This Budget Thing is Hard

Written on January 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

The problem with trying to curb the spending is that you become very aware of how bombarded you are by listings for secondhand sundries or new listings for custom dolls. Suddenly all of the new stock releases look very appealing, and one of those fantastic dress seamstresses that I love? I had to talk myself out of hitting checkout with the Etsy cart despite reaching the listing within possibly ten seconds of it being listed.

On the bright side, my No Spend challenge is only for the month of January. After that, I will have a (small) budget set aside for fun dolly spending, which s always nice! But being aware of how easy it is to be sucked into the buy, buy, buy mode is rather alarming (and thought provoking as well). I shouldn’t be too surprised, because a lot of how we interact on the internet when it comes to Blythe.

20150114Maybe if we stare her down, she’ll buy us some new dresses!
Cameo wears Plastic Fashion. Halo wears a dress by an unknown seamstress.

If you go to forums, there are always some Buy/Sell/Trade threads up. If you log onto Facebook and you’re a member of one of the dozens (hundreds?) of Blythe-related groups, you’re probably also in a group that involves buying or selling dolls and sundries. I’m still not sure how I wound up in them, I suspect sabotage by friends who thought it’d be a good idea to invite me into those groups… Regardless of where you go when you’re looking at doll things, it is difficult to not be confronted with listings and ads for new dolls, clothes, shoes, and even furniture! Fortunately (or unfortunately…?) with my schedule now, I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time online, which means that I’ve been missing a lot of listings for dolls, clothes, and shoes for sale.

Two weeks into January and I’m still doing very well for my No Spend month! No new dolls, doll clothes, or doll shoes (sobs!) in the mail for me. I did have to buy a present (somewhat unexpectedly), but that was sort of necessary and not-doll related.

9 Responses to “This Budget Thing is Hard”

  1. Pauleen Potter AKA @PauleenPotter

    I totally agree, the Internet is full of temptations and when it comes to something you love, it takes a lot of willpower to refrain. Then again, happy mail day brings wonderful feelings with it. Oh dear, this sounds like an addiction 😛

  2. Susan Salem says:


    I just found your blog and this post, literally, as I was telling myself to focus on the dolls I have currently and abandon the internet and all things Blythe related for quite some time. I too am just coming off a few doll purchases and need a break. I just got some factory dolls and need to remind myself that it is okay for them to go un-styled for awhile for the sake of saving up. Wishing you luck with your month goal. 🙂

  3. Heather AKA @claribari

    You are doing better than I am…though I suspect nine hours at a desk with basically unlimited internet access is to blame…

    Three pairs of shoes that I shouldn’t have bought and I finally made a 365 photo book from one of my years (my goal is eventually to have each year commemorated on paper)

    I wasn’t doing a no-spend per say, but I *was* trying not to spend much if anything. For awhile it was good, but now I want all the things 🙁

  4. Kelsea Echo AKA @kelseaecho

    Your girls are SO pretty! It is really tough – esp. because I always want to support awesome Blythe artists/accessory designers too. My willpower is currently battling my desire for an Anniedollz dress… 🙂

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

  5. Gillian says:

    You’re doing really well. Me, not so much. And I have to agree with Pauleen Potter above – you can’t beat a good dolly mail day! For me, the only way not to spend is absolutely not too look. All or nothing. However, browsing Blythe pics and stuff is my favourite way to to unwind… 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    Hi I just found your site! I am waiting for my first doll to arrive.
    Can you tell me how you joined the forums? When I have tried it said I needed the name of a member (Blythe Kingdom) but I don’t know anyone else into Blythes!
    I am in the UK.

  7. Michelle says:

    I tried using my facebook and instagram, but I had no response. I don’t have the others. Thank you for replying 🙂

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