2015-01-24

Last week's thrift store dolls

Here's a couple of last week's thrift store finds that I've been cleaning and sorting today:


Heart Family Mom. I've wanted one of these for some time because I don't have this sculpt and I think it's really cute (Jazzie I think it's called? There's one called Heart Family mom but that's a different one). She's not exactly in mint shape: a couple of locks cut, slightly greasy face, and her skin tone is too pink for the fashionista body I put her on. She's staying for now, though.




HSM Gabriella, I think? (That sounds like the name of a cruise ship.) She has realistic-length hair, which is my favorite length for doll hair, and shares Hannah Montana's sculpt - is it just me, or is this a smaller version of Carnaval?

Compare: Sparkle Fairy Barbie, which according to KattisDolls has a modified Carnaval sculpt. 

I was going to try and put her on a Simba Super Model body, but unfortunately she has the smaller neck hole so I'm not sure it'll work. 




According to the Internet, this is Dramatic New Living Barbie Doll (whew!). She came in her original swimsuit, which was very worn and had stuck to the melting plastic of her shoulder joints. Apart from that she had no broken joints or major damage - the body is terribly dirty, but nothing that can't be cleaned up with some Twin Pines 911 and a bit of elbow grease.

Honestly I'm not sure how this happened - I used to actively dislike Mod era Barbies! But then I got that Ballerina Barbie for her dress, and then I thought I should have one with better hair, and now that I do I'm starting to wish I had one with brown or red air... take warning, kids, this is how an obsession starts. Anyway, she was cheap, and like Gabriella she has a hairdo that almost looks like that of a real person. Also, her rooted lashes are a lot better than the LITD and Style dolls' are. 



Sorry, Cali Girl Barbie, no headshot for you. Your feet are the only reason I got you - that, and the cowboy outfit. I didn't have any bigfoot barbies before, and I had no idea there was an articulated version, so this was a great find. Someone put Cali Girl's legs on an older Fashionista body and I might try that if I find one in a matching skintone. I thought some of my shoes would fit her, but unfortunately her feet are just too wide. Yet again I'm grateful for those kids who don't seem to ever play with their dolls and then donate them complete with shoes.


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  1. Looks like you got some nice finds. It is always a plus when you can get a good buy at your thrift store!

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    1. It really is - you just have to be lucky! Frustrating sometimes, but it's part of the game. :)

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  2. I see you have a very keen eye when it comes to thriftshop doll shopping! I just buy when I see articulation. I have to be more discerning for head sculpts etc.!

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    1. That's exactly what I do too, but there are a few molds I'm always on the lookout for.

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    1. Thanks, I'm still a bit jealous of "THE thrift store" but I'm pretty happy with my finds too!

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  4. Cali Girl dolls match Fashionista Nikki well, and that Living Barbie matches Raquelle well lol. And yeah I'm pretty sure the carnaval Barbie sculpt is used by Gabrielle...

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    1. Good to know! Now I just need to find a Nikki... Living Barbie gets to keep her body for now, just for variation's sake.
      Yeah, it's pretty obvious that they're both Carnaval when you see them side by side, although I don't know if one of them is modified and if that means it counts as a separate sculpt?

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  5. I was just thinking about the Living Barbie series today. She was one of the first fully articulated dolls because she had bendable arms as well as legs and I think some of them had wrists that twisted too. Are her joints still working? Your other finds look great too. I hope you can find bodies for all your heads.

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    1. Yep, she has wrists! Rubber click arms with hard plastic swivel joint hands. The joints seem to be working mostly fine, although the articulation isn't that great compared to today's dolls.

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  6. Nice finds!

    And wow, the lashes on that Living Barbie are epic!

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    1. They are! Now I just need to avoid messing them up. :/

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  7. Somebody likes the Carnaval face ;-)

    Congrats on your finds.

    P.S. I like the Carnaval face, too.

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    1. It may not be my favorite, but it's a really cute mold.

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