a few situations that aggravated me a lot.

    When I told my mother that I have to sell some dolls to buy another ones she was very surprised and ask my with disgust, is there anybody actually want to buy "these things"?  Oh, well...me for example.

     

    My aunt told me , when she saw my collection that her daughter also has dolls...when she was a child. But now she is an adult and she through then all away! That a pitty- if she told me sooner I could take them.

     

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