An Ideal Collection Size

Written on July 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
Filed under: Musings

Family size, whether it be humans, animals, or dolls, is a very personal and individual thing. My “ideal” collection size when it comes to my Blythes varies because I don’t add to my collection often and I don’t sell from my collection often. It’s like a one-way cat flap in which once the dolls come in, they don’t leave. (And now it’s beginning to sound like a horror movie…)

I frequently do wish that I was able to downsize, because I like the idea of a smaller doll collection. If nothing else than for ease of transportation (BlytheLife HQ is moving very soon and it’s all kinds of hectic around here), the ability to easily pick dolls to attend meets or BlytheCons, or to just have a better clothes and shoes to doll ratio.


At last count, I have 17 full-sized Blythes, 2 Middies, and 4 Petites for a grand total of 23 Blythe-related dolls. Because I’m not going to mention the other ones, because it makes me feel like I have way too many dolls. With that number of dolls, I really do need more clothes and shoes to properly be able to rotate their outfits. So perhaps my ideal collection size is to just curate a doll wardrobe and shoe closet that grows accordingly, and proportionally, with my doll family? If that is the case, I’m going to need a lot more doll shoes and a lot more space! If I weren’t going to add to the doll shoes and closet, I’d say I probably have a proper amount of clothes and shoes for maybe 10 full-sized Blythes dolls? That’d be a lot of downsizing though…

Do you have an ideal collection size? Share your thoughts below!

6 Responses to “An Ideal Collection Size”

  1. Hyperballad says:

    Personally, I like the idea of having a really small collection. I’m working on getting a second doll into my collection, but for the past year I’ve been happy owning just one Blythe. I think if you make a really good selection that perfectly matches your own unique preferences, you can actually potentially be quite happy with just one or two dolls.

    Blythes have so much personality, and they can be styled in so many ways, which I guess is why they have much more versatility than your average doll. My solo Blythe has a lot of clothes and hats, and I like that I can just pack her into a single box.

  2. Andi B. Goode AKA @andibgoode

    I also love the idea of a small collection but with my own collection my philosophy really is more is more. I have about 50 Neo Blythes, 7 Middies, several petites. And then likely 100s of other types of dolls. Haha. I just love clutter and a lot of things (but I am still struggling to find the balance between cosy clutter and claustrophobic clutter).

    I am trying to concentrate on buying more outfits, less dolls, though.

  3. Susan says:

    I too like the idea of a small collection. I agree with Hyperballad. I think if I select carefully, sticking with my preferences, then I will probably be happy with only a few. At one time, I sold all my Blythes except for Mondrian, my brunette Kenner, and Pow Wow. I was happy with having one of these hair colors. This was before the influx of rainbow colored hair. I now have three but only one was a calculated (and not impulsive) purchase. I find Blythe different than other collectible dolls. I don’t need as many. I think it is because they have personality rather than just sitting on a shelf looking pretty.

  4. Anne AKA @anneheathen

    I like my collection, which is relatively small (four Neos, one Middie, one LPS petite). I like that I can regularly give attention to each of them, which I don’t know that I would find the time for if I had a lot more. I do want to get one more Neo, but that might be it for me.

  5. Katie says:

    I would like about 30 Blythes in my collection. I own 11 (including 2 middies and 1 petite) and I think I have 20 on my list, which will also probably grow. I love seeing a bunch of Blythes on a shelf, and changing their outfits- but the latter is tricky when I like what my dolls are wearing but still want to dress one; Those are the moments when I think I need another doll.

  6. Summer says:

    18 neo, 2 middie and 4 petites. I’m trying to downsize by a few though I think the perfect size of a collection, for me, is dictated by the size of the space they are being kept in. The bigger the space, the more dolls required! Lol!

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