PROFILE OF A COLLECTOR
Loretta Molet and her biggest supporter...
by Debbie Garrett
featured collector for the current issue of The Black Doll-E-Zine is Loretta Molet, who resides
in Denver, CO. Loretta says,
“I am married to a wonderful man who happens to be my high school
sweetheart. He is my biggest supporter of anything my heart desires.
He really is amazing. He
is also a marathon runner and will run his 113th marathon on 05.21.06 in Delaware.
I go to races with him and he does not have a problem doll hunting
with me. We have 3 grown men and 6 grandbabies.
I managed to get 2 granddaughters out of the 6; oh what a joy they
ABOUT DOLL COLLECTING IN GENERAL,
“I have been collecting Black dolls almost 20 years now. I
for little over a year in order to re-group.
received my first Black doll as a birthday gift from my son.
She wasn’t the prettiest that I had ever seen, but he was so
proud of her. Soon after, I
purchased a roommate for her and then I was hooked!
asked about the ownership of Black dolls as a child, Loretta replied, “I
don’t remember ever playing with any dolls of color. I didn’t really like any of them anyway.
I was more of a tomboy back in the day!”
Loretta remembers “buying my niece her first doll for Christmas one
year. I didn’t have enough
money to buy her a Black one; so I got her one that was kind of brown and
had black hair. The doll was
huge. I had to sit her next to me on the bus on the way home
and everyone was telling me how pretty she was.
I didn’t think she was that pretty but she was [the] closest I
could get to buying a doll of color.
most enjoyable time I’ve had with my dolls so far was when I was in a
Black doll club. We met once
a month at a different member’s home.
It was great seeing their collection as well as how they displayed
them. I loved showing my
collection off and I also loved learning from most of the members.
It was great!
the dolls that she currently collects, Loretta informed, “I’ve never
been real particular. If I
liked it and could afford it, I bought it.
I tried going to secondhand stores or flea markets and buying
whatever I could find. However,
I found that I did not have the skill nor enough patience to fix the
little babies up. My
girlfriend finally took them home and worked miracles on them.
I decided that I needed to save my money and purchase newer
SOURCES, HOW MANY, WHERE ARE THEY... INQUIRING COLLECTORS WANT TO KNOW?
one thing really inspires Loretta to buy a doll. According to her, “I see, I like, I buy.”
Loretta says she does not “have the money nor the room to buy all
I want, but I do okay. I love
looking in antique stores when we are out of town visiting or at a
marathon. I have found some
of the best deals there.”
tried the catalogs and magazines but I [prefer to] see them before buying.
Usually I find them in antique stores, flea markets or doll shows.
Hopefully I will get to the big one this year in Philly.” (The 19th
International Black Doll Show and Sale – see the Doll News page of this
issue for additional
information.) I have my money ready this time.
[The] last time we went, I was just looking.
says she owns “probably just a little over 200” Black dolls.
I have slowed my buying down because we are thinking about selling
our 5-bedroom home and moving into a condo.
One granddaughter loves them about as much as I do; so she will
probably end up with a few.
asked where she displays her 200+ dolls, Loretta replied, “Anywhere and
everywhere. I have a couple
of curio cabinets and they are full.
I also have some of the larger dolls holding the smaller ones. Plus, I have a few pieces of furniture that they can sit or
lie on. I have them around
planters, on room divider shelves, and on beds.”
A true doll lover, Loretta says she never leaves the dolls in their boxes. “ I buy them to enjoy them and I need them out of the boxes to do that. I don’t even save the boxes anymore. They were taking up space that I could put a doll in.”
collector has a doll wish list, short or long.
Loretta’s is short. She
admitted, “If I could afford a Philip Heath doll, it would be Soledad.
She is simply beautiful. Mr.
Heath has such a knack for details. I
would also like to add a couple of Santa Clauses to my Daddy Long Legs
collection. I know one day it
will happen, I just have to be patient.”
FINAL THOUGHTS, ADVICE…
been a collector for over 20 years, Loretta feels that she is “pretty
seasoned” or knowledgeable about Black dolls.
However, she says, “the 3 ‘W’s… when, where, [and] why,”
still exist for her. She would love
to have the time to research more of her dolls and wishes she had started
with a log online.
those just beginning to collect dolls, she would suggest that they “buy
what [they] like and can afford. Please
don’t overextend yourself. If
you ‘have’ to have it, save your money; then buy her and enjoy. I have never charged a doll.
That would start me worrying about paying for her after the
Brides and various other dolls from Loretta's collection
More dolls from Loretta's collection
A cute senior pair (top) and a Daddy Long Legs grouping (below)
Another doll grouping
Madame Alexander "Sold Out Show" Paris
Franklin Mint's Duke Ellington-inspired "Sophisticated Lady"
On behalf of the readers of The Black Doll E-Zine, I would like to thank Loretta for allowing us to take a glimpse at some of her 200+ dolls and for sharing her collector's profile with us. It is always nice to hear about supportive husbands as well. Loretta is truly blessed to have one!
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