Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

3 collectors' events

Here are three collectors' events this weekend.

Disneyana Convention: Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, at the Holiday Inn, 2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH.

Friendship Flea Market:  Saturday through the next Sunday, June 10-18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily on State Route 62 in Friendship, IN.  This takes place in conjunction with the Muzzle Loading Camp.

Sports Card & Memorabilia Show: Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oak Hills United Methodist Church, 6069 Bridgetown Road, Bridgetown (Cincinnati).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

SPP also had fashion booklets

Cute Tips for Shopping Trips is the name of the 1965 SPP booklet.

Barbie- and Skipper-themed luggage by SPP
There were two of these Barbie and Skipper trunks.
The other one shows them in horseback riding outfits.

No, I don't know why you'd want
a vinyl Frankenstein picture hanging in your room.

The back of the SPP booklet.

My boss, Anita, told me some shocking news yesterday, and NO, it wasn't job-related.  She has taken an interest in old Barbies since I've told her a lot about them, and she was at an antique store last week where the dealer had a Skipper case for sale.  Neither she nor I were interested in the Skipper case, but he told her about a booklet that he had with information about the SPP cases.
Standard Plastic Products made the Mattel Barbie cases in the early and mid-1960s.  I did not know that SPP also had a booklet that advertised all its sale items, very much like a Barbie clothing booklet.  Anita bought the booklet and showed it to me yesterday.  I nearly fell over; I had no idea such an item existed.
Although the booklet was undated, I believe it was from 1965.  It showed all the Barbie, Ken, Skipper and Midge cases and school supplies available that year.  It also had its own children's luggage lines, Beatles vinyl school supplies, plus a bizarre series of Universal Monster binders, wallets and pictures.  Lastly, it showed some small houses for its own line of toy animals, and the houses looked like what Mattel later used for its Kiddles dolls.  Did Mattel eventually buy out SPP and just use its designs itself?
I took some photos of the booklet, although not all the pages, because the booklet is actually quite thick.

Fashionista comments, part four

With the help of ebay and my own purchases, I created a chart in Mac Numbers (similar to Excel) that listed all of the Fashionista dolls up through April 2017 and their heights, body shapes, skin colors, hair colors and fashion names.  I converted the files to jpgs (photos) and you can look at the lists here.  I also scanned the back of one of the doll boxes.
Fashionistas 1 through 26

Fashionistas 27 through 49

Fashionistas 50 through 57

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 sales

Here is a list of all of the collectors’ sales that I’ve found so far for spring and summer 2017 in Greater Cincinnati.

Beckett Ridge Community Yard Sale, Saturday, June 10, in the neighborhoods around West Chester, OH.

Burlington Antique Show, third Sunday of the month through October, except for April 23 this year because April 16 was Easter.  8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY.  Admission $4.

Collectible Toy & Hobby Show, Sunday, May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  IBEW Local 82, 6550 Poe Ave., Dayton, OH. Admission $7. Call 937/276-5246.

Fashion Doll Show & Sale, Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  EnterTRAINment Junction Expo Room, 7379 Squire Court, Mason, OH.  Admission $5.  Call 513/207-8409.

Great US 50 sale, Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, along the highway stretching from Washington DC to Sacramento.

Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, at independently owned record stores around the world.

Rising Sun Community Yard Sale, Thursday through Saturday, May 4-6, throughout Rising Sun, IN.

Tri-State Antique Show, first Sunday of the month through October, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.  Dearborn County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceburg, IN.  On US 50 across from Hollywood Casino.  Admission $3. 

WGRR Yard Sale, Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 4805 Montgomery Road, Norwood, OH.

World’s Longest Yard Sale, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 3-6, along US 127 between
Addison, MI, and Gadsden, AL.

I’ve not yet found anything about the Cheviot or Vevay town sales or the Triple Crown doll show.

I know these next two are farther out but if you don’t mind the drive:

Doll Show, Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W. 200 S., Columbus, IN.  Free admission.  Call 812/376-9124.

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market, third weekend of the month April through December, Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Clark County Fairgrounds, 44-1 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fashionista comments, part three

You can't see it because of the flash glare on the box,
but there is a bear pictured behind Skipper.
You may recall that Skipper had several run-ins with bears
in Life in the Dreamhouse.

Note that Skipper is thinner than the Fashionista Barbies.
Note that Tutu Cool is standing on her tippy toes.

Barbie's molded on panties say "Barbie"
while her sister's says "Skipper," plus there is a star print.

I think Fashionistas sometimes need
to be redressed in each others' clothes.

I have purchased the new Camping Fun Skipper.  I wanted to compare her to the Petite Fashionistas.
As I mentioned before, I own three Petite Fashionista Barbies.  They are Crazy for Coral, Kitty Cute and Tutu Cool.  The Petite dimensions are: 10 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inch bust, 3 3/4 inch waist and 4 3/4 inch hips.
However, although Skipper is the same height, she is much thinner.  Her dimensions are 10 1/2 inches tall, 4 inch bust, 3 1/2 inch waist and 4 1/2 inch hips.
I love Camping Fun Skipper's beautiful long, almost black hair with some red dyed streaks in it, plus the clever lantern and water flask.  I didn't care for her outfit, though.  I hate the leggings--why would someone want to wear them for several days of camping--wouldn't they start to smell?  And I don't know why her T-shirt has "Friday" written on it in the same format as the Friday the 13th movies.
I undressed all the dolls and photographed them nude so you can compare the bodies.  Tutu Cool has high heeled feet and cannot wear the flats the others wear, and vice versa.  I also rearranged their outfits and I think they look better in them.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Fashionista comments, part two

The fashion on the left is
by Greenbrier International, a Dollar Tree toy company.

Barbie looks much more comfortable
in the Dollar Tree dress, plus I made her belt into a hairband.

Chambray Chic Barbie nude,
with an awful haircut.

After Barbie put on her new dress,
she got her hair trimmed
so now the edges are even.

I made a discovery by accident when I was at Dollar Tree.  I found a $1 outfit that looked very much like Chambray Chic's outfit, but somewhat prettier.  I bought that outfit and it was because of that purchase I decided to also buy Chambray Chic.
Chambray's original dress, a top that looks like a sleeveless denim shirt and a yellow skirt, is a little small on her.  Her bizarre belts sit too high on her torso.  And I do not like her black T-strap flats.
The Dollar Tree outfit is also a dress that has a sleeveless bodice that looks like denim, with a slightly longer yellow skirt covered with glitter, and a sewn-on-pink satin belt.  Barbie can't wear the blue heels that came with the outfit, though, although she can use the purse.
One other detail--her hair was very jaggedly cut and is very soft and flyaway.  I trimmed the ends so the hair would be more even.
I have a photo of the doll and outfit side by side NRFB, and one of Barbie redressed.