I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
For many people, there's nothing more satisfying in life than indulging in a hobby. Whether it be collecting stamps, making up lifelike model cars or going on challenging bushwalking treks, these hobbies and past-times are what keep us entertained and add a spark to the general humdrum of our lives. Some people spend a lot of time and money on their hobbies, and this can be reflected in the monetary worth of their collections, as well as the sentimentality of having something that is so precious and so uniquely theirs. Sometimes the rarity of some pieces make collections even more worthy of attention, and thus, collectors' groups love to meet up and participate in a little bit of friendly rivalry as they put their treasured collections on display and show their peers the pieces that they have managed to attain over the years.
Although images of dolls and teddy bears usually evoke feelings of sweet childhood memories, don't think for one second that doll and teddy collectors aren't a determined and serious bunch when it comes to their collections. Just like with any serious gatherer of a particular item, competition can be fierce, and specialist shows- such as the Geelong Doll, Teddy & Craft Show, to be held at Geelong West Town Hall on Saturday 15 June- are the place to be for any avid collector. While the show provides a great opportunity to see a vast collection of ceramic and soft toys, it is also a haven for children who haven't yet grown out of their love for plush figures. Besides the requisite dolls and teddies to view, there will also be stalls featuring collections of dolls clothing and accessories (that can be purchased) and an assortment of other knickknacks that can help to restore your favourite toys to their former glory. There will also be craft items available for purchase on the day, including handmade cards, jewellery and ceramics. A 'doll doctor' will also be on site, to give some TLC to any much-loved dolls who need a makeover (or restoration).
Taken in 2011, this photo gives a taste of what will be on offer at the Geelong Doll, Teddy & Craft Show. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Geelong-Doll-Teddy-Craft-Show/130524250352179
This show has been running successfully for quite a few years now, and the Quota International Club of Geelong (who run the event) donate the proceeds of the day to a different cause each year. In 2013, they will be supporting two worthwhile local charities- Anam Cara House, who provide hospice respite care, and Foundation 61, a residential rehabilitation community. Whether you're an avid collector of dolls and teddy bears, or would just like to indulge your childhood love of being in a large room filled with soft toys, why not drop by the Geelong West Town Hall and see what's on offer? You'll be supporting two important Geelong-based charities, and you'll also get the chance to see some amazing and treasured collections.
Anam Cara House is one of the Geelong charities which will be supported by this event