Meeting New Friends

Meeting New Friends
Jaxson, Cloe, and Sophina

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tea Party Part 1

Every year for about 5+ years, a group of us have been going
to have tea the Proprietary House. It's a get together of 
some co-workers and friends to celebrate the end of the school year. 
The Proprietary House in Perth Amboy, New Jersey was the 
residence of the last Royal Governor of New Jersey,
William Franklin, son of Benjamin. 
For more of the history of the Proprietary House click the link below.
Yesterday the ladies heard me talking about going to tea and 
all of them wanted to go. I told them since Queen Charice 
was already dressed, she would be allowed to accompany me as
my guest at the tea. 
Told her to wait while I got my things together and 
we would be leaving in a few minutes. 
We went to my car and got Queen Charice buckled in. 
She started complaining that it was hot. 
(I told her to leave the stole at home, but she never listens)
I put the air conditioner on for the short ride to the Proprietary House.
Almost there. 

Here we are 

Queen Charice was amazed at the size of the mansion. 

We entered the building thru the side basement door.

Showing the invitation
She signed both of us in the registry.
Before the tea started Queen Charice decided 
to have a look around.  First she looked at 
the scale model of the mansion.

 Then she went to see the spinning wheel where she 
pretended to be Rapunzel.

To be continued......

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jade - Friend of Janay

Friend of Janay 
Integrity Toys 
 Made in China 
Another lady from the group I purchased on E-Bay

Spring Bouquet

Madame Alexander 
Spring Bouquet 
Alexander Doll Company 
Introduced in 2001 
Assembled in USA 
Thrift Store find

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hamilton Toys - Candi

This is another one of the dolls I purchased in 
a group from E-Bay. 
She has a wrist tag that says the Weekender.
Not sure if that is correct, 
can't find anything on the 
Most likely not her original outfit. 
She is marked on her head and back 
Hamilton Toys 
I think she may be a Candi doll.
Any information would greatly be appreciated.

Barbie Style

Barbie Style 
Collector Doll 
Special Limited Edition 
Missing Certificate of Authenticity
Made in China 
Original Sticker Price 
Thrift Store find.

Monday, June 27, 2011

GI Joe - Dress Marine

GI Joe 
Dress Marine 
Limited Edition 
Collector's Special 
12 inches tall 
Missing rifle 
Has the American Flag and sword
Original Sticker price 19.99
Made in China
Thrift Store find. 
GI Joe Box

Dead Tired - Ghoulia Yelps

Another of the dolls I picked up 
at TRU's  last  Friday. 
Monster High 
Dead Tired 
Ghoulia Yelps 
Made in China

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Roses 3 Piece Wall Unit

Sweet Roses Collection 
3 Piece Wall Unit 
Made in Mexico 
Original Sticker price $12.99
I believe it has all of its accessories.
Missing instructions.
Front of box   

Back of box 
Garage Sale find.

American Girl - Rebecca

 American Girl 
Historical Characters Collection 
Represents New York, 1914
18 inches
American Girl, LLC 
No date 
Made in China 
Flea Market find
I always wanted to buy an American Girl.
Over 20 years ago, when they first came out 
I wanted to buy Molly.  My kids were 
young and I couldn't afford to buy her then.
Was able to get Rebecca at a reasonable price.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Barbie Glam Convertible

The Liv girls decide to take Barbie's new car for a spin. 
Barbie Glam Convertible 
Missing a side mirror.
Made in China 
The Liv girls and the Convertible were both 
Thrift Store finds today. 
It seems that I am finding newer dolls (less than 2 years old) more 
and more at the Thrift Store. 
Why aren't young girls keeping their dolls as long as we did?  

Evil Queen

Snow White 
Evil Queen 
Made for Disney by Bikin 
Made in China 
Missing crown, shoes.  Added white heels 
Good doll to use as a grandmother.
Flea Market find.

Friday, June 24, 2011


BFC Ink 
(Best Friends Club) 
MGA Entertainment 
9 inches tall
Original outfit 
Made in China 
Thrift Store find.


I had gotten some gift cards as retirement gifts, so I decided to head
to Toy's R Us today. 
Finally they have been getting some new items in. 
One of these was
Masquerade by Bratz 
MGA Entertainment 
Made in China 
TRU purchase.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Alejandro and Alysa

Alejandro & Alysa 
Royal Heritage Wedding
Special Edition 
Made in China 
E-Bay purchase

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Integrity "Go"

Received the group of dolls today  I purchased on E-Bay last week. 
One of the dolls is:
Integrity Toys 
Basic Edition 
Jason Wu 
Marked on back of neck and also 
On the left backside where it meets the leg.(Hard to find)
E-Bay purchase.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Barbie 2001

Was so surprised to receive this Barbie as a retirement gift from a wonderful co-worker/friend. 
Agnes somehow knows what Barbies I don't have. 
Barbie 2001 
Collector Edition 
2nd in the Series 
Made in China
If you look at her crown closely, it says 2001.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pink Ribbon

Pink Ribbon 
Barbie Collector 
Pink Label 
Partnered with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 
Made in Indonesia 
Created by Robert Best 
Flea Market find

Sunday, June 19, 2011

AA Birthday Wishes -Silver Label

Birthday Wishes 
Barbie Collector 
Silver Label 
Mattel 2004 
Made in Indonesia 
Flea Market find

Mod Barbie Furniture

Long story why I went back to the Thrift Store today. 
Won't bore you with the details. 
But, I am glad I did.  I found the following living room set. 
Not knowing what it was, I just threw it in my cart since it 
was Barbie sized and the price was right. (99 cents) 
Opened it up at home to see it was marked 
Mattel 1973.  Had to find out what set it was from. 
Didn't take to long on E-Bay to find others like it. 
It's from the Barbie Townhouse.  Found out it 
also came in yellow.  What no Barbie Pink! 
Oh, I forgot, it was the seventies, mod style and all those bright weird colors. 
Orange Living Room Set 
Barbie  Townhouse 
Thrift Store find.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

What a Surprise!

Here are the ladies looking over the surprise I received last night. 
Last night was our school's End of the Year/Retirement Party. 
This year there are seven of us retiring. So each of the retiree's 
close friends got up and spoke about them. 
My friend Johnnie spoke about me.  We've known 
each other for over 20 years. She spoke about how we met, 
my collection of Historical Memorabilia of the city and 
my doll collection.  Johnnie always tells me I should make 
a Barbie Pink Room in my house. (She is into themed rooms)
The only way that is going to happen is if I hit the lottery and buy a bigger house (fat chance)
or when my two kids who are still at home decide to leave.
At the end, she surprised me with this sign.
If you turn it around, it is the everyday green and white street sign. 
Now, where to put it. LOL..

Barbie 6 Fashion Gift Set

 Barbie 6 Fashion Gift Set 
6 Complete Fashions 
 Arco Toys Inc.  (A Mattel Company)
Made in China 
Comes with 3 pairs of heels, (red, yellow and blue) 
Box is crushed, will debox the outfits
Flea Market find.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Today has been very  for me.  I was selected as Teacher of the Year from
my school.  The district honored eleven teachers today from around the district.
It all started this morning when I was picked up by limo to go to the 
High School. but before I got to the limo, I was escorted to it by our principal and vice 
principal with our students and teachers cheering. They are so wonderful! Love them all so much!
When we got to the High School we were escorted to the library for breakfast. 
Felt like I was a movie star going to a Hollywood Premiere.
After breakfast, we had a program with our classes. I had one of my 
first grade classes who I loved to work with during the year. 
We received our plaques, there was a program put on by a few groups of students. 
Then we were whisked away to another school where we had a lunch prepared 
by the district cafeteria staff.
Had a wonderful day. 
Will be leaving in a half an hour to our school's end of the year party. 
But it is all bittersweet, there are 7 of us from my school retiring. 
A few of us wanted to stay another year or two, but with the political 
climate in our state if we stayed we would lose what we have worked and fought so hard for.
But when one door closes another opens. 
Wonder what that will be?

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Super Star 
Splendent Fashion Leader 
The World 
Imported by: Lollipop Toys 
Manufacturer: Chuang You 
Manufacture Date: 7/30/2010 
Made in China 
Picked up this doll in a discount store called "Shoppers World"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Friendship, Fashion and Fun

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament 
Friendship, Fashion and Fun 
Barbie 45th Anniversary 
Made in China
Friendship - Sheath Sensation 
Fashion - After Five 
Fun - Silken Flame
Each ornament comes with a black stand. 
Garage Sale find.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gene - Afternoon Off

"Afternoon Off"
Mel Odom 
Ashton Drake 
Flea Market find

Bratz Play Sportz

Play Sportz
Blazin' Bowlin'
MGA Entertainment 
Made in China 
Garage Sale find

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pink Jubilee - Walmart

Pink Jubilee 
Walmart 25th Year Anniversary 
Special Limited Edition 
Made in China, Brush in Hong Kong, Shoes in Taiwan
From the box:
"Over 10 glamorous looks"
Taken out of box for photo 
E-Bay find.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Another Barbie Basics 002

Toy's R Us is finally getting the Barbie Basics. 
There were 3 different ones today. 1 of each. 
I really wanted this one to add to my small male doll collection. 
Model No. 15 
Collection 002 
Made in Indonesia.

Barbie Modern Miniatures

Found these at a garage sale this morning. 
Barbie Modern Miniatures 
Durham Industries, Inc. 
Made in Hong Kong
Die-Cast Metal 
Blender with removable sections 
1940's Juke Box 
 There were 12 items in this series. 

1. Automatic Coffee Maker 
2. Blender 
3. Portable Stereo 
4. 1940's Juke Box 
5. Baby Grand Piano 
6. Trimline Phone 
7. Sewing Machine 
8. Guitar and Amplifier 
9. Bar-B-Que 
10. Fireplace 
11. Typewriter 
12, Vanity Mirror

The jukebox is starting to deteriorate.  The gold paint is starting to peel.on the bottom.
Most likely the problems were caused by being in a wet cellar. 
Durham also made these items as doll-house miniatures. (Without the gold paint) 
In the 70's these items were probably purchased at  Five and Dime Stores 
like Woolworths.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

XO Valentine

Rain on and off all day, no flea markets, thrift store had nothing. Stopped at a discount 
store and found 
XO Valentine 
Made in Indonesia 
Comes with a key chain cat. 
On my way home, I saw a sign for a garage sale. So I thought I would stop
and look.  An elderly gentleman was having the sale with his 
son. I asked if they had any Barbie's and the son asked his father. 
Father said they were in the basement.  Son said they were having the
sale tomorrow when the weather was going to be better and they 
would have the Barbies out then.
So going back tomorrow to check it out, hopefully it is worthwhile.


My youngest daughter just got back from a vacation in Florida. Before 
she left she asked me what I wanted her to bring me back. 
I told her I wanted Tiana, since I didn't have her. But I told 
her to make sure it was an exclusive doll to Disney World, not one that 
I could get at the Disney Store or a local department store.
Disney Princess 
Disney Parks Collection
Made in China

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ken Fashionistas

 Went to Wal-Mart after work today since I haven't been there for awhile. 
Wasn't expecting to find anything new. 
But was pleasantly surprised. Haven't seen these before.
Needed some more male dolls in my collection.

Ken Fashionistas 
Cutie and Sporty 
Made in China

Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls

In the mail today, I received my new out-of-print 
doll reference book. 
Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls 
Identification and Value Guide 
by J. Michael Augustyniak
Collector Books 
I learned about this book a month ago when I was reseaching
my Sunshine Family Dolls.  This book was mentioned on one of 
the sites I found that it had a great section on the Sunshine Family.
(A big THANK YOU for posting about this book) 
Forgot about it until my good friend at work called me last week and told 
me about a book she wanted to get for school.  She is very leery
about buying anything on the Internet since her information was stolen.
I told her I would buy it at Amazon but she had to wait until I found 
some dolls books I wanted to buy in order to receive free shipping. 
She told me no problem. Remembered the Mattel book and ordered 
"Barbie A Rare Beauty".  The Mattel Book wasn't under the free shipping
since it was from an outside seller.  But I didn't care since it wasn't that 
expensive with the 4.00 shipping. 
This is a great book.  Learned a lot that I didn't know. 
There is a wonderful section on the Sunshine Family. 
The dolls were going to be named "The Good Earth Family".
Also had some photos how the designer first thought how they should look. 
Found some dolls that Mattel used the Barbie Body for. 
An example is a doll called "Fashion Friends".  They were 
3 dolls made exclusively for K-Mart in 1991 that used the Barbie 
and Skipper bodies. 
There's a great section of the "Shani" line of dolls and the "Heart Family"
The book is filled with pictures of dolls, clothes and playsets Mattel 
has produced in those 30 years. 
My favorite page spread is "The Barbie Doll Family Tree"
Head shots of all the face molds.  
And for those collectors who collect Disney dolls. There 
is an 80 page section on dolls that Mattel produced for Disney. 
All in all, it's a wonderful reference book to have! So glad I bought it!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teresa - Camp Barbie

Camp Barbie 
Made in Malaysia 
Streaks appear in her hair when exposed to sunlight. 
Flea Market find.


MGA Entertainment 
Made in China 
Original faux green leather outfit. 
Two other dolls in series.
Cloe and Nerva 
Garage Sale find.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Generation Girl 
Dance Party 
Made in China 
Original outfit, missing accessories, replaced shoes.
Thrift Store find.