Question of the Week: The maximum you would spend on a doll?

Written on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Question of the Week

Whenever I go by the toy department and look at Monster High dolls, I cannot seem to bring myself to fork up the $30 (yes, they’re more expensive in Canada) for one of those dolls. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I can always go back to the store and buy one? Oh, and then there are Lalaloopsy which retails for around $25+ here. But my first Blythe was $200. To be fair, they’re all dolls. What’s the big deal about spending $30 on a doll?

I enjoy the rarity of Blythe, even though sometimes it feels like that everyone and their mother has the same stock dolls as me in their collections. I enjoy the fact that not everyone knows what a Blythe is. I enjoy that aspect of it.

But it has still made me reluctant to buy a $30 doll. Which seems strange to me because I’ve spent much more than that on a Blythe. For the cost of my first Blythe, I could have purchased nearly 7 of them. That’s a lot of Monsters. But there’s something very special about Blythe that just commands access to my wallet (unfortunately). Which is likely why I had absolutely no problems forking up the money for a Kenner. Suddenly it seems like such a great deal because, you know, Kenners are expensive! So for non-Blythes, I’m just down-right unable to pay for them. I freeze a few steps away from the dolls aisle and just put the boxes back, somewhat reluctantly. I love admiring them, but I’m afraid that they won’t be as loved in my dolly family as the Blythes are. Even though I’ve recently added my first ball-jointed doll to the mix, Blythe is still my number one.

What is the maximum you would spend on a doll?

4 Responses to “Question of the Week: The maximum you would spend on a doll?”

  1. Natalie Darling AKA @natalieedarling

    Hi! I just wanted to say I adore your blog, and I am also a Canadian Blythe enthusiast!
    And, I also can’t seem to buy any other dolls available on store shelves. Well I do call myself a doll collector, people assume that means Barbie dolls, or just any old doll. I think I’d rather drop 100$ on a Blythe, or Pullip than a Monster High doll.
    I think it may because of my fascination with Japanese culture, but it’s also nice [like you said] to collect something not everyone is familiar with…

    Anyways thanks for the informative posts, and keep up the good work!

    • Michelle AKA @blythelifecom

      Always nice to know that there’s more Canadian Blythe enthusiasts out there 🙂 There’s quite a few Blythe groups in Canada, if you haven’t already found them on Flickr!

  2. Alice AKA @nuwandalice

    When it comes to Blythe, I just keep pushing my limit, lol. I’m pretty certain I more or less hit it for my Kenner – I can see paying slightly over that for a super super minty, but not much. I have slightly different spending standards for Kenners to Neos though, much as I love customs, I don’t have the custom bug enough to spend big bucks on any of those… whereas my limit for stock Neo girls is still quite high, for example, my Goldie. 🙂 But not quite in the same league as my kenner spending!

    And yet I too deliberate for AGES over cheaper store-bought dollies. Weird, isn’t it? Although, I do have 8 Monster High, so I guess I didn’t deliberate too much, lol!

    • Michelle AKA @blythelifecom

      Ahhh, none of my dolls cost as much as my Kenner. If one of them did, she’d better be another Kenner! (I’m so wishing for a blonde or a raven/brunette right now… Your blondie Rose doesn’t help matters much, I’m afraid!)

      I’m still deliberating over Monster High… I really do want a Lagoona, but the one that I want (the classroom/science set) is never in stock in stores when I go :/

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