Which brings me to my blog this week. My first NRFB purchase this year was Elise. As many of you know, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to not purchase any more dolls and keep them in their boxes. Either they come out of the box, or they get passed on to another collector. I even posted a ballot for this doll to allow my followers to help me make my decision. The majority rules ... Blue Blood Elise came out of the box.
I was very nervous about releasing her because she was so pristine. Her box was signed by Jason Wu and she is #33 of 350 dolls produced. Even though I got her at a great price (at least according to what her going price is), I was very hesitant. Anytime I pay more than $150 for a doll, I am uncomfortable playing with her. As a teacher, that's a lot of money for me.
I counted my dolls. Right now I have 69 dolls on display. I also have 56 dolls in their boxes. Some will come out eventually, but I really do get satisfaction from keeping some of them just as they are. At least for now. These include A Brighter Side Kyori which is the only Atelier Giftset I own. I love how it is presented.
I know that Glow Vanessa will be released someday. But I really do love her in her dress and she looks lucious just as she is.
Intimately Acquanted Luchia was the very first Luchia and I am in love with how much she looks like Helena Bonham Carter. I can't imagine her redressed. She is exquisite.
And Integrity's tribute to Karen Walker cannot be matched. This giftset is perfect in every way. I just cannot bring myself to take out Born To Gamble Kyori. For now, she remains NRFB.
Everyone has the right to collect dolls and enjoy them in their own special way. I believe we should all support our fellow collectors regardless of whether they debox or leave their dolls pristine. That's one thing I love about collecting dolls, there are so many supportive, loving, and wonderful people in the hobby.
I am going to try to stick to my New Year's Resolution however trying it might be. I just know this year I will find at least one doll I resist setting free. It will be a test of my will power. Maybe I can compromise. I can release another doll for any doll I decide to keep in her box. What do you think?