What: Pair of 8-inch Madame Alexander dolls
Where: Treasures for Hope, 3540 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-691-8881 or treasuresforhope.com
How much: $10 each
Why they’re special: This pair of Madame Alexander dolls, in costumes representing the Netherlands and Belgium, offers a lesson in how collectibles markets change.
Toy stores could not keep these dolls in stock when Madame Beatrice Alexander, who owned a condo in Palm Beach, reintroduced the line in the mid-’80s. The dolls typically sold for $35 to $40 apiece new.
For a time, their prices grew on the secondary market.
But that bubble has burst, along with the market for Steiff animals, art pottery and other collectibles. As a result, these dolls are not worth much more than what I paid for them.
Still, these dolls sport beautifully sewn costumes and delicately painted faces that remind one of a time when most consumer goods were made in America.
Write to Scott at Scott@ScottSimmonsAntiques.com.
A couple of antiques events to whet your appetite for collecting this summer:
Free Jewelry Appraisal Fair: The Sugar Chest Antique Mall will offer free appraisals of one item of fine jewelry per customer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today,by an appraiser certified by the International Society of Appraisers. Appraisals of additional items are $5 each. The Sugar Chest is at 960 N. Federal Highway (south of Copans Road), Pompano Beach; 954-942-8601 or thesugarchestantiquemall.com.
West Palm Beach Antiques Festival:— See hundreds of dealers in antiques, collectibles and decorative items noon-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for under 16. A $10 early buyer ticket allows admission at noon Aug. 2. Discount coupon online at wpbaf.com. Information: 941-697-7475.