There’s this random truck stop by my house that has a bunch of really random stores. You know the kinds that sell used mens shoes, or just a bunch of toys and baby car seats laid out in the parking lot. Well my bf discovered this one extra random store that sells used video games (some recent ones, some going back to Atari and ColecoVision). They also have a great collection of Tiffany CDs, R2D2 telephones, and really awful 70s Horror/porn films. Well to get to my point, they also had a bunch of totally awesome 80s collector Barbies, like the holiday editions (They even had a pair of X Files Barbies!) It got me thinking back to the Barbies I had when I was young. Of course I had a whhhhoooolle bunch of dolls and even bigger collection of clothes. But every once in a while I would receive one of these collector Barbies, that my parents would let me take it out of the box just to touch the fabric of her clothes and brush her hair, but I had to meticulously preserve them and proudly display. My favorite was my Gone With the Wind Barbie.
But I also had some really cool original Barbie stuff that actually belonged to my mom when she was a girl. (Too bad these weren’t meticulously preserved though, otherwise I wouldn’t have to be worrying about this job now)
Like the Barbie Queen of the Prom Board Game
Originally from 1961, I recently saw it in Lord Taylors reproduced and resold in the original form.
I kind of hate that Barbie gets such a bad rap now, because growing up she was a major part of my life. She was something my mother shared with me, and maybe someday I will share her with my daughter. I never remember ever thinking about how I wish I looked like her or that I was depressed or jealous of her image or figure. The one thing that I really loved was the clothes! And yes that has certainly rubbed off on me today. I loved to dress her up in crazy things, braid her hair a million different ways, and maybe even color a bit with pink highlighters. So I think if anything Barbie has given me a great , though some might say materialistic, influence, as I love getting dressed in the morning, and I always try to show off through my clothes the fun, confident girl I am, just like Barbie was.
Anyway, now that I’m older I’ve since stored all my collectables, but that doesn’t mean I love Barbie any less. there are waaaay too many fun things out there for the grown up Barbie girl.
Asos.com has a whole section called The Barbie Lounge , where they not only sell Barbie Dolls wearing classic Asos LBDs but also tons of really beautiful, but also kind of expensive, Barbie purses and clutches from Paul’s Boutique.
If you’re looking for something a little different, check out Tookata People where they take classic Barbie images, like the original Striped Bathing Suit Barbie, and turn her into a modern, fun, super-cute, almost anime-ish looking doll.
For classic nostalgia, look no further than Tarina Tarantino, who has made jewelry pieces from about every great era of Barbie, even my beloved Queen of the Prom!
Also Torrid and Hot Topic always have fun Barbie T-shirts and other accessories for the Plus sized gal. In fact the Torrid Barbie Tees shown above are part of Torrid’s 50% off sale going on right now!
For more fun and sometimes weird Barbie stuff and artwork check out Etsy, she is a huge inspiration there. I also found this really amusing Tumblr page, Barbie Is Not a Bitch!