Appraiser’s Diary

Delightful Australia, Site of Doll Convention

Delightful Australia, Site of Doll Convention

By Rachel Hoffman    I am fortunate that through my career in antique dolls, I have been able to travel the world to lecture and attend conventions and shows. My last adventure took me to Australia to speak and attend a doll-making convention. It’s quite a long trek with about 24 hours of traveling and three flights to where my adventure […]

by · May 12, 2019 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
You Are No Longer Missing

You Are No Longer Missing

By Rachel Hoffman    Last month I received the following email from a friend out there who had read my article about the 8-year-old Barbie collector Simon and saw my video on Facebook chatting with him about his passion for doll collecting. I responded and I wanted to share this message with all of my friends of the Antique Doll Collector. […]

by · April 9, 2019 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
The Appraiser’s Diary

The Appraiser’s Diary

Simon, Bradley, Billye and Barbie    Recently, an eight-year-old boy named Simon came into my doll shop in Denver. He said that he was a Barbie Collector and that he knew a lot about the dolls. I asked him right away when Barbie was released to the world and he replied, “1959 at a Toy Fair in New York.” Wow! Ok, […]

by · February 10, 2019 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
The Appraiser’s Diary: Christmas Message

The Appraiser’s Diary: Christmas Message

By Rachel Hoffman    Now daylight is short, and the nighttime is long, but with the winter solstice in December comes the lengthening of daylight. People have celebrated this natural event since the dawn of civilization. The sun is the source of energy and life. We delight in the dispelling of cold and darkness.    We associate the sun with joy and […]

by · December 11, 2018 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary
The Appraiser’s Diary: Explore Colorado This November

The Appraiser’s Diary: Explore Colorado This November

By Rachel Hoffman    We all want to have fun. It’s a well-known fact, but it’s an unexplained instinct. What is fun? And how do we have it? Our personality, values, and age influence what we consider and do for fun. Some people always stay within their comfort zone thereby maintaining a certain dignity. Others are risk-takers and will try new […]

by · November 10, 2018 · 0 comments · Appraiser's Diary