Earlier this month, we went to our second doll show of the year– the Kane County Doll Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois. Many of the show exhibitors also attend the Naperville Doll Show (see our haul/loot from January here). This show had around 70 vendors, all in one room! Admission was $6.50 for anyone over 12 years old. Kids younger than 12 were free.
This is an interesting show, because the themes you see change show to show! This weekend, the big theme was bisque. There were so many vendors with beautiful bisque dolls for sale. There were a few modern doll vendors, but not enough to impress a collector who only collects newer dolls. However, if you were in the market for antique bisque and composition dolls, the Kane County Doll Show was the place to be! They had more Barbie vendors than normal, in my opinion, but the Barbies they had were a bit pricey. The budget Barbie vendors skipped out on this show, it seems!
While both my mom and I both left with some fantastic buys, we also both felt like very few things were calling to us! For a good while there, I wasn’t even sure we’d have a haul/loot post or video! But, after two laps around the room, we eventually found a few things that we felt would be great in our collections!
Now, let’s get to our Kane County Doll Show Haul! For me, my first purchase was a beautiful R&B (Arrenbee) Cinderella. Technically, she’s not really an R&B Cinderella. She’s a 14 inch R&B Nancy Ann dressed in a Madame Alexander Cinderella dress with a replacement crown. The seller sold it to me under the guise that it was a Madame Alexander Cinderella, but the price was too good to pass up. Plus, at this point, I should have realized it was R&B when I saw it. Cinderella has an adorable Nancy Ann face. I love how round and innocent the Nancy Ann face is! She looks more innocent than the Madame Alexander Cinderella. Her hair is also in great shape and styled beautifully. Even though I thought she was one thing and she turned out to be another, I am very happy with this purchase.
At local doll shop Gigi’s booth, I ended up finding my final purchases of the day. When we first began exploring the hall, I noticed that Gigi had some adorable Fairyland BJD’s on display. Being a little pricey, I took the ‘wait and see’ approach and made a note to go back after we had walked the show floor. So, we reach the end of our second loop and head back to Gigi’s, where I suddenly notice two Kurhn dolls that had not been on display when I looked at the booth before. I immediately snatched up an adorable Kurhn in a cream dress with a blue sweater top. This particular Kurhn doll has been on my watch list on eBay for years now. Even at a slightly inflated price tag, she was sold. Her styling is amazing and I love this version of the Kurhn face. The second Kurhn on display was taken from the table less than a minute after I claimed my Kurhn doll. I don’t even remember which it was, to be honest, because the other buyer swooped in that quickly!
Staying at Gigi’s booth, I decided to look at the other Fairyland BJD’s she had in a box under her booth. Gigi’s had about 7 or 8 dolls for sale from the BJD maker. I ended up falling in love with a PukiFee Ante. Ante has the most adorable face with round eyes, a cute innocent look and freckles above her nose. And let’s not forget the adorable fairy ears. They are too cute for words!
Ante is about 15cm, bigger than a PukiPuki (11cm) and smaller than a LittleFee (25cm). A few things here– I’m surprised at how sturdy this doll feels for being so small! The Fairyland BJD PukiFee’s articulation is great. The joints move so fluidly! I also love that there are apparently magnets in the torso so you can buy wings for these little cuties. How cool is that? I understand now why people love their tiny BJD’s so much! I wish I could pick up more from Gigi’s, but unless I win the lottery, those will have to join other dolly families!
My mom walked away with some great buys, too! At the last doll show, she bought a very pretty bisque doll. That doll needed a new outfit and wig, so at this show, my mom went to work to find those two things! Her German bisque doll now looks much fresher than before.
Her last purchase of the day was a Wanda the Walking Doll. This hard plastic doll from the 50’s is super cool. You wind up the key in Wanda’s torso, turn her on and, boom, she starts walking! For being over 70 years old, this doll is in wonderful shape. You can watch her walk in the haul/loot video– fast forward to 11 minutes in.
So there you have it! Another doll show in the books! What do you think of the haul/loot we picked up at the Kane County Doll Show? Have you picked up any new additions to your collection at a show recently? Let us know in the comments!