TreeChangeDolls

Tree Change Dolls® - Sonia Singh

Hobart, Australia On Etsy since 2015

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TreeChangeDolls

Tree Change Dolls® - Sonia Singh

Hobart, Australia | 9,409 Sales

Announcement    My next doll sale will be on the 2nd of December at 10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. (Sales are usually on the first Wednesday of each month.) Sign up to my monthly newsletter for a monthly preview before each sale.

For those interested in re-styling your own dolls, check out my 'Guide to Re-styling Dolls' (Now available in English OR Spanish) and my mum's great sewing, knitting and crochet patterns available for download too. Or please consider purchasing greeting cards, or a Tree Change Doll colouring book download!

Please subscribe to Tree Change Dolls® on my tumblr blog, and follow me on FB, instagram and twitter for announcements and updates. Thanks for all your interest and support!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 4, 2020

My next doll sale will be on the 2nd of December at 10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. (Sales are usually on the first Wednesday of each month.) Sign up to my monthly newsletter for a monthly preview before each sale.

For those interested in re-styling your own dolls, check out my 'Guide to Re-styling Dolls' (Now available in English OR Spanish) and my mum's great sewing, knitting and crochet patterns available for download too. Or please consider purchasing greeting cards, or a Tree Change Doll colouring book download!

Please subscribe to Tree Change Dolls® on my tumblr blog, and follow me on FB, instagram and twitter for announcements and updates. Thanks for all your interest and support!

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About TreeChangeDolls

Sales 9,409
On Etsy since 2015

Tree Change Dolls® is about recycling used fashion dolls to create dolls that reflect real children ready to explore the world!

My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment. I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life.

My Tree Change Dolls® have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These little fashion dolls have opted for a change of lifestyle, swapping high-maintenance glamour for down-to-earth style.

I hand repaint the dolls faces, mold new shoes, and my Mum sews and knits their clothing.

I plan to post dolls for sale regularly and I will ship worldwide. Please follow my facebook page www.facebook.com/treechangedolls to be informed of when I will be posting dolls for sale. (Each group of dolls I have posted so far has sold out within a few seconds of posting, but you can have a look at them under 'sold items'.)

If there are no dolls for sale when you visit my shop, it is because they have all sold out. If you wish to support my work please consider purchasing a set greeting cards featuring my original photographs of the very first set of my Tree Change Dolls®. I also sell knitting patterns for those creative types who wish to re-style their own dolls.

Shop members

  • Sonia

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I am the Tasmanian artist and creator of Tree Change Dolls. I live in southern Tasmania with my partner, our young daughter, our 3-legged dog and several chooks. I love op-shopping and reusing and recycling.

  • Silvia

    Designer, Doll Clothes Expert

    Sonia's Mum Silvia is an expert knitter and sewer who designs clothing for the Tree Change Dolls, as well as other beautifully crafted accessories.

Production partners

  • printing service

    TAS, Australia

    NewPrint is a Tasmanian owned, family business run by Robert and Sally New. I am pleased to have them print my greeting cards and posters as they have very high standards of print quality and environmentally friendly processes and paper options.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 30, 2019
Hi everyone,
Tree Change Dolls® are all about recycling to make dolls that reflect real children, ready to have adventures out in the world. Tree Change Dolls has strong ethical and environmental values and I also believe in sharing the joy of creativity with children and their families everywhere and encouraging a healthy respect and enjoyment of our precious natural world.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I am happy to accept order cancellations on dolls (with full refund) if received within 24 hours of online order confirmation.

I want you to be happy with your order and will do whatever I can to work with you to sort out any issues. Please send an Etsy conversation including your receipt number, or an email to treechangedolls [!at] gmail.com

No refunds can be given for digital items.
Payment
My Tree Change Dolls® sell out very quickly. I usually post to my FB page the time and date of sales. It helps to have your payment details pre-loaded into Etsy before making a purchase, otherwise you may find another customer has beat you to the checkout.

Payment options are:

Paypal
Credit and Debit Card
Shipping
All items (other than digital items) are shipped worldwide through Australia Post. Shipping for dolls includes tracking if available to your country and you will receive a shipping notification with tracking number once the item is shipped.

Please allow up to a week for shipping within Australia (usually 1-4 days)
Please allow up to 3 week for shipping to International destinations (usually 3-10 business days)

Tree Change Dolls is not responsible for any delays or additional payments associated with customs when shipping to international destinations.

Knitting patterns and other DIY resources are available as digital downloads only, and will not be posted in physical form.
For help downloading digital items please go to this Etsy help page:
https://www.etsy.com/au/help/article/3949
Additional policies and FAQs
Do you have a mailing list?

Yes, I do. Sign up to receive my monthly newsletter to remind you of my monthly sale, as well as the latest news in the world of Tree Change Dolls. Subscribe through my tumblr blog, or let me know through Etsy conversations.

How do I purchase one of your dolls?

I sell my unique Tree Change Dolls® exclusively through my Etsy shop . I generally post a new group of dolls for sale on the first Wednesday of every month. For the exact time of sale, please check my facebook page as I post regular updates there. Or subscribe to join my mailing list and receive monthly sale reminders - just send me a message through Etsy with your email address included!

In order to purchase a doll, you need to create an Etsy account. Each month my group of dolls sells out very quickly! (sometimes within ten minutes.) To make a successful purchase, you will need to be logged into your Etsy account at the sale time, with all your shipping details and credit card details pre-entered into Etsy. Keep refreshing your browser and be aware that the purchase is not complete when you merely have the item in your cart, you need to quickly go through the checkout to have the order completed. I ship worldwide and shipping cost from your country is displayed when selected at checkout.

Why do your dolls sell out so fast?

When I started Tree Change Dolls in 2015, my story went viral! People around the world were amazed by my doll transformations! I now have nearly 500,000 Facebook likes, and a loyal base of followers. I am just one artist, so I can only create a limited number of dolls and they are in high demand.

Can I pre-order a doll? Can you make a doll to look like my daughter/ child/ sister/ niece?

I do not take any pre-orders or custom orders at this point. However, each month I create a selection of different unique dolls, and you may be lucky to find one that looks like you, or someone you know! Otherwise, why not try yourself? I encourage others to get creative and have a go at recycling some used dolls with their children. My 'Guide to Re-Styling Dolls' is available for download in my shop - available in English , or in Spanish. For some FREE tips and tutorials please visit my DIY page. It can be found on my blog at www.treechangedolls.tumblr.com/diy

What are the prices for your dolls?

I price my dolls individually. The price for one doll ranges from $150-300 Australian Dollars per doll depending on the amount of work that my mother and I put into them and the clothes and accessories included with each doll - and sometimes also how much it’s worth to part with them!

As I alone cannot meet the world-wide demand for my dolls, I also encourage others to get creative and try doll-restyling for themselves. For all my DIY information and resources please go to my DIY page. (www.treechangedolls.tumblr.com/diy)

Do you sell doll clothes separately?

Sometimes. When I have time to sew extra doll clothing, I make these items available in my Etsy shop. My mum designs and makes some of the clothes for my Tree Change Dolls. Just as I can only paint and re-style a limited number of dolls, she and I can only produce a limited amount of dolls clothes.

For those keen to get crafty themselves, I also sell sewing, knitting and crochet patterns for many of the Tree Change Dolls clothes. These patterns are created by my amazing mum Silvia and can be purchased from my TreeChangeDolls Etsy shop.

Do you sell your dolls for charity?

For every doll I have ever sold I have donated a portion of the profits to charity. I currently donate 10% of every doll sale to a charity of my choice.

Charities I support include:
International Women’s Development Agency
Tasmanian Land Conservancy
Save the Children
Greening Australia
Plan International Australia.

What does the name Tree Change Dolls mean?

A ‘treechange’ is a term in Australia that means moving from the city to the country for a more relaxed and down to earth lifestyle. It is actually a derivation of the original term ‘seachange’ (also the name of a popular Australian TV show in the early 2000s) which meant moving from a bustling city life to a small seaside town for a more relaxed and down to earth lifestyle. When I started doing these dolls and John persuaded me to put them online we threw a few different names around but decided that Tree Change Dolls was the best fit. Seems to have stuck!

What paints do you use to repaint the dolls?

I started using Jo Sonja’s artist acrylics paint which I already had and these are great paints to start with as they are readily available and easy to use. I am now using Viponds Tautflex paints which are specifically formulated for painting on a vinyl surface (which most doll heads are made from). Any brand of reasonable quality acrylic paint should be okay. For more tips and DIY information go to my DIY page on my tumblr blog.

What type of brush do you use?

I use sable fiber brushes, size 00 or 000. For more tips and DIY information go to my DIY page.

I have some dolls I would like to give you, do you accept doll donations?

If you have a bunch of plastic dolls I could use (Bratz dolls, moxie dolls, Wee 3 Friends, little Kelly or Chelsea dolls) and you wish to donate them for re-styling, my mailing address is: Tree Change Dolls, PO Box 91, Blackmans Bay, TAS 7052, Australia
Please be aware I do not give away re-styled dolls in exchange for donations. I also do not use porcelain dolls, or dolls with unnatural colours of skin and hair (eg monster high dolls).

Can I do this myself?

I encourage others to recycle and upcylce old dolls and toys. Do it yourself, with friends, with children and others in your family! There are so many plastic dolls already made that could still be played with and could inspire the creative minds of children with a little attention and creativity. Plastic toys will be around for hundreds of years. Much better they are being played with than in landfill.

Are you going to start producing your own range of dolls for stores?

I believe in recycling. I love the joy of transforming a discarded item into a toy to be loved and treasured. Instead of mass producing factory-made dolls, I am encouraging and helping others to reuse, repair, recycle and upcycle old dolls and toys by providing guides, patterns and tutorials. Please visit my DIY page for more information.

Can I sell my own re-styled dolls?

I share my DIY tips and videos so that children and their families can enjoy the creative fun of re-styling their old dolls. However, if you are going to try selling your own re-styled dolls I simply ask that you respect my intellectual property rights and do not infringe on my trademark name Tree Change Dolls®. My trademark guidelines are as follows:

Trademark Guidelines

I ask that you do not use the name Tree Change Dolls® or use the name Sonia Singh in relation to the dolls or any other items you are selling, in any way. Sellers may not state that their work is ‘inspired by’ Tree Change Dolls. This name is my registered trademark, to be used only by me unless I have given you licence to use it.

This includes in the listings or descriptions of your own dolls, dolls clothes or other toys, games and accessories, printed materials, patterns or stationary.

I also ask that you do not use the words Tree Change Dolls or Tree Change Doll as tags or hashtags for your own products or dolls, even if you have used the words tree, change and doll in three separate tags. This also constitutes trademark infringement. This can also result in brand confusion. I have received several complaints from people who mistakenly thought they were buying from me, so please make sure your customers understand what they are buying and who is selling.

Having said that, I wish you all the best in your creative endeavours.

Happy upcycling!

More information

Last updated on Dec 30, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

I am not taking pre-orders or custom doll orders at this point. I am only able to produce a limited number of my unique hand-styled Tree Change Dolls (each one takes many hours of time and care to create), and since my story went viral world-wide, they sell out very quickly.

I generally post a new group of dolls for sale each month. Prices range from $180-$300 Australian Dollars for single dolls with 10% donated to a charity of my choice.

Please follow Tree Change Dolls on Facebook I post updates and photos on upcoming sales there.

Do you have a mailing list?

Yes, I do. Sign up to receive my monthly newsletter to remind you of my monthly sale, as well as the latest news in the world of Tree Change Dolls. Subscribe through my tumblr blog, or write to me through Etsy conversations.

How can I buy one of your dolls?

I sell my unique Tree Change Dolls® exclusively through my Etsy shop . I generally post a new group of dolls for sale on the first Wednesday of every month. The sell out quickly!

For the exact time of sale, please check my facebook page as I post regular updates there. Or subscribe to join my mailing list and receive monthly sale reminders - just send me a message through Etsy with your email address included!

What does 'Tree Change' mean?

A ‘treechange’ is a term in Australia that means moving from the city to the country for a more relaxed and down to earth lifestyle. It is actually a derivation of the original term ‘seachange’ (also the name of a popular Australian TV show in the early 2000s) which meant moving from a bustling city life to a small seaside town for a more relaxed and down to earth lifestyle.

What are the prices for your dolls?

I price my dolls individually. The price for one doll usually ranges from $150-300 Australian Dollars per doll depending on the amount of work that my mother and I put into them and the clothes and accessories included with each doll - and sometimes also how much it’s worth to part with them!

I currently donate 10% of every doll sale to a charity of my choice. Charities I support include: International Women’s Development Agency, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Save the Children, and Greening Australia

As I alone cannot meet the world-wide demand for my dolls, I also encourage others to get creative and try doll-restyling for themselves. My guide is available for download in my shop.

Do you sell doll clothes separately?

When I have time to sew extra doll clothing, I make these items available in my Etsy shop, usually at my monthly sale. My mum designs and makes some of the clothes for my Tree Change Dolls. Just as I can only paint and re-style a limited number of dolls, she and I can only produce a limited amount of dolls clothes.

For those keen to get crafty themselves, I also sell sewing, knitting and crochet patterns for many of the Tree Change Dolls clothes. These patterns are created by my amazing mum Silvia and can be purchased and downloaded from my shop.

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