Have any questions?  Ask them here!

Q: What is your real name?
A: Melissa Pepe (formally Smith)

Q: Do you do this for a living?
A: No, not currently!  I have a part time job at a library.  I am currently attending UNLV and also working there as a student worker

Q: Where do you live?
A: Las Vegas NV

Q:  How old are you?
A: I am currently 30 years old.  I was born in 1988.

Q:  How long have you been collecting paper dolls?
A:  Ever since I was a kid I would buy paper dolls from antiques stores that my mother and grandmother would take me to if I could afford them, usually just partial cut sets.  I began seriously collecting in about 2007 or so.

Q: How did you get so many paper dolls?
A:  I like to buy large lots and even purchased entire collections.

Q: How long have you been drawing paper dolls?
A:  I have done paper doll art since I was a kid.  My early art was usually a dress a doll.  I continued designing paper dolls through high school and have always loved designing fashions.

Q: How do you draw your paper dolls?
A: Depends! I usually start with a pencil sketch and then use ink for the outlines.  I like to color my dolls in Adobe Photoshop but sometimes use traditional mediums such as colored pencil and water colors.  I also design dolls in Adobe Illustrator.

Q: Why paper dolls?
A: As a child, I struggled with fine motor skills.  My mother gave me cut out paper dolls to help improve my ability to use scissors and encouraged my art and drawing.  When money was tight, my mother would print paper dolls off the early days of the internet.  I loved playing with paper dolls, creating wardrobes and making up stories about the dolls.  I love the vintage art and fashion.

Q: Can you help me identify or price an item in my collection?
A: I've gotten a few emails asking for help with identification or pricing. I will generally try to be helpful but I am not an expert on everything.  For pricing out your paper dolls I suggest going to ebay and seeing if anything similar to what you have has 'sold'.  Consider the condition as well. The market changes too, so don't expect that price to be permanent, it may be worth more or less in the future.  Part of the value is what you value it at too. 

Q: Are you selling?
A: Yes?  Sorta! I've been doing a lot of private sales of people asking for things.  Maybe?  Just ask, I might part with something from my collection so let me know if you are looking for something and I'll try to get back to you. Eventually Ebay?  I have closed my Etsy shop, I'm just not using it anymore.

Any more questions?  Just ask!  I'll answer them here!

Contact me at: missmissypaperdolls@gmail.com

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  1. Do you have any paper dolls from the Toronto Star (or any Canadian) newspaper? I believe they were in the late 1940's & 1950's. They often featured dolls drawn by subscribers to the paper.

    1. I don't believe so. I don't have many from other countries