Hi everyone! My name is Barby, and I've been a collector of fashion dolls since childhood. Never really stopped. In fact, this day is somewhat bittersweet, in that my first favorite doll was a Shirley Temple I received when I was six. After that, I loved Barbie in both her vintage and glorious mod stages...right through adulthood, when I discovered Frankin Mint's Scarlett and Jackie Kennedy trunk sets. Then I read about Gene in Barbie Bazaar and saw my first Tyler Wentworth at a local doll shop. I was hooked.
My love of dolls, I think, comes from my appreciation of history and fashion. I taught English Lit and History for 21 years before going into the journalism business. I'm currently the Managing Editor of a food magazine, but I still read plenty of history and fiction, and I am a huge movie buff, as well. So, my interests and my hobby go together well.
Currently, my main interest remains with the 15-in fashion dolls--I have mostly Tonners in my collection, but also many Gene and Alex dolls, plus two Cissys. I have Franklin Mint celeb dolls--Diana, Scarlett, Liz Taylor, Jackie, etc.--and probably my favorite of the early 2000s fashion dolls are Willow & Daisy. Maybe they remind me of my mod-era Barbies, but something about their clothes, accessories and the execution of the entire line just slays me. Whenever I'm down, taking out Willow & Daisy and getting them ready for a night in London cheers me up to no end. I also love my Tonner movie collections: Narnia, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland....his celeb likenesses and their fantastic costumes are my favorite Tonner items. Oh, and Wild Imagination! Can't forget my Ellowyne and Evangeline in all their goth beauty/charm!
I've attended four Tonner conventions (although no more, since we sadly moved from the Chicago area and I can't really afford the travel).
I currently live in the Dallas, TX, area, and try to attend at least two doll shows a year. This area has many collectors, and it seemed to have a lot of doll stores up until around 5 years ago. I'd love to discover a doll shop in my area!
I joined this group for fun and to hopefully meet some great peeps who share my love of dolls!