SASHA DOLL OWNERSHIP
(a short essay)
There are good reasons why we love and collect Sasha dolls, so much is obvious. It all starts innocently enough. They are beautiful, enigmatic and totally appealing dolls and you would like to own one. Why not? So far, so good, but it takes hardly any time at all to be in their thrall. Before you know it, they are multiplying on your sideboard, book shelf or sofa and that is before you even know anything much about them. Any pretty Sasha that comes to your attention you have to have. They are mostly mid 70’s and early 80’s Trendons and the odd Götz and very nice they are, too! Gradually, as you get to know other Sasha enthusiasts and collectors, and you begin to read around the subject, you begin to realize that there is a lot more to this, than you first imagined. There are the Studio Dolls, the Development dolls, the Early Götz and Trendon Sashas, the NP dolls, the NN dolls, the Slate Eyed girls and boys, the Side Part, the Full Centre Part etc. etc. – you get the picture. At first glance, you may not even like the look of some of them, but you keep on looking and all of a sudden, you begin to see their beauty and you start putting them on your wish list. Then you realize, with a hint of panic, that you might have to be seriously wealthy to afford some of these beauties! You start to fantasize about owning one of them and you begin to wonder, whether you shouldn’t sell one or two from your initial collection so that may have the funds to acquire just one V.I.P. But to your horror, you discover that you have bonded with them all and that you just can’t part with any of them. It would be like selling one of your children! You are hooked. You are stuck. You continue to torture yourself by looking on blogs and in books and on Shelly’s website! You check through Ebay.co and .com on a daily basis. You join Sasha-mart to seek help and enlightenment. Your husband or partner has found it necessary to ask the question whether 30 Sasha dolls might not be enough!!! You have no idea, but you make an accomplice of your Postman to deliver a certain shaped parcel only when your husband/partner is not at home! You might even have said parcel delivered to a friend – just in case. Suddenly you realize that you have developed an addiction! YOU ARE OUT OF CONTROL! And there we are! The tables have been turned. We don’t own our Sashas – they own us! Resistance seems useless, so we surrender, continue looking and buying, and hope for the best!