And then my sister asked me a question…

Written on May 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

I recently came into a position in life where I’m seeking student loans. So what does my sister ask me?

If you don’t get the loans¹, will you be selling off your Blythes to pay for school²?

My knee-jerk reaction was no.

My secondary reaction, after thinking about it, was to add up the rough second market cost for all of my Blythes together. If I sold every single one of them at the prices that I was thinking about, it’s not as much as I thought it would be. It’d be just enough to cover one term (plus textbooks and other expenses). And the program is three years, so I’d only be able to cover four months with the sale of the dolls. And what after that? I’d have to find some other kind of financing.

Moral of the story?

Selling your Blythes is not always the answer when you have a pressing financial need. Selling your Blythes can be the answer to your pressing financial needs when you have a one-time emergency that needs cash now and there’s no other way to get it. But with longer term financial obligations (tuition, mortgages, etc.) it’s far better to have another form of influx of money because once you sell off all your dolls, you’d still have to continue to find money for the rest of it somewhere.

At least, that’s what I keep telling myself because I really don’t want to have to sell my dolls in order to go to school. And maybe it’s a bit naive, but for the time being I am exploring all of my other options for paying for school rather than selling off the dolls that are going to be getting me through school (I know all you dolly-types will know what I’m talking about).

¹ I haven’t applied yet, but my chances of securing a loan (non-private, thank goodness) is fairly good. If not, my parents are willing to lend me the required money to go to school (but not interest-free until graduation, weep).

² I am graduating from my current undergrad later this month, but I got accepted into a three year nursing program (BScN) for the fall.

4 Responses to “And then my sister asked me a question…”

  1. Helen (2tMargarett) says:

    Congratulations Michelle, on being accepted for the nursing program! I completely agree with your thinking. Your girls will be your rock and your comfort throughout your studies and beyond. Selling them should be your last option! Goodness, people who spend their discretionary funds on consumables with no secondary market seem to get by. I’m sure you will manage to cover your school costs and keep your Blythes.

  2. Jane AKA @maidensuit

    Parents (and/or siblings) just don’t understand!!

  3. Jaenulia says:

    It must be really hard applying for a student loan (even if your chances are good). But selling your dolls just to get by in the short term just wouldn’t be worth it.

  4. Alice AKA @nuwandalice

    I agree. I have some expensive dollies, but when I add up how much I could get from them, and compare it to just HOW MUCH LIFE COSTS, I feel like it would be rarely worth it. They’re my babies, anyway <3

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