Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Need An Intervention Because...

I cant stop going to that thrift store.  Their new location has been open for 10 days (they are closed on Sundays) - and I have gone to it 9 of those 10 days. Granted, I pass by it during my routine comings and goings, but I'm like addicted to it.  I just don't want to miss finding something awesome though! How can I stop when I stumble on cool stuff like this:


Bijou Moxie Teenz. Do you know how long I have been trying to find the black Moxie Teenz body in the stores? FOREVER! And boom, here she is in absolutely perfect condition for $2.95.


I don't know who this guy is and he has a ink stain on his face, but I liked his clothes and I can practice mouth closing on him as well as ink removal.  Totally worth $2.95.


Lovely ladies paired together for $3.95.  I only have one of this face, my former fairy, so I was happy to find more molds of her.


Another Brandy! This performance version has much longer braids than the other one and she too is in excellent condition.  Her battery has run down so I don't know what she is singing. The other doll looks like Summer and her hair is jacked up but I can practice my hair cutting skills - which don't exist, lol.  They were paired for $2.95.


Happy Family grandpa in his original outfit! He has a little loose seam in his sweater and that's it. Everything else is mint. I was all, "Grandpa! What are you doing paired with that young woman?! Where is your wife?" But then...


Found her! She is looking a little worse for wear and has some white splotches on her chest and back that I hope is just paint.  That is not her original outfit but I'm sure I'll find something for her to wear. I don't know what is happening with that lady she is hanging out with.  Kinda looks like they both went on a bender.  Both these sets were $3.95.


Ah, that's better.  She still looks wasted though. For shame, grandma.

That was all the dolls I purchased, but now I'd like to welcome you to the car show. Price of admission? Only $2.95 each:


Bratz Convertible Cruiser. I don't know why they made such long cars for such short dolls.  Chad is the only male doll that will fit and he's super short. Monster High and Bratz bodies will fit (of course), but not Liv or Barbies.


My Scene My Ride Convertible. Frickin' awesome! So roomy even the Moxie Teenz can fit comfortably in it. Even though the doors don't open, there are some nice details in this car; the side mirrors close, there is a flip open navigation screen, levers for the steering column, gas cap opens, magazine holders in the doors and cup holders in the console.


Found another My Scene! A lady came up behind me in line when I was holding both cars and said, "Oh! You got the car I wanted. I was gonna get that car with the fuzzy wheel. Oh, I really wanted that." And then she smiled and stared at me like she thought I was gonna give it to her. I smiled back and shrugged with false sympathy, "It's mine now."  She nodded and looked away.  On the inside I know she was thinking, "This dirty cow took my car." Because I was thinking, "Trick, I will fight you in this store before I give you this car!"  Thankfully we were both ladies about it.


I got this Barbie mobile to practice painting on. I actually don't mind this color. I like hot pink, just not light pink or pastels. I also liked that the hubcaps weren't those obnoxious B's that I've seen them use.  I didn't realize until I got it home that those were high heels in the caps, lol.

So, that's all the dolls and cars that I got. I did temper myself because there were bunches more dolls and cars that I didn't get. I saw plenty of radio and remote controlled Barbie/Bratz cars - even a huge limousine, but I had to draw the line somewhere.

Always being mindful of my space constraints I only got the things that really, really interested me or I was curious about fixing up. Still, I think I'm getting out of control and I need to calm the eff down and stop going over there so much. Like, seriously.

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  1. Woah that's a great haul! I had to stay out of my thrift store and flea markets! I just don't have the space for all the stuff I was getting! Just say noooo Muff lol. Excited to see your makeovers on them :-)

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    1. LOL, Chynadoll! So far you are the only one trying to save me from myself. Everyone else is enabling me, lol.

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  2. wow...I wish our thrift stores around here would sell dolls- the goodwills are a stroke of good luck if you find anything like this! Congrats on the Happy Family grandparents- I've been looking for this set as I have the caucasian grandma, the barbie and Chrissy babysitting set, and the happy family house I got for $10. I love seeing what others find at the thrift stores!
    lol...I don't think I would give you an intervention- I'd join you! But you've found some wonderful items- why not resell them on Ebay and make enough to subsidize your habit??lol......

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    1. Lisa, it only took a year and a half to find this store so now I feel like it's my secret treasure trove. The Goodwill stores here are the worst. For what they charge you could buy it new at Walmart.

      Selling off the excess stuff I find seems to be a good consensus. Once I'm through fiddling with it I may try that.

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  3. I do not blame you one bit for going over there all the time. If I had a thrift store that amazing around me, I'd probably have even less restraint. Congrats on everything. Still not over the woman who seemed to think you'd give her the car. If she wanted it so badly, she should have picked it up when she still had the chance. :P

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    1. Alura, you are right about that lady! You snooze you lose in my book. It's not like I took them out her buggy.

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  4. With finds like these at prices like these, no intervention is necessary! Keep going!

    (I know... I am no help, but I would be doing the same thing -- driving by and shopping!)

    I've been looking for Grandpa for years but refuse to pay the price people are asking online (specifically eBay).

    Again, keep going. Buy what you like for yourself and/or other items to sell on eBay or to other collectors. Oh... the possibilities.


    dbg

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    1. Debbie, I had no idea that the Happy Family dolls were so popular (or were so expensive online). In that respect I made out like a bandit.

      You sure do have me thinking about the possibilities but I know I have horder tendencies so I'd more than likely keep everything I bought, lol

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  5. No, you don't need an intervention. Maybe a bigger place to live with that thrift store so close - but definitely not an intervention.

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    1. LOL, Carrickters! If I had a bigger place I would stay at that thrift store all day just sitting in the toy isle waiting for them to bring in new dontations.

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  6. You really scored with the Happy Family grand parents. I would be in that store all the time if it were near me!

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    1. Limbe dolls, I think that instead of getting people to help me with my spending I'm encouraging them to head to their thrift stores, lol.

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  7. O my, o my!!! I would just move and live in that thrift store! I understand why you are so addicted, I would be myself for sure!!

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    1. LOL, Rossetti! I don't think they would let you live in there.

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  8. Great finds!! Kudos on getting the grandparents. Awesome thrift store, I would be in there everyday too. :)

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    1. Hi, Adrian! Thanks for the kudos!

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  9. I got 2 words for this AWE- SOME and im done! Great finds!

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  10. OMG Muff you got a nice haul. I've been wanting a granpa doll forever!!!!!!! I'm still waiting too cause his asking price is ridiculous. If the store was in my normal stomping path I would go in on a regular too so shop on girl. Just think your not paying Toys R Us prices.

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    1. Mustiwait, I looked up the prices for those Happy Family dolls and they are definitely ridiculous. $159-$179. That's crazy talk.

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  11. I'm not going to help with this LOL. I love the Grandparents so glad I picked them up when they were readily available. Like DBG said the prices have gone crazy for them specifically Grandpa. Your thrift is awesome..wish I had one like it but then I need to start donating before I buy any more

    Quoting DBG again maybe the evilbay or thedollpage.com is best for the leftovers you don't really want or need :O)

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    1. Hey, Dollz4Moi! You are an enabler just like everyone else, lol. Thanks for the dollpage link because I was sure that they were closing down but looks like they are staying open for good.

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  12. Hello from Spain: I envy you! I understand that you buy both at the thrift stores. All are great buys. I need in my collection Grandparents Happy Family. In my country are very, very expensive. I like your car collection. The best prices are so cheap. I need to go and live in your city and visit those stores. Congratulations on your excellent shopping. Keep in touch

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    1. Marta, you are always welcome when you get ready to come to my country to do some major shopping. You'll have to bring some empty suitcases to take back all your loot.

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  13. Muff, I am in the library and laughing so hard that I almost have tears in my eyes at your description of the other Woman (the car wanter, lol). Thanks for sharing. Glad you got the car!

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    1. Dana, you giggling in the library?! I thought I might have to catch a case over that car. She did not know who she was messing with. LOL, but really I would have just clutched it to my chest and assumed to fetal position if she tried anything.

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  14. Whoa, I'd be addicted too! What an awesome haul!

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  15. Wow ! You really did find some awsome stuff! I really love the new wheeles you got. My thrift stores barely get anything barbie in well maybe a few ragity barbies who are beyond help .

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    1. Thanks, William! This store is amazing considering all the others that had nothing much toy wise.

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  16. Muff, you made out like a bandit! You bought some very nice things. Don't stop get it, get it! Lol! Your thrift store seems to be awesome. Just think, the one time you stop will be the day that they have the good goods. Maybe just pick and choose carefully. I wish I could get just "one" haul like you did.

    P.S. Love the grandpa/grandma set! Major deal of the day!

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    1. LOL, Georgia Girl. I actually didn't go yesterday because I was trying to be good, but now I got the shakes and need to get over there fast!

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  17. Congrats on your purchases!
    You saw a Bratz Limo! I would Kill For One Of Those!!!! >XD LOL I wanted one so bad when I was little, but mommy didn't like Bratz, soo It was rare that I got them. They accumalted over the years. I regret that I ever gave them away. :/ Oh well' I keep finding Bratz dolls on clearence for great prices, so that doesn't matter. :D I am very content with my doll collection.

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I don't think that Limo I saw was a Bratz because it didn't open up - unless I just wasn't tugging on it right. I had seen pictures of one before and it opened and had a sun roof. This one was just solid all over.

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    2. Oh, well either way a doll sized limo is pretty darn cool.

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    3. I just thought what if it is the My Scene Goes HollyWood Limo? If it is I would go ahead and nab it if I where you.

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  18. Hah, don't you love when ladies do that at thrift stores? It's like... if you were going to get it, why didn't you pick it up? Simple as that. -_-

    Awesome finds! My local thrift store had the black convertible, but unfortunately the front mirror was cracked to heck. :(

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    1. Hi, Heather! All the cars I got are cracked or in some need of repair. For me the price was worth it because I like to tinker with things. Even if I cant fix them, if I use them in images there's always photoshop, lol.

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  19. Hey Muff, do you still have the Blythe and Littlest Pet Shops you purchased last summer?

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    1. Hi, Tracey, no I don't. I thrifted the doll and LPS animals soon after I got them. I only kept the set and the few clothes that fit my kid dolls

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    2. Oh okay, I was just wondering what you thought about them. I purchased my first one Friday, and she is absolutely adorable! She is dressed in this British punk rocker vibe and I am currently working on building her a house.

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  20. Awesome finds! Especially those grandparents. I can be your voice of reason. It will get out of hand. Before you know it you will have a basement that looks like mine. I rarely go into thrift stores for that very reason. There is always something that I just can't pass up. Yes you can sell on dollpages or ebay. I started doing that, but I still have a pile of stuff to sell that is taking up space. The time it takes to take pictures, post it, ship it, etc. takes away from my play time. And what do I do with the money I make? Buy more doll stuff! It's such a vicious cycle. So now I only go to the thrift store on occasion. If I don't see it there, I don't know that I missed out. Now that my mom is on the case (not my doing), I at least get a few good things at times.

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    1. Vanessa, that is all sound advice, especially considering I don't even have a basement to put all the overflow. I gotta pace myself or be more choosy.

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  21. Congrats on your doll finds!! How lucky you are to find AA Happy Family Grandma and Grandpa!! If only I had a thrift store her like that!! All I can say is pace yourself!! Your are so talented when it comes to a "re-do" it all balances out to me!

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    1. Hi, Brini! I've been good about going there. Since this post I've only gone once. Believe me, that's progress.

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  22. Great finds Muff, especially Bijou!
    That story about the woman is so recognisable, ands so funny xD I totally picture you fighting for that car!
    I understand why it's so addicting, the rush of driving up to the store and almost running to the toy section.. aah, the thrift store life is good.

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    1. Tali, I'm probably too chicken to really fight for the car, lol.

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  23. Moxie, another Brandy and all those dolls! That's not a shop, more like heaven!
    It's selfish, but I can't discourage you- continue your shopping and report every little thing you got :)

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    1. Hi, MajorMistakes! Now that you say that, I do always enjoy when people show their shopping hauls. I was going to selectively buy stuff and keep it to myself, lol. Weakness be darned, I guess I'll show it off regardless.

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  24. Wow, I congratulate your purchases. You have fantastic dolls and cars. I like it :) The shop it's coll !!!!
    Greetings from Poland :D

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    1. Thanks, Marille! It is a cool shop.

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  25. I'm sorry Muff...I'm going to be of no help. Let me tell you, if you're finding AWESOME stuff like the VERY hard to find for a reasonable price AA Grandparents, in nice shape, three fabulous looking sports cars (2 of which I've never seen) clothing and gorgeous AA Barbies...I just can't advise you to stay out of thrift stores. Instead, I would say...Godspeed, LOL. I am so jealous, in a good way. I have the AA grandma but grandpa is high on my list.

    Congrats!!

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    1. LOL, Tracy India! I love how you are being of no help. I actually have not been to the thrift store for many days - but only because I was travelling, lol. I will be there bright and early Monday morning!

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  26. Oh Muff, I need you to give us some more! But than, on the other hand I envy you so much.. ;)

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    1. Hi, Pola! Thanks for stopping by. It's my first free weekend in awhile so hopefully I'll be able to make another post in a few days.

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  27. Hey Muff. You are very lucky to have found those cars. I am very jealous. However my luck in finding a cool car was also awesome. Have a look here. http://daniel-s-world.blogspot.com/2013/06/memory-monday-hanoverian-container.html

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    1. Thanks, Duke I was very lucky indeed. ^__^ That vintage car of yours is just spectactular!

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  28. OK, the first rule of thrift store shopping is put it in your cart if there is the slightest chance you might want it! If she left the car, it was not meant for her to have. That old "I was going to get that" might work on some people so I guess it was worth a try! I think you helped educate her and that was your good deed for the day! The cars are great but what a plus to find the happy family folks at the thrift store! Congrats!

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    1. LOL, Ms. Leo. You make it sound like the thrift store is a fight club, which I guess it is. Doing battle to get the best bargin is what it's about.

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