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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Blythe Clone!

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

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!

BLYTHE FIGURES

I’ve always wished for an original “big” Blythe Doll from the 70’s, I know they are available online but I can’t afford it.  Should anyone offer me on installment basis, I don’t think I will grab the opportunity.  Blythe dolls are way too expensive and above my budget.  Although I’m happy with my Rosie Red, still crossing my fingers, thrift stores are my only hope.  I know it is possible, got to be patient.

Anyway, I did found a set of Blythe from a thrift store, but they’re PVC Figures made by Hasbro 2003,  Cross World Connection (CWC) , Takara and they’re about 3″ tall with inter-changeable head, eyes, limbs, and hair, lower and upper torso.  I think I got them cheap, about Php120.00 ($3.00) all in one plastic pack.

 

ROSIE RED BLYTHE DOLL

MY FIRST THRIFT STORE DOLL…

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“I noticed this box with something protruding on top”

I have always had this apprehensions about buying stuff from second hand stores,  I have nothing against it really.  So many things have been said about thrift stores or most commonly known in the Philippines as “ukay-ukay.”  Like stuff being sold there are supposed to be donations, or previously owned by dead people, or they could be contaminated by virus, or even cursed!  Hmmm, being a fan of Mr. Jaime Licauco (a paranormal expert, radio announcer of Innermind) I have been aware that certain energies get attached to things previously owned by people (so this could be negative or positive) but this is another story.  Back to doll, well,  Im curious, so I crossed the line.  I chanced upon a doll in a thrift store 3 years ago. Stacked behind the cashier  counter  with some  knick-knacks.  I noticed a rectangular box with something like a hump protruding on its leftside,  I got curious I asked the sales clerk if I could see it.  She reached for it,  took a quick peek and handed it  to me  and  murmured “ngiiii….”  Imagine how I felt when I realized it was a  Blythe Doll!   He eyes closed (like she’s in a coffin!)  I opened it, she’s wearing a red overall swede suit with a black wrap around skirt, painted shoes and socks! Jointed arms and legs that’s bendable (maybe wired inside.)  Behind her head “Blythe TM, 2003 Hasbro Inc, Takara.”

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“In red suede suite (that goes all the way down) and wrap-around lace skirt with red beads”

I got excited!  Talk about beginner’s luck!  I took her out of the box lined with cotton (uh…hmmmm..)  My worry (about the cotton…well its clean though) disappeared when she opened her eyes and gave me a bright orange smile!  Awaken from a deep sleep & probably long journey.  I took her home and introduced her to Bethonk (my kewpie/cupid doll), I found out she is Rosie Red.  By the way, I paid Php65.00 for her release, no questions asked!

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