I Found My Childhood Doll at a Flea Market
June 06, 2013
When I was a young girl, my sister and I were given matching dolls that my parents bought at the local small town grocery store. My doll was named Linda, and my sister's was Jeri. She came with a long blue dress, shoulder wrap, earrings, necklace, and high heel shoes. We played with them all the time until we got too old for dolls, and then we gave them away. Now, forty years later, I found "my doll" at a flea market. She was just the same as I remembered. She didn't have all the clothes, but I bought her anyway. At another antiques store, I found the dress and got it to complete my doll outfit. I made her a new pearl necklace and put new sparkly buttons on her heels. Now she sits in my spare room as a reminder of days gone by.
MCPL has many doll pricing guides for those people who collect dolls and want to find out their worth. A couple books I looked into were Dolls, Antique to Modern: Identification and Price Guide by Mark. F. Moran and Collector’s Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s: Identification & Values by Cindy Sabulis.
My doll was called "Darling Debbie: from Deluxe Reading Co. Deluxe Reading dolls were sold in the 1950s - 1970s through supermarkets and are often referred to as "Grocery Store Dolls." They were inexpensive alternatives to department store dolls, although of similar quality.