I mentioned before that I was off to the thrift stores last week with my thrift store shopping buddy Heather and I was hoping to find some super cool doll things. Sorry to my gang, but it was not meant to be. 😦 There were lots of toys for little kids, but not much for the 8 and up group. And I didn’t find any thing that I could use for “doll sized finds”. I did see a kids jewelry box that would have made a cute chest of drawers, but I’m sticking to my “has to be better than what I already have” rule, and it didn’t apply. Oh well. It WAS a good day for me though, I got 3 shirts, a pair of shoes and a gorgeous purse in brand new condition. Considering how most of my thrift store shopping lately has been for the dolls, I don’t feel guilty. 😉
We did stop at Target while we were in the Pittsburgh area to see if I could find any of the newer 18 inch Our Generation items or the Lori by OG line. The store we stopped at was very disappointing in the 18 inch line, nothing new to see and I was very shocked at all that they had–this store is a busy store, yet they only had 1/2 of an aisle on one side dedicated to this line–wha?!?! That surprised me more than anything because even the smaller stores around me have more than that, most have one side of an entire aisle and sometimes an endcap.
Speaking of endcaps…I have to thank Xyra over at Tea Time With Melody Q for clueing me in on this next thing. She was fortunate enough to find some Lori by OG and told me that it wasn’t in the aisle with the regular OG stuff, that it was on an endcap. Sure enough–that’s where I found some! It was very odd though, it was on a back end cap, I might have missed it had it not been for her telling me about that. I think this line is so cute and I really wanted to see it in person. AND they had the one thing that I wanted the most…so of course I had to buy it!!!
This is so cute, and I have to explain why I wanted it so much. Not because I don’t have a car for my mini-dolls, but because it’s a Mini Cooper. I used to have a Mini Cooper myself, and when I saw this on several blogs, my mind was made up that my mini girls HAD to have it. I traded my Mini in a couple of years ago because I needed a bigger vehicle, but I have fond memories of it. This isn’t the only Mini Cooper in my doll fleet either, I also have the Barbie one, the Sunshine Family drives it. Yes, I’ve yuppified the Sunshine Family. Sorry.
This car has so many awesome details to it. I love that the doors open and close. It has a working AM/FM radio. I think they did a great job with making the headlights look realistic. And at $24.99, it’s very affordable for either kids or collectors. The only complaint I have is that it is a little difficult to get the dolls to sit properly, but if you’ve ever owned or ridden in a Mini Cooper, you know they got that part right too. 😉
I only have 4 mini dolls, and that’s probably where this collection will stop. I started with Mini Isabelle and Mini Kit from the AG line and when I found out they were changing the line, I made sure I picked up Mini Sienna and Mini Lana from the OG line, those two were my favorites. I’ve mentioned before that when my mom passed away, I inherited her 1/12 scale doll house. I haven’t been sure what to do with it, but now I have a game plan–Mini House! After the new year, I’m going to start going through the boxes and boxes of furniture and sort out what I can use and what I want to sell. There is quite literally enough furniture to do 3 houses! There are several pieces I definitely want to keep but the rest will be determined by how well it works with these dolls. Let me just say that with everything in those boxes, these girls will be living in the lap of luxury, my mom bought some very high end pieces. I just have to figure out a good place to put it! I can already picture the Mini Cooper parked outside the Mini Mansion…
As you can see, the dolls were excited too, they couldn’t wait to try it out. Kind of reminds me of someone who has won the “showcase showdown” on “The Price is Right!”
Lori by OG is a cute line, the hardest part at the moment is finding some of it. The store I found the car at had a nice selection of dolls, two cars, two campers, some clothes, ballet studio and the house–but no furniture! It seems that the furniture is the hardest to find. Earlier this week I went to another Target and they finally had some of this line in as well, and they only had one set of furniture. Again, Target falling asleep at the switch on distribution of doll stuff, ARGH! I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that. I thought it was odd that at this store, the display was also on the backside of an endcap, it’s almost like they don’t want you to find it!
I picked up two of the four outfits currently available:
As I was looking at these outfits, I had a sudden flashback to something from my childhood: Dawn dolls. Anyone else remember and/or love them? I had quite a few of them and a decent collection of clothing. Unfortunately I had to throw them all out, they were ruined and posed a health hazard for me (mold). I think the way the clothing is displayed for the Lori line is reminiscent of how the Dawn clothing came, not sure if the little “mannequin” will stand on it’s own just yet. Another item I wish I still had is the Tonka Winnebago, it was the perfect size for Dawn, and since Dawn was a little taller than the current mini dolls, it would work well. Darn.
Evil Twin is coming next week and if we have time, we may stop at another Target that has a huge selection of OG stuff (most of the time), so I may pick up the other two outfits. I may try my hand at making a few things for these dolls too, it would be a great way to use up tiny scraps left from other projects.
Do you collect any of the mini dolls? What is your favorite thing about them?
Check out how the radio sounds here:
Unfortunately no volume control but I was shocked at how clear the stations came in!