Doll Sized Finds: “One Is The Loneliest Number”

Last time I posted about doll sized finds, I mentioned it might be a while.  I was right.  Not only has it been a while, but this time around, I only have one item to share with you, hence the name of the post.  I’ve not only been super busy with some other things, I just haven’t had the mojo to trek around to thrift stores lately.  It probably doesn’t help that I did a massive clean out of my kitchen cupboards and instead of buying stuff at thrift stores, I donated a bunch of stuff.  I NEED nothing!

Anyhow, I did want to share this with everyone before I forgot.  I went to TJMaxx one day to see if I could find anything cool, and I saw this:

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I saw this little pitcher and immediately thought it would be perfect for doll use.  It’s actually meant to be used for making espresso, but that’s not what I’ll use it for.  It was only $3.99, and I like the fact that it’s not clear, so you can imagine whatever beverage you want is in it: milk, lemonade, water, whatever!

Here is Sophia with it so you can see the size proportionate to a doll:

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“Excuse me ma’am, would you like a refill on your iced tea?”

Best part is I’ve been wanting a pitcher for my doll kitchen and/or bakery. I looked at the “Garden Party” set from Our Generation because I thought the pitcher in it was cute, but really didn’t feel like spending $16.99 when it was the only thing that caught my eye in it. The rest of what is in it is repeats of items I already have. This is the perfect substitute.

Just a quick note too, this will be the last post for at least a week to 10 days, I have some prior commitments in the coming week that will keep me too busy to post. I promise though, when I get back to posting, it will be worth the wait, lots of fun posts and excitement here! Till then, ta-ta!! 🙂

“A Pretty Girl…Is Like A Melody”

By now I’m sure you’ve seen the preview or at least photos of the preview of Melody that was shown on CBS This Morning earlier this week.  I actually remembered it was on and watched it.  It was interesting to see a behind the scenes kind of angle: storyboards, fabrics, photo shoots.  I was less than impressed with the woman who they interviewed for it though.  When presented with a question about the lack of diversity in the line, she kind of tip-toed around it.  I’m sure she was probably grilled on how to respond beforehand, but it still came across as rather dismissive.  If you haven’t seen the piece yet, you can view it here.

Let me just say that I am THRILLED to bits that American Girl did the introduction of a new character this way.  I am sick to death of leaks whenever a new doll is coming out.  Take that all of you people who have nothing better to do than to search the internet for photos that you have no right to post in the first place!  Plus the fact that they showed not just her, but her collection in advance really put a wrench in everyone’s fun.  BWAHHAHHAA!  I love it.  I see nothing wrong with everyone seeing the new items at the same time.  All of this posting of leaked photos and speculation is not only a bit unethical, but also teaches nothing to the younger set.  Patience is a virtue that everyone seems to have forgotten about in our “instant gratification” society.  And American Girl beat everyone to the punch by doing it this way.  Good for them.

So, now you want to know what I think of Melody, don’t you?  I think she is cute, but I was disappointed that they didn’t do a new face mold.  I thought perhaps with it being the 30th anniversary year they might actually decide to make a new mold for her.  I know of several comments where people were also disappointed that the doll doesn’t have dimples like on the book cover.  I guess I was expecting more for a doll that comes with such high expectations in so many ways.  I do love that they picked the hairstyle from the book cover. And that outfit is just too cute (as are some of the others they showed).

Am I getting her?  I don’t honestly know at this point.  I kind of painted myself into a bit of a corner with Shivan who is also made from the Sonali face mold.  So far, most of my dolls that are made from like face molds are related to each other.  I don’t want to change Shivan’s story, but I also don’t want to change Melody’s either.  That leads me to another problem too.  While my other historicals have jumped time by being a descendant of the original character they started out as, I don’t want to do that to Melody.  Her story is far too important, I don’t want to change it.  At this point, even if I were to get her, I’m not sure I would incorporate her into stories with the other girls.  If anything, I’d get her and another doll (or two) and make them all girls of the 60’s.  That just isn’t going to work though as I’ve already got a space issue.  Ugh.  At this point, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.  Thinking time.

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I want this…ALL of this! (photo from CBSNews.com)

On to her accessories–oh dear!  So many cute things!  A recording studio, a bedroom set, her dog!  However, the one thing that caught my eye was the electric piano…uh oh.  I’m hoping it’s not sold as part of the recording studio and can bought by itself because I want it!  I remember my middle school music teacher playing one like that.  And kids, it’s not called an electric keyboard–it has no ability to play any tone besides piano.  The mechanics in it are very similar to a conventional piano, just electrified.  But it has such a unique sound, if you’ve played one or been accompanied on one, you will never forget it.  I was surprised to find out that some of these are now highly collectible and refurbished ones sell in the thousands of dollars.  Ah, memories…

The card table and chairs is terrific, and that little bingo game–oh dear!  I guess I’d better start saving my money for the release.  I don’t know that it is as common now as it used to be, but just about every family in my parents age group had a card table and chairs.  Throw a blanket over the top and it makes a great makeshift tent.  Necessary for a yard sale.  Extra workspace.  Lemonade stand.  Oh, and yeah–you can play cards on it!  More memories…

Overall, I think this is going to be an interesting release, and I suspect it’s going to be very popular.  I do feel a bit bad for poor Maryellen though, she certainly had her thunder stolen.  I think American Girl needs to slow down just a bit in all of these new releases in the historical line.  I do see what they are trying to do, and I have a theory about this.  They are trying to appeal to families: kids, moms, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.  We now will have dolls from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s all in the line at the same time, and I fully expect to see the 80’s show up in the next few years.  (Oh no, my greatest fear, a doll sized can of AquaNet may be looming on the horizon!)  I also expect to see Molly as the next doll to come back from the archives as that would close the gap between the 50’s and the 30’s.  If this is what they are trying to do, I totally get it.  And if it opens the dialogue about history, then that is terrific.  I think they just need to be careful in how they do it to avoid over saturation.  They are dangerously skirting the edge of “cash grab” at the moment, and sometimes that can be a company’s downfall.

Will you be adding Melody to your collection?

When Bad Things Happen To Good Dolls–accuracy is important!

I wasn’t sure what to call this post until I started looking at some of what I had for in it, and it dawned on me that quite a few of these items had a common link.  Some of this has photos to go with it, but I’ll start with some of the ones that were just worded completely wrong.

Nothing reveals to a potential Ebay or Craigslist buyer that you have no idea what you are selling more than having a glaring error in your listing.  Jen from over at “The Dolls Between Us” seemed to be on a roll recently in coming across these as well.  We definitely had a few good laughs as we sent these back and forth!

We will start with the least offensive:

“American Girl Doll Of The Year-Jesse”      Um,  close, but not quite.  Jen said she had the song “Jessie’s Girl” stuck in her head after that.

“American Girl Doll “JAYA” NIB”    Huh???

“American Girl Doll Girl Of The Month Lanie”   WHAT?!?!  Now AG is trying to get us to buy everything in a month???

and MY personal favorite:

“Cute Pants set for American Girl Doll, white denim genes…”     I couldn’t help but wonder if there was DNA involved??  This one got even funnier after Jen noticed that the sellers name had the word “JEAN” in it!

Another thing that I have noticed is that everyone’s interpretation of mint, excellent, perfect condition is apparently different.  This Josefina was listed as in “excellent condition, just her bangs have been cut”.  Only one problem.  Josefina doesn’t have bangs!!!!!

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Except, maybe Josefina was hanging out with the doll in this next photo.  I have to admit that when I saw it, my eyes had to adjust for a few minutes before I realized that it wasn’t a costume, but the throw behind her.  The auction was for the hat and scarf!

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This next one is one Jen sent me, and I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard…well, maybe when the whole doll poop listing showed up.  (you had to know I was going to bring that up!)

bad ebay beyond weird listingIt’s an odd assortment of merchandise, it’s Julie’s popcorn, a cash register and the hat, but the way it is displayed is what had me laughing so hard.  Those big old hands from the Barbie salon model just sticking out there.  Hmmmm…

This last photo comes with a warning:  If seeing doll parts makes you squeamish, look away.  NOW!

bad ebay wig for sale

The auction is for the wig, but let’s be honest, that is pretty freaky looking, don’t you think?  I don’t have a problem with doll parts and I thought it was a bit out there.  They could have put it on a head with eyes at least and avoid nightmares for those who do have problems with this kind of thing.

There you have it, my odd, bizarre and strange Ebay listings for this round.  Tune in next time, same doll blog, same doll channel…