Monday, June 14, 2021

Could Someone Please Call A Plumber?

Note:  Please forgive me for not including photos in this blog entry.  This was more of a soul searching ramble of words.

I have drafted this blog entry several times.  The past 18 months have been a very confusing time; it's hard to believe that the flu has caused such disruption in so many lives.  

Last year I was doing a great job keeping my collection balanced.  That is, I was doing a great job keeping my collection balanced until Covid19.   I was off to a great start in 2020, between January 1 and June 30, I sold 42 dolls!   

Our state went into "quarantine" in April.  Fortunately, I had completed enough reorganization to continue my sales through June.  Then my Covid19 puppy, Harleigh, came to live with us May 26.  She has become an amazing member of our family, but she needed a lot of attention during the adjustment period of those early months.

In July, our county went back to school; at least the teachers did, and we continued online instruction for the first few weeks.  Students came back the beginning of September.   Teachers had a whole new mess of problems:  students had to be socially distanced, surfaces had to be cleaned every time students changed class, teachers were quarantined after coming in contact with the virus, and everyone had to wear masks.   It was very stressful.  

Covid 19 meant business.  I lost a family member and a couple friends to it.  It's been a very scary time that has affected the entire world.  

For the first time, the post office no longer guaranteed services.  2-Day Priority Mail could take weeks to be delivered!  There were horror stories of buyers charging back to sellers successfully while receiving the doll weeks later, only to keep the merchandise and their money.   I was afraid to try to sell anything!  Instead, I have focused on organizing my collection into Detolf cabinets my husband purchased for me as Valentine's Day presents.  

Although I hadn't planned to do it, I retired on June 1, 2021.   I don't think it's hit me yet.  I have decided to take my collection into control this summer.  I've sold 19 dolls in two weeks!  

What am I doing with the "extra money".   Sadly, being sequestered at home leaves a whole lot of on-line shopping time.  I didn't get a ticket to the Integrity Toys Legendary Convention, so I spent more money that I had saved due to secondary market prices.  I have actually carried a credit card balance from October to now.   That's the first time I've had a credit card balance in years and was contrary to my retirement plans.  I rationalized, "I could catch the flu and die in a few weeks; I should buy what I want and enjoy my time at home."  I doubt if I am alone in this thought process.

So, other than pre-order dolls, I am staying away from secondary market prices on dolls and am going to continue selling and hacking away at my credit card debt.  My goal is to have a 0 balance by July 31.   

Starting soon, I will be posting photos of the changes in my collection.  I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Organization - Cabinet 2 Shelf 3

You are probably wondering what happened to Cabinet 1 Shelves 3 and 4?  

When I started pulling my dolls to organize them, I wanted to keep them in order by year of production and then by body type.  I started with all the dolls pre-2006 that had replacement bodies to the Tall FR body.   There were enough to fill up an entire shelf (Cabinet 1, Shelf 1).  Organization, Cabinet 1, Shelf 1

The next shelf concentrated on dolls that were produced post-2005 that were still on the Tall FR bodies.  There were 12 dolls from 2006 - 2008 to fill Cabinet 1, Shelf 2).  Organization - Cabinet 1, Shelf 2

After completing Cabinet 1, Shelf 2, I realized that I had some pre-2006 dolls that still had not been put in the display cabinets.  The problem was that these dolls had all been put on FR2/FR6.0 bodies!   I knew I needed to figure out where to start displaying these dolls while leaving room on previous shelves for other dolls produced between 2006 - 2014 that were still on the Tall FR bodies.  Also, I have reserved the bottom shelf of Cabinet 1 for my dolls' wardrobe boxes.  

Cabinet #2, Shelf #3 - Back row:

Shock Bon Bon Vanessa Perrin (mold 1.0) from 2004.  She was put on one of the first released FR2 bodies because he skin tone is difficult to match.  Her original sweater still fits.  I added a Randall Craig skirt.

Since I wanted to display her in her original gown, I had to put Talking Drama Adele Makeda (mold 2.0) next.  (The trains of the dolls' gowns can drape over the back of the shelves because there is a gap between the shelf and the cabinet wall.)  Talking Drama Adele Makeda is from 2007 with an edition size of 500.  I used a replacement body produced by IT in the "Black" skin tone.  The gown still fits beautifully!

Cosmetic Takeover Natalia Fatale (mold 1.0) is also from 2004 and rounds out the back row (since Talking Drama's gown is so full, I could only fit three dolls across the back row).  She was the very first Integrity Toys Convention Doll and was only produced in an edition size of 300.  Her body is from the second round of "Latino" bodies produced by IT.  Her original ensemble actually looks better on the FR2/FR6.0 body!

Middle Row:

Bodacious Adele Makeda (mold 2.0) is from 2005.  She not only took the ensemble from Time and Again Adele (2015), she stole her body!  She was a difficult doll for which to find a body donor because there are some reddish hues to her skin tone; she cannot use the mass produced replacement bodies in the "Black" skin tone!

Next up is Glimmer Luchia Zadra from 2008.  Her body was from the most recent IT "Japan" skin tone replacement body release.  She is wearing Tatyana Alexandrova's Goddess ensemble from 2018.

Graphic Language Adele Makeda (mold 2.0) is still considered by many as one of the best versions of this mold (even without applied eyelashes).  She is from 2004.   Her body is also one of the mass produced "Black" skin tone versions.  She is wearing her original sweater and a Randall Craig skirt.

Shake It Up Korinne Dimas was from the 2012 IFDC.  Her edition size was only 300.  She benefitted from an IT replacement body from the last release of "Japan" skin  tone bodies.  Her original ensemble is another one that looks better on the FR2/FR6.0 bodies.

Front Row:

This brings me to my favorite dolls that have been put on FR2/FR6.0 bodies that were released prior to 2013.

Although she isn't a grail, Gold Glam Adele Makeda (mold 2.0) is from 2013 and was only produced in an edition size of 300.  Her replacement body was difficult to locate.  She is using Vivid Encounter Adele's body from 2014.  Her original dress looks great on the FR2/FR6.0 body!

Next up is Force of Nature Agnes Von Weiss.  She was the centerpiece doll from the Welcome Dinner at the Tropicalia Convention in 2012 (edition size 200).  The closest match for her skin tone is 2014's Elusive Creature Natalia Fatale.  She could wear her original dress, but the matching tap shorts won't go over her new legs.  She is wearing Iselin's Fall 2018 Gown.

One of the most sought after version of Adele Makeda (mold 2.0) is The Muse.  She is from 2008's convention and has an edition size of 400.  She is wearing 2016 Dania Zarr's Tweed Couture ensemble.  (The sleeves on her original ensemble are too short.)   Her body is one of the IT replacement bodies in the Dark A-Tone skin tone.

My final doll on this shelf is Second Skin Vanessa Perrin (mold 1.0).  She is 2014 and was released in an edition size of 300.  She was another difficult doll for a body replacement.  Her match is from the 2017 Faces of Adele giftset.  Her original ensemble fits the FR2/FR6.0 body quite nicely.

This shelf is home for:

Vanessa 1.0 - Two dolls

Luchia - One doll

Natalia - One doll

Korinne - One doll

Agnes - One doll

Adele 2.0 - Five dolls