Last weekend I attended the Knight's Doll & Bear Show in Jacksonville, Florida. Admission was $6, but only $5 if you filled out a card with your address and email on it. I don't like people knowing my business, so I paid the $6. The venue, located in the meeting rooms of a Ramada, was relatively small and was strictly vendor driven. There were no classes, demonstrations, exhibits or the like. It was a straight up doll and bear sale... and I loved it!
This was my first time seeing a Tonner and a Fashion Royalty doll in person. I had no idea that Tonner dolls were so enormous. While I admired them both, I certainly didn't have $110 - $225 to spend on a single doll. I did manage to find quite a few items that were more in the Muff price range.
Paid $20. The box had seen better times, but the set is fully stocked with not a single thing missing and it even came with the instructions.
Paid $10. I really only wanted her for the kimono and to me it was worth the price just for that alone.
Paid $5. I couldn't believe that's all the lady wanted. Yes the dress is stained underneath, but I still think she's great. A new body and some hair conditioner - good as new!
Paid $3. I don't know why I wanted this tiny little Bratz, but I did. Maybe she can be a doll for one of my bigger dolls.
Paid $10 for the chaise. So here's the story on these two dolls. My niece was with me and while I was busy buying stuff she comes up to me and says, "Look what I got!" It was a $20 NRFB catwoman doll. I asked her where she got it because I wanted one too, but of course, she had bought the only one. Naturally, I was all, "That's my doll! You stole that out from under me!" and she was all, "Ya snooze, ya lose!" Anyway, she offered me her old catwoman doll that was missing half an arm, no whip, one shoe and had wobbly knees which is why she was replacing her anyway. I said fine and she threw in a Moxie doll (which I already have but now I don't have to take mine out of the box) and I gave her $3 bucks for them both. Long story short (too late, lol), once she gives me the catwoman, I realize it doesn't look like Halle Berry AT ALL! I just assumed it would be the same mold as the 007 Barbie but it's not. So basically, my niece saved me $20 on a doll that looks nothing like Ms. Berry and I got the cat outfit anyway! So there, in her face!
$1 each and the box contains 12 more. There was a bear guy selling these and first I just bought the black ones, then came back and got some white ones, went to breakfast and then came back and got a whole box of them. Shoot, $1 is a good deal.
Paid $3 for each dish set, $1 for the vase and my sister bought me the ukulele for only $3. There was a miniatures lady there with thousands upon thousands of items, many as little as $1.
Paid $10. This will probably be the only Tonner item that I will ever, ever have and it was the only Tonner accessary there that I could afford.
These last photos are of the marvelous clothing sets one lady was selling. I could not believe the prices she was asking and I bought every single one she had:
I had so much fun at this show. Often times it felt like I was in a wonderful museum and I wish I could have stayed there for hours. The vendors were really great and so many of them were willing to haggle their prices but I actually paid full asking prices because having been a vendor myself, you really need all that money to cover your expenses. Although, this one guy was willing to sell me a FR at $75 off and I was tempted. However, even at a steep discount, it still would have cost more than everything I bought combined.
There will be one more Knight's show in my state later on this year that is a couple hours away and I hope to attend. Except this time I know not to take my niece - she's a doll poacher!
EDITED TO ADD:
Here's the address of the doll show website in case you want to see if it's coming to your state:
Knight Doll Shows Website