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December 17, 2015 2:05 PM

Popular doll hits century mark

Christmas shoppers seem to go crazy for certain trending items, pulling them off the shelves faster than merchants can restock them.
In the mid-90s for instance, parents went nuts trying to get their kids a Tickle Me Elmo doll from the store to wrap and put under the tree.
For Christmas 2015, it would seem the hot ticket item is a blast from the past in the form of the Raggedy Ann doll.
“Raggedy Ann dolls have been very popular, probably, I would say, in the late 60s to the late 70s,” said Colina Weimer, owner of the Sheepskin Loft.
“Probably in that 10 year period there was a lot sold; the present is nice and soft like a stuffed animal, but still looked like a dolly, and then they also do have Raggedy Andy as well.”
Raggedy Ann and her brother, Raggedy Andy, are celebrating their 100th birthdays this year, which may be contributing to even more renewed interest in the dolls.
Both dolls are recognizable by their ginger yarn hair, red triangle noses and rosy pink cheeks.
Weimer said they have been carrying them for 15 years, every year selling them out, and with the 100th anniversary they made sure to get some extra stock.
The anniversary editions come with a special card and are marked with embroidery on their aprons, indicating their 100th year.
“We still have a good selection but they’ll be gone before Christmas for sure,” said Weimer.
She said her most common customers for Raggedy Ann and Andy are grandmothers, who out of nostalgia, like to buy them for their granddaughters, so the children can enjoy them like they did when they were young.
Raggedy Ann was created by American author Johnny Gruelle in 1915, who later wrote and illustrated stories about the doll to entertain his daughter Marcella.
“Now the company, Aurora World, has recreated the storied dolls who have been beloved for inspiring friendship, kindness and generosity,” Weimer said.
“Soft and huggable, the classic Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy are heir-loomed treasures to be passed along for generations to come.”
Weimer’s store, the Sheepskin Loft, is a Christmas gift shop that also sells items for infants to grandparents and everyone in between.
Some items include slippers, pyjamas and outerwear like Mukluks, wool sweaters, hats, mitts and scarves.

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