Hi, my name is Mel. I've been collecting dolls for the last 7 1/2 years. I used to have a lot when I was a kid, now that my interest is renewed I regret not saving them. However, I find a lot of satisfaction in shopping and searching for ones I remember and also anything new that appeals. Occasionally I put together sets of dolls and clothes to give to less fortunate. Foster children etc...
I have sent dolls to the Phillipines and to Mexico. I usually try to find a missionary that's already going to these places and then send the dolls with them. I package the dolls with at least two changes of clothes each so the kids can have some fun playing. Some of the clothes I make and some I collect from thrift store trips and then wash and repair them. I gave a box of 50 Barbies (from the goodwill but in good condition) and another set of about 30. Both of these went with clothes and shoes to a Christmas Foster child party, two years consecutive.
I also gave about 15 dolls to our custodian for her grand daughter to pick from and the rest were going to her church for their program for the needy.
I am still finding my way around the site too, as I have time. Welcome!
Maybe as you shop around and collect you will find a doll that at least reminds you of the one you had. I always wonder if I'll ever see any of mine...I had at least 25 in those days. Those days were LONG ago!
Happy collecting and enjoy!