Grest Lakes Doll Club Information


The Great Lakes Doll Club

The GLDC began in 1982 and is geared toward the adult collector, but that does not mean we do not play with our dolls. In fact, play is encouraged! The 70 or so members of the Great Lakes Doll Club (GLDC) are a diverse group of adult women and men who collect every kind of fashion doll available. Most of our members collect Barbie®Dolls, but there are also a lot who collect other fashion dolls. Our club includes OOAK artists, doll dealers, appraisers, and even a fashion doll manufacturer.

Club Meetings
We have monthly GLDC meetings that include: show-and-tell, new finds, and a meeting theme, which is different each month. Meetings usually include a presentation by one or more of our club members or an invited guest. This can be a how-to project or an informative one, on any particular fashion doll or era. Sometimes too, a member will just want to share their own collection and talk about how they collected them.

Long lasting friendships have been formed through the years. And new friends are made every month! We invite you to join us.

Grant-A-Wish – Mini Convention
Please enjoy our Annual Grant-A-Wish event which celebrates the doll collector in all of us. Grant-A-Wish has everything you look for in a mini convention including: convention gifts, a limited edition doll, special guest speakers, a charity auction, competition and a raffle room. We pride ourselves on the longest running mini convention out there.

The Doll Rescue Project
Our favorite community outreach event is the rescue and transformation of played with dolls. We clean them and give them a new lease on life. They are dressed in a new fashion, boxed and distributed to children in need. This year we donated over 300 dolls!

Charity Donation Totals
Through all the special events hosted by the GLDC we have, over the past 25 years, donated more than $400,000.00 to various local charities!

Club Events/Publications
In July we have a club picnic hosted by a member. This is often at their home so that we can visit whole rooms devoted to their collections. In December, of course we have a Holiday party with prizes and gifts for all! Our club newsletter, The Babble-On, is published monthly and delivered to all club members around the 1st of each month. The Babble-On covers a variety of topics from unannounced special edition dolls to what someone recently spotted at a store!

Join the Club / Yahoo Group
In addition to monthly meetings, we also have a member’s only Yahoo! chat group. The GLDCand GAWare registered (501C-3) collector groups.

For further information on the GLDC, contact Lisa Lackie at or 586-918-0440

Have a Great Dolly Day!              


"Taking pictures and video is encouraged in the competition room. Please note that photographs, and video and audio recording devices are prohibited during the Mattel presentation and during the viewing of any other movies, slide presentations or live entertainment. All pictures, video or audio recordings of the Convention are for your personal and private use only, and may not be otherwise shown publicly or offered for sale. Your entry into the Convention shall constitute your agreement and acceptance of these terms"

BARBIE and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from Mattel, Inc. © 2009 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  This convention is not sponsored by, or affiliated with Mattel, Inc. 

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