Summer sleep-away camp supplies - I am in a TIZZ about Elizabeth going to Girl Scouts camp this summer. I’m GLAD she’s going, and I’m glad she WANTS to go, but it’s a week and this is the f...
May 13, 2009
Hard Decisions. About, Um, Dolls.
Perhaps the first thing you will notice about this picture is, "Hey! That's the old couch! Paul must have fixed it!" And you would be right: he did fix it, so now we still have it, but in the playroom rather than as the main piece of furniture in our living room.
Or perhaps the first thing you will notice about this picture is the SEVENTEEN DOLLS sitting ON the couch.
This is a little embarrassing. After William was born, we'd planned to have a third baby about 2 or 2.5 years later. Then Paul lost his job and couldn't find another for almost two years and so I went to work full-time. There's never a "perfect time" for a pregnancy, but there are definitely times that are better than others, and this was not one of them. So we delayed our plans.
Evidently I went a little crazy? That's all I can think of. Because I had NEVER been interested in dolls before, not even as a child, and yet I started collecting them, and collecting clothes for them, and CHANGING their clothes, and COMBING THEIR HAIR and so forth. Then Paul got a job and I quit mine and got pregnant and totally lost interest in the dolls and packed them all away, so draw your own conclusions.
We're going to be putting in a second bathroom, and it's going to mean a loss of storage space in the basement. My doll collection, totally ignored for more than four years now, takes up five huge Rubbermaid bins. I've been reluctant to cull, though, because what if I get interested in dolls again? Some of these dolls were acquired only after expensive, time-consuming quests. What if I get rid of them and then WANT THEM BACK?
Well, but this is getting silly. I can't just hang onto them forever, and Elizabeth is, so far, uninterested in dolls, and we need the space. So my goal is to pare it down to what fits in ONE large bin. That way I can keep my top favorites and my favorite outfits, just in case either Elizabeth or I suddenly get interested, but can also free up space.
The problem, of course, is deciding on favorites. I'm very influenced by how hard the dolls were to find and how much they cost, or by how badly I wanted to buy them originally. I'm TRYING to judge only by how much I LIKE the doll, but it's tough. Doll #1 was a $20 Walmart doll that eventually went down to $8 on clearance. I bought her new from a large stock of the same doll. Doll #11 was a hard-to-find doll from a line of dolls that sold for $80-100 each before the line was discontinued; I bought her used on eBay after many failed attempts, in a very exciting auction that I WON and went around feeling thrilled about for WEEKS. I prefer Doll #1. But it's hard to ditch Doll #11.
All right, yes, this is all just a stall while I'm supposed to be culling. Fine, I'll get back to it now.