I was never much of a "doll" person. Oh sure, I had Tammy, Tiny
Thumbelina and Barbies. Then with my two daughters and
step-daughter, we had more Barbies and various
other dollies but that was pretty
When I discovered "boudoir bed"
dolls in 1990 as an adult, all that
changed. (For that story, please visit my
www.TheDollieBoudoir.com). As time went on, I attended doll
shows in Phoenix and here in Tucson in
search of my beloved boudoir
dollies. It was always a challenge
to find when and where the next one
would be. Some time around 2002, the
doll club here in Tucson decided not
to sponsor doll shows anymore so
then, my only option was to go to Phoenix.
I joined a couple of doll clubs and
found that there other shows that I
didn't even know about but finding
out information about them meant
that you either had know someone or
be receiving doll magazines that
told you or you could try looking on
It was before a trip that I was to
make to Oregon in 2008. I was looking and
looking online for a show there I
could attend while I was there. I
found one site that was so confusing
that you couldn't even find anything
and Antique Doll Collector Show
Calendar online that only showed
three months ahead and sorted by
date. Needless to say, this made it
really difficult to plan ahead.
of desperation and frustration, I
decided to create a site myself.
After locating current issues of
magazines and with hours and hours
of research and typing, I finally
launched DollShowUSA.com on February
being a vendor at many doll shows
for years, I decided that Tucson
really did need to have a doll show.
After holding my first Tucson Doll
Show on Black Saturday, 2008, I
realized that there needed to be
more help out there for others to be
encouraged to either continue with
current shows or to develop and
produce new shows.
website is my mission to help all those
kindred doll lovers of the world.
Those die-hard doll people who
continue to provide the rest of us
with a venue to meet other doll
people, learn about different dolls
and to see and touch a doll before
purchasing it and bringing it home
to live with us.
It is my
hope that this website and the other
services I am providing will not
only allow doll shows to continue
but to thrive and prosper into the
years and generations to come.
Dolling to All!
Karen A. Kosies (aeranth)