Today started off like it should. Since it's Monday, and I was done with Sweet Sixteen's re-root, it was time to get back to writing. It was a little tricky today since I'm still having trouble with that section that I recently started. I'm thinking about jumping ahead and coming back to that section later. Today I got about a page written, but I'm not really sure how much I like of what I did. Either way, there needs to be a lot of thought put into that section. Hopefully Thursday will be more productive.
When I was done writing for the day I basically hung around. Today is official one month mark for my Birthday, so I've been doing some preliminary shopping for it. I assume I'll get a check from my Grandmother, and I'll have some money to spend from my parents too. It won't be a huge amount, but it will certainly be a bit more than I've had free to spend in quite a while. I like doing all the pre-shopping, weighing the pros and cons, and finding out the best way to utilize my money so that I can get the most from it. It's the best part of the present... nah, I'm kidding the best part is the stuff.
But with my pre-shopping I've been thinking about the collection. Don't worry, this isn't one of those, "I'm done collecting deals." Even when I was in college and on a doll collecting hiatus, I still couldn't pass up a decent deal if I found one. It's just that I wasn't actively seeking the dolls out. Really in my collection it could basically be split into before college and after college, with like five from college. Like I said, not really collecting at that time.
Even before college I did say I collected vintage Barbie, but only had like two actual vintage Barbie dolls, I had more of her friends and family. Even then I only had 12 of the current vintage collection. The majority of the dolls I had in my "collection" were modern play line that I amassed, but really didn't care that much for. It's only recently that I've been able to really build and strengthen the collection. And while I have quite a variety of dolls in the collection I can really see where the collection is going. The past year I've purchased six new dolls, out of those six, five of them have been vintage. I'm really focusing in on those dolls. I'm even going though and rethinking other aspects of my collection because of it. I'll admit that while I claim there's always room for dolls here, that's not true. I will eventually reach my breaking point. Just not yet. Even now I'm looking over the collection and I see dolls that I would like to pass along, and ones that I'd say my collecting days are over.
Right now I have nine Silkstones, 11 if you count re-bodied Artemis and Modern Circle. After college I went though a big Silkstone collecting period. That's where most of these came from. But recently, I haven't had a real desire to get any new ones. Which is a good thing, their prices are insane lately. I have a pretty decent assortment of these dolls, and don't really see any that I have to have. I think it's in part because I have so many actual vintage Barbies. Part of the major appeal was their vintage like face molds. It was a way to get a vintage like doll at a lower price. But now I'm able to find and collect vintage dolls for about the same price, if you look hard enough and overlook some flaws. (I'm not perfect, why should they be?) With my expanding collection of vintage dolls, they don't really inspire me anymore. I haven't touched any of them in months. They're always the last thing I dust. And while I still like having them around, they're not really dolls like the others in the collection, they're more like decorations. I really can't see myself getting more to add to the collection (famous last words), since I'm focusing on vintage dolls. Even the most recent Francie Silkstone left me cold because she just looked like a pale imitation of the real Francie dolls. I already have three of those, and for that price I could probably get a few more. The Momoko dolls suffer from the same issue, I like the ones I have a lot, but can't see myself getting anymore, although with them, I wouldn't say that's a definite thing. I still have my holy grail Momoko out there, maybe someday.
But there are other dolls that I wouldn't mind passing along compared to the Silkstones, or Momoko (Who are NOT leaving), mainly the reproduction dolls. I have six? I think, and they don't inspire me at all. Again I'd rather have much loved original compared to a new copy. I bought most of them because they were on sale, or a flat out wanted one, but time and time again I just waste my money. I think I'm slowly learning though. I managed to avoid the most recent line of reproductions. But the ones I do have, the majority of them have their original hairstyles. I do redress them, but it's more that they're dress forms for the clothes compared to dolls I really like. If I found someone who wanted to buy them, I could easily pass them on without any doubt or guilt (okay, maybe a little guilt).
And Barbie herself isn't immune to this little issue. I have been buying less and less from Mattel's latest offerings. Last year I only bought one outfit, the shoe pack, and two dolls from them. I've seen their upcoming lines, and I only want one thing. One thing! Can you believe it? And that's really a doll for a body swap, so it's not even the doll in question. And I've heard that she might be hard to find, so I might not be able to get her. The only doll from any new line that I really wanted was Kyu from the Dynamite Girls line, and I know that's not going to happen, and I'm slowly making peace with that fact. So forgive me if I complain a bit more about that injustice! Anyway, I guess I'm changing as a collector, or all the stuff out there is boring.
So, what do you guys thing? Has anyone else seen their collections change so drastically? Or do you guys think this is another phase, like my blue period? (so to speak) Or maybe I just don't need every doll that comes down my way? (And I would like to point out, I was never that bad)