Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
A blogger with more forethought would have taken before, after and during pictures of the project. Unfortunately, that's not me (at least not yet), so here's the before-photo only.
I have a limited number of shelves, so storing all the dolls requires some skillful organization. Picture playing actual Tetris with hundreds of pink boxes. The smaller boxes on the lower shelves are layered three or four deep. (I couldn't fit all the shelves into one picture, so some dolls aren't pictured.)
In a perfect world, I'd have triple the number of shelves and I would display the collection not like encyclopedias but instead with each girl facing forward so she could be enjoyed by all.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Certainly, the economy is crap, and people likely are spending less on toys just as they are on everything else. (Sadly, the quilted toilet paper was among the first casualties of economic belt-tightening in our household.)
But things have to be looking up for Barbie, despite her "age." She just won a knock-down cat fight with slutty Bratz (http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/12/11/bratz.vs.barbies/index.html) and a slew of festivities and products will debut for her big 50-anniversary year.
As long as Mattel can keep up the quality and appeal of the new dolls (Time to go, horrid My Scene Barbie!!), there is little doubt Barbie will come around to be profitable for the toy manufacturer again.
Monday, February 2, 2009
As a 20-something Barbie collector, few in my peer group understand my obsession let along participate in it. I have one friend who claims to be a collector: She has every Holiday Barbie ever made. I have more than 300 dolls. It's not quite the same.
I don't know why I keep buying Barbies. Heaven knows I don't have the space to keep them, and I certainly don't have the disposable income for the hobby. But I keep on collecting.
I want to meet and communicate with other collectors like me, the ones who have custom shelving in their basement to house and display their dolls. Basically, I've been a one-woman collecting community my whole life, and now I'm ready to find others.