Hello Dear Readers,
February is over and we’re pretty far into March and I figured I should at least try to keep everyone updated. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but it does help me. Even if it bores everyone else to tears, it at least gives me a record where I can look back and see what happened in the month.
February started off rough. That first weekend was my Grandfather’s funeral. That was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. I might have already talked about some of this in the post I shared about his passing, but I don’t want to go back and see if I’m repeating myself. Honestly, I have no intention of reading that post again. I am glad that I could be there for my family, but it was rough. I miss him. I try not to think about it a lot, but sometimes it just hits me. I know the rest of my family is missing him too.
I have been trying to be better about keeping in contact with my Grandmother, but I’ve fallen into my old habits where I’m not calling. I seriously have to force myself to call. It’s just tricky because I have nothing new to talk about, work is boring and I don’t talk dolls with extended family. However, I really need to get back into it. I figure that if I can be a distraction for her that would help take her mind off things even for a little bit.
I have been working a lot this past month. The week after getting back from Connecticut I started putting in overtime. Since then I’ve started doing a little over 51 hours each week. It’s awful and really sucks up all my time, but I need to. I’m saving up for the next step in my life plan and quite honestly, I need the money. It’s going to be rough and it’s certainly not fun, but I need to do it. Right now, I am projecting the second week of August for when I’ll have enough saved up. Hopefully I’m able to keep saving up and won’t have to dip into savings.
I have been doing a lot better on doll related purchases for February. I did buy some dolls at the thrift store when up in Connecticut. I found a TLC Jewel Secrets Whitney and a played with but not too much 2015 Birthday Barbie. I already sold Whitney, her outfit, and the Birthday doll’s body and dress, and more than made my money back. I also bought a cheap Dollar Tree clone doll that was wearing a very nice condition vintage Barbie Registered Nurse outfit. There’s some rust stains on the hat and the zipper needs to be tacked down on one side but it looks really nice. It was so white in the bag I thought it might be the reproduction from a couple years back. I got the hat, dress, and cape. I’m not looking forward to hunting down the little accessories, but it might be nice to have. Still haven’t found a doll to wear it yet.
I was fairly good with doll purchases this month. I bought seven dolls at the thrift (it was Savers where they bag up their dolls in multiples). I sold two, and will be using some of the others for the doll donation project at the end of the year. I also bought the Mary Poppins’ Returns dolls, the standard Mary and Jack. Per usual I am just keeping parts of them. I’m keeping Mary’s shoes and body and Jack’s shoes and hat. Hopefully the parts I don’t want sell and I can get my money back. I also got lucky and bought the Pink Haired Silkstone doll when she came back in stock at Barbie Collector at the end of January. I don’t like paying 75 for a doll not in a formal dress, but I was super smitten with her. I’m planning on reselling her outfit and she’s already been rebodied onto Mary’s body since I hate how delicate the articulated Silkstones are. I wish I could have given her a belly button body but she’s that super pale almost white color and I didn’t have a match. I really like her. I also bought another of the “Blue Chiffon Dress” Silkstone, but only because I needed to spend 100 to use my Barbie Collector coupon. I’m most likely going to sell her off piece by piece to get my money back. I also bought the Barbie Celebration doll for her shoes and sunglasses (I’m a sucker for heart shaped sunglasses). I also way overpaid for a vintage doll. It’s my first vintage doll since December! I was looking for a different doll, found this one online and fell in love. I’m going to be mean and not tell you who she is and keep you in suspense (even though I doubt I’ll ever share her since I can barely do a once the month update). How about this, if I get 3 people commenting on this post asking to see it before I post another post, I’ll do a quick and rough introduction post for the doll.
Despite working so much, I am still working on eBay. I try to do one weekend day each week getting about 8 things done. I have had some decent sales, but with me it’s never enough. My goal for the month of February was to have more single sales than full dolls come in. I was ultimately hoping to make more sales than individual items (Head, body, and clothes), but it was not meant to be. However, I did do my first goal, so that means for my tallies for next month, the first doll doesn’t count!
See everyone in March (Most Likely April!)