Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1986 Vogue Ginny Bride and Groom MIB - SOLD!

I was going through my more modern dolls, and decided to get rid of some of them, since I don't really care for them anymore — I much prefer the vintage dolls. I'm only asking $30 for this Ginny Bride and Groom from 1986. The Vogue company did a series of romantic couples in this year that also included Romeo and Juliet, and I think I've heard of a king and queen as well.

This set is mint in box. I removed them from the box when I bought them, but I was the first to do so. I put them right back in without displaying them. The box is in great shape with only a little bit of shelf wear, and of course the dolls are mint.

Mint in box Vogue Ginny Bride and Groom from 1986

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Alexander-kin 1955 outfit "Wendy Loves Her Ballet Lessons" - SOLD

The doll show is tomorrow, and once again I haven't photographed all my dolls and doll clothing for sale! I'm getting closer, though.

Here is an outfit for the Madame Alexander Alexander-kin or Wendy, the 1955 "Wendy Loves Her Ballet Lessons" #454-1955. All that is included here is the tutu and matching panties. The doll who is modeling is being sold on eBay as we speak, and I'm sorry to say I don't have either the ballet slippers or the plastic flower headpiece for this outfit.

For sale: Alexander-kins 1955 outfit Wendy Loves Her Ballet Lessons

For sale: Alexander-kins 1955 outfit Wendy Loves Her Ballet Lessons

The tutu and panties are in great condition. Both are made of white satin and tulle, which has turned a little ivory with age. The tutu has a felt flower at the waist. The outfit is tagged.

Tagged Madame Alexander outfit

You can see this exact outfit on page 55 of Patricia Smith's World of Alexander-kins. Although the book claims it is a one-piece tutu, my outfit is two pieces. I think it might be another of Patricia Smith's famous mistakes, as it is definitely the same ballet outfit, and the panties just as definitely match the tutu. (In fact, the panties are the same cut and style of the panties my mom has for her 1954 Alexander-kin ballet outfit, which she got as a child.)

The elastic is a little stiff and stretched out, but fits well enough to stay up quite well.

Matching undies on Madame Alexander Wendy Loves Her Ballet Lessons

This outfit goes to a straight leg walker Alexander-kin. It can be worn by a doll in the normal Wendy hairdo, but for a special hairdo doll (generally viewed as more desirable and more valuable) you could put the doll on a Wendy in the 1955 Juliet hairdo. Patricia Smith reports that dolls with the latter hairdo were dressed in this outfit, possibly to use up extra stock.

This outfit is in great condition, from the felt flower and the tulle, right down to the ribbon ties in the back. It's a great deal at $30. If you can't afford a new doll for Christmas, why not get an old doll a new outfit?

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Alexander-kins "Wendy's Morning Dress" - dress only - SOLD

I listed this dress, "Wendy's Morning Dress" for the 1958 BKW Alexander-kins by Madame Alexander, on eBay just this morning. Only the dress is for sale — my Alexander-kins is just modeling.

For sale: Alexander-kins dress for 1958 Wendy's Morning Dress

The dress is in good condition. The cotton is crisp and the white parts are still very white.

For sale: Alexander-kins dress for 1958 Wendy's Morning Dress

For sale: Alexander-kins dress for 1958 Wendy's Morning Dress

As for the dress's flaws: There is some faint brown staining on the dress and the grograin ribbon sash, which you can see in the pictures. In addition, the ends of the grograin ribbon are a little frayed.

For sale: Alexander-kins dress for 1958 Wendy's Morning Dress

The dress is tagged, but the tag is a little frayed.

Tagged Alexander-kins dress for 1958 Wendy's Morning Dress

You can see this dress on page 112 of Patricia Smith's World of Alexander-kins. I used to worry that the sash had been cut at some point, but based on how little of the bow is visible in the picture in Smith's book, I think the sash is the right length — if it were any longer, you'd be able to see a whole lot of the bow from the front!

I've listed this dress on eBay with a $9.99 starting bid, and a Buy It Now for $39.99. It's in good shape, and with the right undies, socks, and shoes, would make a very good replacement outfit for your nude BKW Alexander-kin!

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Little Miss Nancy Ann - SOLD!

This Little Miss Nancy Ann is not yet on eBay, as I am giving my readers and friends of mine first crack at this one.

Little Miss Nancy Ann is wearing a tagged Little Miss Ginger outfit with the hard-to-find coordinating jacket. Although her clothing is not original, LMG was her competitor, made by Cosmopolitan (LMNA was made by Nancy Ann Storybook), so it fits perfectly and is the correct age.

Little Miss Nancy Ann in a tagged Little Miss Ginger outfit

The undies look like modern replacements to me, but the shoes fit perfectly and may be vintage. The jacket is in very good condition but the dress has seen a few repairs: There are a few stitches on the neckline hem, and someone has repaired (with thread and glue) the top of the Greek key snap, which had started to tear free of the fabric.

The dress is tagged "Fashions for Little Miss Ginger."

Tagged Little Miss Ginger outfit

Little Miss Nancy Ann has very nice blond hair that someone may have restyled. She also has great face coloring, including her blush.

Little Miss Nancy Ann with great face coloring

All of her legs and arms have the same even flesh tone — and anyone who collects these old fashion dolls knows how hard to find even coloring is! She does have one pale patch with a brownish, bruise-like center on her lower back — perhaps discoloration from a snap?

Little Miss Nancy Ann in a Little Miss Ginger outfit

The only other flaws I can find are a small scratch on her left eyelid, and a missing tip of her pinky on her left hand. However, the tip is smooth, not rough like it was chewed off, so I rather think it was a factory flaw — most likely a problem with the mold. Her finger and toe nail polish is faint but all there, with the exception of the short pinky.

I am asking $45 for Little Miss Nancy Ann, primarily for the value of the doll and the outfit. Considering how difficult Little Miss Nancy Ann is to find, being unmarked, this is a great opportunity to own a LMNA in good condition!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Madame Alexander Alexander-kins "Wendy At Home" - SOLD!

I listed one other doll on eBay this afternoon: a 1956 BKW Alexander-kins by Madame Alexander. She is called "Wendy At Home" and she is a special hairdo doll with the correct hairdo.

1956 BKW Alexander-kins - Wendy At Home

Wendy is in great shape from head to toe. She is wearing ONLY her tagged original dress, but I will be including newer Alexander-kin socks and side-snap suede shoes with smooth bottoms.

1956 BKW Alexander-kins - Wendy At Home

Wendy could use a light cleaning, and I don't see any blush on her cheeks. Her eyes flutter nicely and her lip color is all there.

1956 BKW Alexander-kins - Wendy At Home

Wendy's best feature is her special hairdo, which is correct for this dress: front pulled up into a bunch of curls at the crown and tied with a black velvet ribbon. The ribbon is tied in a little bow with long streamers. Her hair is in the original set with lots of little curls.

1956 BKW Alexander-kins Wendy At Home with special hairdo

Wendy's body is in good shape, with one flaw that I can see: a dark scuff mark where the staple on the dress's bodice (would have held a flower once) has rubbed against her chest. The mark didn't show up as clearly in the picture as it shows in person, so it is slightly darker than it looks here, though not by much.

1956 BKW Alexander-kins bent knee walker

Wendy is in otherwise good condition with no cracks, splits, or other damage (besides the scuff). Her walker is strung a touch loose, but she still walks fine. Her arms are well strung and hold a pose.

1956 Alexander-kins bent knee walker with special hairdo

1956 Alexander-kins bent knee walker with special hairdo

Like Muffie, I have listed Wendy At Home with a $9.99 starting bid and a $75 Buy It Now, which will disappear when the first bid is placed. Alexander-kins with special hairdos are worth more than others, so with her correct dress I think $75 is a very reasonable price!

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Nancy Ann Storybook Muffie Brownie - SOLD!

Just this afternoon I listed on eBay a Nancy Ann Storybook Muffie Brownie. You can see the full description and photos there, but I'll post everything here as well.

Update: Wow! Muffie already sold, only about three hours after I listed her. Hooray!

This Muffie is a walker and is dressed in her original tagged Brownie uniform. Her outfit consists of her tagged dress (very good condition with a crisp, perfect tag), molded brown felt Brownie cap, brown Muffie Mary Janes (flat bottoms with no heel), and rayon socks that have yellowed slightly with age.

For sale: Nancy Ann Storybook Muffie Brownie doll

For sale: Nancy Ann Storybook Muffie Brownie doll

Muffie doesn't have her original underwear, so I added a pair of correct Muffie underwear, white cotton organdy with heart lace trim. The undies are very white and have plenty of stretch left in the elastic.

Muffie's face is very pretty — I love the sultry look of the full, ruby red lips and wide-spaced, heavily-lashed eyes. Her eyelashes and eyebrow paint is all there, but her cheek blush has faded.

For sale: Nancy Ann Muffie

Muffie's hair appears to be in the original set, except for a little mussing on each side. Her hair is pulled into a curly ponytail and tied with what looks like the original hair ribbon. Her cap is held on by her original barrette.

Nancy Ann Muffie Brownie's hair in original set

Unfortunately, I think Muffie was probably displayed in open air, and as a result her hair is a little bit dingy. It isn't noticeable until you pull back her cap to see how shiny and bright the blond color is underneath. It might benefit from a washing, but I haven't tried because I didn't want to disturb her curly ponytail. I'll leave that decision to her new owner.

For sale: Nancy Ann Muffie

Muffie is overall in very good condition, with no cracks, splits, or other damage. Her walker and sleep eyes both work beautifully. She is marked on her back "Storybook Dolls California MUFFIE".

I have a Buy It Now on Muffie for $75, but she is also a regular auction starting at $9.99. The Buy It Now disappears after someone bids. I think it's a very good price, based on what I saw other Muffie dolls selling for lately, so don't wait if you want her!

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

My red net Jill slip is original!

Recently I listed an outfit for sale, Vogue Jill's record hop outfit, that had a net half slip I wasn't sure was original. I later found very similar half slips in my Vogue reference book, but here's a current eBay auction for a slip just like mine, clearly identified as an original Vogue Jill slip.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All original Cosmopolitan Ginger #112 - NFS

I'm taking a break from fashion doll stuff for just a little while and posting some Cosmopolitan Ginger (the 8-inch doll) things.

This doll is a vinyl-headed Ginger, which in general is not desirable; however, the outfit is extremely desirable, which is why I bought her. The outfit is #112 (the vinyl-headed doll wearing this outfit is #V12, according to the catalog) and was the outfit worn by the Ginger "poster child," the doll whose image was usually used to market the company. For instance, this is the outfit worn by the doll in the Ginger paper doll book put out by Golden Books.

All original Cosmopolitan Ginger wearing outfit #112

Ginger has very good blush and good face coloring. Her hair is in the original style, if a bit smashed in the back from storage. She has the correct white velvet ribbon sash, and a hairbow that matches her dress — two accessories you don't often find on these old Cosmopolitan Ginger dolls.

Cosmopolitan Ginger wearing outfit #112

Ginger also has original white satin bloomers, white rayon socks, and the correct unmarked red Mary Janes.

Bloomers, socks, and shoes for Cosmopolitan Ginger outfit #112

This doll is pictured in one of the little Ginger booklets, the one with the vinyl-headed doll on the cover that features the Disney outfits (rather than the Miss Ginger outfits). Here is a scan of the catalog listing:

Catalog listing for Cosmopolitan Ginger outfit #112

I have priced Ginger at $40. For an all original, near mint Ginger doll in a desireable outfit, this is a little on the low side. However, my pricing is intended to reflect the lack of interest in vinyl-headed dolls. It's definitely the best price you'll find on a doll in this outfit and in this condition — and believe me, I've looked!

Please note: I've decided I can't part with this little treasure after all, so I'm afraid she's no longer for sale — but I'm leaving the pictures here for everyone to enjoy!

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Miss Ginger taffeta dress - NFS

I believe all the Vogue Jill stuff that I'm going to sell has now been listed, but I still have some more fashion doll stuff to sell. This particular dress is for Miss Ginger, Cosmopolitan's version of the 10 1/2 inch fashion doll. Jill is only modeling and is not for sale at this time.

Miss Ginger pink taffeta rosebud dress

The dress is in very good shape. I spotted a tiny snag in the front, but it's so small the camera really doesn't pick it up. I soaked it once to remove a stain but it does not have a laundered appearance — I use a very gentle method of cleaning doll clothes and you usually can't tell afterward.

Street dress for Cosmopolitan Miss Ginger

The dress is tagged and has the Greek key snap that Cosmopolitan is known for using, so much so that it is often called "the Ginger snap" by collectors. As is common, the fabric has started to tear around the snap from too much tugging on it. (To avoid this, always insert your fingernail into the snap to release it — NEVER pull on the fabric to unsnap a doll's dress with these factory snaps!)

I've taken a couple of closeup pictures to show you where the tears are. Fortunately, they shouldn't show when the dress is on a doll, and as long as you are careful they shouldn't tear any farther, either.

Greek key snap known as the Ginger snap

Greek key snap known as the Ginger snap

This is a gorgeous original dress for your Cosmopolitan Miss Ginger. All you need is some undies and shoes, and you'll be set!

Please note: I've decided not to sell this dress after all, but I left the pictures up for everyone to enjoy!

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Vogue Jill pajamas #7562 - SOLD

These Vogue Jill pajamas were a separate outfit in 1957, #7562. You can see the outfit on page 214 of Judith Izen and Carol Stover's Collector's Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, the edition with the pink cover. My Jill doll is not included in this sale.

Vogue Jill pajamas #7562 from 1957

These pajamas are tagged and in good played with condition. Both snaps on the top are intact, with no tears in the fabric where the snap is pressed on. The elastic waistband on the pants is stretched out. The outfit is clean and in good shape, though — well worth $10!

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Vogue Jill formal outfit #7403 - SOLD

I told you I had a lot of Vogue Jill outfits set aside for the dolls I meant to get someday! This is Jill's formal outfit #7403 from 1957. The outfit can be seen on page 211 of Judith Izen and Carol Stover's Collector's Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, the edition with the pink cover. My outfit includes the dress, half slip, taffeta panties, and black elastic shoes. Jill and her nylons are not included in this sale.

Vogue Jill formal #7403 from 1957

This outfit includes the tagged dress, Jill's parchment half-slip (shown on page 216 of Izen and Stover's book), taffeta panties, and black elastic shoes.

The dress is in very good condition, with the exception of a little pink dye that has transferred to the white taffeta from the hot pink flower. The tag inside the dress is perfect, and the velvet neck ties are in great shape with minor fraying at the ends. The snap is intact with no rips in the fabric around it.

Vogue Jill formal #7403 from 1957

The parchment half slip is an original Jill item and can be found on page 216 of Izen and Stover's book. The slip is still crispy mint and the elastic still has plenty of stretch in it. Someone (I think me?) put a few stitches in the waist where the parchment had torn away just a little from the elastic.

Vogue Jill's parchment petticoat

The panties are adorable white taffeta with tiny black lace trim. The color scheme makes them a perfect match for this dress! The elastic is slightly stretched out but still has enough stretch in it to make it a good fit around Jill's waist.

The shoes are Jill's black elastic heels with a rhinestone on each one. The elastic is nice and tight. I displayed this outfit on my doll for a while, and I think that may have been the only time these shoes spent on a doll.

Vogue Jill panties for formal outfit #7403

All of the various pieces of this outfit — very good dress and undies, near mint slip and shoes — enable you to completely dress your nude Jill with just one purchase. Such a deal at $45, especially for a formal outfit!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vogue Jill pants outfit #3139 - SOLD

This is an adorable period pants outfit for Vogue Jill, #3139 from 1958. The doll and shoes are not included in this sale.

Vogue Jill pants outfit #3139 from 1958

The outfit consists of a white sweater with goldtone buttons, and plaid pants that are SO 50s. One side of the sweater's collar is faintly darker than the other side, so it might be a little dirty. I don't see any snags in the sweater.

Vogue Jill pants outfit #3139 from 1958

The pants snap closed in the back, and the snap is intact with no tearing of the material around it. The sweater is tagged.

This outfit will need shoes to complete it, but at $25, it's an easy and cheap way to dress your Jill!

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Vogue Jill's bodysuit, two skirts, and shoes - SOLD

Here is some more clothing for Vogue Jill: Jill's black bodysuit, two Jill skirts, and one pair of fancy shoes. All pieces are from different outfits, but they go well together. My Jill is not for sale at this time — she is just modeling the clothing for me!

Vogue Jill bodysuit, two skirts, and shoes

I believe the black jersey bodysuit is what the basic dolls came with. This bodysuit is tagged and in very good to excellent condition. The snap is intact and the fabric around it has not torn.

Vogue Jill bodysuit

The first skirt is the black and white checked skirt that goes with the shirtwaist outfit #3211 from 1959. It is pictured on page 224 of Judith Izen and Carol Stover's Collector's Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, the edition with the pink cover.

Vogue Jill wearing basic bodysuit and skirt for outfit #3211

The skirt is also in very good to excellent condition. The only issue is that one end of the "eye" on the hook and eye fastener needs to be sewn back down, but that's a two-stitch fix. The skirt is tagged.

Vogue Jill skirt for outfit #3211

The other skirt is the pink skirt that goes with Jill's party outfit #3233, also from 1959. The outfit can be found on page 225 of Izen and Stover's book. This skirt is pretty much perfect, with an intact snap and a tag that is also pretty much perfect.

Vogue Jill wearing basic bodysuit and skirt for outfit #3233

Vogue Jill skirt for outfit #3211

The only problem with this lot is the shoes. I don't think they've ever been on a doll, so the fancy gold elastic straps aren't exactly elastic anymore — they are stiff beyond belief. Someone (not me!) tried to force one shoe on Jill's foot, apparently, and all but a few gold strands have torn free. Also, the soles have lost their shape somewhat, and the arch no longer matches Jill's feet (also, I think, from never being on a doll). I don't know if some TLC could fix these shoes, but I think they are very pretty and worth trying!

I will sell the lot all together for $30, or separately for as follows:

Bodysuit: $7
B&W skirt: $10
Pink skirt: $12
Shoes: $5

As you can see, you do save a few bucks if you get everything, but even if you buy them separately you're getting a good deal!

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Vogue Jill's record hop complete outfit! - NFS

I always planned to get more Jill dolls (I have three currently), so I have a number of complete outfits that are not on a doll. This outfit is my favorite and the hardest to get rid of, but I am listing it first because I am hoping someone the small fashion dolls Yahoo group I belong to will be interested!

The outfit is Jill's record hop outfit of 1957, #7406. The outfit is shown on page 212 of Judith Izen and Carol Stover's Collector's Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, the edition with the pink cover. My Jill doll is not for sale at this time — she is just modeling the outfit!

For sale: Vogue Jill record hop outfit #7406 from 1957

This outfit is in FANTASTIC condition, with the exception two small flaws that I will explain in a minute. The elastic waistband of the felt skirt does not appear to be stretched out at all, and the white graphics are bright and clear. The snap is perfectly intact.

For sale: 1957 Vogue Jill record hop outfit only

The outfit also comes with a stiff half slip of red netting with flocked polka dots. There is a tear in the netting near the waistband, and someone has put a small gold safety pin in it to hold part of the tear together. The elastic is tight and not stretched out at all.

The slip also has red velvet ribbon trim at the edge of the one-inch ruffle around the outside of the slip. (I didn't notice that luxurious little detail until just now, which is why the slip is on upside down in the picture!) Whether it is original Jill or not I don't know, but it is a truly beautiful slip and looks great peeking out from underneath the skirt.

The red taffeta undies have the loop trim that I have seen on other Jill clothing. The taffeta is crispy-mint and the waist elastic is not stretched out in the slightest.

1957 Vogue Jill record hop half slip and undies

The shoes are from 1958 or later, as Vogue only made elastic high heels for Jill in 1957. However, the darling red wedges complete the outfit perfectly.

1957 Vogue Jill red plastic wedge heels

The shoes are also MIP (mint in package), although they have been taken out a couple of times.

MIP Vogue Jill shoes

The only really noticeable flaw on display is luckily on the back of the outfit: The seam around and underneath Jill's right sleeve is tearing a little. The very end of the tag is still in the seam, if you look inside the skirt, but the tag tore free long ago and someone pinned it to the bottom of the skirt. The snap on the shirt is intact and not tearing away from the fabric at all.

Vogue Jill record hop outfit #7406

Since this outfit is fantastically complete and (with exception of the shirt) in such perfect condition, I am asking $65 for it. Your Jill will look beautiful in this outfit!

Please note: I've decided I can't part with this oufit after all, but I've left the pictures up so that everyone can enjoy them!

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