What’s Odd Today at Cee’s Oddball Challenge?

Have you ever opened the door to a shop and it took your breath away, it was so …. odd?

My friend Sally Pace and I got in her car and drove east on Highway 198 toward the big trees, Sequoia National Park.  Our mission, as we chose to accept it, was selling advertising for Kiwanis magazine, “What’s Happening in the Foothills.”

We’re volunteers, you know.

You can’t keep a volunteer on the straight path without them turning their work into an event.

“Hey, Sally, look here. The Doll’s Nest. Ever been there?”

“It looks like someone’s house.”

“Let’s check it out anyway. If they’re not there, oh well.”

We almost did not open the door. It WAS someone’s house. We heard a little voice inside, “It’s open. Come on in.”

We pushed open the door and sucked in our breath.

Seriously, have you ever seen so many dolls.
Seriously, have you ever seen so many dolls?

Not me!

I’ve never seen so many dolls in my life.

Most, like 99.95% of them, are imported from Russia. Many of them are decades old and were very difficult to get because of international relations between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Bertha and her sister Marilyn started the Doll’s Nest as a hobby. The name fits the shop perfectly. These nesting dolls nest in their living room. See the little guy at the bottom middle of the picture? That’s my husband with blue eyes.

This little Vince has become my blogging helper.
Little Vince has become my blogging helper.

Little Vince is one of the few dolls who doesn’t nest.

According to Bertha, “nesting dolls are hollow wooden figures, with the top portion of the doll coming off, revealing another figurine.”

The Beetles live here along with other famous figurines.

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John Lennon ranks big among the other stars.

Some of the dolls have their nesting companions laid out beside them like you see with Mr. Walrus. My favorite was the stressed woman whose mood gradually lightened as she thought cheery thoughts.

I'm starting to feel the pressure.
You’ve had days like this, haven’t you? Well, it always gets better.
Didn't I tell you.
Didn’t I tell you? Just listen to that tiny still voice nested inside of you.

Ginny dolls caught my attention on the left side of the shop.

Hi again, Ginny. I remember you from my past.
Hi again, Ginny. I remember you from my past.

Ginny dolls were my favorite dolls when I was seven. Here is why. We had a bond.

I was born with a double harelip or cleft lip. I had to go to the hospital to have my inner lip separated from my gum where it had been sewn when I was born. At age seven, I could smile normally.

No worries, I came out just fine with Ginny by my side.

My smart momma took me shopping to pick out a new doll. We made a day of it.  She took me out to eat at L.S. Ayres & Co. at their fancy rooftop restaurant where we watched a fashion show. I also got some new baby doll pjs.

I was soooo excited to go to the hospital. I know, weird, huh?

The hospital had a huge bright playroom, so Ginny and I went right there as soon as I got there. I could not wait to make new friends and show them my new doll.

Ginny and I together had no fear.

Ginny, you moved to CA, too!
Ginny, you moved to CA, too!

If you guys ever need a place to spark happy memories, drive up to Three Rivers and visit the Doll’s Nest. hehehe

Don’t tell, but my brother loved my dolls, too.

If you are NOT a guy who loves dolls, think of it as pure history. Maybe there is somewhere to sit down and play video games on your phone while you wait. 🙂

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Yes, there were more dolls in the dining room.

I hope you enjoyed my trip to the oddball shop.

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9 responses to “A Must See Oddball Shop Right on the Highway”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

    Shops like they are like drugs to my addiction 🙂 As part of my “I don’t collect anything anymore” pledge, I never ever go into antique stores, doll stores, places that sell collectibles or just those great trash & treasure barns you find all over New England. Also, NO craft fairs. It’s part of surviving. But it look like an incredibly cool place. Thanks for the link!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I thought you would like it. It’s better to see it at a distance! 🙂

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  2. Pilgrim Avatar

    Golly geewiz, so many thinks to enjoy looking at these odds and ends. I could spend the whole day here.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You would love it if you love nick nacks! The ladies had interesting stories. We had a hard time leaving! 🙂


  3. Jeri Walker (@JeriWB) Avatar

    Dolls are at once quaint and creepy, but on such a massive scale as pictured in the photos their appeal or lack thereof verges on overwhelming 😉

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You hit the nail on the head. Take-your-breath-away overwhelming the second you open the door to what seems to be nothing more than a house on a highway. Indeed, that’s what it is. A house where two older sisters live together with a bunch of these stacking dolls. 🙂


  4. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Those dolls just keep coming and coming. Wonderful photos for our delight. Thanks for playing. 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There were thousands of them! 🙂 Thanks for commenting. 🙂


  5. Ste J Avatar

    That looks like an awesome place to spend some time, so much to look at. I would leave the phone in my pocket unless taking photos and just enjoy the history of it all. Fascinating!

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