I often see my collection as something organic. It seems to always be growing, changing, and, hopefully, improving. I have sold MANY dolls as a collector. I like to believe they are bringing joy to others.
I tend to be very careful when making changes to my collection. Releasing a doll is a difficult decision for me; one that I try to make with a great deal of reasoning. Because I take so much time and put so much thought into my collection, I rarely sell a doll that I regret letting go.
There have been a few times I've had to "re-purchase" a doll that leaves - I guess we all make mistakes. I needed money a few years ago and sold a desirable NRFB doll. Fortunately, I was able to get her back and, by watching the secondary market, spent less than I sold her for. She was Glow Vanessa.
A couple weeks before the Integrity Convention, I found a doll that had been on my radar for some time, a doll I had given up on adding to my collection; I hadn't even bothered adding her to my list of grails. She is Venus Secret Eugenia.
Shapeshifter is only the second Natalia I've purchased that will remain in my collection. I had been watching this black dress and gown for years - they often sell for $100 each. So, you cannot imagine how excited I was to get the NRFB gift set.
As everyone knows, I am not a doll "hair dresser". One poor doll that suffered at my scissors was Red Zinger Dania. She has been hiding in a box bald-headed. I keep meaning to have her re-rooted but just haven't had the time. Imagine my joy at finding her last week at an incredible price!
So, my collection has grown quite a bit this fall. In my next blog entry, I hope to show actual photos from the convention collection.
But now it's time to refine and let some girls move on to new homes. I wonder who will go? When the furor of the convention dolls dies down a little, I'll probably list some girls after Thanksgiving. As I follow trends, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to be some of the better weeks to sell dolls. It seems they make great holiday presents!