The $1.25 Experiment

I’ve mentioned in the past that I regularly check Ebay for doll stuff.  I’ve picked up a few bargains here and there, and for a time, some of the crazier listings provided me with some fun photos for my “Bad Ebay” posts.  Over the past year though, I’ve noticed a marked change in Ebay listings for 18 inch doll items, and not necessarily for the better.  Not only has the number of auctions dropped significantly, but there has been an influx of stuff that comes up when you search “American Girl” that is coming out of China.  Much of it at almost ridiculously low prices.

I’ve also noticed that most of this stuff seems to come up first thing in the morning when I am checking.  I’m assuming it has something to do with the time difference between here and there.  As the day progresses, it doesn’t seem to be as prevalent, but it’s still there.  It is annoying though when you just want to search for stuff while drinking your morning coffee.  I get tired of weeding through junk to find a good deal.  However, one morning, my curiosity got the best of me.  One of the auctions was for a doll sized backpack.  And it had a minimum bid of $1.25 with no bidders, and free shipping as well.  I decided to give it a try and see what happened.  Worst case scenario was I never received the item and I’d be out $1.25.  Or I’d get it months later, or even perhaps receive it, but it would be poorly made and not worth the time it took to open the package.  Well, it arrived, and here are the results!

First off, my package arrived in 16 days!  I was very surprised as it arrived before the earliest date that it said I would receive it.  So far so good.  It was packed in a heavy duty envelope that took a bit of work to get open.  Backpack was also in a cellophane bag within that bag too, so it was nice and clean.  Once the backpack was removed from that, I examined it closely.  I was surprised and impressed!  I’ve purchased doll sized backpacks from name brand companies that aren’t as nice as this one.

The stitching was straight and nicely done, and it seemed to be well made. There are some strings that need trimming, but overall it is a nice piece.

A pic of the back and straps:

The final test was if it actually fit a doll and correctly. I grabbed Ryan for this because not only does it look more like a boys backpack, but with his short hair, you’d be able to see better how it fit.

As you can see from those photos, it fit just fine! I would say this $1.25 was well spent and the experiment was a success.

Now, I do want to warn everyone to take this review with a grain of salt. There are some truly crap items being sold out on Ebay by Chinese sellers. I lucked out, but I did a little bit of homework too by checking the sellers feedback. This seller did have some negative feedback, but for the most part, it was not for any of the doll clothing items they sold and the majority of them at the time I checked were over items not received. That is always going to be a risk when you purchase items from out of the country, particularly items drop shipped from China. Would I buy from this seller again? Probably, as long as it was something I liked. Again though, I would proceed with caution and not get a lot of money tied up in anything just to be on the safe side. But for me, it was a fun test just to see what I would get for my $1.25. I’ve wasted that much money on a candy bar, and at least this didn’t have any calories! 😉

Etsy Find: Rainbow Lily Designs

I have another awesome Etsy shop to tell you about–Rainbow Lily Designs!  I actually purchased something from them a while ago, but just a few weeks ago I picked up something else, and I loved it so much, I decided I needed to tell you about this shop.  She makes a variety of different doll clothing items, but her denim jackets are just awesome!

Here we have Zara and Sophia modeling the two that I have for the gang.  As you can see, the fit is perfect on both of these.  I love all of the little details.  I will note that the button holes do not work, but that is the way that the pattern these are made from is.  (I have the pattern)

Here is a close up of the blue denim jacket:

I love all of the top stitching on this, it is absolutely perfect!  I miss my old Levi’s denim jacket from 20 years ago when I look at this.  I can’t imagine doing all of that and managing to keep it so well lined up.

The top stitching on the back is just as perfect!

Here you can see that all of the inside seams are overcast, making this piece very durable for play.

And a close up of the pink denim jacket:

I fell in love with this jacket the minute I saw it and ordered it immediately. I wouldn’t mind having one just like it in human size!

A picture of the back:

And a shot of the lace yoke. I love the lace accents on this jacket, it gives it a very chic fashionable look.

Be sure to check out Aimee’s shop, she has so many cute pieces. Evil Twin has picked up a piece or two from her, including a denim vest made much like the denim jackets. Love her work and I’m sure I’ll be back for more!

Rainbow Lily Designs

Guest Post: Boy Story Clothes Available On Etsy!

Today’s post is by Sharry from Julie Newman’s 70’s Time Capsule.  Take it away Sharry!

Hi everybody!

You might remember my review comparing Boy Story dolls to other custom made boy dolls. Although Boy Story dolls are really poseable and fun to play with, their overall build is bigger than most American “Boy” type dolls. This of course presents a problem if you want your guy to have different clothes, as the Boy Story folks haven’t started selling separate outfits yet. Well look no further! I have found 2 Etsy sellers who can make clothes to Boy Story specifications. The first is Diane at “Lotsogoodies”. She makes t-shirts, jeans, sweat pants and swim trunks for your Boy Story Dolls! Here’s my Boy Story doll Billy (renamed Marc) in her t-shirts:

I love the sweat pants! They look so comfy, I wish I had a pair

The second is Libby at “Designed4Dolls”. While she doesn’t have any Boy Story items listed, she will happily do custom work upon request! Here is Marc modeling some of her groovy 70s fashions (for my doll blog!):

These 2 sellers are super to work with should you want a different look for your doll. Thanks Flo for allowing me to do another guest post and for supporting Etsy sellers!

So long from Marc and Sharry from Julie Newman’s 70s Time Capsule


Thanks so much Sharry for this information!  I’m always happy to hear about an Etsy seller that is willing to help someone out in the doll community with an unusual request–and as always, shop small!  Plus I have to agree, I wouldn’t mind having a set of those sweats in human size too.  😉