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…