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Sometime during the late 1970s, Martha Childress visited an area flea market and became intrigued by a bag with doll legs protruding from its sides.

“She wanted $10 for the bag, which had about 10 dolls in it,” Childress recalled in a 1984 Charleston Daily Mail article. “I don’t know why I bought it, but I did, and that’s what got me started.”

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Rick Steelhammer is a features reporter. He can be reached at 304-348-5169 or rsteelhammer@hdmediallc

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