Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Doll Show. Caution: Some of the Prices May Shock and Amaze You
Today was the annual local November show. I had the best time, mainly because I got to see some of my favorite dolly people. Limbe dolls, Georgia Girl, and Robyne from Desperately Seeking Dolls were all there. This was my first time meeting Robyne in person and you would have thought we were long lost pals. We really were like two little school girls as she dragged me to a few booths showing me all the things she thought I should buy for my stories. Speaking of the stories, I was amazed at how many people there were fans of my videos. Rod, Melanie, and Danielle, were talked about in great detail on several occassions. As most of you know, Limbe dolls is Auntie Paulette in my stories. Well Limbe dolls brought Danielle a bridal shower gift and card from Auntie Paulette, along with another gift for the boys. Wait until you see them.
Here I am on the left and Paulette from Limbe dolls is on the right.
Georgia Girl is on the left, and I can't remember the lady on the right's real name, but her blog is Dazzle Dolls.
I had no plans to spend anymore than $30 at his show. My plan was to come in, sit down and just observe other people shopping.
Well, this is me not spending money at the show.
When I first arrived, I saw one of my friends who used to have a doll shop, selling mostly Barbie dolls. I just went by to say hello.
Well look what she had there for $30. I recently saw this doll on Clicking Dolls blog and I fell in love with her. Of course I searched high and low for her, and she was nowhere to be found. Oh yeah, there was one in some far away land for $250.
Here is another one I saw on flickr a few months ago redressed and looking fabulous. Again she is nowhere to be found on ebay or Amazon. So my friend had her for $20. Are you guys keeping track of all the money I have saved so far? It gets better.
By this time, I am happy and satisfied to just have these two dolls. I have decided not to look at any more doll booths. Well along comes that darn Robyne, who wants to show me a few things. She dragged me to two booths, and I held steadfast and said "NO". Well at the third booth she dragged me to, I caved. I had $10 cash left in my wallet and this item was only $10!
It is the Barbie Friendship plane from 1972. It is in great shape. I need to do some minor repairs and some cleanup. As most of you know, I have had a plane on my list for awhile. I had no intention of buying this vintage version, but it works on many levels. First of all it seats 4 people, unlike the new planes which seat 2 or 3. Secondly, it keeps me from having to spend time making a plane. Thirdly, it was $10, vs the $80 for the new ones.
It does open all the way up, but my picture taking space was limited.
I have to fix the table, but that won't be a problem.
So I was happy, happy, happy. The last booth I went to with Robyne, was the booth that she told me to stay away from if I didn't want to spend money. Boy was she right! I stepped in the booth and literally lost my mind.
This was the first set I spotted. I have been looking at this set for almost a year, mainly because I love this guy. He's nicely articulated and such a cutie pie. I think this is Dean from Dollies Series. I'm not sure. Either way, he's now mine, mine, mine. Guess how much I got the set for? Can you say $20!!! You can find this set on ebay anywhere from $50 up to $150. Typical price is $75 - $99. I noticed when I got home that he is wearing a great tuxedo that I will be able to use in the wedding.
I then spotted this Janet for $8. I need that body for my Todd. Having the pommel horse is nice, too. I am hoping I will be inspired to do something fabulous to this hair, so I can have 2 heads for my Nikaya doll.
I then saw this Skipper for $8. I don't have any this size.
Yes, I am still in that same booth. I saw Disney Taylor for $10. Sometimes you can find her on ebay for slightly less than $10, but the shipping is usually $8 - $10 on top of that. So she, too, was a good deal.
My eyes spotted this doll that I have coveted for some time. I didn't seek her out, but knew if I found her for a good price she would be mine. Well at $10, could I really say no? I didn't know she had an articulated body. Surprise, surprise. So my total damage in this one booth was only $46. Pretty good, wouldn't you say?
So I was done after this booth. There were probably 50 vendors there, and for the first time in my doll show attending career, I only went to 6 booths. Can you imagine the damage I would have done if I had visited more booths? I really need to stay away from flickr and other blogs. LOL. The enabling that goes on those sites is criminal I tell you.