I am not going to make a habit of this but fellow bloggers, particularly those of you in Australia, might like to know that my sister and I are downsizing our collections a bit as we both have way too much stuff.
We have decided to sell a few dolls, toys and collectibles on eBay. My sister calls eBay our coffee tin. The reason for that is that we used to save up change to use on our holiday road trips in an old coffee tin. Change from our purses, coins we found at work down the side of train seats etc. Over a few months it added up and was very handy for buying petrol for example.
We created a separate eBay ID for our venture although we’ve both been buying on eBay for probably 15 years. It is lookwhatwefound2015.
Here is a link:
Our first listings are my Barbie and the Rockers dolls.
Postage and exchange rates are ridiculously expensive now so we had not planned to sell to anyone outside Australia but having said that if you are not in Australia and see something you really like then contact us anyway and we can work out a price for shipping. The exchange rate is in favour of the $US at the moment.
Today I’d like to share with you some of the baby boy dolls in my collection. I have several now, some are vintage and some are modern although when I say modern I mean later than the 1980s. I still can’t get over people listing “vintage” dolls on eBay that are from the eighties, nineties or later. If that is vintage what does it make me? If I were an eBay item I would be listed as “vintage mid-century” I think. To me vintage and antique are pre 1960s. I guess that means I still qualify :(.
Anyway on to the dolls.
The oldest dolls I have are Christopher who is a twenty inch (50cm) baby doll by OK Kader of Hong Kong , Mark, Marcus and Stevie.
Christopher is a replacement for an identical doll I had as a child. In the early sixties dolls were not gender specific so I have no idea if the original Christopher was meant to be a boy or a girl. In fact I am sure he wasn’t as my sister and I had identical dolls and hers came in a blue jumpsuit and mine in a pink one. I already had a girl baby doll though and I thought that this one looked more like a boy so he became Christopher. My replacement doll arrived wearing a dress and bonnet which were promptly reassigned to another doll and he became Christopher II. I knitted his outfit so there would be no doubt that he was a boy. I have to say that the Kader dolls are not the prettiest dolls of that era but Christopher was a part of my childhood.
Mark is a smaller doll and is just marked “Made in Hong Kong”. Marcus is even smaller and is marked with a diamond with some lettering inside and the words “Made in Hong Kong”. He is currently on the waiting list for an outfit.
Now, Stevie; he was bought when I started to collect dolls and is a vinyl doll that I am guessing was made in the 1960s or possibly 70s. He has markings on the back of his neck but they are hard to read. When Stevie arrived he was wearing a safari suit. I didn’t think it suited him so I gave him a different outfit but I christened him Stevie, after Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter” because of it. Stevie is still a Wildlife Warrior as you can see. One of his eyes is slightly dodgy and won’t stay open all the time as you can see in the second picture.
Next are my Netta boys. Jimmy J, Bobby and Wills. Jimmy J was my first big Netta. I wrote about him in my post “The Baby in the Bag and Other Stories”
Bobby came later and then Wills. I had wanted a rooted hair Netta toddler for some time before I managed to get him. The teddy bear was made by me.
Next is Ronnie. I bought him at a toy fair back in Adelaide some time in the 1990s. I don’t know anything about him. I just think he has the cutest expression.
The last baby today is this gorgeous boy who for some reason I never got around to naming. Any suggestions. He has a cloth body and vinyl head and limbs and is made by Berenguer so perhaps he should have a Spanish name. Again, I don’t know if this one was meant to be a boy but to me he is.
So that’s my boys, the babies anyway. I hope you have enjoyed meeting them all.
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As I mentioned yesterday June 13th is World Doll Day and to celebrate this I’m taking part in a World Doll Day Challenge. Thank you to Barbielea of Barbiebeauties for tagging me.
To participate I have to carry out three tasks. Here we go.
1). Post three of my favourite dolls from this year
I have been very lucky this year because my sister gave me two vintage dolls that had been on my wish list for some time; a swirl ponytail Barbie and a vintage Ken. Technically I suppose Barbie was from last year as I got her for Christmas but close enough. Ken was a birthday present.
My other favourite doll from this year is my Divergent Tris who I bought a couple of months ago. I love her face and her short hair which I think makes her more interesting than the first edition doll. I’m not really a fan of tattoos usually but I don’t mind hers because it is small and presumably has some meaning to the character. I’m not a follower of the films so I don’t know.
2. Let you know about three dolls on my wish list
I still have a few dolls on my vintage fashion doll wish list. I would love to get a Francie and an American Girl Barbie. Nice vintage ones don’t come cheap so I may have to settle for reproductions but I will probably wait until just the right vintage ones come along at a price I can afford.
3. Tag 5 people.
I have chosen five bloggers I follow. If someone else has tagged you or you don’t want to play that’s fine. It’s just a game after all.
Readers, if you haven’t seen them before go and visit these blogs to see their fashion doll creations.
Riana’s Barbie Closet – https://rianasbarbiecloset.wordpress.com/
Life and Times of Fashion Dolls – https://lorcole7.wordpress.com/
Margellen Doll Style – https://margfletch.wordpress.com/
Lassemista – https://lassemista.wordpress.com/
Helen’s Doll Saga – https://dollsaga.wordpress.com/
This is a lovely story which I am reblogging from Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter. Today is, or will be if you are in another part of the world from me, World Doll Day. If you have dolls that have seen better days and are in need of a new home I’d encourage you to consider “The Broken Doll”.
Originally posted on Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter:
Have you heard of The Broken Doll? The Broken Doll provides dolls to children in need in both the US and abroad. It draws itself apart from other donation groups because The Broken Doll doesn’t just accept new or like new toys. The Broken Doll takes the time to fix up dolls that are less than perfect, giving these kids a truly unique new friend to treasure.
As you know, today, 6/13/2015, is World Doll Day! (Okay, this post is a little early, but I’m sure for some of you, it is the 13th by now, so it counts!) It’s a day to celebrate and share the hobby with others. In honor of World Doll Day, I asked The Broken Doll a few questions about what they do.
Question: Can you give us a brief description of what you guys do at The…
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Fashion Doll Friday – Charice by Mikelman