If you have been collecting Vintage Barbie you probably feel the sting of that statement more so than others. A couple posts back, I mentioned that Mattel's "Re-issue/Reproduction" of Vintage Barbie has been quite hard on some of the older collectors - causing prices to really plummet. A doll collection that was worth tens of thousands of dollars in the 1980's is bringing a fraction of that now. Those collectors have lost quite an investment in their collections.
But exactly how is that possible? I decided to take a photo of two color variants of Barbie's Knitting Pretty, both worn by Vintage Bubble Head Barbies. One is a reproduction and the other was actually produced in the early 1960's.
Although Mattel has re-issued many wonderful pieces in almost perfect duplication, there are still many favorites that you have to pick up vintage. Recently I was able to grab "Studio Tour" with Buy-It-Now on e-bay for $30. This is one of my favorite mod outfits. I was lucky to find one that still had the inspection tag inside. E-bay has also been a blessing for newer collectors - but it, too, has lowered the overall prices of desirable pieces since so many are selling these items there now. Unfortunately, the "old guard" is losing money again. As the supply is steady, the rarity and value decreases. (I added the yellow shoes because the red ones usually stain the feet.)
How about a nice vintage looking tweed jacket, compliments of the Dynamite Girls?
Well … there is this faux tiger fur from the Monogram dolls.
I was beginning to feel like Victoire was enjoying trying on coats. We do have this Asian leopard.
I guess you could wear this Funny Face Mink.
Regardless of the market place, no price tag an be put on the amount of joy we get from redressing our dolls and playing with what we have. That's priceless and no can lose.
I guess the biggest loser today was my Funny Face doll. I don't think she's going to get her coat back anytime soon.