Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dreams Really Do Come True!

Hi all! I have a very special Toy Army Tuesday to share with you all. It is the mother of all my Toy Army Tuesday posts honestly. Many of you who have followed my blog for awhile know that I LOVE Blythe dolls. I had two dolls (I even picked one of them up in Japan!). Ever since I fell in love with those big eyes I have been on the search for a 1972 Kenner Blythe doll at thrift stores and flea markets, mainly since they are far too expensive on ebay ($600-$2,500). For those of you who don't know - Blythe dolls were created and sold (originally) for only one year - 1972. Needless to say the originals are VERY DIFFICULT to find. I made it my quest however. I have been dreaming of finding Juniper for over a year now...and now she is mine!!!

1972 Kenner Blythe

Yep, that is right! I found my dream Blythe. A blonde 1972 Kenner!! Saturday night I attended the all night halloween fleamarket. It was freezing and half the size of the fleamarket in August, I was pretty bummed. I picked up some Pyrex and wandered inside to check out some stalls. I was drawn to a pile of old musty dolls. Running through my head was small hope that Juniper would be there. This time I saw some teeny feet and started to get excited. Next I saw a paisley patterned dress - WHAT?? And then I flipped her over and saw her eyes. It was her. I started shaking. OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is happening. I told myself I had to try to act as calm as I could and ask the man how much she was - I didn't want him to become suspicious. "Sir, how much is this doll?" I asked, "$3 dollars" he promptly responded unfazed by the situation, "Oh, ok." - AHHHHHHH. I unbuttoned her original dress and there it was written - 1972 Kenner. I kept checking her in my bag every 5 minutes just to make sure.

Phew. I could go on and on about that night. I won't though. Here she is as I found her. Next week I will show you her cleaned and restored look :]

1972 Kenner Blythe - Juniper 1972 Kenner Blythe - Juniper

Not a scratch, mark, or crack (aside from on her face where it looks like someone attempted to open it). She even still had her original polka dot panties on aaaaand proof that she is a 1972 Kenner stamped across her back. Oh - and guess what!!! Her eyes change effortlessly to all four colors!! Her pull string works better than on my other two Blythes, which is insane considering she is 40 years old.

1972 Kenner Blythe - Juniper 1972 Kenner Blythe - Juniper 1972 Kenner Blythe - Juniper

This crack and her missing 5 tracts of hair are her only quirks.

1972 Kenner Blythe - Juniper

This is proof that if you dream about and search for something long enough it is bound to find you.

Have a beautiful day everyone! Next week I will show you what she looks like after her makeover.

24 comments:

  1. your excitement is contagious! nothing like the high of a find you've been looking for.

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    1. I am still on that high. I can't believe I found her :]

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  2. Can I just say I am over the moon EXCITED for you, your joy is palpable and I am renewed in my hope of finding my own specific "treasure" ?!!!!! YAAAAYYYYY!!!! Gosh, I can see every second of you in that flea market, digging through that box and I can feel the squelching in your stomach as you literally stop breathing when you lay eyes on her. Yay!!!

    Ok, that was weird. But I relate in a BIG way. Nice to meet you, thanks for your super blog.

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    1. Haha. Aw. I am glad you are excited. It is definitely a "thrifter thing", only fellow serious thrifters understand I think :] I was just over the moon when I found her.

      Aw, thank you so much! Nice to meet you too.

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  3. What an amazing story. I feel so happy for you. There are so many things still on my need list of toys that i rummage for every weekend. Congratulations, and i can't wait to see more photos of her.

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    1. Thank you! It is so exciting though when you have a list of things to look for. You never know when or where they are going to turn up :] Thanks again! I probably will post too many, haha.

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  4. That's so amazing! I can't believe you found one and for only 3 dollars! You are one lucky lady <3

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. Thank you! I still can't believe it either.

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  5. I'm all smiles while reading this post. You're very very lucky, Allison! She looks stunning! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! She is much prettier than I even imagined she would be. I am such a nerd, haha.

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  6. whoah! that's AWESOME - and only for 3 dollars. lucky girl.

    random aside - my first boss worked for kenner until its closing. he designed / engineered really a lot of their dolls and toys.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  7. Oh my gosh I loved reading this. I'm not a fan of Blythe dolls but reading this just brings me back to that feeling of finding something truly awesome while thrifting!

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  8. That's so awesome. I love seeing these dolls (though I didn't know anything about them until now). I love how unique they are and I can't wait to see its make over!

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  9. You have no idea how much I screamed out loud when I saw this post! I am so utterly excited for you! HOLY CRAP! That's been a dream of mine too....to just find one at a goodwill or garage sale. DREAMS....

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  10. She's so cute! Congratulations! :D

    SaraM
    http://clochedeletoile.blogspot.com

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  11. What a story - lucky you!
    -Kati

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  12. It is in great condicions for a 40 years old doll. Plus it's a really pretty doll

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  13. Wow I had no idea about those dolls. That is really awesome. What a fun hobby! Congrats on finding that particular doll. I absolutely LOVE the dress she's wearing. :)

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  14. Just amazing. Now I'm going to be looking for these at every thrift store!

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  15. wow I cant believe you actually found one! They are crazy hard to come by. Congrats to you :)

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  16. That is amazing that you found a Blythe like this. I love these dolls and have never seen one in person and they are a bit out of my price range to consider online. Congrats on your find, this doll found a good home :)

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  17. Meant to be! This is such an amazing sweet story, what great luck. Dreams do come true! xo

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