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QOTW: Do certain dolls get special outfits?

Written on May 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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I admit to playing favourites, and that spills into who gets what clothes too! Sad for some of my dolls, but a wonderful bonus for the others as it means that they get special clothes all to themselves. For instance, I (generally) buy pink things for Eden Mouse because pink is her thing. This holds true for dresses, shirts, pants, shoes, skirts (although I don’t have many), and tights. Cameo gets all the kitty things, although this was really started unintentionally and has resulted in a small but kitty-covered collection of doll clothes. And then there’s Lottie. I have no clue what her ‘theme’ is, if she has a theme, but she happily got special dresses all to herself when she arrived.

Do certain dolls in your Blythe family get special just-for-them outfits?

Sponsor BlytheLife in June!

Written on May 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

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It’s Survey Time!

Written on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: News

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Original image by bredmaker.

In case you haven’t liked BlytheLife.com on Facebook yet, I shared a survey on social media last week! This survey is about fakes (counterfeit) Blythes and your thoughts/opinions on them. I’m still in the data-gathering stages and would love to get more participants before I go through and publish the results. The more people participating, the better!

It’s a very short survey with mostly yes/no options, and shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to fill out (unless you get really wordy with the last question). Please take the time to fill this out – I will be publish the results here on BlytheLife soon!

Click here to fill in the survey!

All participants are anonymous – I have no way of figuring out who you are unless you decide to leave your name in one of the fill-in-the-blank options.

This is Chickadee

Written on May 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings with tags:

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I finally unboxed my Intensive Care Petite and I’m so happy about it. While I’d love to give her a change of clothes, it appears as though her hat is firmly stuck on. There’s quite a thick piece of plastic that seems to be holding her hat on, and it seems to go through her scalp. So she will remain in her outfit indefinitely, at least for the time being – and here some Chickadee spam!

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QOTW: Selling your dolls?

Written on May 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

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I had a discussion recently with a friend, who declined to be identified, in the doll hobby about how she often sold dolls to afford new ones. She called it “cycling” as in, one doll out, a new doll in. She has what she considers to be a “core group” and a “fluctuating group”, which I thought was interesting. Her core group consists of a Kenner, her first Blythe, and her first custom (that she did herself). Her fluctuating group is usually 3-4 dolls that changes every one to two years. She says its her way of not pouring even more money into the doll hobby, while always keeping her collection “fresh and exciting”. At one time, her fluctuating group was a group of one – she had a custom doll who was created by a sought after customizer at the time. Then she traded that doll for two dolls, and then she sold one of the customs and bought two other dolls with the proceeds. In her words, there are (surprisingly) more important things to spend money on than dolls, but she still wants to have the excitement of a new addition to her collection.

And then there’s me. I have only sold one doll before (a Fancy Pansy that never even made it out of her box – and to add insult to injury, I stripped her of her stock before shipping her off to her new home), the rest of my dolls enter into the family and here they will stay forever (barring unforeseen circumstances). And I know there are collectors out there like me – minimal selling, none of this “cycling” of money business, but I also know that this is not completely the norm. Some people sell, some people don’t – but it’s not a hard or fast rule that anyone should adhere too. What if I wake up one morning and decide that I need to sell a doll to afford something? Anyone who read this post would think that I’m a hypocrite and that’s okay – because presumably I’d either fallen out of love with a certain doll, or I really need the cash for something necessary in life – and that does not include doll clothes or shoes.

Do you “cycle” through dolls? Do you keep all your dolls? Or do you fall somewhere between the two extremes?

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