Filed under: Musings
I do not often take my dolls out of the house unless I’m going to a Blythe meet (or a BlytheCon, although that doesn’t happen often), or meeting up with a friend who happens to collect dolls. I don’t take part in those photography challenges that suggests you to take photos of your dolls in a grocer store or on the sidewalk of a busy intersection. I can be terribly self-conscious when it comes to bringing my dolls out in public. As open as I am or can be about my Blythes on the internet, it’s not exactly the first thing I tell people about myself. I don’t open an introduction with “Hello, my name is Michelle and I collect dolls”. Mostly because I think people will think I’m weird or they think dolls are weird. I don’t think movies like Annabelle or The Boy have helped at all to quell the suspicions that some people have that dolls are just weird (or scary).
But most recently, I took Cameo out with me because I was meeting up with Pamela of Endangered Sissy. We did some shopping and then had drinks at a small hole-in-the-wall cafe. Having someone else have a doll out helps, I think, make you more brave about pulling a doll out. That and the realization that yes, people see your doll out, and no, they’re not making comments about it. As with many things, I think it’s a “safety in numbers” mentality that I quite enjoy on a regular basis when taking dolls out in public because having other people around helps a lot to make it seem safer to pull a doll out.
Do you take a doll out when you’re by yourself, or do you feel better about having a doll out when other people also have their doll out? Does it matter to you what kind of setting you’re in? Share below! And if you were also as nervous as I am about taking a Blythe out in public, how did you get over that?