As an elementary school teacher, each week I work with children who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). As a doll collector, I find myself on the other end of it.
Recently, I came to a serious epiphany. I am feeling out of control with my collecting habits because I AM actually out of control with my collecting habits. When I look at my bookcases of dolls, I am as confused as the student who cannot read the words on a page. Instead of the letters being all over the place, my types of dolls are over the place!
There are the Vintage Barbie dolls. They remind me of my childhood. I seem to be unable to resist the purchase of a pristine vintage doll at a good price. A 1970 Go-Go Cocoa Standard Barbie all-original was added to my collection and cost less than what new Fashion Royalty dolls are selling for.
I also have Basics and Silkstones. I got sucked into the Monster High craze. My Walmart recently had the Skull Shores Frankie (black and white) for $4.13. I purchased five of them because I thought I could use the torso for the kit dolls I have. It took some patience, a dremel tool, and some mild cursing, but I got it to work. I decided to paint the torso white to match the limbs. Here is "Boney" for you.
As far as cute dolls I enjoy playing with, I guess my very favorite Integrity Line is Misaki. I have several of them but haven't purchased one from the past three years. Here is my punk miss!
When Poppy Parker came out, I thought she would be the ideal friend for my Misaki dolls. They have the same body and can share the same clothing. Unfortunately, Poppy has become too popular. I don't have the energy to fight the masses for this doll. I still have six of them in my collection.
Another line that I enjoy playing with is the Dynamite Girls. I love their "street clothes" and the modern feel to them. Recently, I was able to snag Cruz for retail when Mary T's went out of business.
I also have the NuFace dolls and two Mini-Genes who have similar bodies to the Monograms. I have a couple FR2 girls and dolls from the Integrity Direct line. Then there are the Fashion Royalty dolls. (If anyone is counting, I am up to over one dozen different types of dolls 12 inches or under.)
The Fashion Royalty line makes up the majority of my collection. I think having too many different lines and so many dolls released everyyear keeps me from appreciating my old favorites.
Tomorrow Integrity is unveiling its new line. I am excited by the anticipation of what will be shown and fear that I will become even more overwhelmed than I currently am. When I return to school, I will be quite a bit more compassionate with those children who suffer from the disabling effects of ADD. I definitely understand how they feel.