A Designer Gown Etc.

Last Sunday I had a few hours of free time so I opened pandora’s box 😉  in an attempt to organize Barbie’s clothes that have accumulated over the years.  I couldn’t remember the last time I tried sorting, I want to continue where I left off.  I found out I haven’t really done much and seeing my bin with the contents in shambles, I felt like having a headache!

I changed my mind 🙂 and decided to do it next week instead.   I just picked 5 outfit and 5 dolls to try them on.  All of these are thrift store finds in mint condition.

JAPANESE YUKATA, the sleeves are not longer than the thigh, it does not have any label so I think this is one of those made to order, got lost in the mail, and landed in my bin 😉

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This one has no label also, so I do not know to which doll this was made for.  Neatly sewn!  With Nagajuban undergarment.

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Traditional Korean wedding dress, no label.

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Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady, handmade replica for Barbie, no label.

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I was really amazed, I thought it was original Mattel, but nope, this is handmade.  Judging from the snap button, this was probably made during the 70’s?

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Barbie Benefit Ball Gown 1992 from the Classique Collection Limited Edition created by Designer Carol Spencer! 

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I found this along with another creation of Carol Spencer  sometime in Year 2012!  I have forgotten about it coz I had it hung inside my wardrobe cabinet.  I really liked that they used plastic mini zipper than the velcro that often damage the fabric.

 

 

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Thoughts On (2)

The continuing thoughts…

Oh just because Barbie is one of my favorites doesn’t mean she’s saved from my scrutiny.  I hated the 2009 (?) Barbie.  And I didn’t like how they’ve changed Barbs eyes, I kinda liked the wide eyed look of the early 80’s. 

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Most of the dolls that Mattel produced in the succeeding years has this face, I didn’t like the wide open mouth and the lifeless flat eyes.  But then again, of course, these are made for young girls to be played with and maybe these type appeals to them, not for oldies like me ha ha ha!

I wish Barbie will stay like this forever.  The Superstar Barbie!

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These types are ok.  Forever young!

Or how about using any of these as the new face of Barbie!

Ciao!

AA Dolls (continuation)

Among the AA dolls I have, my favorite is Kiyoni Brown because of her dark chocolate skintone, I just didn’t like the bent body.  The one I have is from the Bike Date series created by Mattel in 2003.  She was with Tre (her date) when I found her dressed in her original clothes.  I don’t really collect male dolls, so she has to say goodbye to her date.  She is my first Flava doll.  

Kiyoni Brown by Mattel

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She resembles Barbie Basic Black Model #4 and stands 10-1/2″ tall, 8 points of articulation with bendable knees.

Jakks AA

Jakks Pacific Inc. (made in China) 11-1/2″ tall, she wears a pair of violet earrings and a gold pearl necklace (which i took off because of the bikini of course).  I do not know who she is, what series she belongs to.

Cristy

 Soccer Christie Doll 1999, Made in Malaysia by Mattel, I don’t have her original Goalie uniform.

Brandy

Brandy Doll by Mattel 1999, I have nothing much to say except I love her make up!  She’s all hard plastic like Christie above except their heads.

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Flava Doll Street Style Tika by Mattel with 10 points of articulation.  She looked like fresh from the shower.

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Flava Doll Tika by Mattel with 10 points of articulation.  I don’t know which series she belongs to.

Nichelle

Generation Girl Nichelle by Mattel 1998

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Fashion Fever New York Barbie Benetton

AAs with Liam

Flava Doll Liam at the center with flocked hair.  I already sold him, the girls are going crazy!

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Naked Glory, I forgot I still have 3 more.

BARBIE SUMMER DRESS, ETC.

Last Sunday I took the time to sort some of my haul from last year.  I found this pack in one of my boxes, I remember I still need to wash them because they smelled like soiled cardboard although most of them are actually clean and new.

DSC06705I think these are sold separately as Barbie Fashion Fever and how it got in a second hand store I have no idea.  Lost package? Factory overruns? Damaged boxes?  Well, my luck!

First set is Barbie Fashion Avenue Langerie Robe & Gown 1995 #14289

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SOME DOLLY CLOTHES!

I’ve been trying to sort my pictures for quite some time and was overwhelmed by the number of photos I have taken of my dolls and other stuff.  I realized that my dolls have more fashionable clothing than I do yaaay!

Posting them here is one way of doing my inventory (aside from showing off he… he…he) and serves as a reminder for me.  Sometimes I forget ever buying or owning certain dolls, or that I have bought new clothes, or shoes for my dolls.  I am not a well organized person.  Usually when I made purchases,  I will just toss them inside my treasure chest when I reach home and forget about it the next day.  I often tell myself, I will post my haul according to date I found them.  But of course, I wasn’t able to.  I’m not lazy, I just don’t have that much time after work.  Now, my pictures got all mixed up.  I need to double check if I already posted them or not.  So, if anyone sees double posts here, umm… skip, LOL!

Barbie's Fashion and AccessoriesI do not know when I found these, but they are stuffed in one plastic bag which is is not even neatly packed, unnoticed and lying on the floor along with stuff toys.  When I go to thrift stores, it has become a habit of mine “not to leave any stones unturned” or in this case, I made sure I have peeped inside all those plastics, boxes, baskets and bins before I leave.  Of course if it’s sealed, I would ask the sales clerk to open it for me.  If you break it, you pay for it.

Assorted Barbie Items

This one comes with a doll inside, fully resealed with packaging tape so I wasn’t sure if the contents are same as what is pictured on the box (not a window box) quite heavy and I don’t hear any loose object juggling inside when I shook it.  So I just trusted my instinct, I immediately paid for it and went off because there were a lot of addicts (thrift store addicts!) inside the store and I don’t want them ogling at my loot hmp!

BARBIE 6 FASHION GIFT PACK

BARBIE 6 FASHION GIFT PACK

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BARBIE 6 FASHION GIFT PACK

BARBIE OUTFITS

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This set is also from a thrift store.  What has attracted me to buy the pack is not the Barbie outfits but the bell bottom pants & orange 3/4 sleeved top that looks like from the1970’s fashion and I like the 70’s trend.

The price? Bargain! I can’t tell coz I’m a seller too! ;-P

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

COPY CATS OR NOT, THESE DOLLS CAUGHT MY FANCY!

I have not deboxed the Zombie Princess yet maybe next week.  Anyways, during my holiday vacation, I went to my fave toy store Toy Kingdom and took snaps of dolls that caught my fancy.  These dolls are less expensive than Barbie, Takara, Winx, Bratzilla, Monster High, etc. but I can’t vouch for the quality.

Interesting face, not cheap looking, plus the accessories are cool! I was not able to capture the whole box 😦 so I don’t know who she is.  The cartoon design reminds me of Bratz.  Price tag is @ Php349.75 about $7.79 fair enough?  Maybe, I just don’t like their stick thin legs.

And these ones below, they’re like Kurhn/Takara dolls.  I almost bought one! Each one cost Php299.75 so that’s about $6.68 and I loved the packaging.  They looked expensive.

To be continued.

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LET IT GO 2 (They bid goodbye…)

Been sorting every now and then thru my collections and while doing so, my mind wondered off to those dolls I sold.  Kinda feel sad sometimes.  I don’t want to forget them totally so I’m gonna post each doll’s last picture as a remembrance.  I know time will come that I may not be able to write about them, or post pictures, or even answer comments.  So these shall serve as a remembrance of each and every doll I once owned, they will forever be a part of memories that I will surely love reminiscing.