Wilmington is a weekend event and not just a show. Get those club members together and plan on having a fun filled weekend with workshops, lectures, and a great show on Sept. 30 & Oct 1, 2017. We suggest you check the hotel page and make reservations early.

Guest Speaker - Stuart Holbrook - 9/30/17 - 5:30 PM

Our guest speaker for this first show will be Stuart Holbrook, President and chief auctioneer of the Theriaults firm. He is considered to the world’s most knowledgeable expert in the market of dolls and their current pricing trends. His expertise is a perfect complement to the knowledge base of researcher Florence Theriault. His lecture will be on “Thirty Years a Doll Man, Adventures, Travels, and Lessons Learned”. His lecture will start at 5:30 PM on September 30 in the Franklin Room, which is located directly across the show floor. Please make advanced reservations since seating will be limited. Did we mention that in honor of this first show we will be giving away a beautiful FG fashion doll to one lucky attendee? We are charging a minimal $20.00 advance registration fee, which will entitle you to a free ticket into the show. Please call, or email Sandy Bullock at 734 282 0152, or email at sandy4085@hotmail.com to register for this great event.

Rachel Hoffman of Turn of the Century Antiques - 10/1/17 - Show Hours


If you are a Terri Lee collector, you will not want to miss the exciting collection of Terri Lee dolls and accessories that are going to be offered at our show. Rachel Hoffman of Turn of the Century Antiques (CO) will be coming straight from the Terri Lee Convention in Evansville, Indiana to Wilmington with the remarkable collection of Terri Lee expert and author, Peggy Casper. This collection will be offered for sale to the public, and it will include rare dolls, outfits, accessories, and some of those 'hard to replace' parts and pieces. Peggy Casper had it ALL! Rachel will be on hand to chat about Peggy Casper's life and legacy in the doll community & will also be filming LIVE via the Ruby Lane 'DOLLY CAM' throughout the show. The Ruby Lane 'Dolly Cam' travels across the country to all of the best doll events and sales, and they will be LIVE throughout the weekend in Wilmington! The videos are streamed in real time on the Ruby Lane Dolls Facebook page and then transferred to YouTube where they live so you can share them with your family and friends. Did we mention that the wonderful Terri Lee & book pictured will be raffled off to one lucky person attending the show? All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the UFDC Doll Museum! A big thank you to Rachel for this fabulous donation.

Cindy McGuire of China Cupboard Bears - 9/30/17 - 1-4 PM

Cindy will be teaching how to craft a basic bodice and sleeves for their doll, or Teddy Bear and with the use of pattern making go on to more elaborate designs. Draping patterns is a basic skill for all collectors who want to create their own clothing. This class will run from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Class size is limited and advance registration is required at a cost of $55.00. Free admission to the show on Sunday will be included with that cost. Please contact Cindy at 740 387 7742 or chinacupboardbears@hotmail.com for a list of supplies and further information.
(website www.chinacupboardbears.com)
Cindy has a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, N.Y. and has taught several workshops throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.

Becky Funderburg of Doll Creations - 9/30/17 - 12:30-4:30 PM

Becky is going to be teaching how to made a doll purse, trimmed with Silk Ribbon Embroidery. With the emphasis on the embroidery tech, you will be able to use them to decorate hats, shoes, dresses and more. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. The cost of the workshop is $95.00 which will include everything you need, except scissors. Free admission to the show on Sunday will be included with that cost. Please contact Becky at dollcreations@yahoo.com or 937-371-4456 to register and receive additional information. Becky has been a doll maker/teacher since 1983 and has won numerous ribbons, awards and trophies and has taught other workshops throughout the USA.