A POST VALENTINE POST!

“Listen well, all of you…the Princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her.  But, before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and…die!”

Sounds familiar?  Nope, not posting about Maleficent.  This post is about my Jenny Doll as Sleeping Beauty.  She is from the series of Takara Jenny Marchen Collection, Made in Japan.

TAKARA JENNY CLOSED EYESShe’s in mint condition when I found her, yes, thrift store of course. Minus the shoes, crown and accessories.  It took me quite a while to look for her identity.  Who would want a doll with eyes closed permanently?  So this is rare, and I’m lucky!  I found her boyfriend Raph a year later.  So I thought they are perfect as Valentine post.

RAPH TAKARA JENNY BF

RAPH on the other hand is made in Korea, I’m not sure if this is his original outfit.  Maybe not, it looked like a woman’s clothing.

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re past asleep…”

TAKARA JENNY SLEEPING BEAUTY

“Whatever you wish for you keep…”

TAKARA JENNY SLEEPING BEAUTYSo what would it be?  Every girl in the planet would most likely wish for her own Prince Charming, right?  I do.

TO BE CONTINUED.

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MY FAVORITE TAKARA DOLL: JENNY!

This is a long overdue post.  Last year I mentioned about a Lucky Charm which is actually a doll named Jenny.  She is my 2nd thrift store doll.  Ever since I found her, a lucky streak befell upon moi and I can’t believe it!  Nope, it’s not winning any lottery or marrying Keanu Reeves 😉 mind you, but it’s finding good stuff like dolls, accessories and dolly outfits!

Meet Jenny!

TAKARA JENNY DOLLWhen I found her, she was wearing a tattered generic Korean dress with her hair disheveled showing her scalp.  The pattern in which her hair was rooted has large gap in between, I don’t think its a factory defect, it’s just the way they made her.

I didn’t buy her right away, I was sort of disappointed when I took a close look.  Her limbs are thin and she’s like the female version of the G.I. Joe that my nephew collects with bendable parts.  I didn’t find her attractive due to that, I have gotten used to Barbie’s body structure.  I remember the saleslady tried to talked me into buying it saying she’s cute, blah, blah.. but I just shook my head and left.

A week later, as I was waiting for my ride, my eyes wondered off to that thrift store just across the street.  I can still see Jenny from behind the glass pane, pinned by stuff toys and baby dolls.  I don’t know, but I rushed inside and pull her out, took a second look, and finally bought her!  When I reached home, I checked her again for any damages, and underneath the worn out dress she had her original suit! Wow!

jenny lyingJenny is wearing a Black Jumpsuit with an ankle-length yellow wrap-around chiffon skirt (which my niece took home with her for Barb) and a pair of white earring studs.  Printed on her back – © Takara ’96 Made in China. Her suit is labeled with japanese characters similar to the other original Takara dress I saw online.  

After cleaning, I kept her in my closet along with my Bratz, and there she stayed for a very long time.  I have began posting the other dolls, but kept skipping on Jenny because I was still trying to look for info about her.  At least this one in particular.  Takara Jenny has a lot of series and at first, they all looked the same.  I found out that this one belongs to the Super Model series.

Jenny BoxNOTE:  This picture of her box is taken from Google and does not belong to me, used only for reference and identification of my doll.

So now comes Jenny’s time to take the spotlight! Of course, the following belongs to moi!

jenny white ballJenny Sitting 1Jenny pinkTo be continued!

MY FAVE THRIFT STORES

When I was just starting to collect dolls, my only source was Toy Kingdom, then came Toys “R” Us, and tried my luck in Greenhills.  But as time goes by, the prices of dolls are becoming incredibly high.  It’s frustrating not being able to afford dolls that other collectors could easily buy in a snap, no sweat! 

So, drool is all I can do LOL!  Anyway, when Toy Kingdom announces it’s first ever Toy Warehouse Sale, I felt so excited, a glitter of hope for a cash-strapped-collector like me!  Since then, I’m always on the look out for year-end sale, holiday sale, and warehouse sale. But that was four years ago, I found a new haven where I can afford more dolls, thrift stores!

Who would have thought that dolls are also being sold in thrift stores.  These places usually sell old clothes, shoes and bags.  I learned about it when I entered a thrift store, out of curiosity, and the rest is history.  One of my first thrift store doll is Blythe doll “Rosie Red” which I posted years ago.  I usually go thrifting on weekends and spend about 5 hours of hopping from one store to another, in short, I got addicted.  My sister asked me how did I know which store sells dolls? Of course, Google helped me a lot.  I visited forums, read blogs, eavesdrop on conversation of fellow addicts inside the store or by having a small chat with them has been my source of information.  But honestly speaking, I rarely chat inside the store.  Not everyone is willing to share “treasure maps” like there’s this silent rule among collectors not to divulge too much info, otherwise, you’ll end up empty handed, and gain competition among hoarders.  Check out this post to know what I mean The One That Got Away!

Anyway, I’m always careful and I double check. You don’t just believe everything you read or hear.  One should be able to discern if the place is real, existing, and safe to roam around because some people can be misleading (intentionally or not) it’s “go at your own risk.”  So, it’s advisable (and more fun) to have friends thrifting with us.

These are my favorite thrift stores.

LOCATED NEAR MRT CUBAO STATION FRONTING TROPICAL HUT

DESIBEL RTW is located near MRT Cubao Station in front of Tropical Hut

MSM SURPLUSMSM SURPLUS used to be near Marikina Shoe Expo in Cubao, but they have transferred at the back of SSS office where the market area is, fronting the flower vendors.

AMERICAN DEPOT

AMERICAN DEPOT located at the corner of Edsa and Scout Borromeo near MRT GMA Kamuning Station, the main office/warehouse of MSM Surplus.  I rarely visit this store because only a few people walk the stretch from the station to the corner of Scout.  Not ideal to be alone.

MSM Surplus located at C.M. Recto near National Bookstore and Japan Surplus.  I don’t remember any store sign.

The building they call “ukay haven” because it has a lot of thrift stores from the ground floor to the 4th floor.  They have furniture, clothes, shoes, bags, stuff toys, hard toys, and yes, dolls too!  Located near Anonas LRT 2 Station, I don’t remember the name of the building, but it is situated between Anson Supermarket and St. Joseph Church.  Again, not an enticing place due to a number of street children, beggars and speeding jeepneys. I visited thrice and never went back.

The thrift store (no name) located near/front of McDonald’s PRC branch in J.P. Rizal St. Makati also “used” to sell good stuff because this is where I found those Barbie Fashion Avenue clothes.  But ever since they changed the management (and store personnel) the tag pricing has increased, and most of the toys are not much of the collectible types anymore, it is now WCHA FASHION HOUSE.  

So far, these are the stores where I got most of the 2nd hand dolls I now have in my collections.  I’m sure there are other collectors out there who knows a lot more than I do when it comes to thrift stores.  I am not anymore as addicted as before.  I have decided to stop.  However, I shall continue to post about the dolls I have hoarded.

Just a reminder to anyone who’d stumble upon my site, or might have read this, please always have your friends to accompany you specially when it’s your first time to go to any of the places I mentioned.  The last time I visited these places was a year ago.  Google if you must.  Happy thrifting!

A few shots to drool on ;-P

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Mei Ling The Kung Fu Master

Mei Ling The Kung Fu Master

By China Sprout, My haul last year has the same body type as Barbie