Last Satuday I went to the month auction held here. I saw her the minute I walked in and knew she was coming home with me no matter what.
She needed me and I needed her. I don't usually collect baby dolls, although I do have all of my childhood baby dolls. But she looked so sweet sitting there, and I knew that she needed me to take her home and clean her up and make her feel better. When I purused the stock of stuff to be auctioned off, I only gave her a cursory look--you know you have to play the game. You can't let anybody know that you really want something. Some people are just mean enough to run your bid up and the drop it on you. But I didn't care--she was coming home with me.
The auctioneer asked a doll collector what she thought she was worth $300? She said no and started the bid off at $10. I immediately got in and ultimately got her for $40. I walked up to the auctioneer and took her in my arms myself...kinda like adopting a baby or something. As I looked her overI realized although she smells quite musty and her wig is quite messy, all her clothes, socks, undies and shoes are original. Her coloring, blushing on her check and knees is perfect and her eyes are perfect.
Now as we were talking, out of the corner of my eye I saw the beauty on the right being passed around for bid. I don't know where she was hiding, but I heard somebody say $40, and I jumped in. I didn't know if they were starting the bids or if somebody was biding on her. And she is a Roberta bride doll. I almost piddled myself.
Most of you know that I collect bride dolls. So I raised my hand I got her for $40. June was apalled. She too is musty. But she is in pristine condition other than that. Shoes, undies, blushing--all perfect. Looked her up on ebay and this is about right. But anyway, I never buy my dolls for value, I buy them because they need me and I need them.
If anybody out there has any tips on how to clean them up a bit--please make a comment.