We were going to leave the downtown area and head to our next stop when the truck wouldn't start. (It's been doing this a lot, and I think it's a common issue but they still won't do a recall to fix it). Usually we just have to wait 10 minutes then try it again. Most of the time that works, but sometimes you'll have to wait beyond that. Since we were stuck waiting for the truck to "rest" for at least 10 minutes I suggested we go to one of the other shops on the strip. Might as well spend that time doing something fun instead of awkwardly waiting for the truck to finally decide to start.
I ended up picking to go to the last shop on the main stretch to visit. I haven't been there for a while, and out of the three stores on that block I have gotten some pretty good deals there (mainly being the 3.25 Happy Family Neighbor doll that I sold for 90 bucks on E-bay!). So we headed on over.
There wasn't a whole lot to see, this place doesn't have a huge amount of turn around so most of what was there had been there the last time I had been, but sometimes you do strike gold. I was almost done wondering the first floor before heading upstairs when in a case I spotted a Skipper box. I immediately drew in closer. The box was in the back behind some overpriced 70's era boy's toys. I could see the edge of the price tag, but couldn't see anything that was written on it. (I HATE when something is in a case and I can't see the price). I went around to the back of the case and tried to peer down through the glass top to see if I could read the tag. I still couldn't. I thought about asking the price, but I knew from previous experience and from what I could see the prices on, that seller tended to be on the higher end of pricing. Then I noticed that the back of the case was opened and it didn't even have a lock. It just had a sign saying they were watching us. *Eyes dart around suspiciously* I gingerly opened the case to look at the price sticker, I was slow in case I wasn't supposed to be doing that and was going to get yelled at (I just want to know how much it cost!). Pulling back the door finally revealed the price, 15 dollars! I was shocked and thought maybe it was just the box without the doll. I picked up the box and it certainly felt heavier than had it been empty. I gently pulled the lid off and there she was, a Titan Skipper, wearing a total hodgepodge of an outfit waiting for me to take her home. I brought her over to my father and made him verify the price was only 15 dollars (watch me miss a 0 and it be 150), but she wasn't and we paid our 15 dollars and got out of the store. I kept my poker face on until I got back to the car. I didn't want the check out person knowing how excited I was. I think they were also the seller since they made some comment to me about the doll (that was incorrect) but showed they had more knowledge of the item than the average person.
Oh, and the truck started right up after we got back and didn't give us any trouble the rest of the day.
The rest of the trip was uneventful other than trying desperately to keep Skipper's box safe. It's survived 50 years, it doesn't need me ruining it 50 seconds after owning it. We all made it home safely and I quickly removed her clothes and cleaned her up.
And finally Skipper was wearing the white short sleeve shirt from "School Days" (1964). It looks to be in really nice shape, except it's yellowed. Ironically only in the places that weren't covered by the yellow skirt, I guess I know the skirt fabric is not going to stain. I'd like to fix it, but I'm so bad at stain removal I'm sure I'd just mess it up. The clothing was really just a bonus since I would have bought the doll with or without them, still nice to get especially since I didn't have either of the Mattel pieces in my collection before this.
So now I have a new to me Skipper, and one with her original hair! The majority of the Skipper dolls I have I've had to re-root their hair. She's so lovely and I got her for such a great price. The only issue is where do I display her box? I want to make sure it's safe. I don't have very many boxes. I have one Barbie box and the box backing for Ken and Tammy. Any suggestions?