THE EVENT TEAM

We are excited to work with the community to make this festive gathering take place!

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SHARI STAEL

Suzie et Gus

The host of the event is Shari Stael, founder and owner of the adorable toy store, Suzie et Gus, in Brugge. She is a lifelong resident of Brugge and wants to bring people to her fairy tale hometown to enjoy it as a beautiful and historic backdrop for the event – which will be hosted in the City’s most famous building. Shari is responsible for funding the event and managing the finances with the goal of keeping the event accessible and affordable by only passing along the costs of the event to attendees and vendors. Shari is responsible for the logistics and the management of the facilities for the gathering. She was able to secure the Belfry as the location for the event because she has demonstrated the cultural value of the artful Blythe and Toy communities.  Find Shari on Instagram at @suzieetgus AND @suzieetgusdolls

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JEN O'CONNOR

Earth Angels Studios

Jen O’Connor is serving as the event’s agent and co-organizer. Jen is a retailer and expert in handmade small business development in New York. She has been hosting events since she founded her gallery -- Earth Angels Studios -- in 1994. Jen is working on the promotion and planning of the event, accessing her broad and varied network of friends, fellow collectors, and enthusiasts for art, vintage, and handmade across the globe. She is a volunteer who wants to connect various collecting communities; her goal is to bring people together to play in Brugge and then in New York for an event she will host in 2023. Jen is responsible for social media, community outreach and strategic planning. Find Jen on Instagram at @earthangelsstudios AND @jensearthangels

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OUR VOLUNTEERS...AMBASSADORS OF PLAY

Are you interested in becoming involved?


 We need help in so many areas…everything from pre-event promo on social media to assisting with translation the day of the event.  Are you willing to help set up or break down? Maybe you would prefer to be in the hospitality lounge at the event or the info booth.  Or perhaps you would like to be a photographer at the event to document the moments of the day, or the vendors.

Let us know if you would like to help us make the event more memorable… please email us --  include your name, your Instagram, and your country…and what you love to collect! Feel free to mention any special skills you would like to share – or if you are just willing to be an extra pair of hands!


Ambassadors will receive a thank you gift and will be acknowledged on social media and at the event.