When I was just starting to collect, the only places where I source dolls are toy stores, department stores, and warehouse sales. I’m always on the look out for events like end-of-the-month sales, 3 days sales, promos, holiday sales and warehouse sales. But these places usually have the same items being sold, and most times, despite the “sale” tags, a minimum wage earner like me still finds them expensive.
So how was I able to amass such collections? Thrift stores and online shops! Thanks to the wonderful world of the internet. I maybe way so behind from the other collectors when I found out about these, but, I believe I have a lucky streak (or shall I say Lucky Charm which I shall discuss in my future post.) Since then, I became addicted visiting and searching for thrift stores that sells not only clothes & bags, but toys as well.
Anyway, I took shots of 2 stores that I frequently visit. Of course, what else would you expect, tons of items on top of another, help-yourself boxes and bins full of stuff, means you’ve got to dig it to find out if there’s something interesting.
We’ve got a lot of clones and copycats here! These are cheap dolls from China. Headmold’s obviously copied from a Monster High by Mattel with the body similar to that of Bratz!
Of course, I’ve always been fascinated by copycats. Like what I always said, it gives the cash strapped collector like me the opportunity to buy and get the “feel” of having these type of dolls at a very affordable price of Php125.00 (less than $3.00) yay!
Monster High Dolls Copy Cats!
Frankie Stein Copy Cat
But…but…nah! You don’t get the 100% feeling of satisfaction, these are still cheap imitations which in my opinion should not be patronized.
Packed as: Monster Club “Together and Play” Country of origin is China, and no company dared to claim the manufacturing (he he he) and it has quite an attractive box with all those graphics.
Who likes doll clones? I do, but not all. Some are interesting to have due to their amazing similarity to the original and yes, the fact that I can’t afford the original. Anyway, this one didn’t came from a thrift store. I bought it in one of those toy exhibits cum warehouse sale. I have four actually (with different hair colors, blue, pink, black, blonde) and I’m planning to give them a makeover, like a face-up or something. But of course, better said than done. I don’t have the time, the material, and the knowledge yet to tinker with their heads. So for now, I’ll just take a photo for my own amusement ;-P
Blythe Clone under the sea!
Blythe Clone in the Park!
Blythe Clone Playtime!
The Commuter Blythe Clone
Color Changing Eyes, Made in China by Susan and Aladdin™ (Zhengdan Toys), 4 eye colors, pull string @ the back, sparsely rooted hair, bendable knees with the body similar to a Bratz!
This post is as usual, late for the occasion!
Anyway, i found this doll just sitting on top of a shelf (backside down) in a thrift store somewhere in Cubao. I guess it was the 5th day of “new arrivals” then, judging from the other items all strewn around the place, devastated by a twister! Actually, it’s the early hoppers with their kids who loves turning the store into their own playground!
The shelf was a bit high so I couldn’t really see most of the stuff, in total disarray, so I just raised my arm and search blindly with my hand slowly groping on each item. There’s one box that seem intriguing to the touch, alas a window box, I surmised it to be just the right size for……gosh! Barbie Doll!
I slowly pulled out the box from the debris of other mangled second-hand toys and I was right!! The window box is old, has dents & creases everywhere, the cardboard cover is gone, but the plastic is intact and has protected the doll from its long journey, the journey to 2D’s world! And that’s me!
I’m so lucky! I can’t afford this in its original price, and here she is, waited for me, survived the twister ;-P with her accessories all inside. She has never been taken off her cardboard, although the certificate is missing, everything else is in their right place!
So Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Chinese Empress Barbie Doll, the last doll from the Great Eras Collection, Volume 10, 1996 (released 1997)
About this Empress
The Chinese Empress Barbie Great Eras Collection
The Chinese Empress Barbie Collector Edition
The Chinese Empress Barbie Volume 10
Still trying to organize my collection!
LOOK AT THAT! ANOTHER THEME & AGAIN STILL COULDN’T DECIDE WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE! I’M STILL FIXING THIS SITE.
About 2 weeks ago I dropped by a toy store to unwind and at the same time check if there are new dolls. I have long promised myself that I would never buy anymore dolls, and am able to hold on to this. Anyway, here are the dolls that caught my attention, another set of copycats.
LIVING DEAD DOLLS COPYCAT!
A NOVI STAR DOLL WANNABE!
Magic Power Night Doll
a Bratzilla wannabe!
These dolls are of course, much cheaper than the original, but with very good packaging.
Copycats, how amusing! I sort of took a fancy and almost broke my promise! Good thing I don’t have enough dough that time.
They’re Made in China. ;-P
BARBIE WEDDING GOWN
LICCA CHAN DRESS
LICCAN CHAN BEACH OUTFIT
BARBIE & TAKARA JENNYS ACCESSORIES
TAKARA JENNY’S & BARBIE CLOTHES
ASSORTED DOLLY CLOTHES
How lucky can anyone be? In one of my thriftstore round-up I found a handful of assorted doll accessories and clothes. It was tucked inside a pillowcase and tied with a rubber band and was just sitting at the lower part of the shelf. I got curious, why would they place a linen item in the toy section? So i took a peek and was surprised to see an assortment of colors inside! Most of the dress are new, specially the Takara Tomy’s (Jenny/Licca) outfits. The price? Very Cheap! I immediately paid at the counter and left so excited to fit them…on my dolls of course!