Here's a picture of my new shelf:
I hung it on the wall yesterday with the help of my brother. At the top section of the picture frame in the back there's two holes to hang it with. I ended up adding two nails at the bottom to give it some extra support.
The dolls quickly moved in after that.
I had a harder time deciding on who would go on the two end posts. I wanted someone important to go there. I ended up going with Superstar Barbie since she's so iconic to the Barbie image (and the final doll I include in my vintage collection) and my foreign exclusive Malibu Barbie, since she's so rare and I like looking at her. Another funny coincidence, both dolls on the end landings are from Canada. They're both from different sellers and came at different times, but they're both from Canada. It's one of those "small world" situations.
There's two eras that make up most of the dolls I put on the shelf, 50's and 70's. I tried to shy away from adding Mod dolls since their faces pale when exposed to sunlight (the shelf shouldn't get much sunlight, but I still wanted to be careful). I almost had it totally Mod doll free, except I didn't have enough Skipper sized dolls to use. The stairs, while incredibly cool and what drew me to the shelf in the first place, are incredibly limiting for displaying dolls. They're just too thin to be able to support a Barbie doll where I felt comfortable enough leaving them up high. Skipper being smaller and with larger flat feet works much better on the thin steps. They don't have any stands supporting them, they're leaning against the walls, the end landing dolls, and themselves. They're the least secure dolls of the shelf, and we've already had Living Skipper and Malibu Skipper take a tumble. Luckily my dresser is below them, so they didn't have far too fall, but if they keep falling I'll have to take them down. I'd rather they be cramped than broken.
Although I will say it's pretty nice being able to look over and see everyone so nicely displayed!
(But I'm not totally sure I'm pleased with the dolls branching out from the bookcase, soon they'll take over the entire room!)