Friday, April 19, 2013

There is nothing better than finding a treasure

"There is nothing better than finding a treasure." True, no? Who doesn't love a little hidden surprise every now and then? I know we all do especially when it comes to dolls. You see that one you have always been wanting but then when she comes with a rare outfit? Even better right?

I found a few hidden surprises when I went to a garage sale last weekend and found a box of Barbie things. This diaper box was chock full of surprises :)

First, at the very top of the box I saw this lovely fellow.

This is Superstar Ken. Remember when I did a post about my Superstar Barbie? You can read about it here in my collection showcase post. She was one of my favorites growing up. I'll make a confession. I always wanted Superstar Ken for this ONE reason.

This little academy award for Barbie. I guess my mom was not too keen on Ken because I never got a ton when I was growing up. But I was even more excited when I dug into this box and saw the little award for my Barbie doll.

Also in the box was Ken's guessed it, Superstar Barbie! (With the shoes still attached. How did they not come off? haha)

Now I have two! But the main difference between this doll and mine is that this one has the earrings still attached. But I like the face and hair of mine better so I don't want to switch heads.

Help! How in the world do you get the earrings out? I tried to gently tug on them to no avail. I'm thinking that they have a larger piece on the post so they don't come out (kind of like the end of a fish hook.) I don't want to break them but I want to get them on my doll. So? :)

While the box was still at the garage sale I was looking through it seeing what else was in there and I saw this  pretty gal.

SKIPPER! The third one of my collection. This is Wet n' Wild Skipper. Now I knew I had to have this box. Marked at $3 I was in luck as I had only $5 in cash with me. I knew who she was just by looking at her bathing suit. However, it was cold outside so when I grabbed her the warmth of my hands started to make her suit change. So my thoughts were confirmed. Wish I had her when I did my last post!

I only saw the Ken and the Skipper before I grabbed the entire box and hurriedly ran my purchases home to check the other surprises.

I did find this amazing gal. Perfume Pretty Barbie! Alas, she is not scented anymore but her dress is in amazing condition. I always loved how you could make her dress be long or short.

And...another Kira!

I did get some clothes in the box and while I was researching this bathing suit......

I found out she was Beach Blast Miko. She even came with her original sunglasses! (But did not come with her color change hairpiece.) What a score!

Well, that's all for the dolls. 5 dolls is great for me! But we did get some clothes too!

First, the outfit that Miko had on in her first pic. This is Barbie Fashion Fun Perfectly Pink. No shoes though.
Oh, and we got this gem of a find! Barbie and the Rockers outfit!

I searched Google for Barbie and the Rockers and saw that this was from Real Dancing Action Barbie of Barbie and the Rockers.
I wanted to put this outfit on a doll right away. This is one I purchased at the thrift store a few weeks ago. I figure she would fit the outfit because she has little "z"s in her eyes. This is 1991 Hawaiian Fun Barbie.

But the top does not seem to fit her well. Or maybe it's supposed to fit like that? And it still needs a wash so that will have to be done. And the leggings are not very silver anymore. Not sure if I can fix that. I could always make her new pants!

Another outfit, I'm not sure if it goes together or not. White sparkly tank, white sparkly boa, white leather skirt. Fun outfit but I don't know if the skirt really goes with the rest of the outfit.

I'm hoping someone might help with this one. My first thought was it was from 1991 Pretty Hearts Barbie. But her hearts and skirt look different than the one pictured. I posted a pic of Pretty Hearts Barbie but I don't think this is her outfit.
I got a red jacket and two cowboy hats. A red and a teal. The teal might match my jacket from Western Stampin' Barbie.

Here is an outfit for Ken. Maybe the red jacket goes with this?

A colorful halter dress in a nylon material.

A denim cape (looks homemade) and a pair of denim shorts (looks not homemade.)

Lastly, I got this swimsuit. It's kind of a camo print? I put it on Stacie but it's a little big for her unfortunately. I'm itching to display my cute Stacie but have no clothes! But I also am getting the sewing bug again so she will have some clothes soon. BUT! In researching Hawaiian Fun Barbie I realized that this is the suit for her. So I guess another doll will have to wear the Rocker outfit and she will now wear this one! I need to fix her hair though to make it more like the original. I love matching dolls to their original outfits!

Well, well. Look here! Day to Night Barbie clothes!

I put them on my Working Woman Barbie (who was wearing Day to Night ensemble) but the pink felt on the "day" side on this set matched better than the pieces I had (and the coat contained snaps where mine didn't.) It's a little dirty but I think I can clean it up with a lightly damp cloth. I realized that full washing the felt makes it turn a different shade of pink.

Here is Working Woman Barbie in her new Day to Night clothes.

Want to know what else goes with Day to Night Barbie? Prince, Barbie's Poodle Dog!

Prince is cute and came with ALL his accessories. Two dog bowls, his bow tie collar, a belt (not sure where it goes on the dog) leash, and beret. SO French! His beret is the same color as Barbie's jumpsuit under her day to night blazer. Love him!

And a pic of Day to Night Barbie with Prince. Just like the box shows. :) So cute together!

I also got some accessories in this box. A couple pairs of sunglasses (I believe the blue ones go to Wet n' Wild Skipper), a camera, pictures of Barbie, ballet slippers, a yellow stereo, the charm that came with Superstar Barbie and a plastic record.

The record has some slits in it and is flimsy. Maybe a prop for Barbie and the Rockers?

Want to know what else I found at the bottom of the box? Remember my pool post a couple of months back? Remember this set?
Look at this!

The chairs and table! No pool though. But I love the chairs! (and so does Skipper!) Mine are purple so it differs from the picture but this is so cool! I am seriously going to have to make a beach/pool Barbie setup. My swimsuit dolls are growing in numbers!

Also there was the coffee and end table from this little set.
I also got two of the reversible throw pillows. But no couch or chairs. Does anyone know why the top of the table opens up? There is hardly enough room for storage.

I also got this couch, bed, and 6 chairs.

So MOD! On the bottom was printed the year "1973" so I searched and saw that they were from the 1973 Barbie Penthouse! I saw a few posts that said that some of this furniture came from the penthouse and sometimes the couch was orange, not yellow. Can anyone confirm?

These will work so perfect with my original TnT Barbie and my other doll with the mod doll head. Can't wait to get them washed and set up!

Finally I got this little hand shopping cart. Too bad I don't have any Barbie groceries to put in it!

In the meantime, I also dressed another doll. I put my Splash and Color Skipper swimsuit on my Sun Sensations Jazzie doll. I then took the sunglasses from Beach Blast Miko and put them on her. Love!

What do you think?

Until next time!


Andrea said...

What a loot, congratulations!

Taking the earrings out is a little risky, because the material of the earrings and the head might not survive. I would heat up the head with a hair dryer to soften the vinyl. If you want to keep the doll, make sure her hair is well covered with a towel, otherwise it might melt. This should make it easier to remove the earrings. Good Luck, if you try it.

The Dress belongs to 1983 Loving You Barbie.

The red jacket might be 1983 #5819.

No idea on the suit though.

The nylon halter dress is 1979 #1359.

No idea on that record either, sorry.

I think the compartment in the coffee table was meant to store the dishes.

The Mod furniture is a great find. In most booklets and catalogues the couch looks orange. Mattel probally changed their minds and produced it in yellow in the end.

Forestminuet said...

Thanks Andrea! I might try that with the earrings. They are in mint condition, not a scratch or scuff on them. (Whereas mine were seriously played with so they show signs of love :)

I can't wait to set up the mod furniture. I have a few mod dolls (and now another dress to add to the collection) so now I have some dolls to display with it! Exciting!

April Baker said...

The record, is actually a beach bag. It belongs to California Dream Barbie from 1987. It's so she can hold her frisbee & other items.. and I guess not get sand in the bag? I have one and while I remembered it being a bag I thought it went to my Rocker dolls. You can see the bag in the commercial here:

Forestminuet said...

Thank you so much April! I seriously had no idea what it was for. I just found a picture where someone photographed the side of the California Dream Barbie box so now I know what it looks like! Thanks for filling me in on that bit of info!

Tosha Jacobs said...

The suit is a stand alone outfit that you could get for Ken in the early 90's, lol I had it Didnt com with a jacket though.

Party Heartee said...

The white sparkly tank and boa go to Dr. Barbie. The skirt doesn't though.The little catdboard pics of barbie go to my first barbie from the 80s. I had both of these dolls (& still do).

Party Heartee said...

The white sparkly tank and boa go to Dr. Barbie. The skirt doesn't though.The little catdboard pics of barbie go to my first barbie from the 80s. I had both of these dolls (& still do).

Teresa Brown said...

Hey Party! Thanks for the info. I still have no idea who these belonged to and thanks to you, now I do! Awesome!

Mel Frizell said...

Teresa, is the pink dress to Perfume Barbie tagged? I have one similar with the top part removed but no tags on it.

The all in one suit reminds me of Raggedy Andy... wasn't there a Barbie/Ken set with them as Raggedy Ann and Andy one year?