Okay, I know this post is literally sooo hypocritical of me, considering I’ve probably racked up at least $100 on Barbie spending this year alone. But still! I think I’ve got some solid advice here! (if only I could follow it myself…)
Before You Head to the Shops, Check Out Local Markets
I love hunting for old Barbies, and markets are my go-to spot. I find secondhand shops to be absolutely terrible for Barbies, I never find anything there, but that’s not to say markets are perfect, either. Often I won’t see a single Barbie item at all, but sometimes there’ll be a real winner, like the time I saw a NRFB Heart Family doll, or an 2009 Artsy dress.
Often, you’ll pay only $5 for a doll, which is much better than paying $15 in the shops.
Look Online For Second-Hand Dolls
I’ve scored heaps of deals online, such as my duo Annalise and Erika dolls with outfits and pets! However, be prepared to do some negotiating and driving -often I’ve had to travel quite far to pick up a good deal.
The best kind of deals is when somebody is downsizing their collection, as you’ll often end up with heaps of furniture, dolls and outfits for a bulk price. Most of the time, people just want this stuff out of the house!
Don’t Look Down the Barbie Aisle
I know, this is so terribly hypocritical of me, since I visit the shops several times a week, but let’s ignore that little fact.
When you go shopping and you see something you like, what do you do? You buy it, of course! If you make an effort to avoid the pink aisle, you won’t see what you can’t have and you’ll walk away with more cash in your pocket. #Winning
Look At What You Have Already
Or, more specifically, look at all the money you’ve spent already! For example, I paid $30 for my PCS Delancy Schoolgirl doll. And she’s beautiful! I don’t regret buying her! But how often do I actually use her? Have I used her enough to justify spending $30 on her?
I like to do a ‘feature post’ on all of my Barbies -it helps me to notice what I’ve already got, and how I can use pieces in different ways. For example -I don’t really use my Happy Family Baby Doctor playset. However, if I began a photostory that focused on a baby doctor, I sure would use it more often, and I wouldn’t feel the need to buy a different playset.
When In Doubt, Craft It Out
Sometimes, you really want a new Barbie toy. Perhaps you want a bean bag. Or a bedroom, or a treehouse, or a new pair of jeans. Chances are, there is a tutorial online showing you how to make it.
You might remember that I went years without any new Barbie stuff? In that tine, I did a lot of crafting. Every time myfroggystuff released a new video, I made it. It really helped me to soothe my cravings for new Barbie stuff, and the best part was that when I was finished with it, I could just throw it away or re-purpose the materials.
Remember Why You’re Saving
For me, it’s because I’m a needy person and I want lots of nice things. I want to go travelling, and stay in nice hotels and do lots of touristy things. I want a Nintendo Switch, and all the games and accessories. I want to one day live in a house, with a nice toilet and an oven (that doesn’t have the word ‘microwave’ in front).
Justify, Justify, Justify
Okay. You’ve held yourself back from buying Barbie for quite some time now. You’ve passed on the latest range of Fashionistas, and those cute Barbie Style dolls. You’ve got some cash and you’re ready to finally buy something.
BUT WAIT! Think about your purchases, because impulse buys are usually rubbish. Case in point? My Dreamtopia Candy Mermaid doll -after watching a review online, I suddenly, desperately needed her. And boy, do I regret it! So, remember to think about your purchases and ask yourself-
-Will I be able to use the clothing pieces in many different outfits? (for example, a doll with a jacket, pants, bag and shirt is better than a doll with a plain dress)
-Is this doll going to become an important ‘main character?’ Or will she sit in a storage cupboard?
-Is there anything I dislike about the doll? (for example, a gluey head or a wonky eye can make you hate an otherwise-beautiful doll)
-Will I USE it? (for example, a new Skipper doll is probably better than a firefighter doll, because how often do you need a firefighter?)
-Is this doll for display, or for play? (Case in point: I spent a LOT of money on my The Look City Shine Collector doll, but she only sits on the shelf and I have no emotional investment in her. My playline Neko doll is more important!)
For Films: Wait for a sale! DO NOT buy on release! It’s silly to spend $30 on a film that will be $20 in a few months. If you can wait, then do! Barbie films are different from dolls -they have a longer shelf life, so you can leave the store knowing they’ll be there when you get back.
A little ramble: Buying new dolls makes me feel terribly happy, so I am often guilty of thinking ‘oh, I feel sad. If I bought a new doll, I can be happy again.’ This is probably not healthy?? Idk. I’m sure, even if I had a whole room full of Barbie, I would still want more, more, more.
I think there is a very fine line betweeen when you convince yourself you “deserve” something, and when you actually deserve a treat. For example, if I have had a hard time recently, I usually forgive myself for spending a bit of extra cash. But something I don’t forgive myself for is binge / impulse buying stuff I don’t need, with money I don’t have.
Okay, that’s all my tips. What are yours?