A great find–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about over the past year is finishing up some specific doll collections.  In other words, perusing Ebay and other secondary market sources to get items that I maybe missed out on when they were originally out, but wished I’d picked up.

I have more Grace Thomas items than any other GOTY, her collection is by far my favorite.  But I am missing two outfits and I was missing one of the play sets that I was regretting not buying.  Keyword is WAS.  I was super excited to see this item pop up on Facebook Marketplace and not all that far from where I lived.  A few texts later, plans were made to meet up and next thing I knew, it was in my hands.  Yay!!

So…what was it???

Grace’s Pastry Cart!  Here is the pic from when it came out:

When this was initially introduced, it was $150.  So you can imagine how pleased I was to get it for $50, and with almost all of the pieces included and in terrific condition!

There were only 5 items missing–The bell that hangs from the top, the paper menu booklet, the clear plastic piece that fits over the cupcake box, business cards and the small shelf that attaches.  I can see how many of these pieces could easily be lost as they are small.  The shelf–it seems to be a frequently missing piece on this item when looking at them on Ebay, so it must not stay attached very well.  Unfortunately it’s the only piece I haven’t come up with a really good solution to, but I worked around it.

Here are photos of all of the pieces that were included.  When I picked it up, I asked the woman why they were getting rid of it.  She said that it had belonged to her 10 year old daughter and she never played with it.  I could tell by the condition of everything, all I really had to do was clean the dust off all of it.

Not only did the two loaves of bread come with it, but there was a bonus loaf as well!

This is the cupcake and box that was missing a cover.

It even included all the stickers for the menu board, I just didn’t take a picture.

I’m not sure exactly how many dollar bills were supposed to be included, but it’s not a big deal as I have other sets that have money with them if I want more.

Another bonus in the box was this AG balloon!

So after some thought, I came up with a plan.  I decided to run to Michaels to get a replacement bell (I now have an entire bag!) and I wrapped the cupcake without a package in plastic wrap from a cut up sandwich bag.  I liked it so much I decided to do it with a few other baked items I had.  I scrounged through all of my food items and pulled out some more pieces that related to a bakery theme, found a printable on another blog to make some boxes…did some cutting and folding, and I was set!  In fact, I liked this item so much after I was done, I decided that this would just be part of my living room décor for a while!

A close up of a well stocked bakery cart:

Then I decided it was missing something–an apron!  I had the perfect one in my stash of doll goodies.  TaDa!!

Mimi is hoping to do a lot of business today!

I was thrilled to get this item at first and now that I’ve had it sitting out for a bit, I’m even happier.  It’s really a cute piece and has a lot of potential for future ideas I have.  Once in a while things work out!   Now to go in search of the two Grace outfits I’m missing at a reasonable price…

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Cute Clothes From Silly Monkey

Another favorite online doll clothing seller is Silly Monkey.  I had seen some of their stuff but had never ordered from them until I got Mimi and they had a couple of items I thought would be perfect for her.  I’ve since bought quite a few things from them, and I’m sure there will be many more to come.

Before Christmas I decided the girls needed some new stuff from there.  I ended up with 4 items, three that I intended to be worn together and the other just with a pair of pants.

Mimi and Rebecca agreed to be my models for the new items.

The tunic top that Mimi is wearing is absolutely adorable.  I loved the print, one thing I really like about Silly Monkey is that they are very careful to make sure that the proportions on the print designs are in the right scale for dolls.

It fits well too, and I like that it’s not open the whole way down, so you get a nicer finished look in the back when the Velcro is closed.

The other pieces were items I’d looked at for a while and decided would be versatile.

I wouldn’t mind having an outfit like this for myself! 

I loved the “paperbag” waist on the pants and the top was a nice neutral that not only goes well with these pieces, but will work well with other things too.  The tie is just for decoration, the pants aren’t a true drawstring, they are elasticized.

The kimono style jacket is beautifully made, I love this piece!  It’s a nice, soft fabric with a beautiful color to it.

I’m really happy with these items and I can see a lot of mix and match potential with all of it.

You can check out Silly Monkey items two ways!

Their Etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SillyMonkeyDollStuff

Or their website!

https://www.silly-monkey.com/

In case you are wondering about Rebecca’s necklace, that’s actually a bracelet out of my own collection.  Bracelets make GREAT necklaces for 18 inch dolls!

To All The Dolls I’ve Loved Before–Baby Go Bye Bye

These little reviews/memories of dolls I had as a kid are a nice little trip down memory lane.  However, this one…well, it kind of makes me mad when I think about it too hard.  You’ll soon understand why.

I don’t think I asked for Baby Go Bye Bye, but I’m not positive.  I wasn’t a huge fan of baby dolls to begin with, I basically only had eyes for Barbie and her crew.  But my mom was a bit of a sucker for any kind of unique dolls, so that may very well be how I ended up with this doll.  It was kind of a cute idea though.

Baby Go Bye Bye wasn’t a very big doll, and she definitely had a bit of a Cindy Brady look to her.  Interestingly enough, Baby Go Bye Bye came out before the Brady Bunch ever aired!  The first dolls were released in 1968, The Brady Bunch didn’t hit TV screens until fall of 1969.  The doll was just an average doll, but with looser than normal limbs.  Her Bumpety Buggy was the real fun part of the toy.  The seat in it was loose so it would vibrate and the doll got one heck of a ride!

   

To start the car, you simply moved the butterfly on the front and that triggered a switch in the mechanism.

 

Finding pics to show was a bit difficult, but I did find a few.  I’m not a fan of using other peoples pics, but in the case of vintage dolls I no longer own, I guess I don’t have much of a choice.  I loved the catalog page.  Baby Go Bye Bye sold for a whopping $9.88!  Converting that to today’s dollars, that would be $73.22, isn’t that crazy?

Okay…so, the part about me being mad.  The key to the Bumpety Buggy was a piece that it fit over top of that actually determined where the car went.  It had these attached strips of plastic with pegs at the end of each, and where you placed them in the bottom was how the car determined where to turn.  It was really pretty genius for 1968 when you think about it.

Even as a kid, I could see the genius in this design.  And I remember distinctly thinking how clever someone would be if they would take this technology and use it for something else, like say a lawn mower or a vacuum cleaner??  Look familiar???????????????????

Yeah, when I first saw a Roomba, I seriously had a major flashback to my childhood.  Just think, if I had been able to convince someone to act on my initial idea, I might be a millionaire by now!!!!!

I actually kept Baby Go Bye Bye for quite a few years, and then finally one day I donated her to a thrift store in one of our clean outs when I was a teen.  For all I know she inspired the person who invented the Roomba.  Oh well.

I did find some videos on YouTube of her in action.  Enjoy!