Thursday, August 6, 2009

eBay picture sharing

I know it's been a while since I've posted on this blog. The lighting in my makeshift studio went down and I haven't been able to fix it yet. But I'll get some new pictures and posts up soon.

In the meantime, I want to let everyone who sells on eBay know about a new policy regarding people's photos. eBay has change their terms of use so that unless you opt out, you are automatically agreeing to let them use your photos without notifying you or asking for your permission.

It's really best if you opt out before August 31st, which is when the new policy will take effect. After August 31st they can still use your old photos, just not any you upload after opting out. Problem is, eBay isn't being very proactive about letting people know — not that we're surprised. Why would they do that?

To opt out of sharing your eBay photos without your permission, hover your mouse over the Accounts tab on your My eBay page and click on the Site Preferences option from the drop down menu that appears. To the right of the selection "Share your Photos," click Show. Most likely your account has defaulted to "Yes." To change that, click Edit (under the link for Show) and then put a little tick mark in the box to opt out.

Doing this will protect the item photos you post on eBay from being used without your knowledge or permission!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Catching up

A friend scolded me lately for not having updated my blog lately, so I have to apologize — I've been extremely busy lately with work and my other hobbies, which involve enjoying the nice springtime weather.

However, today I bit the bullet and took a whole bunch of really great pictures, so you can expect new posts again! I'm especially excited about these pictures, because I've put together a new backdrop and studio setup, and I'm extraordinarily pleased with the results.

Check back soon for updates and more eye candy!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

My vintage Disney doll display

I have eight dolls in my collection right now that represent Disney characters or were sold using the Disney name. I have put together six of them on one of my shelves in my doll cabinets as a vintage Disney doll display.

Vintage 1950s Disney dolls

They are, clockwise from upper left corner:

Alice in Wonderland by Madame Alexander, 1951
Cinderella by Madame Alexander, 1950
Prince Charming by Madame Alexander, 1950
Snow White by Madame Alexander, 1952
Ginger as Davy Crockett by Cosmopolitan, c. 1954; also called Pioneer Girl in 1956 catalog
Frontier Girl Ginger by Cosmopolitan, c. 1956

Disney put their name on a whole bunch of Cosmopolitan Ginger dolls in the mid-1950s. The Davy Crockett doll is actually a new addition to my collection, and a true rags to riches story. I'll be blogging about her in a series of posts to come!

Frontier Girl Ginger and Ginger as Davy Crockett/Pioneer Girl, two Disney outfits

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Stay tuned for new posts and pictures

I must apologize for the lack of posts lately. My husband and I just returned late Saturday night from a trip to Europe. I was so busy in the weeks leading up to the trip, that I wasn't able to get any posts ready and scheduled for while we were gone. But I'm back now, and will be getting back into the swing of my "real" life this week — so stay tuned for some new doll pictures and posts!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Watch for more dolls for sale!

I recently decided to go through my doll collection and sell many of them. It was a difficult decision to make, but I want to try to raise enough money to have my car — a low-mileage classic Nissan Z — restored before the rust eats it up.

Last night I started going through the first couple of boxes of dolls, and today I photographed the first batch of things for sale. So far there is a lot of small pre-Barbie fashion doll stuff and 8-inch toddler doll stuff.

I will go through more of my dolls at a later date, as quite frankly I have found this day physically and mentally exhausting. It's hard to go through a collection with the goal of selling some of it!

I will start listing my dolls for sale shortly. There is a lot, so check back frequently!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

New doll pics, coming soon...

I mentioned in my post about the doll show that I bought a new doll there. I will take some pictures and post them soon, but first I think I am going to clean her up and soak her dress. (Someone has washed it and wrung it out — arrghhhh — but a good soaking should remove most of the wrinkles!)

In the meantime, I have plenty of other dolls that I have photographed and have yet to blog about, including some other dolls for sale, so stay tuned!

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Downsizing

Most collectors go through cycles of adding to collections, and downsizing collections. I think it's triggered by an instinct for self-preservation — my dolls would take over my home if I didn't downsize periodically! Besides, selling dolls I am tired of means more money for my current interests.

I have recently started thinking of downsizing. It's hard to decide what dolls to part with, especially in an economy where I know I won't always get what I paid for them, but I've chosen a few to start with. My mom is thinking of downsizing, too, so we're going to rent a table at a doll show next month and try our hand at selling.

I will post pictures and descriptions of all the dolls we're selling on my For Sale page over the next few weeks. Any dolls that haven't sold by then will go to the show with us. I'll post more information as the time for the show draws nearer.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

More dolls and doll stringing stories coming soon

I am back from my long hiatus!

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've updated my blog, but I had an extraordinarily busy summer. All that is over now, though, and I'm back to my old work schedule — complete with plenty of time to blog.

Starting tomorrow, I'll have all-new blog posts about my dolls and doll stringing stories. Stay tuned for:

1) Pictures, descriptions, and stories of several new dolls I've gotten — as well as why my tastes have changed

2) Doll stringing stories of dolls I've had that I just hadn't gotten around to tell you about yet (I've got well over a hundred dolls, so really this blog has only just scratched the surface)

3) Pictures and descriptions of several dolls and related items that my mom and I are offering for sale

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Coming soon: For Sale page

Like most collectors, I am always refining my collection. As I focus my doll collection more and more, I am always selling off dolls and outfits that I have decided not to collect anymore.

Although eBay has been a great source for my collection, I am dissatisfied with some of their policies and changes over the years. As a result, I have decided to offer items for sale to my readers here before listing them on eBay.

Stay tuned — I'll have the "For Sale" page up soon!

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why I don't publish catalog or doll book pictures

I belong to several Yahoo! doll groups. In one of these groups, members are scanning and uploading pages from doll books they own, as research materials for other members.

The objective is commendable, but I was concerned about copyright infringement, so I spoke up. As a writer, I am all too aware of how many people on the Internet are ignorant about the fact that most intellectual works are protected by copyright. That means that you can't use someone else's words or pictures on your website, without first getting permission or verifying that the works are part of the public domain.

In the case of this group, I offered to research the copyright on the book (because there is a chance it is not protected by copyright), but I also suggested that they make sure the scans are available only to the group members.

Oddly, the responses I received betrayed a lot of ignorance and even a little hostility. I guess some people will do anything they can — even if it means flaming a well-meaning person — in order to avoid acknowledging what they don't want to.

At any rate, as a writer I refuse to infringe on other people's copyrights, because I know from experience how miserable it is when someone does it to me. That is why most of the pictures on my site are ones I have taken of my own dolls. (In the two exceptions, the pictures of Snow White's hair and the Scarlett Elise, I got permission from the photographers.)

Any time a scan or a picture not taken by me appears on this site, you may be sure that either 1) I received permission from the copyright holder, or 2) the image is part of the public domain.

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