Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marquise Diamonds for You or Your Doll

At 3-3/4 inches long, these simulated diamond drop open marquise earrings will look lovely dangling on a fashion doll or on you. They are free + shipping after instant savings with the use  of Coupon Code 0704 on the Checkout Page at DarcusTori.com.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Dolls for Little Ones

With the holiday season upon us, in addition to a deluge of email ads, merchants are mailing their catalogues in full force.  I usually keep these on the kitchen table until Saturday morning when I remove the address label for shredding.  I then place the catalogues in the recycle crate for my son to take out to the recycle bin.  Optionally, I thumb through the catalogues before they are recycled. 

In a recent catalogue recycling procedure, I optionally browsed a few and noted dolls that might be Christmas gift ideas for those looking to buy dolls for little ones.  Some of the emails that were opened prior to deleting caused me to venture to the merchants' websites to search for their doll offerings.  My findings are shared below: 

Hearts 4 Hearts Dolls are $19.97 today at Costco.com.  These 14-inch, all vinyl dolls representing girls from different lands are usually priced from $24.99 up.  I am not sure if these are available in local Costco stores for this price, but if interested, check to see if they are; you will save on shipping.  Rahel has been here since June.  She is a very pretty, artist-quality type doll with closely rooted hair.

Today's Girl Dolls, sold by CP Toys, are 18-inch, American Girl-type dolls.  Included are a variety of ethnicities as well as clothing themes and accessories.  Prices begin at $59.99 for the doll only.  The African American doll, Olivia, reminds me of the Toys R Us-exclusive Journey Girls Taryn, but Olivia is priced almost $30 more.  I have not seen Today's Girl dolls in person and cannot attest to their quality.  I am quite pleased with Taryn's quality.  

Nina by FAO Schwarz
Nina, an all-vinyl, 18-inch doll made by Gotz for FAO Schwarz, sells at FAO stores and through Toys R Us.  This doll was recently discounted to $39.99 at TRU.com.  I purchased the above illustrated Nina as a Christmas gift for my niece.  Nina wears a sequined fuchsia dress, matching tights, and black boots.  She has a black pleather guitar and an extra pink velour casual fashion -- pants, jacket,  white T-shirt, and pink boots.  There are several other dolls in this line from which to choose.  I own Claudia.  Nina's price at the time of this post is $59.99. 

While I have not received emails or catalogues from Prodigyrls.com, one or both of their 18-inch dolls would serve as nice gifts for little ones.  Janelle aspires to be a chef to learn to cook nutritious meals for people like her diabetic grandmother, and/or Nicole, who aspires to be a doctor.  Janelle is shown as currently unavailable at Prodigyrls.com, but Nicole is available now for $69.99.  I own both dolls and purchased a second Janelle last year as a gift for a friend.  Their bodies are a little slimmer than American Girl dolls, but they are of equal quality.

These are just a few dolls currently on the market for girls who dream of having a new doll under the Christmas tree or a new doll at anytime of the year. 
Please note I am not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or companies that sell any products I feature in my blog posts. I simply enjoy sharing new doll information, doll sales, and other noteworthy doll knowledge with fellow collectors and others who seek it. 


Friday, November 25, 2011

The Black Doll Show in Harlem - December 3, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Noon to 6:00 PM

Harlem Holiday Doll Show

Hamilton Landmark Galleries

467 West 144th Street

(Between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues)

New York, NY 10031

The Black Doll Show in Harlem

For more information contact:
The Morrisania Doll Society

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Last and First: Moxie Teenz Sasha and Bria

Sasha and Bria (Last and First)
Moxie Teenz Art-titude Sasha and Bria

Moxie Teenz Sasha (one of the last ones made by MGA Entertainment and the doll that replaced Sasha, the first Bria) are on eBay now.  The dolls have been part of my personal collection and desire to remain together, thus the combined listing.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Middleton Dolls @ Zulily Include Baby's First Dolls

Priced from $9.99 to $16.99, Middleton dolls,  Hailey, Baby Sydney, and Baby Kyleen are included in the current Zulily.com event.

The current Zulily.com event includes the above Middleton Dolls and two are for infant's! It is very rare to find age-appropriate dark-skinned dolls for newborns.

Join Zulily.com for free to see the other offerings included in this event, which ends ends 11/13/11 at 6am pdt.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Theriault's to Auction Candy Spelling's Collection

Photograph of Theriault's November 19-20, 2011 Auction Announcement

A mailed notice from Theriault's regarding the upcoming auction of Candy Spelling's Collection reads:

When Aaron and Candy Spelling built their famed 125 room 56,500 square foot French-style chateau in the Holmsby Hills area of Los Angeles in 1988, it was aptly decorated with the finest collections of European antiques, furnishings, chandeliers, and wonderful objects from the world of dolls, automata and childhood. This year, the splendid Spelling chateau was sold, and now, on Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, their magnificent collection of dolls and automata will come to auction in the splendid Louis XVI rooms at the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
In addition to Spelling's dolls and automata, this two-day auction will feature dolls from other private estates including Jeanne Dailey of Milford Center, Ohio, the K├Ąthe Kruse dolls of a private collector from the Netherlands, and two private collections of rare Lenci dolls.

Read more about these two separate auctions (Many Wonderful Things and To the Manor Born) and view some of the dolls from these impressive collections here.

View the 13-page online listings for Many Wonderful Things here and To the Manor Born (Spelling's Madame Alexander dolls) here.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ebates.com First, Then Zulily.com

A new doll-friend reminded me that Zulily.com is an Ebates.com affiliate. If you are registered with both sites and plan to make a purchase from Zulily.com, link to Zulily.com through Ebates.com (go to Ebates.com first, search for Zulily.com to get the link to their site) in order to receive the current 3.5% cash back on your Zulily.com purchase. Every penny saved counts toward... what? More dolls, of course!

Thanks Rebecca for jogging my memory on this!

Note that many, many other online retailers are affiliated with Ebates.com and offer varying cash back percentages.  Before completing any online purchases, if you are registered with Ebates.com, go there first to see if the merchant is an Ebates.com affiliate.  If they are, link to their site from Ebates.com before completing your purchase.

Happy shopping, happy saving, and happy cash back-earning!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Terri Lee Dolls and Angels @ Zulily.com

Bonnie Lou and Benji by Terri Lee $39.99 for the pair at Zulily.com  (described as 16 inches, but they are really 10 inches tall).  The original retail was $250 for the pair and not $45 as shown on the website!

Blessings Holiday Figurine $17.99 (regularly $30.00)

These are just two examples of Terri Lee dolls and lovely resin angel figurines offered at steep discounts at Zulily.com this week. You have to join to purchase and to see the rest of the offerings. Hurry! The sale ends 11/03/11 and I'm sure the dolls will sell out long before then.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Merchant Sale: MattelShop.com

Barbie I Can Be News Anchor Doll

They're calling their current sale items "scary deals":  (20% off regular prices; 60% off sale prices).

I am not in a Barbie or So In Style little sister buying mode.  However, these are two examples of discounted dolls:

View all here.

The fine print: 
20% off sitewide offer excludes sale items and applies automatically at checkout. Prices valid online only.
Valid through 11:59 PM EST on 10/31/11.

If you sign  up for MattelShop.com's emails, you will receive 10% off your first order.

MattelShop.com is also an Ebates.com affiliate.  If you are registered with Ebates.com and link to the Mattel shop before placing your order, you will receive 2% cash back on your purchase.  If not registered with Ebates.com, to do so, click here.

Happy shopping, or browsing. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Doll Show Hyattsville, MD October 21 - 21, 2011

If you live near Hyattsville, MD or in the Washington DC area, you may already know about the doll show this weekend at the Mall at Prince Georges.

Very little information is provided on their website but a phone number is available for those interested.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Free Magicloth Paper Doll: Magic Attic Keisha

Welcome to the Magic Attic Club Keisha MagiCloth Paper Doll from 1997 stands 5-1/2in/13.9 cm and has 8 fashions that adhere to the doll without the use of tabs (like magic!). This paper doll set was given a value of $15 in my book, The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls (Hobby House Press, 2003).

One (1) Welcome to the Magic Attic Club Keisha MagiCloth Paper Doll set is free to the first US taker who expresses interest via an email to me, who: 1) is a follower of this blog and has not already received a free offer; or 2) becomes a follower of this blog before expressing interest; and 3) is willing to pay $3.75 US shipping via Paypal.

Note:  The image to the left is from http://www.papergoodies.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idProduct=684, used to illustrate the doll's too-cute fashions.  Your paper doll will arrive never removed from package.  


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Aimee by Ruth Treffeisen


A 1996 Dolls Award of Excellence Nominee in the category of artist's vinyl dolls priced over 400 US$, and also featured in The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls, for the artist-doll connoisseur, Aimee by Ruth Treffeissen is listed on eBay.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Merchant Sale: Zulily.com Dollie and Me Event

Is it Christmas, already? No, it's October, but Christmas items can be seen in local stores and online.

Zulily.com is one online merchant currently offering Christmas-inspired items. This Dollie and Me dress set (for child and doll) is one such item.

Prices range from $9.99 to $25.99. The Christmas dress is one of the higher priced ones.  Sizes vary, but are limited in the girl's dress.  The doll's dress is sized to fit most 18-inch dolls. 

To view the other Dollie and Me items in this event, which ends on 10/14/11 at 6 a.m. PDT, join Zulily.com (joining is free).   Registered members are eligible to purchase any sale item and will  receive Zulily's daily emails  featuring items for women, children, and babies with prices up to 75% below retail. 


Saturday, October 8, 2011

World Peacekeepers @ Big Lots

In the past month, I have visited one of my local Big Lots stores twice.  They had in stock several World Peacekeepers (WPK).  Unfortunately, for me, none were dark skinned.  I also noticed the former price of $10 has increased by $2. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011, Big Lots is having a storewide sale of 20% off.  If you are in the market for WPK's, check them out tomorrow.  Check out the doll section, too.  There may be other dolls of interest. 


Monday, October 3, 2011

Free Doll T-Shirt


This over-sized autographed 2XL T-shirt contains the cover image of my first black-doll reference book along with my autograph. These were made and sold for $15 at the 17th International Black Doll Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2004 where I also sold a few dolls from my collection and conducted a book signing and lecture on collecting black dolls. At that time all sizes were available. Only the 2XL size remains. These beefy weighted T-shirts can be worn over jeans or leggings, used as a night shirt, or framed as one person suggested she planned to do.

One is free to the first US taker who expresses interest via an email to me, who 1) is also a follower of this blog and has not already received a free offer; or 2) becomes a follower of this blog before expressing interest; and 3) is willing to pay $3.75 US shipping via Paypal.



Not My Stuff: Mostly Barbies for Sale

As I indicated in another post, in addition to my own dolls for sale (which I have not taken the opportunity to list here yet), but I will, I will from time to time share links to items being sold by other collectors I know or with whom I have done business.

This post is to announce a link to eBid.net auctions offered by a fellow collector:

Here's the link:

If you do not see anything that interests you, feel free to share the link with others who might.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Name Them and Claim Them for Free...

...well, almost free.

6-1/2-inch tan-complexioned doll by Creata (1985); Gymnast Christie (1990s), 7-1/2-inch doll by Kid Kore (1992)

If you follow this blog (your ID is included under the Followers header), you want these three very well-loved dolls, and are willing to pay the US shipping of $3.75 via Paypal; they're yours! I will ship them bubble wrapped in an envelope or in a small box.

They are good for:
  • Rerooting, particularly the doll on the left whose under section of hair has been cut by her former little owner. It appears her bangs or what's left of them have been chopped off, too. Other than her haircut, the doll is in good condition and has a really sweet face. The middle doll, a very loose-jointed former Gymnast Barbie or Christie (I believe) could use a deep conditioning or a reroot, too. Not too sure what can be done to tighten up her very loose leg joints.  The elbow joints are still tight. The doll on the right has hair to the floor. The ends are a bit rough but the top is still silky. (She wears her original sundress.)
  • Doll Friend:  The doll on the right could be a perfect friend to one of your dolls. 
  • Facial Makeovers:  Either of these would be a good repaint candidate.
Hair that's still there

A closer view of faces

If you follow this blog, want them, have a Paypal account, and are willing to pay the shipping, they are yours!  Email me from the account you have registered with Paypal and I will send the Paypal invoice to you.

More doll-related freebies to follow; stay tuned, and follow...


Friday, September 23, 2011

eBid versus eBay

According to Wikipedia.com, eBid has been around as long as eBay (since 1998).  Why am I just learning about the site and why hasn't the site gained as much popularity and traffic as eBay in the areas of doll buying and selling?

Last week, I added an eBay listing to my "watch" list.  I received a notification from eBay that the auction would be ending in a few hours.  I ignored the warning, thinking, "I don't need that doll."  After the auction ended, I remembered why I wanted it.  Since the auction ended without any bids, I contacted the seller twice and asked if s/he had plans to relist.  The seller failed to reply, twice.

Still wanting the doll, I decided to Google its name tonight.  I located it on eBid in a buy it now auction for half the price the eBay seller asked.  So, I became a registered eBid user and bought it now.

Now the reason I am posting this information here is because eBid's selling features are very enticing.  Perhaps, in addition to this blog (whenever I get the items categorized) eBid can be a source for online selling.  For those who may be in the same downsizing mode, I thought I'd share what I've learned thus far about eBid. 

To register as an eBid buyer is free and currently, new registered eBid buyers can immediately upgrade their accounts to Seller or Seller+.  The Seller upgrade is free but there are limitations as well as a 3% final value fee (fvf) for sold items (still less than eBay 8% fvf).  Seller+ is subscription-fee based, which can be purchased in nominal weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual increments.  The Seller+ subscription also has a lifetime option, which can be purchased for a one-time fee of $74.99.  If upgrading to Seller+ Lifetime within 24 hours of registering as a buyer, the lifetime subscription is $49.49. 

With an eBid Seller+ Lifetime subscription, all listings are free and there is no final value fee assessed on sold items.   So essentially for $49.49 or $74.99, depending on when you upgrade, all selling on eBid is free for Seller+ users.  (There may be some nickel and diming of sellers that I haven't discovered, but the basic selling features are free for a lifetime.)  In addition to the other advantages of eBid's Seller+ Lifetime subscription, these subscribers receive 5 free eBid stores.

For more information about eBid click here and here to register.  If you are a registered eBid seller, please share your experience with the site.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Not My Stuff: Barbie Dream Sale Begins 09/22/11

Per Barbiecollector.com's Barbie Dream Sale notification:

Fashionably early savings begin at 12:01am CT 9/22/11 and end at 11:59pm CT 9/23/11. The discounts are as follows:

Thursday 9/22 ONLY: Enjoy 25% off every regular priced doll, fashion and accent you purchase in the online shop. Plus, enjoy an additional 25% off already-reduced items within the Special Offers shelf in the online shop. These Thursday-only discounts will appear in shopping cart.

Friday 9/23 ONLY: Enjoy an additional 25% off already-reduced items within the Special Offers shelf in the online shop. These Friday-only discounts will appear in shopping cart.

Saturday 9/24 - Wednesday 9/28: Shop within the Special Offers shelf in the online shop to save as much as 67% off original prices. Dream Sale prices as indicated on shelf page and individual item product pages.


First Entry: About this Blog

For the past 2-1/2 months I have been in the process of downsizing my 20-years-in-the-making doll collection.  eBay has been my main online source for selling dolls.  Using that avenue, many have found new homes around the world in such places as Russia, the United Kingdom, Alaska, Poland, as well as within the contiguous 48 US States, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. 

In addition to using eBay, I decided to create this blog for categorized, individual or group, doll-for-sale posts and doll-related items that I desire to sell.  This blog may also be utilized to share doll sale events offered by manufacturers or fellow collectors (I enjoy spreading doll sale news).   Sharing doll sale news here will keep my regular Black Doll Collecting blog free of for-sale posts that eventually become outdated.  I will continue to post doll show information there, maybe... but those probably should be posted here, too, since doll show information also becomes outdated once the event has taken place.  I want to keep my main blog "relevant" with regard to dolls and the collecting thereof.

Follow me here if you would like to know what items from my collection I am selling and please share a link to this blog with anyone interested in adding new/different dolls (mostly black dolls, but not necessarily all) to their collections. 

Thanks in advance!