* This item is associated with the book, Happy Birthday, Molly! It was introduced in 1987 and retired in 2000. *
I just got these yesterday after winning them on eBay for a GREAT price and I am thrilled beyond words. They are gorgeous and very well made and look exactly like the two drop leaf tables I have in my condo. Why did this set have to be retired? I like the new table and chairs well enough but don't think they look like something a thrifty war-time family would have.
This is actually the one piece of furniture I bought when I was a kid, so my Felicity and my sister's Addy would have a place to sit and have tea. I think I chose this particular table because it was the most economically priced, but it's really a versatile table that would be at home in many time periods thanks to its simplicity.
The table and chairs are very sturdy. The drop leafs stay up well, and when they're down it makes it much easier to store the table. The chairs are great for the dolls, no problems staying put. The set has survived being banged around with nary a nick.
As nice as Molly's new table looks, this retired set packs more bang for the proverbial buck. Easy to store, sturdy, holds up well to (ab)use, and easily at home with nearly all the historical dolls. A+
Post by Thimbleberry on Mar 4, 2009 1:02:23 GMT -5
I have Molly's original wooden drop-leaf table for Kit's kitchen right next to her stove. Speaking as a long-time antiques dealer, it's just exactly the type of table you might have found in a 1930's kitchen except that it most likely would have been painted white. Kit's green metal table & chairs would have been used on a covered porch.
Post by designerdiana on Mar 4, 2009 16:36:13 GMT -5
Molly's original wood table and chairs is the most-used furniture in our collection. The style is non-descript enough that I use it for everything from Felicity to Josefina to Nellie to modern girls. It looks great in every kitchen scene among the Scenes and Settings I own. It's incredibly versatile.
Although I love the retro-fun of Molly's current table and chairs, her original wood set is about as adaptable a set as I could possibly hope for. I don't feel the same way about Kit's green set, it just wouldn't be as versatile.
I love Molly's original table. Originally it cost $60 and each extra chair was $20. I'm guessing it was discontinued around 2000 to 2001? I love that the table and two chairs all fit into a box that slides down into the well in front of the back seat in my car. I took that set with me when I went on vacation so Leslie and Liana could eat in style with the rest of us.
I had Molly's wooden table and I sold it. I didn't like how the dolls slipped on the seats. If I positioned the dolls so that they were somewhat stable, then their legs were too far apart to fit under the end of the table at all. Even if I got them positioned just right, it still wasn't possible to push them right up to the table as the chairs ran into the legs of the table. Then, even if I tried to adjust an arm or just brushed against a chair, the doll would slip.
I also didn't like how the table was never quite flat with the leaves up and how fragile they seemed. I was afraid to put my breakables on the leaves and without being able to use them, the tabletop had very little room.
I also think that the table just looks too small for them. It reminds me of the baby tables that kids had to sit at during family gatherings. I just can't think of this as the family's table.
I admit that the wood was beautiful and the compact nature made it easier to place and to store, but the set just wasn't worth the frustration it caused me.
Post by AGmom2AlliTori on Jan 24, 2010 9:04:11 GMT -5
I purchased this table used from a board member - long before we started to collect for Molly. I liked it because it's just so versitile and can transcend so many time periods. I also liked that it can fold down for storage. Just a really great table and I am very, very happy with my purchase. The chairs are great, dollies never slip off.
Post by sailormolly on Jan 28, 2010 21:00:52 GMT -5
I recently got this set off Ebay. I've been dreaming of owning Molly's wooden table and chairs for over 15 years. And I was not disappointed in the least bit. The set is so versatile and can work with so many different time periods.
I only have two of Molly's chairs, so I used two of Felicity's chairs, too. They fit around the table pretty comfortably. You'll have to disregard Nellie trying to slide out of the chair. Her tights are pretty thick and wouldn't let her legs stay bent like the others. I should have traded her out for one of the other girls, but she insisted on playing with the Winnie the Pooh puzzle!! LOL!!
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Note: I have seen two sets of tables and two extra chairs. The two extra chairs matched one of the tables but the other table & chairs were a distinctly darker stain. Unfortunately I never took pictures of them together.
This was always my favorite table set. I like that it works for a wide range of times and I like wooden furniture in general. Though I could get dolls to sit in the chairs I tend to be frustrated with how the dolls look sitting in any chair, which is part of why I sold it.
You can't actually seat four dolls in this configuration, but it looks cute. Shown with back leaf down and front leaf up:
In case anyone cares how the leaves stay up (note that one of the leaf-holders is missing on mine, you can just see one here):