Thursday, December 29, 2016

Asking for help from re-rooters! (Cross Posted Everywhere)

Since I'm on an uneasy break from collecting vintage Barbie I'm thinking it might be time to work on some of the re-roots I've had for ages. This isn't easy because I have to decide hair color and I'm so indecisive, especially when I'm trying to color match a vintage doll.

I have a small collection of saran swatches of doll hair colors I've collected over the years that I've labeled and put on a jump ring to help me decide what hair colors would work best when I'm deciding on a doll's hair color. However with Dolly Hair doing away with their free sample program (you can still get samples when you order but I like placing large orders to save on shipping) I have lots that I'm still missing. So I was wondering if any people had any spare hair from one of the main sellers of doll hair they could give me. I don't need much, just a hair plug of each color. I'd gladly pay shipping since it'll fit in a regular envelope.

Right now the colors I'm missing (from Dolly Hair's website) are:

Ice White, Snow White, Dark Summer Sand, Golden Brown, Mocha Brown, Milk Chocolate Brown, Russet Brown, Red Red Wine, Wild Lavender, Vineyard Violet, Great Grape, Violet Iris, Foxglove Lavender, Mauvelous Pink, Shocking Fuchsia, Chromatic Pink, Sherbet Pink, Cupcake Pink, Sugarless Gum Pink, Cotton Candy Pink, Pillar Box Red, Torch Auburn, Flame Auburn, Copper Auburn, Rusty Auburn, Golden Auburn, Tangerine Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Mint Ice, Seafoam Green, Lagoon Blue, Phthalo Blue, Midnight Blue, Raven Black, and Silver Bullet.

I also don't have any of the mystic hair colors, but I figure that would be a long shot since it's so expensive.

If you have any Restore Doll hair you'd be willing to donate please let me know the name and I'll gladly look up to see if I have the color already.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A quick post

Hello Dear Readers,

I know I said there wouldn't be any posts for December, but you know how I love to contradict myself.

I wanted to give everyone a quick E-bay update, this is as much for my benefit as yours. I had a banner month for November, with a grand total of 21 sales! I think it's a record breaking total. I purchased the Elena of Avalor doll gift set from the Disney store earlier in the month since Joe can wear the Prince clothes, but it seems in a cost cutting measure Disney made all the prince clothes tighter so he couldn't fit in any of them! *Curse his meaty thighs* It looks like they also made the female clothing tighter too, one shirt I couldn't even get on a doll since I was worried I'd tear it. I also noticed a few details missing on one dress they including in the singing doll set. From the entire gift set I ended up keeping two pairs of shoes and listing the rest of it. Very disappointing overall since I didn't really want the shoes and they bumped up the cost of the set by 10 dollars. I'm pleased to say that everything sold, with several people doing Buy it Nows so I more than made my money back from it. I wish that the Beauty and the Beast Gift set sold like that. I still have several things left from that gift set, including some doubles since I bought the set twice.

Even with a lot of the sales coming from the Elena set I had a good mix of old and new selling. I even managed to sell John Littlechap! Now I just have two more of them to get rid of..... I still have lots of things to sell, but I am pleased when something does sell, especially when it's something that I've had kicking around for ages. Every listing that sell means money and another listing space for something else to move out.

It wasn't all sales, sales, sales for the month. I had 3 non-payers. One person emailed me saying their daughter bid and would like to cancel the bid. I don't believe them, but I still cancelled it. Surprisingly the email came after they won the auction... The other two people never contacted me at all, so I just had to open a case against them and wait to get my money back.

Things have slowed down a lot for December. I actually got two free weeks of listings. I assume people aren't listings things for the month and E-bay wants to keep their auctions numbers up. Even with so many things listed I haven't had very many sales. I think I got 3 in the first week, including one non-payer who I just closed the case on, followed by 6 in the second week. So far out of those six, two have paid. Hopefully the rest pay. I'm tired of having to open cases and waiting to be able to close them. I still have my 50 free listings for the month. I thought about listing them this week but then they'd end on Christmas which I think most people won't near a computer for. So I'll be listing them on Christmas and letting them end the following Sunday. I'm not expecting too many bidders, but even if a couple things end up selling I'll be happy.

I haven't done any new listings for the month. I tried earlier in the month but didn't get past the picture taking phase. I went up to working 6 days at work, and over 40 hours each week. I just don't have time to work on E-bay on my day off. I don't do much on my days off, I'm just too tired. I do have lots of new things to list come January, I've bought several new dolls mostly for their clothes and shoes so I'll be selling off what I don't want. I'll just have to unearth them first. With working so many hours I haven't been keeping things as organized as I should be, and I was never really great at that in the first place. At this point I'm going to need a team of explorers to help me uncover the desk in January.

Luckily after Christmas things will drop off and I will hopefully get a handle on things.

I probably won't be able to post until after Christmas (I'm working 49 hours this week), so I hope everyone has a great Christmas and gets lots of fun stuff!!!!!