I recommend you check out this page on Den of Angels for some basic ideas about how to be polite and respectful at meetups. And I'll make one small adjustment myself.
Porcelain dolls are very fragile. I would say you should NEVER pick up or touch another person's doll without asking and be prepared for the possibility of the owner saying no. Many owners don't want to take the risk, and it isn't rude to be protective of these beautiful works of art.
I often bring my porcelain dolls out at meets, but I rarely let other people touch them. If I do allow it, I ask the person to sit down and take a moment to show them how to handle the doll safely. For example, certain joints must be moved with care to avoid damaging the springs. I also check that we aren't in a high traffic area where another person could bump into us.
Also, some porcelain doll owners might not to bring their dolls at all out of fear of them getting damaged in transit or otherwise being at risk. This is just fine and those owners should be welcomed just the same as if they had a doll with them.
What ideas do you have about making interesting meetups and keeping dolls safe at meets?
Post by nenethomas on Sept 23, 2014 4:26:35 GMT -8
This is great post--some really great advice here-- I've never been to a meetup, even though I attend about 9 conventions a year (and all of them to my knowledge have bjd meetups), from San Diego Comic Con in CA to Dragon Con in GA, I've always been too busy working my booth to get out to one of these. I will say, that I would be extremely reluctant to bring one of my porcelain bjd's to the event, and I would never, ever, ever bring my ED, but luckily I can gaze upon photos of these beauties on the internet.