Hello! I have been considering starting my own Barbie blog for a couple of years now. This is surely to be a learning experience, a journey, that hopefully will be fun and rewarding. I really enjoy blogs that other collectors out there have, and I’d like to think that there is room for one more blog in this awesome collecting community we have. We all collect differently, and it is fun to see how others collect and display. The best part is the sharing. It inspires us!
I’ve been a Barbie collector since 1992’ish. What got me started was way back in my early 20’s a great friend and I were reminiscing one evening about Barbie. Back then, I was living in New Jersey. (I’m now in my late 40’s, back to my homeland in the area of the Pacific Northwest). My friend and I were sharing childhood Barbie stories. Her story in particular was very touching because Barbie was how she connected with her mother and her two sisters, as they often had Barbie fashion shows growing up. As she told the stories, it was amid the fact that her mother had been deceased from cancer for several years, so it truly was a conversation of the heart. My friend Kathy’s birthday was somewhere around the following week, and I thought it would be fun to get her a Barbie for her birthday (she was in her early 30’s at the time, not really a typical gift for someone of that age). I bought her the cutest one I could find, and at that time it was Peaches and Cream Barbie. When we next met up, I informed her I had a birthday gift for her. She informed me at the same time, that she had a gift for me. Surprisingly enough, she had purchased a Barbie for me as well, one that she felt I resembled, Sparkle Eyes:
Now, lets just be honest. MANY collecting days have passed since this first acquisition into my collection. Would I walk into a store and choose this doll today? No. But I still have her, because she is the one that led me down this path, and I will never say goodbye to this doll. Plus, if you follow my blog, you soon will learn that I’m extremely sentimental. That monumental exchanging of the gifts started around the time when Barbie’s 35th Anniversary was all the rage. Toys R Us’s Barbie collecting displays and stock were at their all time prime. Barbie hoarders were abound, and it was a new and exciting venture for two gals that decided from that from that day forward, they were officially Barbie collectors. Kathy and I arranged “Barbie dates” where we went to Toys R Us monthly to choose new and fun Barbie’s for us to collect. We NEVER considered deboxing, because surely the deboxing of these precious Barbies would lose their value, right??? Yes, I was once of that mindset.
Fast forward to today. I type this as I sit in my cherished doll room (and 1/4 office) in a house that my husband and I built 10 years ago. I am now the mother of two beautiful daughters (YES! says the Barbie collecting moms!) ages 7 and 10. Today, I have a collection that would blow the mind of that then 24 year old New Jersey girl. I don’t know that I expected to continue collecting at the level that I do today. I didn’t know then that my love for doll house 1:12 scale and my love for photography (I met that dear girl Kathy in a photography class in New York City!) would combine at some point in my life with a hobby of collecting Barbie, and that the three interests would somehow mesh into a fun and rewarding venture.
In this modern society in which we live, I know that exclaiming you are a Barbie collector is not really something you just do with any ‘ol person you meet. Surely there is the fear or risk of judgement that people have of us – they have visions of dusty BOXED Holiday Barbies stacked high next to shelves of Beanie Babies. Immediately they ask “how much is the most expensive Barbie you own?”. They’re as clueless as we were when we first started collecting. Everyone rightfully has their own reasons for collecting. Mine is not for resale or collection value. I collect because I love and I have always loved Barbie. I played with Barbie well beyond the years it was deemed acceptable at the time, and even more so by today’s standards. In my childhood, this:
…..led to this (She resided in my Tuesday Taylor’s fabulous NYC townhouse!!!):
…..to the doll that brought me back to collecting from a collecting hiatus:
…..and they all eventually led to this:
A favorite display from the Vignette Cabinet:
There is more to my doll room, of which I plan to share here on the blog. Several collectors in our awesome community have already become familiar with my love for the hobby and my collection via my photos at Flickr and my posting on the Barbie Collector forums.
I wanted to start a blog because whereas I’ve enjoyed sharing on these public websites, I have found over time that I desire a more concentrated format, one that lends itself to demonstration and heartfelt conversation. I expect that there will come a day when I cringe at my first blog post, sort of like I cringe at the first photos I posted to the Barbie Fan Club forums. Over time, we get better as we challenge ourselves to improve. By no means am I a journalist, a writer, or a professional blogger. I’m a collector that enjoys creating and photographing Barbie displays, which may creep some people out, but I’ve learned to live with that! I enjoy sharing with those that are like minded. I love displays. I love vignettes. I love collecting and customizing 1:6 scale furniture. I mainly collect the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, but I do focus on some modern vinyl Barbies as well as repros (and a tiny bit of vintage). I also LOVE and collect Liddle Kiddles.
My blog will focus on three of my favorite combinations: Barbie, photography and 1:6 scale furniture and accessories. Thus, creating what I have come to love as “The Barbie Vignette”. I will not be the blog that reports the latest news flash in our community, as there are several already that do it so well. I thoroughly enjoy fellow Barbie bloggers and the content of these firmly established blogs. My focus is entirely different.
My next post will elaborate on what the Barbie Vignette is in my collection, and why it is so special to me.
I invite you to visit my little slice of dolly heaven with this Barbie blog!