Sunday, November 27, 2005
Its harder to convey this holiday spirit on our Katherine's Cottage, www.katherinescottage.com web site, but we hope that this blog helps our online customers to know a little bit more about us, including our love of the holidyas and our joy in helping our customers find just the right gift.
The store will be open seven days a week through Christmas Eve, and, of course, our online shoppihng is available 24 hours a day. We have over 800 items for sale at www.katherinescottage.com, and, this year for added convenience and for our eBay addicted customers, a Katherine's Cottage of Dolls store at http://stores.ebay.com/Katherines-Cottage-of-Dolls with over 300 items. We accept Paypal this year as well as most major credit cards.
We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah, and very Happy Holidays!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Our anniversary is always a bit bittersweet--we opened our store on September 10, 2001. That's right--our brand new business opened one day before 9/11. Not an auspicious time--the world changed the day after we opened the store, and we spent the next few months wondering if Katherine's Cottage would survive. In fact, I think the entire doll industry wondered if it would survive, with many major doll manufacturers closing their doors in the two year period after 9/11.
In 2002, we decided to move the time we celebrated our anniversary (and the anniversary sale) to the end of August/beginning of September, and we've kept the anniversary there ever since. And...now we have Katrina during that time period. Our business for the sale definitely dropped off as citizens had more pressing issues on their mind--dolls and toys were not really on their radar screens as they considered the fate of New Orleans and its people.
We won't move our Anniversary and our sale again--perhaps next year, we will collect money during the sale for the ongoing relief of the Katrina victims and evacuees. But, we've certainly learned our lesson that you can't run from history and world events, even in our small corner of the economy and the world.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
In the shop, we are finally getting the new, lovely Annette Himstedt dolls in, good portions (as mentioned) of the Robert Tonner line, new Only Hearts Club dolls, and just truckloads of the beautiful 2005 Madame Alexander dolls as well. Sometimes I think the back of my store is like a clown car--I don't know how all the dolls keep fitting in!
If you're going to eBay Live! In two weeks, look for me! I'll be the very harried curly-haired human with my store shipping department (husband) in tow. In July, I'll be at the UFDC Doll convetion in Philadelphia, and you can meet me at the Publisher's preview on Thursday night.
If you haven't checked out my Doll Collecting at About.com page lately, don't miss it--we have tons of new content up about dolls in the last few months
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
We have been surprised at how popular these dolls have been this year! The doll are always hard to find, and always hard to order for the store, since many are done in editions of only about 300 dolls worldwide. However, we weren't sure how collectors would respond to the ethnic/world dolls theme. Well, they love it! This year, my store was allocated Munria, Kaschmiri, Ilai, Mapi, Kimi, Salinda, Mugi and Nia. We have totally sold out of Ilai and Nia, and we are close to selling out on most of the other dolls.
If anyone doubts that dolls are art, they need to take a look at these beautiful, life like dolls, totally made in Germany by hand.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
On the down side, I crushed my left index finger in a car door that slammed on it. Ouch. Makes it hard to move doll boxes around the shop, type on the computer, change doll clothing--you know, just about everything I do all day long at the shop!
We're still tripping over new doll boxes at the shop, and we've had our yearly drama about Annette Himstedt doll allocations (we still have a few dolls available). We are eagerly awaiting many of the new Tonner dolls, yet dreading what is sure to be an avalanche of Tonner doll deliveries in May through July.
We've already received many of our new 2005 Madame Alexander dolls. We didn't put them out right away because we are waiting for a display case, buy we got sick of waiting, so we put a bunch out. We are sure that will mean that the case will now arrive immediately.
If you are curious about my new book, visit The Official Price Guide to Dolls
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Then, there are the latest Ashton Drake RealTouch™ babies--they are so life-like; everyone who comes in the store wants to hold one. But..the boxes. The boxes are HUGE, and I can't understand why--the dolls are no bigger than the Lee Middleton dolls, yet these boxes are as bulky as can be. I don't know where I'm going to put them!
Besides my exercise from unboxing and moving the entire store room around today, it was also just a fun day to be in my shop--sold lots of easter bunnies and other basket items, a Tyler Wentworth Sydney, a Tyler trunk, three porcelain dolls, Italian Charms, baby items. People always ask me, why does Katherine's Cottage carry so many other things if you're mainly a doll shop? Well...it certainly helps in a smaller town to diversify, but also its my sneaky way of getting people into the store who otherwise wouldn't ever be exposed to beautiful dolls!
Friday, March 11, 2005
Which means that a large back room would be ideal. We don't have that! So, this time of year, when the doll orders from Toy Fair are streaming in, we end up with big boxes of dolls in the back of the selling floor that need to be unloaded immediately, priced, displayed, and then for the extra stock and boxes, stored in a much-too small room! Arrggh. We know we have to move to a store with a larger back room--the question is only when and where.
As to what we are unboxing--we've already received many of the new Marie Osmond dolls, and huge crates of Madame Alexander dolls are on the way! We've also gotten a few Robert Tonner dolls, including the lovely Lady Kitty and some darling Tiny Kitty dolls.
There are also new miniatures, new Ty (Beanie Baby) products, new Showstopper porcelain dolls, Charm! Its and so much more to display, price, unbox and store! Its a great exercise program! And, its a fun time of year, to see all the new products come into the store and our customers reactions to them. Well, I'd better run...the UPS man has just shown up with more boxes!!