Who is this?

Marie-Grace invited Zara over to play a few days ago.  They were deciding what to do, when they noticed a strange doll on the sideboard in the dining room.  They both climbed up to investigate further.

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“I wonder who she is and where she came from?” asked Zara. “I’m not sure,” replied Marie-Grace. “I do know that Flo got a package in the mail a few days ago.”

“My name is Jody” the doll replied. “I’m a country girl.”
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Both Zara and Marie-Grace gasped. Then they decided to get down on her level to make it easier to talk to her.

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“Where did you come from???” asked Marie-Grace. “I’ve never seen you before.” Jody replied “I am from the 1970’s, I was a doll made back then.”

“Cool!” exclaimed Zara. “You remind me a bit of my sister Abby. She has red hair and blue eyes too!”
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The girls asked her a couple of more questions. Then they both welcomed her to the house, and went back to playing.
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I suppose you are wondering where Jody came from. Last week I got an e-mail from Sharry over at Julie Newman’s 70’s Time Capsule. She told me to keep my eye out for a package, a surprise birthday gift. I was excited, but I had absolutely no idea what it was going to be. My husband even asked me if I had any inklings, and I had none. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I opened the box and in it was this doll. Sharry and I had been talking on the phone recently and the subject of Jody came up. I’d had this doll when I was a little girl along with several of her playsets, and I thought she was really an interesting doll. Unfortunately I had given mine away years ago. Sharry thought it would be cool if she could find one, and not only did she succeed, but she was like brand new, her hair was even still in it’s plastic! The box was a little worse for wear, but the doll was perfect. Plus she even managed to get the one I had that was my favorite!
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She also found someone who had one of the outfits all by itself for sale. It’s missing a couple of accessories, but the main part is there. I’m sure if I keep my eyes open, I’ll come across the rest.
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What makes it difficult (and when I thought about it, I realized how weird it was) is they didn’t sell the outfits individually. If you wanted Jody in a different outfit, you had to buy a different doll! I don’t quite know what the thinking was on that, but at one point I had three Jody dolls, one in each of these outfits, and another in an outfit that was a white top with a black velvet skirt.  I also had several playsets: the kitchen, Victorian parlor, barn and schoolhouse.  Jody was made by Ideal which also made Crissy and Velvet.

Thank you Sharry for such an awesome birthday surprise! It was quite the doll birthday, not only did I get this, but my bestie bought me the Sophia equestrian outfit, my hubby got me Melody’s keyboard and Evil Twin gave me money towards the camper. See, you never do grow up!!

Here’s a video of some of the old Jody commercials that I thought everyone would enjoy: