Black Dolls From The Past
Specializing in Vintage and Antique Black Dolls  

Dolling in Adamstown,Pennsylvania,





The U.S.A. Antiques Capital.

It is fun to hunt for dolls during Extravaganza in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, the U.S.A. Antiques Capital. Three times a year the antique shops, antique flea market, and Maw and Pa yard sales from along 7 miles of Route 272 have extended hours and store wide discounts off marked items. These special week-ends are called extravaganza. During this period the sellers want to sell, and buyers want the deal. Dear Hubby (DH) and I headed to Pennsylvania early Friday Morning with great expectation of finding new dolls.


In the second stop on our journey everything in the shop had a special 10% extravaganza discount. I was thrilled when I found four Black nut head dolls in mint condition. The same showcase also held an early Black cloth folk doll in the same styles as these nut heads. I had to get them all. The dolls with discount, and adding tax, came to $28 each.


Last week, I was positive I was selling the last fine example of handmade American Folk Art dolls. I had wondered if I was cutting to hard into my permanent collection to raise some money for even more dolls. Then WOW just like that, I have four replacements. It does not usual work that easy. I have waited years to replace some dolls I have sold. It was during Extravaganza that I saw my only real life Leo Moss doll. It was on preview at Morphy Auction House and Antique center on the strip. I was so excited, the House actual gave me a catalog!


We were in Pennsylvania for less than 24 hours and I had managed to spend $500, including hotel, food, gas and stuff for my collection and for you. We had planned to stay the week-end but by 10:30 we were back at the hotel to beat their 11:00 am checkout time and home bound to Connecticut. I am typing this from my Microsoft surface on the New Jersey turnpike with $25.00 in my pocket. Next time I will plan on buying memorabilia  and then will end up with a super great dolls, that is how it works at Extravaganza.


The next Extravaganza week end is September 25- 29 2013 for more information go to

P.S. Other reasons to go: QVC has their Outlet less than 20 minutes from the strip, in LancasterPennsylvania. If I ever leave Adamstown with money, I’m going there.

Happy Dolling,


Flea Market Find

College Mart,CT


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