My name is Jennifer Craig – welcome to A Dolly Hobby!
A Dolly Hobby is a small, online boutique located in beautiful, rural Virginia close to the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills. We specialize in vintage dolls & accessories.
A Dolly Hobby is a division of Vault of Wonders, LLC, – the small company that I own with my husband, Scott. Vault of Wonders is comprised of several smaller, niche businesses, including the Vault of Wonders Vintage & Collectible Game Shop, Cutter Mountain Productions, Flame Noir Candle Co., Whispering City RVA, and A Dolly Hobby.
Life-long collector of vintage & antique wares, I added auctions and estate sales to my antique and thrift store crawls back in 2019 while doing work with my vintage boutique, Whispering City RVA. It was during this time that I fist acquired a large lot of bisque Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls. In the months that followed, (and as I worked closely with the dolls to clean and photograph them), I started to develop a real love of dolls. It never occurred to me that these dolls were more than just simple children’s toys. In fact, the high level of artistry, attention to detail, fashion design and impeccable craftsmanship really blew me away. With a new appreciation, I started investigating vintage dolls further, and in doing so, my own personal doll collection began to grow.
From Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls, I branched into hard plastic Madame Alexander dolls in a similar, small size. My interest eventually lead me to larger composition dolls, which is what I collect now above all else. Some of my favorites include Mary Hoyer dolls, Effanbee Anne Shirley and Suzanne dolls and Arranbee Nannette, Nancy Lee and Debu Teen dolls. I am also crazy about Horsman Bright Star dolls and I am on a never-ending hunt for a Horsman Sweetheart that I hope someday I will be able to add to my collection.
Opening A Dolly Hobby just seemed like the next logical step for me. It’s my goal to create an informative, joy-filled shopping experience that is dedicated to these wonderful glimpses into the world of the working artists, the unsung fashion designers and the meticulous craftsman who earned a living creating a deeply personal gift that was certain to please any child lucky enough to receive one.
My husband and I are non-smokers and everything I offer comes from a smoke free home & office. I will provide as much information as I can about the vintage dolls that I list in my shop to help you make your selections. Since we live out here in “the sticks”, the nearest post office is a bit of a drive for me. I go twice a week and always pack items safely. I accept returns on everything except digital patterns, paper dolls or any other digital files I might offer.
Still have questions? Contact me. I’m happy to help!