Fashion Doll Friday – Mystery Barbie

Today’s doll is one that I am not too sure about. I bought her as is and don’t have any information on her. She has the older twist and turn body, straight arms and the Superstar face so I am guessing that she is from the early to middle 1990s. From her colouring and hair style I believe that she is a Filipina Barbie. Her dress is tagged Barbie but I’m not sure whether it is her original outfit. What do you think?

Barbie from the 1990s. I believe she is a Filipina Barbie

Barbie from the 1990s. I believe she is a Filipina Barbie

My Five Dollar Find


Yesterday my sister and I had a day out in New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley. We like the town because it has several antique shops, not all of them the expensive kind. Our current favourite is a big one at a place called Willow Court. Willow Court was once known as the Royal Derwent Hospital and was used as a mental hospital. I hope to write about it in the near future in my other blog.

We had a very interesting time browsing although there were not a lot of dolls on this occasion. We did find a small basket of miscellaneous dolls all priced at $5. One of them was this hard plastic, sleep eyed doll in national dress. I am not sure what country she represents but it puts me in mind of Singapore. I have several other costume dolls similar to this one and as some are childhood dolls I am pretty sure that this one dates to the early/mid 1960s. Her hair is glued on mohair and she has strung arms. I think she is rather nice.

Hard plastic costume doll.

Hard plastic costume doll.

Hard plastic doll with sleep eyes.

Hard plastic doll with sleep eyes.

Here are some of my other costume dolls who are similar. One poor girl lost her hair while being stored.

These two I bought later but they are very similar to the ones I had as a child.

These two I bought later but they are very similar to the ones I had as a child.

Childhood dolls in I think costumes from Italy, China, Sweden and Russia

Childhood dolls in I think costumes from Italy, China, Sweden and Russia


Fashion Doll Friday – Sindy in Coffee Party

This week’s doll is an auburn haired Sindy who was given to me by a fellow doll collector in the USA after I admired her photo. She has articulated wrists, a twist waist and rooted eyelashes. Her arms appear to be strung with elastic. I believe that she might be a Lovely Lively Sindy from 1976 but I’m not as good at identifying Sindy after 1970. She is marked 033055x on the back of her head and “made in Hong Kong” on her back.

Despite the fact that I really prefer the earlier Sindy’s this one is a favourite of mine. She wears Coffee Party from around 1964. Coffee Party also came in blue. While a lot of the early Sindy outfits are too big on the smaller post 1970 dolls Coffee Party is a good fit.

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Fashion Doll Friday -Fashionista Barbie

I was in Target the other day and thought I might as well check out the Barbie aisle. To my surprise they had some of the new Fashionista Barbies. They were not very expensive so I decided to buy one. I picked this one because she was the most interesting doll with her curly hair and freckles. Here she is just out of the box.

The Two Dollar Doll Project


A couple of weeks ago my sister and I  spent the afternoon together. The plan had been to have lunch then visit my husband in hospital but he called to say that he was being taken for a scan in the afternoon and would not be in his room. As we now had some time in hand we decided to visit the Glenorchy Tip Shop. Tip shops are shops attached to council dumps where you can buy recycled goods. A lot of it is junk but sometimes you can find some good things. I don’t usually bother with Barbies from this sort of shop as they are usually not remarkable and we consider a lot of them overpriced. On this day we saw the usual collection of naked clone dolls and blonde Barbies with chewed limbs and tangled hair. One caught my eye though. She had black hair and a pretty face. I picked her up. She had a few ink marks on her body and her hair was badly tangled but I liked her. I said to my sister. “I bet I could fix this one.” she said “Why don’t you get her? She’s only $2.20.” That’s cheap for here, used Barbies are rarely under $4 which is another reason I don’t usually buy them. I decided that I would. She’d make a good project to do while I was home on my own. Here she is as she was when I found her.

Raquelle as she looked when I got her.

This is how she looked when I got her.

I wasn’t able to start my rehab project right away due to Hubby’s health issues but while waiting for things to settle down  a bit I combed out the worst tangles in her hair. I find detangling dolls hair is good therapy when you are feeling stressed. I also gave her a quick wipe down with 911 as I didn’t know where she’d been before the Tip Shop.

Her worst fault is the stain on her leg.

Her worst fault is the stain on her leg.

A few days later I started treating her stained leg with Remove-Zit. So far it’s not making much difference. My Remove-Zit is nearly a year old now and may be past its best but I will keep reapplying it every few days. It worked well on my vintage Barbie two months ago. In between applications I washed the doll’s hair.

I’ve also been trying to research who this doll might be. She has one of the Fashion Fever bodies. She has the Summer face but her hair is black like Raquelle with some auburn/red streaks and bangs. Her earrings were broken but the one stud that remained was mauve.

I thought that it would not be too hard to identify her. It took me longer than I expected but after a couple of hours of looking at pictures of Barbies online I’ve cracked it. The Barbie Diaries Courtney 2006. Here is a link to a nice photo of her on Flickr. I think that mine may have had a hair cut too as her hair is nowhere near this long.

The Barbie Diaries Courtney

The Barbie Diaries Courtney

On another evening I redid Courtney’s hair into bunches and neatened it up a bit. Now all she needed was a new outfit. I haven’t done much knitting lately either. It’s been very hard to concentrate on knitting and I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I planned over the summer. So for now Courtney, or Robyn as she told me she would like to be called, is wearing a dress from my stash of Barbie clothes. As you can see the ink has not faded from her leg yet but I thought that rather than wait the weeks it might take I’d show her off now. Later I’ll find her some earrings. I know I have some stored away.

"Hooray, I've escaped from The Tip Shop!'

“Hooray, I’ve escaped from The Tip Shop!’

The Barbie Diaries Courtney, now renamed Robyn.

The Barbie Diaries Courtney, now renamed Robyn.

I think that she has scrubbed up quite well for a doll who nearly ended up at the dump.

Fashion Doll Friday – Beyond Pink Teresa 1998


Beyond Pink Teresa 1998

Beyond Pink Teresa 1998

I don’t usually leave dolls in their boxes but a very few I have and Beyond Pink Teresa is one of them. I had it in mind to have a collection of the pop star Barbies and friends at the time but I’ve never really had the room to display them properly. I also have Beyond Pink Christie, who I have de-boxed but not Barbie, too pink for me!

I like Teresa’s colouring and the fact that the dolls are articulated. Will I ever de-box her? I don’t know.

As an Easter treat here is the Beyond Pink song – “Think Pink” although it is not the original video.