Dolls or local made toys on St. Thomas.
I have a friend back in the states who has been collecting dolls and toys from all different countries and walks of life for sometime now and was wondering if I could find something like that for her on St. Thomas. For the most part I don't get to the local shops that often and haven't done the tourist shopping thing in over a year now, so I am a bit out of loop on this one. If anyone knows of a place that sells dolls or some such thing would you be so kind as to point me in that direction?
Thanks in advance for your help!
There's supposed to be a place at the new Red Hook ferry terminal called "House of Dolls" according to the Source. Or you might check out Tillett Gardens.
You might also check at Havensight on the main entrance at the end of the strip of shops nearest the docks. There was a place there with locally made things. Not sure it's still going.
Right in town across the street from the vendors market is a consignment shop with Island made things like lace, paintings, crocheted items and hand made dolls. Can't remember the name of it...Ronnie any help?
Hi, I met someone at the Agriculture and Arts Fair that happened a month or two ago at UVI's campus who was using local natural materials (woods, seeds, palm husks, coconut shells, etc...) to make various crafts and toys. He said that he doesn't have a store or anything, but usually sets up a small stand somewhere on St John. I forget exactly where, so this isn't probably that much help, but he had some neat little spinning top toys made from mango seeds and other things like that...
If he's Rasta, then I may know where. I saw a man out selling various crafts under a tent outside of Salt Pond Bay. I also second the shop across from vendor's plaza. I know for sure that I saw dolls in there.
The shop Poohwear is referring to is the Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative store.
The person Morna is referring to that makes various crafts and toys and sells by Salt Pond Bay on St. John is Delroy 'I-Tal' Anthony. On St. Thomas, Gwendolyn Harley makes very nice dolls in various sizes and representing different groups in the community, IE. Black dolls with madras outfits, French dolls with straw hats. Edney Freeman makes Mocko Jumbie sculptures/figures out of wire. You likely can find their telephone numbers in the phone book, and can give them a call.
The Carnival Cultural Fair is a good opportunity to find these sorts of locally made items. The Agricultural Fair is also. And the Christmas events downtown and in Havensight usually have these artists. Also the Arts & Crafts Fair at Tillett Garden; usually there is a Spring one in May and a Holiday one in November.
Thanks all these are greatly appreciated suggestions. I will have to check out a couple of these places as soon as I can.