Spotlight on Business:
Spot Light on
Business: Bobbie’s Doll House
Cheyney, Butte County Chamber of Commerce
McKee started collecting dolls more than 35 years ago after her
friend, Harriet, started teaching her to repair and restore dolls.
On Valentine’s Day, Bobbie realized a long time dream to open a doll
museum, Bobbie’s Doll House. The Doll House in located in downtown
Moore, Idaho between the Chop Shop and Glass and Moore. It is open
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The
museum is supported by donations.
Bobbie previously lived in Idaho,
but migrated to California where she and her husband Chuck, lived
near Merced. The pace of life, number of people and the divergence
of ideas took their toll and the McKee’s were in search of a new
home. They happened
see an advertisement for Elsie and John Traughber’s home, north of
Arco, and called about it. After some false starts, they made the
arrangements to purchase the home. While Elsie and the McKee’s were
working out the details, Elsie and Bobbie discovered that their
parents had been close friends, and that they had probably played
together as infants and toddlers!
Bobbie has collected most of her
dolls from garage sales and thrift stores, refurbishing and
restoring them as a hobby. The museum has over 300 display items.
The earliest item is a handmade sawdust filled doll, with a painted
porcelain head that was made in the 1800’s. Her most current
display was made in 2012! Bobbie has a large number of reference
books. She is willing to help individuals learn about the history
or their own dolls. She can be reached for questions on dolls or
about the museum at 208-541-6646 or at the museum in Moore.
pointed out that dolls have a lot of history. The Mattel Toy
Company was started in a garage in 1945, manufacturing dolls. A
year later, the company was grossing over a $1 million dollars. She
says the most rewarding part of the museum experience has been to
see a visitor recognize a doll that they had as a child and exclaim,
“Oh! I had that doll when I was a child and loved it!”