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A lifelong doll collector, Mary Senko was inspired to start a business as a show promoter while working on a virtual Facebook event: the World Doll Day Celebration planned and led by Michael Canadas and David Robinson, the directors of the Grovian Doll Museum in Pacific Grove, California.
World Doll Day, the second Saturday in June, was established by Mildred Seeley, who wanted to encourage doll collecting. “Everyone on the Facebook virtual event kept saying they wanted to go to a live doll show,” Senko said, “but there were only a few doll shows currently being produced.”
She decided her years of sales and marketing experience provided the right background to build a successful line-up of shows. She launched World Doll Day Shows this year with an event in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 9 followed by a show in Seattle on May 21. “Collectors need to see, touch, and learn about dolls before they can take home a treasure to add to a collection,” she said, adding that she plans to continue adding to her show schedule and to make her shows must-attend events.
“Dolls are a big part of the history of our world,” she said, “and we want to make our doll shows something that people will talk about for weeks and months after attending, and come back year after year to participate in. I plan to keep Mildred’s spirit alive through giving away dolls, encouraging doll events and doll fun, and helping collectors find their inner kid.”