Splinter Group

How would you like a 1907 Olds Touring Car or a 1923 Mercedes? They’re among David Johns’ collection of handmade wooden toys, ranging in price from $4 to $20 and aimed at kids from 7 to 12. Johns makes miniature cars, firetrucks, trains, and construction equipment; he recently added dollhouses and toy furniture to his projects. Johns will be at the Sale Street Fair, October 21-22, along with lots of other creative people. You can get his toys at D.J.’s Fun Factory, 350-2781.

Rags to Riches

Almost everyone will clean out his closet for a good cause, but the pickings are seldom better than when Les Femmes du Monde, a committee of the Dallas Council on World Affairs, donates designer clothes for its annual benefit fashion sale. The items that go on the block are usually in fine condition and much reduced in price. It’s no shock to see one Council member buying another’s cast-offs. You might want to take your roller skates along – the sale sprawls over Dallas Market Hall October 6, 7, and 9.

Seams Like Old Times

Polly Paul started sewing old-fashioned rag dolls for her granddaughters. Now the dolls, complete with embroidered faces, yarn hair, pantaloons, and bonnets, are so popular with children and collectors that Polly, a Grand Prairie housewife, has recruited her sisters to help her keep up with the orders. A 24-inch doll, the largest she makes, costs $22.50. See Polly’s handiwork and lots more at the Thetas Designer Showhouse, October 15-22 at the Caruth Estate across from NorthPark. Polly Paul’s Original Dolls, 262-6219.


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