Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Meet 'Barbie Man'

I'm no longer going to worry about the amount of funds I've spent on Barbies through the years... because this guy has me (and probably all of you) totally beat.

A guy in Florida has 2,000 dolls and spends $30,000 a year adding to his collection.

Read about it here, here and here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

All the Hors d'oeuvres Are Pink

OK, I made that part up about the hors d'oeuvres. But there is a Barbie-themed restaurant in Taiwan. And most of the things in it are pink.

Read about it here, here and here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

One Doll at a Time

I'm working on selling some of my Barbie dolls. It's a long, painful process.

I had accumulated nearly 400 dolls, and they lined a wall of book shelves -- often several deep. But how can you enjoy a doll you never see that's wedged in the back row? Not to mention, I'm going to be downsizing to a smaller space for them, and nearly 400 dolls will never fit.

So I started the process last year of choosing who gets to stay and who has to go.

It's just like Sophie's Choice, but with more plastic.

I first made some basic rules to use:
1. If I don't have a good memory attached to the doll, she's a candidate to go.
2. If I don't find her particularly fetching, she's a candidate to go.
3. If she has the gawd-awful small-chested figure, she's definitely a candidate to go.

Using these guidelines, I was able to sort the collection down by about half -- a pretty major change.

But now what?

I don't have any delusions about prices. The market for most things is still pretty cruddy, and Barbie collectibles are no different. I'm happy to see them go to good homes, even those with children who want to take them out of the box and enjoy them.

But...now what?

The Internet is no good. If you can find a buyer (IF), the prices are exceptionally cruddy.


So I chose the in-person route, seeking out buyers in my area. And it's going OK. The first few dolls I saw walk away in the hands of a new owner were tough. But the whole experience has been rather cleansing.

And when it's all finished, I'll not only have a lean collection but there will be some extra cash available. Who knows, maybe a little of it will go toward a new doll or two.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Looking for a Dream House?

Geez, the housing market must be bad if even Barbie is forced to put her home up for sale.

She put her three-story pink palace in California on the market in February. The home is listed on the market for $25 million.

In the next year, Barbie is hitting the road to find a new dream home. After all, it is a buyer's market.

For 41 years, Barbie’s famous Dreamhouse has been a fictional Malibu landmark. The original Dreamhouse debuted in 1962.

I had some different Barbie houses, including the three my dad built for me and a townhouse with a "working" elevator. But the only official Dreamhouse I had was the 1979 version pictured here.
The Dreamhouse is listed online at Trulia, an online marketplace for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals. Visit Trulia.com/Barbie to view the listing.

Read about it here, here and here.

(In case you were confused, Mattel wants every to know the Dream House sale is "for entertainment purposes only.")