While Fashion Doll Friday takes a break I thought I would show you another of the reasons I have not had much time to play with them lately.
I’ve mentioned previously that I sometimes bring dolls home from the Op Shop to tidy up for resale. I don’t have to do this but I like to because I hate seeing messy, dirty dolls on sale. Recently this has started to get a bit out of hand and I have a queue of dollies needing attention.
I’ve cleaned them all up, most were just grubby or had some crayon or ink marks on them which I was able to remove, some dolls had tangled hair and that took a lot longer. However, most of them have no clothes and although I could send them back naked I would rather that they had at least a nappy on.
The children probably don’t care and a lot of the mothers seem to think that naked, grubby dolls are the norm but I hang on to the hope that if a doll looks nice when it is sold the new owner or at least the owner’s mother will take better care of it. Naomi and I would have got into trouble if we’d treated our dolls the way some children treat theirs. I don’t think that three or four is too young to start learning to look after your belongings but that is a whole other post.
I finished tidying a couple of dolls today to take back to the shop tomorrow as we are having a Saturday sale. They are both Disney Princesses and I’m told by a reliable authority (the mother of a small child) that they are Rapunzel from “Tangled” (2010) and the princess from “Brave”, Princess Merida(2012). I don’t know the age of these dolls as they may have been on sale for a long time after the release of the associated film.
Both of them had serious hair issues. Rapunzel, true to her name had very tangled hair Merida’s posed more of a problem because I didn’t want to comb the curls out so I had to compromise a bit with her hair. I used a mixture of 50:50 fabric softener and water in a spray bottle as a detangler, I sprayed it liberally on their hair as I combed it out. Rapunzel still took several hours in front of the TV and I’m not totally happy with it but she is relatively tangle free now. Merida’s did not take as long. As I finished combing each strand I rolled it up hoping it would dry curly. She’s still damp but I think it will be OK.
As a rule I don’t really like Disney dolls or dolls with painted eyes at all but these two are quite cute now they are tidied up.
I especially like Merida’s beautiful red hair. I will put them in plastic bags tomorrow as I would like them to at least get out of the shop without being messed up again. Hopefully someone will want to take them home.