A Designer Gown 2

In my previous post I featured a few pieces of dolly dress which I found during my thrift store shopping.  I have limited time and photo shooting comes after my household chores 😦  so by the time I’m finished, the sun is almost setting.

I choose 5 dolls, one of them is a vintage reproduction Barbie which I bought for only Php125.00!  Wow!  She was not wearing her original clothes when I found her, but she’s in very good condition.  I have no time to research who she is, my only clues are her earrings. 

Second doll is Sidney from America’s Next Top Model, found her with original clothes and lovely sandals.  The outfit is like a Yukata on her, but would look like a Kimono to a much smaller doll, Oh well.

Third doll is supposed to be the Fair Lady outfit, but I haven’t taken her picture yet, so here is Ms. Carol Spencer’s creation.  The doll I used is from a Barbie Collector series, I do not know which one, again, earrings are my only clues, will look that up later if my time permits.  She’s got rooted eyelashes, her hair was in swirly style, I don’t remember.

It took me quite some time before I was able to put the dress on her, the gown fits her perfectly!  You can create a style in this gown in many ways, it’s just that I only have 3 in my mind because the sun is almost down, I’m already in a hurry.

To be continued.

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.

 

 

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

BARBIE FASHION

I am not really into buying separate clothes for my dolls because they are more expensive than mine.  Even the ones I see in thrift stores doesn’t interest me.   I often tell myself I could make better ones (as if I know how to draft patterns when I don’t even know where to start.)  The nude Barbies I have now overwhelmed me, and to dress them all up will definitely take months.  So now, I gave those clothes in thrift stores a second look……….and alas!  Lady Luck is on my side, found these stuff still in mint condition minus the packaging and they smell like they were just taken out of the box.

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BARBIE BONGO FASHION 1992

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TOTALLY HAIR BARBIE 1992 JERSEY TOP/MINI DRESS (I THINK THIS IS DESIGNED BY MS. CAROL SPENCER) DENIM PANTS, FUCHSIA PUMP SHOES

BARBIE HOLIDAY FASHION GOWN (?)

BARBIE INDIAN OR MARDI GRAS FASHION (?)

BARBIE RUSSIAN OR MOROCCAN (?)

BARBIE RAPUNZEL GOWN (?)

THESE TWO STILL IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING @ Php80.00 (about $2.00 each)

BARBIE DENIM OUTFIT

CHANGIN’ SEASON DRESS ‘N PLAY

PEACH BLOSSOM BARBIE GOWN 1992

And one of my most precious find!  First in the series of Limited Edition Barbie Fashion designed by MS. CAROL SPENCER in 1992.  She is the first designer of Mattel to have her signature printed at the back of Barbie Doll!

HOLLYWOOD PREMIER BARBIE FASHION CLASSIQUE COLLECTION NO. 1618 PANTYHOSE with REAL RHINESTONES, PEARL PUMP SHOES, SILVER CLUTCH BAG, RUFFLED WHITE ORGANZA COAT & PERFUME BOTTLE (missing comb, brush, mirror, and Silver Lame Dress)

These are the first batch, actually they got all mixed up as I got them from my several visits.  They didn’t cost me a fortune!  One plastic bag has 3 outfits, was able to take home 3 or 4 plastic bags!  Soon to be posted…