Tag: Barbie Collector
I’m making this a quick post to share a non-typical purchase I made earlier this week. Rewind a bit to earlier in January of this year. I attended a local doll show where I purchased a couple of vintage fashions from a vendor I purchase from regularly when the doll show comes around my way in Winter and Summer. In January I posted a picture on my Instagram account of a MOD fashion that jumped out at me … no pun intended …. “Jump Into Lace”. MOD Barbie fashions are not on my radar, mainly due to the fact that MOD Barbie’s are not on my radar. Ever really. But I bought the fashion on a whim, and then when I got home, I realized I had no proper doll to wear the fashion. I adored this jumpsuit and pushed it aside, thinking at some point I would find the right doll to wear it.
Rewind even further to Black Friday in December, to another Instagram post I made about purchasing a vintage Barbie find at a local antique shop … two pair of vintage Barbie wedges. During that same visit to the same shop, a different vendor had a very troubled vintage Titian Twist N Turn Barbie. I picked her up, looked her over, and dismissed her. Too much work. Surely her hair would never be tame again.
Fast forward to Monday of this week, and I found myself back at the antique shop on a shopping date with my hubby. I was secretly rooting for the messed up TNT to still be tossed about on the shelves on which I had originally found her. I visited the vendor’s booth, couldn’t find her, and moved on. But I made my way back a short while later. I searched more diligently. And sure enough there she was. Tossed aside and completely neglected. I showed her to my husband and I commented on what rough shape she was in. So dirty. Could her hair ever be tamed?! Her knees did click, and her rooted eyelashes looked to be in nice shape. But seriously, for $25, why would I be so indecisive? I told myself I could easily shave her head and put a wig on her, worst case scenario. And I reminded myself that I **desperately** needed a MOD doll to model that Jump Into Lace jumpsuit back at home. So I walked up to to the counter with her, and being the cheapskate that I am, demanded an additional $5 discount, of which I was granted.
On Monday I posted a pic of her on my Instagram and had a very helpful person give me some tips on smoothing out that mess of a head of hair. I decided if it didn’t work out, I would just revert to my shave plan. But to my surprise, she cleaned up BEAUTIFULLY! Yes, she’s a tad thin on top, but for $20, I’m not going to fret.
This is just one more reason why I thoroughly enjoy this hobby – I am constantly being surprised by tiny little treasures that just make my day. No one was going to take the poor orphan in, except for a Barbie Collector, and it turns out a NON-MOD collector adopted this beauty. I’m now in complete LOVE. Isn’t she adorable?!
Doll: Titian Barbie Twist & Turn / 1967
Fashion: Vintage “Jump Into Lace” (#1823) / 1968
Last week I posted the 2018 Valentine window display for Barbie’s French Lingerie Boutique, “La Boutique Angelique”. Here is the link to Part 1.
Part 2 is a revisit of what lies behind the display wall, for those that are new to my photos and doll room.
As I mentioned in part 1, I created this 1:6 scale diorama for my Silkstone/BFMC Barbies in 2005. Here are some of the details of the boutique:
As I mentioned in Part 1, photos of the boutique taken over the years can be viewed at my Flickr album entitled “La Boutique Angelique”.
I leave you with a heads up that my next post will feature a photo shoot that the Shopgirl commissioned recently for a marketing campaign for the boutique featuring the window display wall seen in Part 1.
Recently I found myself browsing ebay auctions for Silkstone Barbies. I came upon auctions for the Silkstone Vanity. It has been quite some time since I’ve checked out the high-end price tag items in the BFMC Silkstone arena and I have to say I am stunned by the secondary market pricing for the Silkstone Vanity. Out of curiosity I ran comparables on recently sold auctions (the realtor in me shining through) and have found the average sold auctions fall anywhere between $399-500. YIKES! Should I mention that one sold for $840 in October? Current actives are well above the sold prices (typical hopeful sellers, just like in real estate). When did this exorbitant price jump happen? Maybe I’ve been asleep or just plain clueless, but I honestly didn’t expect it to pan out like this. I say this because I recall that when the vanity was first released, collectors were astonished at the MSRP : at the time, a whopping $125.00. I scanned a page from a 2004 Barbie Collectibles catalog, pictured below.
When the vanity hit the market in 2004, I didn’t hesitate for a second to purchase it. At the time I was spending equally as much if not more for beautiful, good quality 1:6 scale Bespaq (or items of the like) furniture pieces, so $125.00 hardly seemed ridiculous to me. I was, and I continue to be, a major diorama geek, I was in the camp that was shouting for more 1:6 scale furniture pieces and was willing to pay the price for solid, quality furniture pieces. I only purchased one. What those collectors then could only realize now. There IS in fact a huge void in this portion of our hobby. The need for well priced, well structured furniture pieces made of durable, quality materials.
Fast forward to today. In as much as I adore and appreciate this vanity, I have to ask myself if I would pay upwards of $400-500 for the piece if I didn’t already own one. It is an incredible 1:6 scale item, and I’ve been very pleased with the quality. It has held up perfectly for these past 13 years. Zero complaints. But I know that because I own one. However, I write about this because I know that at some point, new collectors will stumble upon my blog. And it is quite possible that this all new and fresh to them. So, if you are new to this hobby, and you decide that you want to seek out this piece to add to your collection, but you’re not sure if the price tag fits the crime, I’m here to tell you: do the crime. Its a big price to pay. Would I pay $800? No. But you may be in a different tax bracket than I, and then of course it is all relevant. A couple of hundred dollars for a really well made, classic, stylish piece of BFMC furniture is definitely worth it.
The vanity is a treasure to photograph and display. This photo is from a vignette/diorama that I photographed in 2007. Its one of my favorite photo series featuring the vanity. All of the sweet accessories that come with it are priceless. This vanity is a BFMC classic and it is a crying shame that Mattel didn’t add more beautiful pieces to the mix. Lord knows that if they would follow some of the prices of the auctions out there, they might note that there is HUGE gap to be filled, and if only they would jump in and fill it.
Today I took a few photos of my vanity for this post. It was a great reminder to take time to appreciate the treasures that I do have in my collection, and share the love for a lovely piece of BFMC history.
I have a fantastic wintry white backdrop that I greatly adore. I’ve used it in several of my winter vignettes. Obviously there are limitations as to how many times a year I’m going to be inspired to shoot photos with a winter theme and utilize such a backdrop. Every December I have the best of intentions to take a Christmas/Holiday themed Barbie photo. However, I inevitably get caught up in the holiday bustle and I just never get it done. Today I noticed some incredible natural, sunny light in my home, so I put all projects and priorities on a brief hold, took advantage of the light and enjoyed a quick holiday photo session.
Until today, I had never redressed Dulcissima Barbie. In fact I’m fairly certain that given my limited amount of time spent with my hobby these past couple of years, I pretty much deboxed her when I got her, and then threw her up on a shelf without really taking time to appreciate her beauty. I’m glad that I chose her to model for this session. She brought this underappreciated classic Christmas plaid gown to life today!
Barbie Model: Dulcissima Silkstone Barbie (2014)
Gown: Winter’s Eve Barbie (1995)
I have a fun item that I like to use as doll risers on display in my Barbie room: Individual Cupcake holders. I find that as I work towards creating clean and organized displays, I’m always looking for “risers” that are not obnoxious to the eye. In the past I’ve used boxes and even soup cans. But recently I’ve discovered that I really LOVE the cupcake holders. In addition to being the **perfect** size to accommodate all different sized doll stands, they are super cute and they come in so many great colors. They add interest to displays.
Today I found some really cute porcelain cupcake holders at Home Goods . These come in so many fun colors and designs, I found that I had quite a difficult time choosing!
I try to maximize space in my displays. Below you can see how I stagger doll display height within shelves that will accommodate the layers. Sometimes this is necessary when you have a shelving unit that requires a stationary, non-adjustable permanent shelf, usually right smack in the middle of the shelving unit. Depending on what you’re displaying, that designated permanent shelf sometimes affects the ability to have all the rest of the shelves the same unified height. In that case, I take advantage of layering, which requires the use of risers. Here is display shelf that I display my repro Barbies on. In this case, my shelf height needed to be quite high to accommodate the Barbie Vintage Fashion Shop, which causes an unsightly gap between the ceiling of the shelf and the dolls. I hide the gap with staggered dolls. It is also a great way to cram a bunch of dolls into a small space!
Here is what is really going on behind the shoes. I still wanted something pretty because you can see the riser peeking through.
One more example. A before and after of a cleaner presentation:
Lastly, I want to share another style cupcake holder that I found at Home Goods months ago (these I believe were 5 or 6 bucks each). This one is taller and also works great for layering. I want to say there were three colors: pink, robins egg blue and white. My natural instict would be to grab the blue, but this time I went for the pink. These are metal and they are packaged individually in a darling tulle net bag.
Of course the cupcake holders will come in handy for what they are intend to be used for, but in my house, highly doubtful 🙂 !!!
Today is Barbie’s Birthday! I did get a gift in the mail for her birthday today … I received three vintage Barbie’s back from doll restorer/artist Debra Marsteller and have been oohing and ahhing over their beauty all afternoon.
I’ve also been celebrating Barbie’s special day with swapping out some displays in my Barbie room, will share soon!
So thankful to have such a fun hobby in Barbie!
Hope you all are having a scrumptious pink frosted cup cake in her honor today!
She’s arrived! Classic Black Dress Silkstone Barbie Brunette. Collectors are starting to get her this week as she has been back ordered since September. I wrote about my anticipation for her arrival in a blog post last fall.
I have to say that I’m really delighted with the first one I received (two others I ordered are still on back order). I think she looks much more mature than the blonde version, who looks so young and innocent in comparison to the other dolls in the BFMC. The brunette is definitely the older sister to the blonde, albeit she does have an innocent appeal as well.
I took a photo of both of them to compare.
Overall, I’m over the moon about this one! I look forward to redressing and posing this beauty.
One of my favorite things to do with my collection is customize. Furniture mainly, but from time to time I like to give dolls a new look too.
Recently, I gave my spare Luciana Silkstone Barbie a new look. I didn’t buy Luciana when she was first released in 2014. I think I bought her a year after her release in 2015. Like many collectors I was less than enthused with the pattern and fabric choice of her ensemble so initially I dragged my feet in adding her to my collection. However, I have to admit than when I did finally take the plunge and buy her on sale, I was shocked at how much I LOVED her facial screening. Actually, her little jacket with the rhinestone buttons took me by surprise as well. I couldn’t help but think about how much that face and rare raven hair color had so much potential for a new look. So I waited again for another sale and bought a 2nd doll to restyle. In typical procrastination fashion for me and my collection, she layed around untouched for a lengthy period of time, patiently awaiting her restyle. Finally, a week or so ago, I took some time to give Luciana a long awaited classic 60’s flip that I had in mind for this beauty. As much as I love her original look, I am over the moon about her new do as well. She’s going to look **amazing** redressed … I’m off to find a new fashion for her!
One of the most obvious reasons why I collect BFMC dolls is due to my love of the vintage head mold. Were it not for the BFMC, I would have an amazing vintage collection. However, it didn’t pan out that way. My Barbie dollars have been consistently reserved for the BFMC. Once in a great while I buy vintage. But it is rare.
About a month ago, on a random Thursday, I sent my little chickadees off to school and went about my morning as usual. As fate would have it, I had a full and open day ahead of me. I was showered, dressed, and figuring out my day. On this early morning, I received a text from a friendly acquaintance, wondering if my husband still collected Barbie. Hmmm. I responded with the correction that it was I who collected Barbie, not my hubby. She informed me of a local estate sale that had a VERY large Barbie collection. Could she send me photos I asked. She responded with pics of an incredible collection. I was so thankful to be dressed and ready to go – because from the photos I could tell this was the collection of a serious, well versed collector and I must get there quickly to peruse. It was as if the moons had aligned and I was meant to be ready to bolt out the door so quickly! And I did.
Vintage Barbie is one of those things that I have merely dabbled in. I adore the repros because they allow many non-vintage collectors like myself the ability to enjoy some really lovely fashions and dolls for a fraction of the price of what we might expect to pay if buying the same in vintage. I LOVE my repro collection:
At the estate sale, I was able to obtain, among many, many Barbies, these three reproduction dolls that I just seemed to have been dragging my feet in purchasing:
I also quickly located a few vintage Barbies that immediately won me over. They are not perfect by any means, but for the price, I would have been a fool to pass them up. Here are two lovely beauties I purchased along with my first ever vintage Ken. I have always been a fan of Jim Taylor’s Ken collection but I just never had the gumption to purchase a vintage Ken. Until now. Jim has remarkable Ken dolls dressed in fantastic vintage suits. This Ken is dressed in Saturday Night Date’s suit and it was perfect for my first vintage Ken acquisition.
I just adore these two lovely vintage gals. I have had the green vintage sheath in my collection for years. The rust one was an acquisition from this sale.
As I dug and dug into all the stuff in this collector’s room, I found my very first American Girl in a random case. I found the vintage Pink Satin Coat and Hat set separately in a basket of vintage outfits for $5.00. The sheath is a OOAK sheath from my collection. The fashions in the window of the Vintage Fashion Shop are vintage fashions that I’ve owned for quite some time.
I also located a Midge in a basket of nude Barbies at the sale. Poor Midge. She always gets the shaft. But I saved her because I recalled the days of playing with my older cousins’ Barbies and vividly remember there being a Midge among their dolls. I’m delighted to add one to my collection. I dressed her in a repro Prom Date dress because it is the dress I fondly remember being my favorite among my older cousins’ Barbie fashions when I went to their house to play.
I found so many fantastic items at this sale, too many to mention. Only us collectors understand which is why I’m so excited to share it here.
I feel as though I’ve added an “instant Vintage assortment” to my collection, and it truly inspires the collector within.
I. Love. Barbie. It is moments like these that make my collecting heart sing.