Tri-Cities Doll & Bear show is Saturday in Jonesborough

J. H. Osborne • Apr 12, 2019 at 2:37 PM

JONESBOROUGH — A group of doll and teddy bear enthusiasts hopes to raise money again for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with an event Saturday.

The Tri-Cities Doll & Bear Show — featuring antique, vintage, modern and art dolls and accessories — is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.

The twice-a-year event will feature dolls and bears from as far back as the 1800s right up through items popular today, such as American Girl dolls, sponsors said.

Doll-related items, such as clothing and other accessories, also will be displayed.

Also available are a doll appraiser and a doll repair specialist.

Vendors rent spaces for the show. Some primarily show their collectibles, while others focus on items for sale. Many booths will include a mixture of “show” and “for sale” items.

Mary Griffin, one of the event’s organizers, said the show attracts a good mix of collectors and enthusiasts, as well as people who just enjoy taking a stroll down memory lane.

And while “memory lane” used to mean that late 1950s or early 1960s Barbie dolls were a big draw, these days there’s more interest in Barbies from the 1970s, Griffin said.

“Some vendors are there, or course, to try and sell items,” Griffin said. “But we’re all there to have a good time, too. There’s a lot of camaraderie in the doll and bear collecting community. Shows like this are a great way for us to share what we’ve found and learned since the last time. And we’re all so happy we are able to raise a little bit of money for St. Jude.”

Admission to the show is free, but a donation of any amount will be accepted for St. Jude.

For more information, call (423) 753-0022 or (423) 276-5273.

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