..hardly ever...but I did this time! My bid was the highest for the antique doll carriage..and..
here it is!
They called me on Sunday afternoon to say I had won...and was really surprised. I bid $50 below the asking price..
No..this was not a garage sale steal! :) I paid..but not really all that much for something so old and in PERFECT condition.
:( WHY didn't I hide that cord???)
Not a single solitary broken piece of wicker..the wheels...perfect. Mint original condition.
I went over it with a fine tooth comb before I bid...$125 got it. The lovely material that covers the inside (which I didn't show but should have)..is the original as well.
Showing off my doll...I mean her dress. The bedding in the carriage was found on ebay and came in a set. Two pillows..the first layer is a satin trimmed in lace..then comes the lace covered mattress and cover..then other coverlet and then a final layer of lace. The tiny pillows and their covers are just beautiful..
I thought it was perfect for the carriage and I have had it for some time now....just waiting!
I am SO pleased. I have wanted one of these for years..and years..
I wanted to show you the label that I found on the bottom of the carriage. I hope you can read it.
It is from J.C. Penny's Inc. Says it was made by a baby carriage factory and holds (I think) up to 150 pounds. Then it says to see picture on the left, and shows a man standing in the doll carriage holding onto the handle.
VERY old picture ...
You can see the lace topper in this photo..the lace on top is my dolls dress.
I wanted to show you the little bonnet up close. All those roses are hand made by the seamstress...You can see the edges of the little pillows. You can sort of see the hand dyed roses on the gown..
Unfortunately this little gown does not show up well in the photo.
And there you have it...my doll carriage..and a couple of dollies..
Did I NEED this little carriage?
Do I feel guilty for buying something like this at my age?
Will a tiny Great granddaughter get it?
No..not this time..
I have always decorated with toys because that is all I had around my home for many years and got used to sitting the childrens playthings around. The family room in our home looked a little like a toy store..with the room turned into a play room with little tables lining the walls and tiny stools I painted different primary colors for them to sit on. A library of books to read and crayons, chalk and little chalk boards. Dolls, blocks..the works...and they looked beautiful.
It's where my little ones learned to keep house...tiny refrigerator and stove..little dishes..trucks..:)
I still play with a truck! Toyota 2000 Prerunner to be exact! Mint condition! :)
Maybe I miss those days...I DO. I miss my babes.
So..I continue to decorate with toys..
I am off to bed..and like a little girl again, I will sleep peacefully. My dollies, Teddy bears, my husband and all my family are safe and tucked in. I know. I checked.
Love and hugs..
P.S. for Prudence and Joyce at The Bears Blog. Just be claws..I mean because. :)
HEY PRUDENCE! I GET TO RIDE IN THE PRETTY CARRIAGE TOO!!
(..just wait until she tries to take me out!)