Monday, March 9, 2009

Blue Monday: New Doll

Thanks to Smiling Sally for hosting Blue Monday. For more blue offerings, or to participate yourself, please visit her blog.

Over the weekend, we paid a visit to the Eastern National Doll Show, held four times a year in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This was the first time in several years that we've attended, although we used to be regulars. The show isn't what it once was, or at least this particular show seemed much diminished from the ones I remember. I'm not sure if that's a function of the general economic crisis or just a slump in the doll collecting fervor of years past. I heard several dealers talking about the fact that it's getting harder to find really good dolls to sell. So maybe it's just that all the fabulous dolls are already in collections. Demi and Whoopi have probably cornered the market on all those Brus and Jumeaus. But then, those would certainly be out of my price range anyway!

I did buy a new doll at the show, even though I'm not really "collecting" anymore – I'm actually trying to downsize the collection I have already. But this Francie doll (Barbie's younger "Mod" cousin) was a very good buy, so I really couldn't pass her up. She needs a cleaning and a trip to the hair salon, but fortunately her outfit (called "Tuckered Out") comes with a set of tiny hair rollers and a brush and comb.

Otherwise she's in really good shape for a forty-year-old chick, don't you think?


  1. I can imagine that it'd be difficult to resist adding to your collection. This is a nice addition. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

    BTW Tell hubby that an Orlando visit is a MUST! (You'll find some new dolls there, I'm sure.)

  2. Joy, I don't remember Francie. I do remember Skipper, Barbie's younger sister. Which one is older?

    Loved seeing this...

    Happy Blue Monday!


    Sheila :-)

  3. Love your ne doll. My sister collects and sells dolls. She would appreciate your find. I think the economy is hurting everyone. Sellers and buyers.


  4. I was one of those kids who never owned a Barbie or anything related to her. It must be fun to collect dolls. I've always enjoyed the Madame Alexander dolls that I see around and bought a couple for my daughter...
    Happy Blue Monday to you!

  5. What a lovely doll. She is in great shape. How lucky for you!


  6. Oh I remember Francie. What a cute addition!


  7. Running late this week visiting blogs....Hope you had a great Blue Monday! I don't remember her...I had a Midge..I think her name was!

  8. My cousins had a Francie and a Skipper (remember the one where the arm increased her bust size? , and I had a PJ! Hope you are having a Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

  9. Hmmm. I don't remember this one. My daughter had so many...I thought she had them all. Guess not..This one is just beautiful..

  10. I never was much of a doll girl, but my daughter loves them. And Francie looks fabulous for 40, I'm only 39 and I don't look that good.

    Tabbikat's Thoughts

  11. I always liked the Francie doll. Francie certainly has maintained her good looks over the last 40 years. Happy Blue Monday.

  12. Joy,

    Funny post! Francie does appear to be faring well. Glad you found something at the Fair!

    Happy Blue Monday


  13. what a sweet doll, I have a colection of porcelin dolls too, I put them away recently but they're screaming to come back out, thanks for stopping by the other day


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