This weekend it’s been too cold and wet to go anywhere so as I was caught up with chores I’ve spent some time working on the latest batch of Op Shop dolls. I have a few fashion dolls to take care of later but most of the dolls this week are larger dolls with cloth bodies and vinyl heads and limbs.
The babies just needed a bit of a cleanup and a few marker stains cleaned off here and there. One is an all vinyl baby by Tinker Toys. We seem to get a lot of these dolls into the shop, some with cloth bodies and some vinyl and there are usually a couple of outfits that will fit them at the doll Op Shop so dressing her was no problem. Although these are inexpensive dolls I quite like their happy faces.
Next was a larger baby doll whose mouth was crammed with something that the previous owner had been trying to feed it. I recognised this baby at once because I have one myself. They are made by Berenguer and I think they have gorgeous faces. I have mine dressed as a boy but as they have cloth bodies I guess they can be any gender. I had an apricot outfit that fit her well. Here’s my baby and the Op Shop baby. Berenguer does make nice dolls. I think these may be from their “Lots to Cuddle” line of soft-bodied dolls.
The third doll is a bit larger again and has sleep eyes. He is unmarked except for “China 2202” on the back of his neck. This baby can easily wear newborn baby clothes and I had a little bodysuit, leggings and a jacket in my box which fit reasonably well. We can probably package this one with a couple of spare outfits from our baby room at the shop as we have quite a lot of clothes for babies in the smallest sizes. He has some marker on both ankles so you can probably see dobs of Oxy10 which I will leave on for a few days.
The last two dolls have been at home for a few weeks. They are 18-inch dolls along the lines of American Girl. They are tagged “Positively Perfect” and “Funrise Toys 2017”. These dolls have quite an interesting backstory and I’ll include a link at the end for those who would like to learn more. I believe I may have seen dolls like these on sale in Target. In the USA they are currently sold at Target for about $30 while earlier versions were at Walmart. They look the same to me except that one has pink earrings and the other white. I think they may be Emily and/or Sophia.
Both dolls had badly tangled and matted hair and after spending several hours one evening combing out the worst of the knots on one I’d put them aside. Yesterday I took her and washed her hair, put conditioner through it and combed it out. It was still rather matted so I decided to risk a boil wash. I took a photo of the finished doll next to the one I haven’t started yet so you can see the difference. Her hair plugs are rather sparse at the top but I was able to comb her hair to hide the gaps.
This afternoon I started detangling the other doll so she is now ready for the same treatment. I don’t think either of them is meant to have this pink eyeliner as there are a couple of smudges where there shouldn’t be I think that may have been added by the previous owner so I will try to remove it with Oxy10 if I can do so without the girls losing their painted eyelashes. She won’t be ready for a couple of days as it’s late in the day to start washing hair so I’ll post a picture of her later.
Here is the finished doll, I’ll call her Emily though I’m not 100% sure that’s who she is. The girls came with some loose clothing so I put together an outfit for her. I did have to darn a hole in the jumper. I recently rediscovered darning.
Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the other vinyl baby who is sitting on the clothes rack. This is one of my own dolls and is a Berjusa baby. She came to me in the “Big Bag of Dolls” originally and needed some paint and marker taken off so is getting treatment with the others.