Reflections on my first Blythe Meet

Written on July 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

June 19th - BlytheCon Early Bird Meet

Before my first Blythe Meet (which happened to be the Early Bird Meet that happened in Portland the day before BlytheCon), I had never met another person who was interested in Blythe dolls and I had never seen anyone else’s dolls in person besides the ones that I own. And as lovely as my dolls are, none of them are Kenners or BLs or FBLs or customized (well, besides chip changes, gaze correcting and sleepy eyes).

I got to meet people that I had spent the last two years talking to online. I got to meet people from all over that all share one thing in common: love for a certain type of dolly with big eyes that change colour with a blink.

It did take me a moment to warm up to people, I wasn’t entire sure what to expect because I had never been to a Blythe Meet before. To me, a meet was all about meeting people. And their dolls. I wasn’t sure what people would end up discussing, I didn’ t know what to expect because all I ever saw in photos of people’s meets were of dolls and people holding onto dolls.

I got to see Kenners for the first time. I even got to hold a Kenner and hear that soft and quiet little pip that they make when their string is being pulled. I got to meet people who share a love for Blythe, which was a great experience because it was something I had never had the chance to do before.

Some tips that I do have for other people who don’t know what to expect but are going to attend a meet:

  • Have water with you – getting to talk to people is fantastic, but it does make you feel thirsty after a while.
  • Have food! If the meet is for more than a small handful of hours, it’d be a great idea to have food. The Early Bird Meet that happened in Portland went for about 2.5hrs and I was hungry at the end of it.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, especially if the meet goes into the evening. I was also cold (and I wasn’t the only one).
  • Have spare camera batteries! I definitely needed to swap out my battery partway through the meet.
  • Wear your name tag somewhere that is easily seen. Also, put both your first name and the screen name that people are most likely going to know you as.

One Response to “Reflections on my first Blythe Meet”

  1. Steph! says:

    * Be Brave! I didn’t get over my “Shy Bug” until the next day…the Early Bird Meet was SO overwhelming! I know I saw you Michelle but I never got the chance to talk to you!!!

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