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Hundreds of Dolls on Display at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Thrift Shop Show

By DNAinfo Staff on February 8, 2013 8:29am

UPPER EAST SIDE — It's a doll's world.

At least that's the case Feb. 8-10 at the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Shop.

For the first time ever, the 1440 Third Ave. store will host a special sales event showcasing hundreds of dolls, organizers said.

The pieces — ranging in price from $4 to $2,000 — come from the shop's previous stores, as well as recent donations of large doll collections, they said.

The mid-range price is approximately $100 per doll, organizers added, and come cast in porcelain or plastic.

There are conventionally pretty dolls and comically constructed puppets, as well as the occasional KISS action figure.

Doll houses — and their twee furnishings — are also available, organizers said. 

The dolls date from the turn of the century to the present, they added.

Shop manager Anita Askienazy said the event had been in the works for several months, but that there had long been requests to host a doll-centric event.

The store's staffers are also very excited about showing off the collection and hosting a new exhibition, she said. 

"The scope and the quantity and the quality is just astounding," Askienazy said. "It's amazing the details that go into some of them."

Ellen Haddigan, the Society's executive director, said the show is a way to get people interested in the store — part of the shop's long-term goal of broadening the thrift's reach.

"The special sales are very important to us because they create an excitement about all the donations in a way that's a little bit different — in a way that's a bit more special than business as usual," she explained.

"By making it into an event, it's creating that curiosity of what's new."