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Deborah Miller

Owner of Deborah’s Doll Shoppe is delighted to continue her childhood love of dolls by sharing her knowledge and passion with others. As a retired teacher, Deborah has an intuitive understanding of children and the “inner child” in all of us who still love dolls.

A current member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), Doll Scholars of Southeast Wisconsin, and Doll Doctors Association. Deborah finds ongoing information and support to enhance her business endeavors.

Deborah’s Doll Shoppe
237 Branch Street
Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

(262) 673-3881

dewmiller@charter.net

Appraisals

Why should I get an appraisal for a special doll or a doll collection? Most people find they want an appraisal because they want to know the value of a doll or a collection of dolls. The reason for needing this knowledge is often to determine the value of a family estate that will be divided, or to decide if additional home insurance is necessary. I have done appraisals for courts, insurance companies, and individuals.

The cost of doll appraisals depends on several factors, such as how many dolls are in the collection, the geographic location of the dolls, and simply how long it takes to go through the process. The average rate is $30.00 per hour.

An examination of each doll and a written description followed by an approximate value are given. If the client wants a more formal version, a typed format can be provided, but there would be an additional cost due to the time involved.

For a large collection of 75 dolls or more, I ask a qualified doll associate to help with the appraisals so that the process moves along more quickly.


Doll Repairs

You might be wondering about the difference between the terms “repair and restoration .” To me a repair is something simple that makes a doll whole again. An example would include putting eyes back in the head or reattaching an arm or a leg that has come off. Restoration is taking a doll in poor condition and bringing it back to what the doll may have looked like when it was new. This could involve repairing a broken limb, rebuilding a missing foot, or removing lifting paint and redoing some or all of a composition doll. Not surprisingly the more complex the procedure is, the longer it will take and the more expensive it will be. 

My experience in restoring dolls started as a “trial and error” process on my own childhood dolls. I also read books and articles on the subject. In 2002 I took an extensive two week class from a well-known doll expert in Portland, Oregon. This was a significant period of growth in my knowledge of doll repair and restoration. More recently I have continued classes and joined a national and local doll doctors. Restringing and cleaning are a large part of my business for old and new dolls alike. I can restring antique ball jointed dolls as well as the modern 18 inch dolls.