Before I could even get started on the last lot of Barbies from the Op Shop we received another batch of dolls, a couple of Bratz and several older style Barbies with the “Made in Taiwan” bodies and bent arms. A couple of dolls in these batches have broken neck pins and one was even on a Lucky Industries body. The other night I saw some interesting tutorials on repairing dolls with broken neck pins and broken legs. I might try that on one of these dolls. I don’t know how to remove arms and legs from Barbie yet so I’m not sure if I will keep these bodies for spare parts or not if it doesn’t work out. I will keep the heads as I can probably rebody them onto something else.
Here is one of the older dolls whose hair I fixed. There was an older style dress amongst what I brought home from the shop so I thought that she would look nice in that. I think it is the dress from Crystal Barbie 1983. The doll is not Crystal Barbie by the way. She has violet coloured eyes. I may have a hard time taking this one back.
Another interesting find was a Barbie wearing a tulle skirt and sparkly top. When I examined her outfit more carefully I saw that the skirt was reversible. It was the skirt and top to “Day To Night Barbie”. I was particularly pleased to find these because I had an idea that I had the jacket somewhere. When I checked my box of vintage fashion doll clothing there it was. I have had it for years. It came in a mixed lot of clothes or on a doll and I’d never used it because I didn’t have the rest of the outfit but I didn’t move it on because I thought it was worth keeping. And so it was! Here it is on one of the other older Barbies that came in the Barbie lot. I don’t have the right shoes or the accessories, the 1984 doll had a hat, briefcase, evening purse, chiffon scarf and two different pairs of shoes but it was pretty cool to put the jacket with the skirt and top after all these years. I am not sure that the doll is the actual “Day to Night” Barbie of 1984 but she is certainly the right era for the outfit.
Obviously, I can’t put these dolls out on the doll shelf at the shop as small children would not appreciate what they are so they will probably be saved for one of our special Saturday sales or I may be tempted to just buy them myself.