Thursday, August 1, 2013

DOWNSIZING My Doll Collection

I know I am among doll friends here and I enjoy that we share of love of many dolls.

I have TWO confessions to make!
1. I am currently overwhelmed with my collection and feel the need to downsize.
2. I was forced to look with honest objectivity where I would be willing to purge.

That being said I have an EMBARRASSING video (LOL) of my moment of clarity. This is a difficult thing for me to admit. Every doll collector has a limit. Every doll collector's limit is as different as the dolls they collect.

At first I thought 12 would be a lot. It wasn't. So I began collecting and collecting and soon it felt like I was just consuming, for lack of a better word.

I was preoccupied with adding more items or dolls that I was failing to enjoy the dolls I had. I not only have 24 - 18" size dolls, but several 13", 11", 6.5" and 4" dolls totaling 52. Whoa! I realized not only was I running out of room, I was running out of hours in the week to maintain them. Because with every doll there are clothes, accessories, props, furniture, books and possibly a BFF doll. Hey it doesn't take a genius to figure out that's a lot of stuff.

You may ask what brought me to this conclusion of downsizing. I would say that when any hobby begins to feel overwhelming, "weighted" or just not so fun, then it is time to re-think.

Over the next few weeks I will be considering what to "let go". I will never stop loving dolls, I just need to downsize and consider which dolls are my absolute favorites so I can devote more of my attention to them.

Please let me know if you have ever had this experience.
Part Two


  1. that is really sad, when you decide please tell us the ones you are giving away.
    are you selling any???

  2. I'm going through the exact same problem! I hardly have any money, but my parents will only let me get 3 more american girl dolls. I only have $101.16 , only enough for 1 doll. Are you selling any AG dolls???

  3. It's funny you should mention that moment of clarity. I've only recently started to follow the different doll blogs and seeing everyone with so many, I got the itch to add one. When Doll diaries did the article on Moshi I've been on the lookout for her.
    The other day at Target, Moshi wasn't there, but I fell in love with Tipi. However, other items caught my eye too. I could have gotten a La Dee Da doll and outfit. In the end I opted for neither La Dee Da nor Tipi, but a new summer dress for my existing dolls. :)
    Best wishes for your downsizing. Keep us posted on your decisions.

  4. thank you for posting this as I am on a train these days too - for my granddaughters (lol - we know who really for) But I am keeping sensible and enjoying the moments - when you decide what you are going to do please let me know - Jan

  5. Are you selling them? I am sorry that you have to downsize i have about 16 american girls with my two sisters and my sisters have six bb and bt. and we have over 100 barbie dolls to c even consider downsizeing would be a nightmare