Big things, little things, all sorts of things! If it’s doll-related, especially for Pullip and company, it would probably be a great donation.
Typical item donations include handmade or commercially-produced doll clothing suitable for 1:6 dolls, doll accessories and photo props, customizing materials, merchandise featuring doll photography, and more. We have 165 gift bags to fill for PUDDLE 2017 and we appreciate donations of multiple items, especially small identical or similar-value items.
We especially love donations of dolls! We welcome stock or custom dolls, in any condition. Dolls that are in mint condition can be offered as contest or raffle prizes. Dolls in poor condition will be sent out to volunteer customizers to get makeovers and return all spruced up.
Please limit doll donations to dolls made by Jun Planning, Groove, or Ars Gratia Artis. While we have many fans of Blythe, Monster High, and other dolls in attendance, and those dolls are welcome to visit in the crowd, PUDDLE is for the appreciation of Groove-family dolls. As such, we would like to keep the prize offerings to dolls directly related to Pullip, which includes minis, Angel Pullips and Dals, J-Dolls, Ai Dolls, and other dolls from the same manufacturer.
Monetary donations are always welcome and will be used to pay for the maintenance of the website as well as funding future PUDDLEs. A $9 donation pays to sponsor one month of the website.
Donations are given out to PUDDLE attendees in a few ways:
- Gift Bags: Premium gift bags include items for both dolls and their owners. Typical offerings include clothing, customizing accessories, photo props, candy, stationery, and other small-size items. Donations for every gift bag are especially welcome. However, we recognize that everyone cannot donate that many items, so a donation in any amount will be gratefully accepted. In 2016 there were 117 gift bags total (both Premium and Standard). The maximum number of attendees for 2017 is 140.
- Contest Prizes: These vary from small handmade clothing items to mint condition dolls to one-of-a-kind trophies made specially as prizes! We especially need volunteers to create sets of prizes for the different contests, as well as items indicating 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Fan Favorite winners, to be placed on the winning entries after judging. We have four types of contests, with 7 categories for judging, and each one needs prizes. The contests are Best in Theme, Customization: Full Custom, Customization: Modified, Customization: Mini, Customization: Original Outfit, Dress Like Your Doll, and Photo/Art Contest. Please see the Contest Rules page for more details.
- Raffle Prizes: Typically, large or specialty items like fully custom dolls, mohair doll wigs, handmade outfits, doll carriers, and such.
- Door Prizes: These tend to be items that are doll-related, but not necessarily for dolls. Past door prizes have included keychains, doll furniture, Pullip stationery and merchandise, magazine subscriptions, eyechips, and more.
- Silent Auction: Reserved only for dolls and other very high-value items.
Strictly speaking, no, especially if they are larger or more labor-intensive items. However, the higher a number of similar items you can donate, the better. We try to balance the gift bags so that everyone gets the same amount of items and it’s easiest to do this with lots of items to choose from.
If you can’t donate enough for every gift bag (165 items is quite a lot!), we love to receive donation sets in increments of 5 or 10. Single items are likely to end up as raffle or contest prizes but may still find their way to gift bags depending on need. We appreciate all donations for the gift bags, even if it is a single item!
We will try to accommodate all requests. However, we may be forced to reassign donations to other categories based on need.
The exceptions are for contest prizes and gift bag donations–sets of prizes for particular contests designated for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Fan Favorite winners will always be for those contests, and large numbers of the same thing (e.g. 50 pairs of eyechips) will be best used in gift bags.
Please do. It’s not necessary, but it helps us to plan better. We can also work with you to make sure your time and energy is spent well, if we plan your work together. Depending on what you plan to donate, we may also be able to help with materials costs (see below) for your project(s).
If you want to be a Sponsor, let us know so we can add you to the Sponsors list!
If you are also a PUDDLE Vendor who also wants to be a PUDDLE Sponsor, you must donate item(s) worth at least $20. If you are not a Vendor, you must donate item(s) worth at least $25. Items for Sponsors don’t have to fit any particular category. They can be handmade or commercially manufactured.
The value of the items is determined by you, the sponsor. Please let us know the total value (if more than $20/$25) so we can calculate the generosity of our donors and keep track of how much PUDDLE is worth.
No matter what, you can’t mail the donated items too soon. The more time we have beforehand to focus on getting other things ready (instead of checking in on promised donations) the better!
All items or photos of donated items should be received by May 15 to make sure they will be used at PUDDLE 2017. (Items received after May 16 will be used for PUDDLE, but may possibly be held for future years.)
If you are donating gift bag items:
If you are donating larger items as contest or raffle prizes, or silent auction dolls:
If you are donating items for the gift bags, please mail them in advance if at all possible, even if you are attending PUDDLE. Gift bag assembly is time consuming, and it helps us balance the items in each bag if we know what is being donated. There is no guarantee your items will make it in to the gift bags if they arrive on Saturday.
If you are donating items that can be used as contest prizes, please mail them in advance if at all possible, even if you are attending PUDDLE. We want to make sure we have nice prizes for all winners!
If you are attending PUDDLE and will be at the venue by 10 am, you can bring donated raffle items with you. This is a change for 2017 from previous years because of the sheer amount of stuff that has to make its way to PUDDLE. Please take photos and advertise your donation on Facebook and doll forums! It still helps us to know approximately how many raffle and special raffle items we will have, so we can make sure we have a good balance of door prizes/raffle prizes/contest prizes, the right amount of space for displaying donated dolls, and more.
We cannot guarantee that all donations other than raffle prizes that are brought to PUDDLE will get used on that same day. They may get saved for next year.
If you have questions or need the mailing address, please contact us.
I don’t want to make things on my own, but I have some supplies that someone else could use. Can I donate those?
Yes, please! We especially welcome donations of bait dolls, customizing materials like wigs, eyechips, and Obitsu bodies, and fabric suitable for doll clothing. Contact us so we can figure out whether or not we have a volunteer standing by who can use them.
Thank you to everyone who donates time or items to PUDDLE.
We couldn’t hold the event without you!