December 24, 2010
Holiday Greetings, Story and SALE !
We all wish you and yours a wonderful holiday!
As a special gift from us, below is the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer . . .and THEN join us for our Annual Winter Sale that begins December 25th and continues through January 9, 2011 for a Happy New Year!
The True Story of Rudolph
Bob May was a copywriter for Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. He had gone to college, married and they had a little girl. But then, just before Christmas in 1938, his wife died of cancer. What little money they had was spent on medical bills and a tiny apartment in Chicago.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character . . . a misfit outcast like Bob had been growing up. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there.
The general manager of Montgomery Ward heard about the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph.
That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book. In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller.
Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.
But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing!
December 09, 2010
American Girl of 2011 Clues!
Does the hula swimsuit outfit above give you a hint?!
Yes the new 2011 doll's name is Kanani and she's from Hawaii.
I will guess that she will be dark haired with brown eyes - and an outdoor girl with lots of time on the beach! Her books are written by Lisa Yee.
Here's what we have heard about her two books:
Our Girl of the Year loves living in a beautiful tropical setting and she especially loves sharing the wonders of her island home with visitors. So when her cousin from New York comes to stay for a month, she is excited to get to know her. But no matter what she does to help her cousin feel at home, it only seems to make her unhappy instead. Can our Girl of the Year find a way to connect with her cousin?
Good Job Kanani
Our Girl of the Year is excited about selling shave ice to raise money for a cause she cares about. But she also cares about her best friend-and she promised they would take surfing lessons together. When our Girl of the Year can't make time for her best friend, their friendship begins to unravel, and she finds herself spending summer days alone. Will our Girl of the Year find a way to make things right?
Can't wait to see what American Girl comes up with for her outfits and accessories - should be fun!
December 01, 2010
Get Your Gifts by Christmas!
Everyone wonders "Will I get my order in time?"
The answer from DollCloset.com is YES . . . if:
** You shop early enough so that your order can be prepared
(unlike many companies, are outfits are placed on hangers and many of our items are pressed before they leave us),
** Then packed carefully (as repeat customers can tell you - we do a super careful job),
** Mailed Priority or shipped FedEx Ground.
We try to use Priority Mail as much as possible as we have found them to be very dependable and reasonable in cost . . . However they DO have size restrictions of one cubic foot. Thus larger items, such as many Dolls, must go FedEx Ground.
During our past years of serving you at Christmas time, we have learned that the Post Office and FedEx DO have capacity limits!
Your standard delivery packages MUST be in transit by December 15th which means we need the order by December 10th.
You don't need more stress wondering if your gifts will arrive in time!
The Post Office can get so bogged down due to volume and weather that many times containers and containers of Priority Mail packages are stored at an airport and don't even begin on the journey until after Christmas!
After a certain point, all the Post Office can work on is the Express Mail . . . and the same applies to us at DollCloset.com
That is why we urge you to use Express Mail if you order after December 10th and NEED delivery by Christmas.
NOTE: Final Date for Christmas Delivery Orders by Express Mail is Midnight PST December 20, 2010
Best wishes for a delightful Christmas!
Madame Alexander doll set: Maggie Visits Christmas Town