The Cost and Gains of the Hobby

Written on June 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

The doll hobby was a lot more expensive than I had originally expected when I got my first Blythe back in 2009. Just a Blythe costs a hundred dollars (or more). Clothes, well, those add up. A few dollars here, twenty dollars there, some people have piles and piles of dresses that cost them $20 each – maybe not me, but some people do. That’s… a lot of money. Even buying as frugally as possible (only during some sundries sales, only on things that are ‘special’ enough to be bought or things that I can’t make), the hobby is expensive. And while I may have spent more money on dolls than clothes, it all still adds up when you consider the need to buy things to create with.

Even if you were to make everything yourself, there’s the cost of thread, fabric, a sewing machine, shoes (unless you can make shoes yourself, in which case I think you’re awesome), yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and all those little accessories. There’s so much money that goes into this hobby that makes it expensive to make things, expensive to buy things, and all those shipping costs? It all adds up, at the end of the day.

But it’s just money, at the end of the day. There’s so much more than you gain from the hobby, even without expecting it. Some people learn how to sew, crochet, knit. Some people learn how to turn any Blythe into a work of art. Some people restore vintage beauties to their former glory. And, it seems like everyone does this, we all make friends.

We may not have very much in common, we may not even have the same taste in doll clothes, but we all love Blythe. We all find a little something in common with each other – a doll with a big head, an even bigger ego and four set of eye chips.

What have you gained from the Blythe hobby?

4 Responses to “The Cost and Gains of the Hobby”

  1. Nathy AKA @nathy__pontes

    This is true! We spend a lot of money with clothes, dollies and shoes!
    Sometimes I leave to buy clothes/shoes for me to buy for them!
    But with the dolls I’ve learned how to sew (I’ve sewn some little bags before, but nothing so good), I’ve started to knit more, I’ve opened an on-line shop and now I am selling some clothes… and I have more money to spend with the girls! lol…
    I love these big heads… the life is so much fun with plastic girls!! 🙂

  2. Rachael says:

    Lots of fun! They also spark the creativity :)))) My husband says I have too many clothes; my Blythe wardrobe fills one drawer of my chest of drawers. I don’t see the problem! >:D

  3. Vicky AKA @RosieApplesBlog

    I have got a lot better at sewing since I started to collect Blythe and have recently started to learn crochet partly because I want a huge granny blanket and partly because I want to learn how to make hats and cardi’s for my dolls! My photography has improved as well and all these Blythe related self-improvements make me feel good about myself. I try not to think about the cost as I have made sure to only buy what I can afford and I think it’s all worth it at the end of the day 🙂

  4. Holly AKA @thethinkingdoll

    I have gained friends in fellow doll enthusiasts, an interest I can share with my daughter and a unique form of self expression through, plat, photography, blogging, cutomization, dressmaking and so on. Also as far a therapy goes dolls are pretty good value for money 🙂

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