BRIDE DOLL Part 3

I’ve posted a few of my Bride Dolls here and here and this is the last (but not the least) one I have.

Wedding Day Barbie 1996, Collector Edition.  She is my 2nd Vintage Reproduction, my first was a thrift store find.

I bought this during the midnight sale at SM Megamall in JAE Collectibles.  I forgot what year I was “able” to buy her.  I remember visiting this store during weekends.  I always drop by to check if she’s still there.  She’s partly hidden behind other boxes of toys and other Barbies Thailand, AA Swan Lake, etc.  The tag price was way too high for me, so I just content myself staring at her each time I pass by the store.  I kept praying they mark down the price, and yes, I maybe crazy for talking….to the doll…he he he,  to reserve herself for me at an affordable price…ha ha ha, of course, it was just a thought inside my head.  This routine has taken me several months, until finally, she was put on sale, but still, expensive, so I tried (and prayed deep inside for the clerk to be kind) to haggle, I saw him called up someone on the phone, and its a deal!  I was so excited to take her home at last.  She wasn’t alone, I bought 2 of them.  The other one is also a Vintage Reproduction but will have her own limelight some other time.

  My second time to open her box and it was timing because the stem of her bouquet is starting to stain her sleeve.  So I immediately brushed it off and wrapped it in a plastic.  I didn’t take the doll off her cardboard, part of her veil and gown are still attached to the board, so i just use baking soda to scrub the stain off her sleeve.

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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.

MY FIRST VINTAGE BARBIE

I’m sure all Barbie Collectors would want to have even at least one vintage Barbie, the ones that came out in late 1950’s, unfortunately, I don’t own one.  Mine is just a reproduction.  I wasn’t aware that the Barbie I knew from the 80’s is not her original face.  So after seeing photos of vintage Barbies, I started wishing for one.

For weeks my thoughts were filled with the doll in a Zebra Bathing Suit!  I don’t want to buy online because they are too expensive.  But I have these strong feeling that I will have one.

Then one lazy Sunday afternoon, I just felt like going to American Depot in Scout Borromeo.  It wasn’t even my schedule to go thrifting because I was at the mall.  I often go there in the morning because it’s far from my place.  It’s a weird feeling, go there at 3pm?  I must be crazy (in 2 hours it will be dark soon) but I kept seeing the picture of a vintage Barbie in my head!  So I did go out on a hunch!

When I arrived at the store, there are already a lot of customers with their kids playing all over the place and a few collectors I believe, I could only sigh, what chances do I have now?  I went straight to that glass table where they piled up all the dolls, I can see in total disarray now.  An indication that a lot of buyers have already been there.  Anyway, I usually try to clear one side of the table and then pile them up back neatly one by one, yes, as if I’m one of the storekeeper!  I do these everytime so I leave no stones unturned he he he and besides, I feel pity for these nude dolls!

Lo and behold!  I just can’t believe it!  Oh my, so I have ESP now?!  My first vintage Barbie!  Never mind if she’s a reproduction.  Talk about the power of the mind, I was really so surprised!  All limbs are intact, however, she has stains all over her face, dent marks on some parts of her body, and the face paint, well check out her pictures here.  Now comes the hard part, how much will they give this to me?  Sometimes I sense they jack up the price at the counter, so I talked to Barbie (yes I’m crazy I talk to my dolls sometimes) “I traveled far, if you want to come with me, you have to convince them to give me an affordable price, otherwise, I will have to leave without you”….how weird can anyone get?

At the counter I asked the sales clerk if the stains would come off or not?  And if ever, can I return it?  That is my opening spiel (it usually work) and the clerk gave me a positive smile.  She said that the doll is a “returned item” and I can’t do anything about the stain just like the first buyer.  Then she gave me an offer I can’t refuse, Php65.00 for the doll!  No return, you buy it as is.  And we went home together, enjoying the view while riding the MRT!

To this day, I admit not having enough time to do something about the stains.  Not yet.