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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
11:57 pm - Excellent toy day!

Today's Haul

My TRU put out Freaky Field Trip, which I've been waiting ages for Target to put out. Yeah, we had a buy 1, get 1 50% off sale. I snatched up Toralei and Gigi and then dashed down the Lalaloopsy aisle for the cuddly newborn and bought them all before my shift.

We also had the skinny box Haunted line, but seeing them just confirmed that I think Laura and Clawdeen look weird. Done with Haunted!

Aurora I had ordered from during the Black Friday sale. I knew with that $19.99 price that there was no way our two Auroras would still be left on the shelf for me to buy, so I ordered her. She arrived a couple days ago and a) she had a lip rub and b) they sent me the wrong doll. The Jewel Aurora (pictured above) is the one I wanted and the one pictured in the listing. They sent me a Shimmer one:
I dislike the sheer half sleeves a lot. One of the reasons I never got the first edition is her sheer sleeves:
So I was extremely relieved to see that we so quickly got new stock in and they were the Jewel editions. I grabbed the lone Aurora and stuck her in the hold room, so I could exchange her when Mom came to pick me up. She's a gorgeous doll and I'm glad I have her!

I ordered Spring Unsprung Cedar, Cerise and Holly off Amazon. I'm stalking the Briar listing to see if she comes in stock. I do not trust Target to put them out anytime soon. Assholes. I also ordered Equestria Girls Octavia and the new Trixie, so I should have some good pics upcoming!

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Friday, November 28th, 2014
5:24 pm - Want list

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I'm so tired, but let's update the wants.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014
12:22 pm - My "Black Friday" purchase


TRU has the Princess & Me dolls for only $19.99! I've been looking at Aurora every day that I work and hoping she'd go on sale. Well, I go in at 4:30 today, but there was no way I was risking our two Auroras being gone or being told I couldn't put one in the hold room until my break. I just ordered her. If she's flawed, which these dolls don't tend to be, I'll return her. I was tempted by the others, as I donated my Belle before we moved, but I finally decided on just Aurora. I don't have the space for a lot of big dolls and Aurora will be just fine keeping Merida company.

Here are some of my other recent arrivals!

Winx pets! Only missing Coco now.

Pets minus Coco

I found some of the Breezies blind bag set yesterday at Target. I've got 5 or 6 more on my want list, but Cheese Sandwich was #1, so I'm thrilled he was there.

Cheese Sandwich, Wensley and Breezies

I've been trying to sell my Dorothy for months, but I recently decided to keep her and then Scarecrow popped up for only TWENTY DOLLARS! These retail for $100, so I jumped all over that.

Dorothy and Scarecrow 1

current mood: pleased

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
3:11 pm - Kiyomi invites you to Flickr...

2014 Top 13 Day 12 Kiyomi 2

To meet her and the other new ghosts!

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014
10:30 pm - Woo!

Man, I have killed it on ebay today.

First, I got the Winx Love & Pet bobblehead Milly I've been looking for for awhile:
SO EXCITED about her. And I got her for a great price. Now I just need Coco!

Then I won this little lot of dolls:
The two porcelains are going to be donated to the thrift store. I was in it for the Bright Eyes girl. I only have one of these and I love her, even though she has eye wonk. This one's eyes look to be perfect.

Prices are quickly falling on her, but I still never expected to get her so cheap.

And now I got home from work and I've won this prototype Kitsu:
This is the third one they've listed, but I got outbid both times before. Kitsu is my favorite Zelf, so I love having him in a different form.

This somewhat makes up for the fact that local Target is back to being asshole Target, because they won't sell me Freaky Field Trip from the back room. They just fucking sold my mom Monster Exchange. Ugh. She's going to look for the same guy that helped her that time and ask him. So ridiculous. I'm tired of them treating collectors like we're stealing from the helpless little children. Do you think kids do not have access to this info? THEY DO. It's called the Internet. They have it. And my money is the same as a parent's or child's. It's fucking discrimination is what it is. I only want two dolls! It's not like there would be none left. Complete and total assholes.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014
10:36 pm - Updated wants and what I've been buying lately

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Hot Looks Steff is still on her way, but it's economy shipping from Canada. Might take awhile.

I won my most wanted Cottingley Glen fairy! When these first came out, I bought Tib and Hob, because one of my friends bought Lutey. I never did find another one of her. So years later, she's finally mine.

I was going to buy something more expensive this week, but I got some perfume and a graphic novel from Amazon and a new Squishable instead:
I have Cute Little Monster and Spooky Little Monster. I needed Sweet Little Monster, too.

And I'm funding Fruitmals! That will be charged on the 20th:

I'm bidding on a couple smaller things on ebay, so my spending is on pause for the moment. There are some other things I want, but a couple of the auctions end on Wednesday, so I'll budget once I see my OG paycheck total on Tuesday. (Other Job is biweekly pay. I get that tomorrow, but a lot of it is spoken for.)

I still really want AGfAT Lydia, but I can't afford her just yet. She won't be going anywhere and there are less often seen items I'd rather my money went towards.

Oh! I won this lady from the claw machine at work finally:
Sugar Loaf Sugar Skull Lady
I've been trying to get her for a few weeks and I knew she'd be disappearing from the machine soon, since she's a Halloween toy.

I have to get up at 4:30 and work from 6-10, so I'm off to bed!

current mood: sleepy

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
9:16 pm - Wish list and soon-to-be-purchased and incoming

I think it's been awhile since I wish-listed.

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I don't have much incoming. I got the Disney Store Honey Lemon doll from Big Hero 6. She should be here tomorrow. I also won a Hot Looks boxed Steff doll, which is really exciting! Never thought I'd get her. She's coming from Canada, so I don't know when she'll arrive. And I got some more Dolls of All Nations, because I wanted the Korean one in the lot of 4. Those should be here Thursday, I think.

On Thursday, I work an 8-hour shift, so I'm going to buy Funshine Bear on my lunch break to help get me through it. He's the last of the new bears I need and we just got four in. I'm also stalking the shelves for Zelfs Pandela. We got the case with Billy, Petal and Sugar Bunny, but no others. I don't have many buying plans right now. I've got a couple things I'm going to try for on ebay this week, but it's bill week, so nothing else. Next week though, I get my bi-weekly check from the new job plus my OG check, so I might buy A Girl for All Time Lydia and her blue dress. I really want those. If I can't afford them yet, I'm at least going to set some aside for them.

Nothing else real exciting going on!

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Friday, October 31st, 2014
8:29 pm - Surjan and Nyesha reviews!

Surjan Review 9

Nyesha Review 11

I'm so happy to have them! Surjan is my 2nd fave girl after Mosi now. Check Flickr for the full reviews.

current mood: ecstatic

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Sunday, October 26th, 2014
1:12 am - Vacation pics up on Flickr!

We ended up doing the hour and 20-minute drive home tonight instead of spending one more night at the vacation house and just loading up in the morning. There's never much to do at night there and we had no plans for the morning other than packing. So now we're home and I can share these photos.

Carapace 2014 1

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014
7:49 pm - State of collecting

I will have a pic post from Florida once I get home to my old computer tomorrow. I have an evaluation copy of Graphic Workshop Professional on this new laptop and its eval time ran out, so I can't do dick with it. I'm not planning on buying the new version until my old laptop totally dies.

So I've been buying some stuff from vacation.

I ordered Prettie Girls Dahlia and Kimani:
While I hate the messages of their asinine videos and overall they leave a lot to be desired, the dolls themselves are indeed pretty. Horrible shoes though. Ugh. But I've been wanting these two since we first saw the designs for these girls. They should be in hand on Tuesday.

I scored 5 out of the 6 new Zelfs on ebay. Overpaid at $12 each, but I'm willing to pay that to save myself the stress of fighting the other Zelf collectors in my area, because those chicks can be serious. I still need Pandela, so if anyone finds her, I'd love to buy her from you. Paid for these today, so hopefully they'll be shipped soon. I'm dying to see Petal and Chi!

I won 3 Fairies of Cottingley Glen. This is one of my random collections that I only buy if I see good deals and these were 3 good deals. I got Morgana, one of the harder to find Royal Fairies with the deluxe sets, for $25 boxed. Then I got Hob and Habetrot from the regular line for $10 each. Paid for them today.

I also bought Adagio Dazzle off Hasbro's online shop, so my Dazzlings are complete.

And now I'm broke until the 7th, when I'll be paid again.

Also, NEVER order from Justice's webstore and pay with Paypal. They make returns IMPOSSIBLE. I'm so disappointed in their misleading website, where things have been unclear in not one but two places, that I'm never ordering from them again.

Collecting will be slow-going for a little bit, because of this vacation and less money coming in. I want to save for A Girl for All Time Lydia. I'm hoping to get her bought before the onslaught of new MH and EAH.

current mood: relaxed

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
8:13 pm - Rainbow Brite returns!

I don't usually recommend Tumblrs, but this is the best source I've seen. The Facebook page is loaded with assholes bitching about how they can't change Rainbow blah blah bitchy blah.

So here:

The trailer is a bit scary, because y'know, I'm 36 and not a kid anymore, so I can't really relate to the spastic kid-speak. But they're actually doing the Color Kids and even the quickest glance at the new designs tells you that they actually based them on the originals. They're revealing a new Kid every day and I cannot wait for Indigo! I love Lala, Canary and Patty so much already. Red is cute, too, but he's never been a fave.

So yeah, new Rainbow Brite.

current mood: nostalgic

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014
2:05 pm - How to Taobao

I've been buying from Taobao for...maybe a year now? Something like that. I know there are other collectors who want to buy from them, but don't know how. So I thought I'd put together a little how-to guide.

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current mood: mellow

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Friday, October 10th, 2014
10:02 pm - Recent purchases and wish list

For once, I'll do the recent stuff first. Here are some Flickr photos!Collapse )

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Saturday, October 4th, 2014
12:12 pm - Wishlist, incoming, you know how this goes.

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-Winx Simba City Girl Tecna (picked her up for $4 plus shipping from the UK)
-Winx Season 6 Icy:
-Plush Discord:
-Go Go Tamago doll and Fred plush from Disney Store
-I Heart Fashion Cleo and Venus from TRU

Excited! Especially for Go Go.

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Friday, September 26th, 2014
3:13 pm - Wish list and incoming

Wish list first.

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I got my Cloud E and Storm E set from ebay, so I took them off the list.

-Ayumi 15" Love (should be here tomorrow)
-Berenguer Classmates Asian doll (ditto)
-Build-a-Bear Toothless (double ditto)
-Winx Simba City Girl Tecna (picked her up for $4 plus shipping from the UK)
-Twilight Teens Voodoona (awesome trade!)

Really excited for tomorrow's mail!

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014
7:15 pm - Really?

I love when I've posted somewhere that I'm looking for something, then I end up having to get it on ebay, because the people that were willing to help me have my same crappy luck at finding, and when I put up a new post saying I no longer need the item, someone goes "I saw that at my TRU."

Cool story, bro.

current mood: annoyed

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
11:31 pm - Wish list and what I've been buying

I suck at updating. Let's wish list first.

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I'm doing mostly well with the list.

I'm a bit frustrated that my TRU is taking so long to get the Cloud E and Storm E Sky 2-pack in. I desperately want that.

MH-wise, my Walmarts are taking FOREVER to get New Scaremester and Casta on the shelves. I may just cave and order Twyla, but I'd like to get her with Catty, who's less often in stock from places where I can return wonky dolls.

I'm caught up on Zelfs mostly. I ordered Coco the poodle large Zelf from China and she's on her way from NYC customs now. I'm waiting for the bee playset to be available here. Is it out anywhere? The 3 butterflies I don't really care about.

New additions to my wishlist are collector level. I want the new BeForever American Girls. Josefina got even better and I want to get Kaya as well. Kit is actually super adorable, so she's finally going to get bought, because I love her new dress! I always thought the doll was cute, but her outfit was really dull. Now it's great. A Girl for All Time Lydia should be coming out soon, and I finally am interested in a Barbie again. The Forest Elf one is lovely.

What I've actually been buying are Ayumis!

Nici Ayumi Fun and Hope 1

Fun, on the left, is my newest. Love is on her way from Germany and will complete my set. I adore them.

I also got Flutterina for my MotU Classics collection and she arrived today. Entrapta should be here any day. She's left Atlanta, so maybe tomorrow. DYING to see her! She's my fave. I need to take photos of all these girls. Can't wait for Sweet Bee next month!

I think that's about it. I'll have to try to update more often. Definitely check my Flickr though. I update there the most!

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014
3:37 pm - Quick want list update

I just got Swim Jinafire, so I thought I'd quickly update my want list before I head to work.

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I'll have pics of Jin later. I need to shoot her with Musa!

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014
12:14 am - SALE!

I'd love to get more of the stuff in vvd_sales sold, so I'm having a special sale.

Every order over $10 gets $5 off.

Orders over $50 get $10 off.

I've got my regular stock, plus some other items up on ebay:
I'm not sure if I matched my prices from here to ebay, but I'll make you the best deal I can.

If there's something you're looking for, never hesitate to ask. I might be able to help. :)

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
5:43 pm - New toy sightings!

Palace Pets Blossom plush

It's that time when stores are beginning to reset. Here are some of the new things I saw today.

Toys R Us:
-MLP: Photo Finish pony, Equestria Girls new basics, Equestria Girls DJ with car, new mini figure multipack
(Did not see Zecora, large Chrysalis, the multipack with all the kind of wild-looking ponies, or the Equestria Girls 3-pack with Photo Finish, but I imagine they will appear soon.)
-Lalaloopsy: Didn't see anything new, but they had multiple cases of new items, including the deluxe Lala Girls.
-Zelfs: Series 3 larges, the new multipack of mini figures (Series 2 characters). No scenteds yet and the large figures are actually only $9.99 online, as opposed to $12.99 in store. I'm likely going to order the other scented Zelfs and Miss Tutu on payday.

-MH and EAH: They're rearranging the aisle, but so far the only new stuff are the Freaky Fusion skinny box, the Inner Monster trio (no add-on packs), and Sweet Screams Abbey and Ghoulia.
-Moxie Girlz: They have little Kelly-sized ones now that were pretty cute. Some other new regular-sized dolls, too, but I didn't pay a ton of attention.
-Lalaloopsy: Both deluxe and basic girls. No 2-pack yet. I think the regular line had some new things, but I don't follow it closely, so I couldn't tell you what.
-MLP: The 2 sets with the Breezies (I will get those), same new Equestria Girls basics as TRU and DJ with the car, three exclusives featuring the Cutie Mark Crusaders, the pop pony things, new Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks basics (AJ and Rarity).
-Mooshka: New anthropomorphic animal ones (bunny, elephant, cat and either a bear or mouse...I was looking too fast to tell) in both cloth and mini figure. Some larger fairy ones that were pretty.
-Disney Fairies: Nothing new, but the section is still there!
-Palace Pets: New plush! See Blossom above. The other two were pink and white, so probably the pink cat and white dog. $14.99, so overpriced but super soft fur and I couldn't resist Blossom. There was also a multipack of mini figures that annoyed me, because Sultan was in it and he's not sold separately that I know of. Yeah, this set:
I already have the blind bag minis I want, so the set is useless to me except for him. Even then, of all those, I only wanted (and have) the skunk.
-I wasn't paying attention to other Disney stuff.
-Barbie: Some Halloween ones.
-Pound Puppies: ARE BACK! They were pretty cute. I might get some.
-Puppy Surprise: IS ALSO BACK! I won't buy that, but it is back.
-Nixies Mermaids: I'd never seen these before.
They were pretty cute, but not something I need.

The most exciting thing for me at Target was the new Hearts For Hearts Girls! They didn't have the new characters yet, BUT they did have the packaging! Dell and Lauryce seem to be one per case, with 2 Mosi and 2 Consuelo. It's a great chance to pick up the older characters. Nyesha is featured on the packaging, but Surjan is not. Rest assured though, both will be made.

current mood: good

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