While sorting through various piles and booths at the Flea Market last weekend I stumbled upon this little cutie in a bag, marked $1, and I simply could not pass her up. You see this poor dear, with her legs broken off, she does seem rather sweet and like an easy-peasy fix, I’m sure. Truth is her arms are also off in this image and there are several pieces of rotten elastic stuck inside her torso. She is a wee patsyette reproduction doll from the Effanbee line of Patsy dolls. She’s just about 5 inches high and cute as a bug’s ear. Well, after quite a bit of finagling (and maybe a few muttered curses) I managed to get all of the gross pieces out and her limbs nicely restrung.
She is not the first, nor will she be the last of the Pasty dolls I’ll re-string. I have been collecting Effanbee repros since I was a young teen and it seems that a great many of them were made using a terrible rubber-band material for the stringing process. I’ve dealt with rotten ones, snapped ones, melted(!) ones and ones that were simply stretched out over time. I actually find the process of re-stringing to be an interesting one (though I will admit to preferring the larger dolls – they have more room to finagle about in) and I am always thrilled with the happy end product.
Doll Doctor, just another service I offer, tee-hee!
Namaste ~ Ella