My sister and I took a road trip to Chicago this weekend to shop the national Barbie convention sales room on Saturday, when it was open to the public. We’re working on collecting Barbie dolls for a “Barbie around the World” themed Christmas tree for a 2023 Festival of Trees charity auction (we like to work ahead). Mattel has done several series of Barbie dolls from around the world, so we’re trying to get a good mix. We managed to pick up 2 more beautiful dolls: princesses of Ireland and ancient Mexico. I think we’re up to 10 countries now. Plus we scored a plant stand from an antique shop to use as our tree to display the dolls. Love that it’s already green!
Of course I had to do a little shopping for myself too.
Plus, we saw some friends from the GAW Barbie Convention and spent a day with my nephew. All in all, a fun weekend! Now back to sewing …
If you have been drooling over the 2022 GAW Barbie Convention exclusive dolls, I have 2 sets for sale on eBay (seller name hankiechic). Love the dolls, but no room! I’m including the original outfits and acrylic throne as well, and even paying for shipping within the US.
We moved everything from our hotel room to the sales room this afternoon. We managed to consolidate our displays and fit everything on one table. Today was only for conventioneers, but tomorrow we open to the public. Anything that doesn’t sell tomorrow will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow afternoon or evening.
The GAW convention has kept us hopping the past couple of days! Thursday we did room sales all day, from 9am until bedtime. Sales were steady throughout the day, but rush hour seemed to come about 3:30pm when I couldn’t package fast enough!
Friday was room sales in the morning, and then I taught a class in the afternoon where some creative conventioneers learned how to make 1:6 scale lamps for their dolls from beads and battery operated tea lights.
Supper was our first convention meal where we received our first doll, a knight with fashion designed by Paul Bruce, also our table host.
The centerpiece at each table was a knight and lady by a fireplace.
After supper was the auction to benefit 3 local children’s cancer charities. There were some beautiful OOAK dolls donated by some incredible artists and bidding was fast and furious. Here are photos of some of the dolls.
The Lady of Shalott by Dawn Anderson/OSS, Lady Constance by Bellisima Couture and Maryann Roy, Lady Emma by Couture Helene, Lady Ludivine at the Court by Wilfred Cogo, Forbidden Love by Dalsdolls and SethFX, Crystal Queen by Robsdolls, Vanessa by Thomas Soderberg, Diamond Joan of Arc by Magia2000, NiniMomo, Dame Doriann by Aponi Designs, Artist Creations, Bill Greening (Mattel), OOAK prototype by Carol Spencer.
We went to bed before the auction ended, but stayed long enough to see my OOAK doll auctioned. Princess Merina features an updo hairstyle by Rob Thompson of Robsdolls, facial repaint by Mindy Matthews of Dolls in Reverse, a sterling silver tiara with genuine blue topaz stones, and hand sewn fashion by me. I made her backdrop and throne as well. She went to this gentleman for $650.
Princess Merina OOAK Silkstone doll donated by Hankie Chic
We arrived at the GAW Barbie Convention last night and had our hotel room set up by 9pm … just in time to go to bed! We opened the doors for room sales at 9am this morning, and business has been brisk. Here are some highlights of what we have for sale.
On Wednesday, I leave for the GAW Barbie Convention in Livonia, MI. For the last few months, I’ve been busy sewing, painting, gluing, and assembling. Here’s a preview of some of the things I’ll be bringing with me.
5 days until we leave for the GAW Barbie convention … and I’m still working on last minute projects. I decided it was time to repaint some circa 1963 vintage Susy Goose Barbie furniture. I have two vanities (Skipper and Barbie) and a piano that are getting refurbished. After removing the music box, I had to do the dreaded soak and scrub to remove the gross red flocking from inside the piano.
I settled on Willow Mist for the base paint color … it’s a pale blush color that leans a little toward lavender. Then I’m accenting with treasure gold, pearl white and pearl pink. After 8 hours of painting, I’m ready for a break. I’ll finish the pieces tomorrow with a coat of sealer and then add new mirrors and seat cushions.