So the weekends major disappointments had me wondering. Was I being ignored because the sellers were flakes, or was it because they were jerks?
It had been several days since they stopped talking to me, but at this time, both ads were still listed on Craigslist. So I decided to contact them again.... BUT I pretend to be a brand new buyer. I mean, they didn't know anything about me, and since it would be a cash only transaction, they never really needed to know much about me, period. The first person was easy, that one I had only talked to the seller through text. So they didn't even have my e-mail address. So I emailed them, I wasn't sure if they were going to respond to it since in their ad they left their phone number so they might not bother checking their e-mail. But still I tried, I even went and changed how I phrased things so my written voice would be a little different than the first time.
The second person was a bit more difficult. I had both texted and e-mailed with them, so they had those bits of information already. However I have an e-mail address that's totally unrelated to my normal one, so I used that. Again I changed my wording a bit. With both traps set, I got to sit back and see if I snared me a seller.
I did not hear from the second seller, I guess they're just a flake. However I did hear back from the first seller, I guess they're a jerk.
I'm paraphrasing here, but; "Why yes, the dolls are still availible (jerk), but the Ken doll is now double the price (bigger jerk)." She asked me which dolls I was interested in. Like before I mentioned the Ken and the midge (purpose lowercase). Unlike last time I also said I was interested in the (80's Holiday) Barbie in pink. I didn't want the Barbie, but she was a red herring to throw the woman off. See, I'm a totally different person, I even want a different doll than that first guy. In that same e-mail I asked if she was free to meet that evening. I sent it off and waited for a reply, if one would ever come... this is where our transaction stalled last time. After several hours she got back to me, she was free, we made plans to meet at 7:30, she gave me her address, and we were all set to go. I didn't want to meet at her house, but I figured that the less waves I made, the less likely she'd flake out on me again.
After driving 50 minutes, I got to her house (my father went with me just so I had someone else there just in case). She was outside working on the yard with her husband. I said hello, we went into her house, went into the dinning room, and there were the dolls on the table. The three I was interested in were pulled aside for me. I looked them over and did look quickly over the rest of them (in her ad she said she had some other 60's dolls, but other than Midge and Ken they were all 80's dolls). Shockingly, I decided against the Barbie in pink, (Bwahahahaha!) and only got the Midge and Ken! I paid her 20 dollars, and then got out of there. I think I interacted with her for 2 minutes tops. Not sure what she thought of me, but in all honestly, I don't really care.
And after all that they were mine, all mine! All it cost was twenty dollars, and a fair bit of my sanity. Was it worth it? I certainly think so.
Let me share with you my newest dolls. Up first let's talk about Midge. Midge is your standard straight leg titan. They must have churned out a million of these dolls since she's the most common. Midge is in
Just like Midge he's in wonderful shape. The only issues with him is that one of his arms was bent at the wrist, and his head was a little off-skewed. I think just like Midge he was leaning on it for too long and it bent like that. I've already worked on him with some boiling water. His arm straightened right out, but his head is still slightly off just a tiny bit. I have no problem dealing with that issue since otherwise he's in such wonderful shape. Really, he (and her) was an amazing buy. An absolute jewel of a collection.
*Update* I should mention that sometimes jewels need some work. I failed to say in the original post, that both dolls had an aroma when I got them. Nothing like cigarette or a basement smell, but an overwhelming floral scent. I thought that I'd be able to live with them as is, but when I found it clinging to me after I touched them I just had to do something. Right now Ken, Midge, and her clothes are hanging out in a box in the closet with some baking soda. Their baths did help get rid of it some, but they still need some time to "air" out. Luckily I have so many other dolls to dress right now I'm sure it will give them plenty of time to de-stink before I even think about dressing them.