Monday, March 31, 2008

Char's Raggedis (Or: And Now For Something Completely Different)

As I mentioned last week, my wife's on a trip to the Middle East. Given that fact, it may sound strange to some people to learn that I spent this past weekend visiting her parents. Suffice it to say, we get along rather well, and I really don't understand a lot of the stereotypical issues a lot of people claim to have with in-laws. Besides having a chance to visit, I was able to help my mother-in-law set up an online shop to sell dolls that she makes herself.

You can find her wares at Char's Raggedis, where she sells dolls patterned after the Raggedy Ann and Andy concept. For those who care, the names are trademarked (or, at least, there are companies that claim to own the trademarks), but the doll designs and original stories by Raggedy Ann and Andy creator Johnny Gruelle are in the Public Domain. This is why you may see so many dolls like this at craft shows and similar venues.

If you've ever been to a doll or craft show, or to a toy shop that specializes in handmade work rather than plastic action figures, you probably know that prices can range pretty wildly on this sort of thing. It's almost pointless to charge for the actual labor that goes into handmade work these days, because that would drive prices so high that no one would buy them (and, indeed, many do avoid handcrafted product for just this reason!). But quality work and material is still worth something, and prices can and do reflect the quality of the finished product.

I'd invite you go to Char's Raggedis and have a look. This kind of thing isn't for everyone, but an effort has been made to have prices that are competitive with other dolls of similar quality and workmanship. Even if it's not your thing, you may know someone who might appreciate these. Please feel free to pass the link to someone else you think might like them.

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