Netchie Dolls and Nata’s Knitted Friends

At the Chicago Toy Show, it’s pretty typical to see the same vendors show after show, which is I why I was happily surprised to see two new vendors! Both vendors were doll artists/creators, not dealers, which was another happy surprise. They also happened to be right next to each other in the room.

We’ll start with Netchie Dolls. Netchie Dolls are adorable cloth dolls! They stood out among the other vendors, who had more vintage pieces on display. Netchie Dolls are stuffed with a combination of sheep’s wool and polyester stuffing and are covered in a cotton knit fabric. The hair is composed of yarn attached to a crocheted wig cap that is firmly attached to the head so that it can stand up to hours of play time and a variety of hairstyles.

kane County dol show highlights

They’re cute online, but even more adorable in person! Being short on cash, I wasn’t able to pick one of these up this show, but I am very tempted to next time!

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

kane County dol show highlights

The second seller that stood out was Nata’s Knitted Friends. Nata had a table full of super cute crocheted creations! When I asked her about the dolls, she mentioned that she’s also open to making 100% unique creations based on a drawing. I can’t think of a better way of immortalizing a family members art than making their 2D image real!

kane County dol show highlights

So, check these guys out if you’re looking for a unique doll for yourself, a family member or a friend. What do you think of these? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

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May 5, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Doll Show Haul/Loot, April 2018

April was a pretty busy month! With two doll shows, a Once Upon a Time Convention (where a friend and I had our photos taken with some cast members) and a trip into Chicago to see Jesus Christ Superstar, it’s been a busy few weeks! Because of all these fun things happening, I didn’t have much money to play with at the April doll shows. As it turned out, I didn’t actually see much at the shows that really ‘called to me’, so my small budget didn’t work against me! Of course, as it’s me, I didn’t leave empty handed.

Bendable Leg Skooter

Recently, I realized I didn’t have a bendable leg Skooter in my Skipper collection. All my Skooter dolls are straight leg. At the Chicago Toy Show, I noticed a pretty brunette pink skinned Skooter with working knees and a good face. She was priced at $45, but I was able to get her for $40, which was a good price for her, since Skooter was in such good shape and didn’t have any pale spots on her skin. Plus, she was being sold with her original top and a best buy skirt.
The second thing I picked up was a My Little Pony, Sweet Note, from year 9’s Rockin’ Beat Ponies. She’s from 1990 and has an awesome fluorescent color scheme. One of my favorite things about Sweet Note has to be her crimped hair!

Believe it or not, that was it! That was all I picked up at the Chicago Toy Show. April also brought me a few other cool things, thanks to the internet, though. You may have seen these in a recent Haul video posted to my YouTube channel, but in case you didn’t, here you go!

TNT Skipper

Skipper’s from the Mod era are lacking in my collection, so I decided that this year, I would try to add a few more to it! I saw this Twist N Turn beauty on eBay. She’s not perfect, but she looks great to me! Her face hasn’t faded, her coloring is bright and her hair is very pretty! I love the color of her hair! The only small issue with this Skipper is that her lashes on one eye are either gone or pulled into her head. It’s hard to tell, though, unless you are really looking for that. Eventually, I’ll try to fix the lashes, but for now, I think she looks great as is! More on him later!

Lifesize Baby Groot

The Hot Toys Lifesize Baby Groot was an impulse buy, but come on– how could I not?! Baby Groot is fully articulated, comes with three face plates and extra hands and best of all, comes with a cute little Ravengers outfit! For me, buying Baby Groot was like adding to my ball jointed doll collection, in a way. There are so many things I can do with him!

A week after the Chicago Toy Show was the Kane County Doll Show. Again, we didn’t leave with much. Instead of finding good deals on many small things, both my mom and I ended up splurging on one big thing (and picked up a few smaller things). My mom ended up with the big win at the show, a Patti Playpal in great shape! How adorable is she?

Patti Playpal

My big purchase was a hard plastic Arrenbee from the 1950’s. She’s 21″ tall and super pretty!

Arranbee Hard Plastic

Coming home with us was this interesting doll from the 1980’s. This fabric doll was created by artist Mary Vasquez. She called to my mom and we were able to get her at a good price. She’s very unique looking, don’t you think?

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Those are some of the items we brought home– below are some of the dolls we saw, but couldn’t afford!  You can see more photos in the Haul video linked in this post.

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Kane County Doll Show Highlights

Did you find any additions to your collection recently? Share them in the comment area! And don’t forget, now until November 2018, we have a mailbox open for fan mail (for myself and Barbee0913) and doll donations! Check out the World Doll Day Doll/Toy Drive post for the address!

May 5, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Naperville Doll Show January 2018

Sunday was the Naperville Doll Show. Held at the Marriott Hotel in Naperville, IL, the show is usually attended by vendors who have older, vintage dolls for sale, though a few come with Barbie’s or other modern style dolls, like BJD’s. To be honest, not much at this show really tugged at my heartstrings this time around. I went in with a plan to look for an affordable twist n’ turn Skipper, but didn’t see any at decent prices. Other than that, I was just looking for things that called to me. Both me and my mom went into the show with the intent to get two Sasha’s re-strung, which we got done by Alice’s Doll Workshop.

So, what treasures did we take home with us? I picked up two Skipper’s in need of outfits, a Malibu Skipper and Teen Skipper. My mom picked up a Barbie in need of a little TLC, too. She also found this strange Barbie accessory. It’s a Barbie sized bike that attaches to your bike. For a dollar, it was sold!

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

More interestingly, we picked up two AvaStars. AvaStars made its debut November of 2014 in a Missouri mall kiosk in the Saint Louis Galleria. It eventually expanded to two other locations, Oakbrook Town Center (Illinois) and Kenwood Towne Center (Ohio). The gist of AvaStars was that you’d go to the mall kiosk, get your face scanned by 3D modeling software and two weeks later, you’d get a doll customized in your likeness! It was a little costly at $40 bucks a doll, but the concept was a solid one.

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

I’m kicking myself for never driving down to Oakbrook Town Center to try this, but who would have expected the company to fold after only 7 months on the market in late June 2015? Anyway, at the show, one vendor had two uncustomized AvaStars on display and they were too weird not to pick up. (Plus, they were only five bucks.) These are dressed dolls with rooted hair and no faces.

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

As a Skipper collector, I have a sad number of clothing options for my dolls, so occasionally, I like to pick up something to slowly add to that part of my collection. I picked up Flower Showers #1939 from 1967. It’s so cute and looks great on Skipper!

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

In a rare occurrence, my mom picked up a Tonner doll at the show! This doll is part of the The Little Martians line. This is Sunspot, a convention piece from 2007. What really sold her on this piece was that it came with the UFO!

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

My mom took one of her Christmas BJD’s to the show in hand-me-down clothing and a thinning wig and she left with a brand new outfit  and much cuter wig! The outfit is from Wee Designs and the wig is from Purple Plum (though their website seems to mostly have wigs for real people). Wee Designs has some darling outfits for all sizes of dolls. They’re really well made, too! I even bought one for my last acquisition, a new ball jointed doll, or BJD.

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

I spotted this green resin BJD in Gigi’s Dolls booth when we first looked around the room. Then, I kept on noticing it as we did our many laps around the vendor’s tables. Finally, after not finding any big ticket items, I went back and inquired about the BJD and decided to go for it. I haven’t treated myself to a BJD in years, so I don’t feel bad about spending a little extra money on her.

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

I’ve always liked the green resin. On top of that, this BJD has a great face up with super cool eyelashes, great shading and the perfect green eyes, so I don’t have to do anything extra to fix her up or customize her. We, nor the vendor, couldn’t find any branding on this BJD at the time of purchase. However, after posting our haul on YouTube, eagle eyed viewers told me she is a Garden of Dolls Nabiya. Apparently, Garden of Dolls used Bobobie to cast their bodies, which makes sense, as both my mom and I thought the feel of this new BJD resembled our Bobobie BJDs. I got a really good deal on Nabiya, judging from what I’m seeing on eBay and other sites.

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

My mom has always liked the Berenguer Baby I reviewed a few years back, so one of her bigger purchases was this newborn set with a baby boy and accessories!

Naperville Doll Show Jan 2018

She also bought this little miniature monkey for her BJD’s.

So, overall, it wasn’t a bad day of shopping. I would have liked to have found more deals, but we left with things that neither of us regret. Have you gone doll shopping recently? What did you buy? What do you think of the things we picked up at the Naperville Doll Show? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

January 30, 2018. Tags: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

ChiTAG Returns Nov 18th (Ticket Giveaway)!

For the past few years, my mom and I have attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. Also known as ChiTAG, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is a fun weekend of play. Unlike big toy events themed to buyers, this one is themed around consumers. Instead of getting a lot of talk about the toys on display, you get to actually play with them!

This year’s event is taking place November 18-19th and is sponsored by: Mattel, Spin Master, Goliath, Target, Pressman, Hasbro, Play Monster and LEGO, among others. Also cause for celebration is that 2017 marks the 15th year of the fair!

I'm Going to Chicago Toy and Game (ChiTAG) Week this November!

If you’re in the Chicagoland area, we’re pleased to give you a chance to WIN a family pass to the show! A Free Family pass is good for 2 adults + 4 kids (max) for a family of 6. To enter, fill out the form below! (Note: the form may not appear on mobile devices.) I’ll pull the winners on/around Nov. 8th, so you have time to prepare for the weekend!

Like the Chicago Toy and Game Fair on Facebook for photos and video during the event. You can also find them on Instagram and Twitter. Good luck and we hope to see you there!

October 26, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

The Chicago Toy Show Loot/Haul/Goodies

Sunday, my mom and I went to our last doll show of the year, the Chicago Toy Show. Held twice a year, this show is now in its 45th year! At the show, we saw a variety of dolls and toys. Like April’s show, the doll vendors were split between two different buildings. The new layout isn’t helpful to the vendors or shoppers, to be honest. One of the dedicated doll rooms could be easily missed due to lack of signage, so much so that the vendors were commenting on it. Hopefully, the powers that be re-think this new arrangement for April 2018’s show.

But, let’s move along to the fun part of this post– the loot! My mom and I hit the jackpot when it came to deals this time around. My budget was very limited, as a savings account doesn’t build itself (sadly), so I went shopping looking for the best deals I could get. My mom, well, she always looks for deals!

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

Fluff is Living SKipper’s friend. She was only released once before being shelved, much like Tiff, Skipper’s Pose N Play friend who shared Fluff’s face mold. I only have one Fluff in my collection and it’s not too often you find one in great shape with no melting around the shoulders and hips, so I was very happy to find this doll at a good price.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

For $15 we scored the Barbie, Ken and Skipper “Dressin’ up with Mickey, Minnie and Donald” gift set. It was released at Toys R Us for a limited time. I’ve often seen this set online and thought it was pretty cool looking. The Skipper in the “Dressin’ up with Mickey, Minnie and Donald” gift set has purple eyes, which is pretty rare when it comes to eye colors.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

One booth had a Skipper Teen Time fashion for $3.00. I picked that up! I’ve just recently started picking up more outfits for my 90’s dolls, as I never got many of them as a kid.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

Jetta was $15.00. My Jem collection was in need of a Jetta, so she came home with me. She’s missing her saxophone, but her outfit is pretty much all there.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

The last two items I have to show you are not doll related. I’m a fan of big eyed art prints. These two pieces of art were printed on cork. The colors are bright and the graphics are super cute!

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

My mom was looking for a Baby Giggles and the fates smiled upon her with this $6.00 find! She doesn’t really giggle anymore, but her flirty eyes and head still move side to side when you lift her arm.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

Francie is one of my mom’s favorite Barbie dolls. She picked up this cute Francie doll at the show. She even came dressed in a Francie fashion!

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

We always see a few Donny Osmond dolls at the Chicago Toy Show. This time around, my mom picked one up. She had a Marie, but was looking for a properly priced Donny. This Donny turned out to be only $3.00. Add the Ken outfit she picked up for him to wear and the total was still under $15.00!

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

We’ve seen this My Child at the same vendors booth for over three shows now. It was about time she went home with someone. After noticing a dirt mark under her chin, my mom haggled this red headed cutie down to a good price. She’s now hanging out with her sister, whom my mom bought a few shows ago.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

Another deal was this Ideal composition Shirley Temple. She’s a fixer upper, but how adorable is she?

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

Thumbelina was hiding in a booth when my mom spotted her. Besides the great price, she still works!

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

Meet Bunson Bernie. He’s missing some pieces, but is in good shape.

Chicago Toy Show Oct 2017

While not everyone is a fan of “Lemonhead” Kelly’s, we are. They made little impact on the Kelly world, so they’re still quite affordable if you see them at shows. They produced them longer in Europe, so some lines were made both in the ‘normal’ pre-lemonhead way and lemonhead style.

Watch the video below to hear us talk about the show and all the things we found! What do you think of these finds? Have you gone to a show recently? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

October 23, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

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