A history of how my
Chatty Cathy collection grew.

Once upon a time, I was a little girl. On Christmas Eve in 1964, I received my first Chatty Cathy doll. I was four years old, and I remember opening the top of the box and seeing her blonde hair. I let out a scream and couldn't pull her out fast enough!

Here is a photo of myself holding my new Chatty:



 Here is another photo showing my 2 year old sister, Leona, and our other gift that Christmas,
a doll house!

 What more could a girl ask for? We were simply thrilled! My passion for Chatty cooled down when I received my first Barbie doll for my 8th birthday. I didn't notice Chatty again until June 2002, when I was browsing Ebay, and realized that a reproduction Chatty Cathy was available. I bought a blonde haired brown eyed Chatty for $80.00 BIN, and thought I was splurging. Little did I know what lay ahead...currently I have 26 vintage Chatty Cathy dolls! I own six Canadians, including a Chatty baby. I will admit that the Canadians are the shining gems of my collection. They have a superior colouring and their face paint is fantastic. I also own three 1998 reproduction Chatties, and all the Ashton Drake Chatties produced in 2004 and 2005.

I became very interested in Chatty, and scoured the internet for more info about her. I discovered a few web pages, and joined a great group of ladies who were as crazy about this doll as I seemed to be. I've learned a great deal just from hanging out with them.  I've made many friends through the online groups, and even met a few of them in person. The first person that I "dared" to meet was Linda P, who lives in the same area as myself. We met in the local mall on March 27, 2003, and we chatted for over two hours while eating lunch. She brought three of her Chatty dolls to the mall, and I brought one of mine. Ever since that time we've been meeting for Chatty teas and outings. Valentine, Easter, Summer, Halloween, Christmas; you name it, we've done it!

In July 2006 Linda and I flew to Anaheim, CA together, and spent six days at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. We met Toni Lara, a fellow member in Julie's group, and had a blast traveling around Anaheim, shopping and visiting. Doll collecting brings out the fun in life!

I noticed that Chatty Cathy had an extensive wardrobe, but I haven't collected all the vintage pieces yet. They are a tad too expensive! I bought the vintage patterns made for Chatty back in the 1960's, and began to sew for her in 2003. I enjoyed it so much, I opened a boutique for her in 2004, and I'm still sewing. There is nothing more relaxing than sewing for a doll who never wiggles or twists away, and is always happy to have a new outfit.

Chatty Cathy has brought a lot of joy into my life. As you get to know her, I hope she will do the same for you!


Copyright 2013
 L H Houben