I am still working hard on listing stuff on E-bay. I manage about six new listing per week and I have had some decent luck selling on there. On average I get bids on two items per week, usually for the starting price. Obviously, I would like things to go for more but I'm at least getting back what I paid for the items. Also I am getting "payment" in the form of clearing these items out of my room. Which is a great benefit (and the reason why I started this push to clear stuff out). I will say that while most things don't sell for very much, I have had a few nice surprises where something would sell for a bit more than I was expecting. Granted those are rare, but they are a total "yay me!" when they do happen. And so far I've been really good about not spending the money I get from the auctions. Since starting this push over on E-bay I've actually sent money from my Paypal to my bank account twice instead of immediately spending it on my next doll purchase.
*I feel so grown up!*
But this post is going to be more than my usual quick updates that I've been doing lately. This one I'm also going to be talking about a recent doll purchase. While my online doll shopping has lessened slightly, I certainly haven't been able to flat out cut myself off. I'm also especially bad when it comes to buying dolls in person. It's easier to walk away from an online purchase compared to something that's right there in front of you tempting you. I could own this NOW!
Our story starts a long, long, long time ago (like a month ago now) on a Saturday. My father and I were making a special trip to downtown so he could go measure something at one of the antique stores. He had seen the item the day before, but needed to do some research before buying it. Having done his research during the night we headed back out so he could measure the item and see if it would work for his needs and asked me if I wanted to go out too. I was on the fence about going, but (obviously) ended up going. It actually ended up being for the best for me that I did.
Once we got to downtown my father headed to the first store on Sunset. Since I had been there the previous day and didn't see anything I wanted and didn't think anything new would appear overnight (ask me about the 120 dollar "Skipper" doll that's actually a Skooter doll that's been there since I started shopping there years ago) I opted to go to another store on Sunset. I picked the Antique Mall since I have better luck there than any other stores on the strip.
I was wandering around upstairs checking out the stalls where I have had lucky finds before. (I am a creature of habit). Most of them were pretty empty of new doll stuff (I hadn't been there that long ago). I had just finished checking one of the larger stalls upstairs and was turning to go when I noticed a doll foot barely visible from an open box. Curious I peeked inside. In the box were two TLC Mod Barbie dolls. They both needed work, but had potential. And they were not alone in the box, there we also some clothes in the box as well. The entire box was priced at 35 dollars, but everything in the booth was on sale for 60 percent off, making them around 15 dollars. I would have left them at 35, but 15 was much more tempting, so they ended up coming home with me.
I would say I hope this will be a quick discussion of showing off the actual item, but I know me and just talking about how I got anything I am a real Chatty Cathy, so I doubt it will be quick. I hope you're committed to reading this post, because it's not going to be over any time soon.
There weren't too many clothes in the box, which isn't surprising. It's not a very big box. I'm going to talk about the non-Mattel clothing first. There
were a grand total of three non-Mattel clothing pieces in the case. Two of them look to be hand made and those two are way too big for Barbie. Just a wild guess, but I believe that based on the style and size they were both originally made for Tiffany Taylor (Update, I now own Tiffany Taylor, there's no way these would have fit her, these might belong to a toddler doll, or some doll with a little bit of a belly). The first item is a pair of cream colored pants made from felt. They have elastic in the back to be able to get on and off the doll. They are unhemmed at the bottom, but have a line of stay stitches at the top. They are in pretty decent shape, I did see a tiny hole at the crotch but they look to be in decent shape. I however have no intention of using them for anything. They will be banished into the unwanted clothing bag. The second clothing piece is a jumpsuit. These are made from the same
Moving on, we get to talk about the Mattel clothing from the box. There was actually the same amount of Mattel made clothes in the case as non-Mattel pieces.
Standard Barbie doll. This was the earlier one that came in the hot pink two piece with the flower on the bottom piece. It looks to be in pretty good shape, with minimal popped stitches. The flower is missing and there's a snag where it would have been (I assume it got torn out). But overall they look good.
Moving on, there were also a couple accessories in the box, literally two. The first one is
After that we get to talk about the dolls in the lot. As I said there were two Mod
dolls in the lot. The first one was a TNT Barbie doll. She's a light blonde haired doll, I believe she's the hair color "Sun Kissed". She has stunning face paint, just perfect. However, she's got lots of issues on both her head and body. Her head is made out of
the thinnest vinyl I have ever come across. It does not take much for her head to squish. Since it's so thin it's really prone to tearing. She doesn't have any neck splits, but I found out that she has a tear on the inside of her mouth. I do wonder if it happened naturally or someone decided she needed to be able to "eat". Either way I reinforced it in the inside with vinyl glue. I hope it hold and doesn't get any worse. That was the biggest issue with her head. When I got her the back half of her part had come undone. I did fix it, but I could stand to go over it again and do some more work with it. Her body is in decent shape, with one major issue, her leg is broken. Not only is the leg broken above the knee, there's a huge tear in the vinyl so it's exposed. I tried fixing it, but haven't been able to get the glue to hold. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it. I have thought about sticking her in some tall socks to help keep it secure. I wish I could repair it, but it just seems to be beyond my capability. That is the biggest issue with her body, but she also has some chewing to her feet and spots on her legs here and there. She was well played with, but for what I paid for I can't expect a pristine mint doll.
The second doll from the lot had a hint about who she was from the items I talked about above. The
second doll is ... a standard Barbie doll! Ironically her swimsuit bottom was on the TNT doll (under the Romantic Ruffles dress so I didn't know about it until after I bought them). She's really pretty with her light brown hair. Her skin tone is amazing, her hair is wonderful, and her paint looks absolutely pristine. She'd be near mint if it wasn't for two problems, she has a nose nip and is missing half her thumb on her left hand. It's a real shame since she's so nearly perfect, but she was part of a 14 dollar lot. She's my third standard doll! On a weird note, I only have brunettes. I have yet to stumble upon a blonde (or an oxidized Titan). Just an odd coincidence.
So that's what I bought! I know that everything I bought was rather TLC, but I think I got a decent deal based on what I paid for it. And now that I've finally shared it with you, I can finally put it away!
(Which is a decent reward for finally getting it finished!)