Celebrating it's fifth year, dolledition.com certainly has taught me a thing or two about the people who enjoy and collect dolls. There are so many diverse interests in this huge collecting field. The common denominator might just be the people collecting rather what they collect. As the Alexander Doll Company gets closer to the century mark, the company is still going strong. The Madame Alexander Doll Club, 30 years itself incorporated as MADC in 1985, provides not only a background to study and research these dolls, but puts on various annual events that give collectors a chance to come together and share some time and laughter with each other.
It's easy to forget that these dolls really were developed for children. Ironically, the present generation of kids may be pushing away from dolls and reacting more to interactive products made popular in the twenty-first century. Utilizing the imaginations of kids is as important as ever — playing has always been a way for kids to act out what they see at home and in life to figure out how they will become part of this bigger world. Dolls can still play an important part in this process, and help to provide role models of what they may want to grow into. Dolls themselves have become more diverse to reflect the world we live in. Making friends as adults can really be challenging as priorities change and shift around. Collecting dolls has opened doors for many to share both a collecting interest and share life experiences.