Hello everyone! Do you remember this doll? She’s a Dreamtopia Candy Mermaid. I got her for $13, and she’s named Tiffany.
I was trying to make a Mermaid Throne Tutorial, and the throne ended up terrible, so I scrapped the video and threw away the throne. Anyway, I was using sparkly nail polish to make the throne look all glittery, and since the nail polish was right there, I decided to ‘spruce up’ Tiffany a little bit.
Some glitter in the hair, on the eyes and on the shell hairclip. It’s not the neatest or anything, but I think it looks cute. I especially like the glitter streaks in the hair.
Barbie has always been a big part of how I define myself. My Barbies were always displayed proudly on my shelf, I would listen to Barbie music when I exercised, and I would forever be snapping new pictures for Dollstagram. Barbie has always been one of my biggest inspirations, and something I dedicated an excessive amount of time on. Making time for Barbie was always a priority.
Lately -and I don’t know what’s happened- but I find the desire to indulge in this hobby has drizzled it’s way down the pink plastic toilet.
It started when I was 13 or 14, when I could no longer play with Barbie. I don’t mean “I felt I was too old to play with dolls,” or anything, I mean I literally could not think of anything to do! I would set everything up and just get bored.
I know, I know. “Big deal.” But for me, playing with Barbies was always something I did. I would always rush home from school and play Barbies. I always wanted a new playset, or a new doll -not to photograph, but to actually play with. Over the Christmas holidays one year, my sisters and I played Barbies every single day. It was something we always did together, and something I always looked forward to.
Sidenote: Even today, my sisters and I talk and laugh about our times playing Barbie. We always reference funny things that happened, and the ways we often made our dolls act.
Anyway, once I stopped being able to play with Barbies, I turned to Instagram. I took photos of my dolls, and I made up photostories (which is as close as ‘playing’ as you can get). I started a blog, deleted it, started another, and then deleted that one as well. I started a third blog (this one), which is now three years old.
And now? Well, as I mentioned, I’m just not interested anymore! Over the last year, I have sold about half my collection (perhaps even more than that). In an effort to become more minimalist, I have sold two of my big houses, more dolls than I can count, and plenty of playsets and accessories.
I have dolls that I bought a long time ago, still sitting at the bottom of the pile, unused. Discarded. Unwanted.
For me, collecting Barbie isn’t about finishing a series, or displaying the dolls on a shelf. It isn’t about buying things just because they have “black label” marked all over them. It’s about actually *using* what I buy; giving the dolls life, giving them personality.
And if I can’t do that anymore,
then what’s a Barbie girl to do?
Also there are some things I don’t want to sell because:
a.) I think of all the money I spent to get them
b.) Some of the items are pretty rare, and I am unlikely to get them again if I ever change my mind
c.) I read about a lot of collectors who wish they never sold their dolls, because now they want them back
d.) I’m also losing interest in a bunch of other things I used to like -dancing, reading, writing and learning Japanese. Perhaps my interest will come back???