Where can I find it: antique doll repair and fur coat dealer

Q: I have an antique doll, which was my mother’s when she was a child, so it’s probably from the 1920s. It’s a lovely doll with a ceramic face, but it needs some repairs. Do you know anyone who would be interested in buying it or a place where it could be repaired? — Rebecca Velez, Atlanta

A: Linda Blase operates the Atlanta Doll Clinic, 3671 Erdly Lane, Snellville, 770-978-0510. She’s been in the toy restoration business for decades, and she and her team work to repair and restore a variety of dolls, from vintage porcelain to Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids. They also work on stuffed toys and teddy bears. Atlanta Doll Clinic adopts and purchases some vintage dolls and stuffed toys. For more information, go to atlantadollclinic.com.

Q: I have several fur coats inherited from my late mother, and I am looking for a dealer or location where I might sell them. Thank you so much. — Leslie Schabel, Alpharetta

ReMinkie Memory Bears and Custom Keepsakes turns unwanted furs into treasured teddy bears. Courtesy of ReMinkie

Credit: ReMinkie'

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Credit: ReMinkie'

A: Contact Alec Alexander at Atlanta Furs, 1099 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, 404-875-3335. The shop has been in business for over 65 years and sells new and pre-owned furs. Atlanta Furs is open by appointment only, and services include fur repair, restyling, storage and cleaning. Check out www.atlantafurs.net for more information.

If you want to sell some of the coats but would like to have a memento of your mother’s furs, you could consider sending one to Rita Glosser at ReMinkie Memory Bears and Custom Keepsakes, 941-320-1222. She has been creating one-of-a-kind teddy bears, blankets, throws, pillows and keepsake quilts by recycling sentimental materials from fur coats and neckties to horse blankets and T-shirts for nearly 30 years. Glosser began her thriving cottage industry by creating her first memory bear from her mother’s mink because she didn’t want to part with the fur even though she had no interest in wearing it. Check out her website, reminkiebears.com, and you’ll find examples of her various teddy bears and other pieces, along with pricing information.

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Sabine Morrow is a freelance writer who has been digging up hard-to-find items and services for readers since 2004.