THE Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Yardley has proved to be a goldmine for a local doll collector.
Christine Maslin, a collector of porcelain dolls, has made regular trips to her local children’s hospice shop over the last five years after finding it to be a great source of items to support her hobby.
Christine, herself of Yardley, has collected hundreds of dolls, all bought second-hand from the Acorns Yardley shop, and she praised the local store for helping with her interest.
Christine said: “I started buying these dolls five years ago after I spotted a collection of Dresden china dolls in the Acorns shop, and it’s just taken off from there. They have a brilliant selection and they call me the ‘Doll Lady’! I’ve got a mixture of Christmassy and vinyl ones, and I’ll even rescue dolls that have been thrown out and redress them. I’ve filled most of our house! I’d recommend Acorns shops for collectors of things unusual as you never know what you might find, and it all helps support a really worthwhile local cause.”
Regional shop manager Lindy Welch said: “We’re delighted that our Yardley shop is proving to be a goldmine for Christine’s hobby. We do our best to stock our shops with lots of diverse items that collectors may be on the hunt for, as well as really good quality clothing for all the family, books, music, kitchenware and household goods. People are snapping up excellent bargains!”
Acorns Children’s Hospice this year celebrates 21 years of nursing care and support for local children who have life limiting or life threatening illnesses and their families. The charity, which becomes a lifeline to local families with services including short breaks, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, family support and bereavement care, relies on donations for over 80 per cent of its income.