'This is not hoarding. This is collecting' Ruth's Doll Museum

[Walt Gray, KXTV]

Just off of U.S. Highway 50 at the Pollock Pines exit in El Dorado County down a sloped driveway is Ruth's Doll Museum. If there's a Hall of Fame for ...

Collecting can be a time-consuming hobby, and all week we're asking you to share your photos of your cool collections. We found one woman in El Dorado with an unusual collection...

Just off of U.S. Highway 50 at the Pollock Pines exit in El Dorado County down a sloped driveway is Ruth's Doll Museum.

If there's a Hall of Fame for dolls, this is it.

Who would own a doll museum? Marlene Ruth is the proprietor, the enthusiast and the heart and soul of this rare collection.

"I've been a doll person since I was maybe five [years old]," Ruth said. "I have my whole collection here."

Collections don't start big and this one took time. A lot of time. Ruth started to assemble doll upon doll upon doll in 1965.

"I collected, my mother collected, we collected together," Ruth said. "That's how we started."

When you collect dolls and figurines for over 50 years, people donate their own collections because Ruth is the type of person you would do that for once your home starts to get cramped. 

"The house began to have all the dolls in every room," Ruth said.

Yes, Ruth's house was overrun with dolls, some would even say ...

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