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Instead of going out to the company store and buying plastic dolls, Grandma had dolls made for her by her own grandmother. These dolls were made out of the remaining wooden spools from a spool of thread (costing approximately five cents each) and then attaching plastic heads to them. These dolls would then be decorated with paint to resemble a face and hair. These dolls were played with until the elastic head that was sewn on fell off, then my grandmother would receive a new one.
Dresses were also sewn for the dolls. As more dolls were made for my grandmother, they were created with high quality and more precision, eventually adding arms, legs, and real hair to them.