My GAW purchases

During the GAW Barbie convention, many attendees will sell doll stuff from their hotel room, as I did. So when we closed the door for a break, I took the opportunity to do some room shopping.

My sister and I bought a few Barbie Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for the Christmas tree she’s decorating for the Festival of Trees at her church. (I talked her into the Barbie theme, of course …)

I found some cute custom shoes, gloves, and clutch purses from a couple different vendors. I scored a couple shopping bags that I’m in love with by Rogier Corbeau of the delightful Etsy shop DutchBarbieWorld. And the Fashion Designer outfit that I didn’t get when I bought the doll nude from eBay a while back.

At the shopping mall adjoining the hotel, I also found a cute Von Maur store shopping bag full of cinnamon candies. In the sales room, we bought some more Barbie ornaments that went home with my sister. And … I broke down and bought Gal on the Go Silkstone Barbie, a favorite of mine that I hadn’t been able to find before at a reasonable price. There were some OOAK dolls I fell in love with too, but they were a little outside the budget …



GAW table gifts

One of the traditions at the GAW Barbie convention is to give little gifts to each of your table mates at one of the meals. Usually it’s something small, like a miniature for your doll, or some chocolates. This year, it was like Christmas! We had some fun table mates, enjoyed good conversations, and we all got some really cool gifts.

I got distracted by all the bounty as I was starting to unpack this morning, so I thought I’d share a photo or two with you.

I gave out my Hankie Chic calendars, a mini Japanese parasol, Japanese doll fans that I made, and rice bowl and chop sets for Barbie.



I received origami kits, intricate origami figures, Japanese coasters, magnets, charms, doll jewelry, chocolates, a doll dress, miniatures, and more! Such fun! Now what shall I make with all this origami paper? …





Views from the GAW salesroom

The GAW Barbie Convention sales room has closed for the evening, but I thought you’d like to see the dolls from our neighboring booths.

Across the aisle from us is the giant wall of Barbie. So tempting.


And behind us are the guys from Artist Creations with their magnificent OOAK Silkstone dolls. If only …



The salesroom opens to the public tomorrow, so stop in if you’re in the area.

2019 GAW Convention Doll

We just finished lunch at the GAW Barbie Convention. The centerpiece honored Charlotte Johnson, an American fashion designer who was brought to Tokyo to create Barbie’s first wardrobe.


Also decorating the table was this yummy lemon dessert with white chocolate fan.


Each attendee received this adorable white lucite Asian inspired bench/bed with two pillows.


And of course, a custom Silkstone Barbie doll.


Next up, my first foray selling in the convention sales room.

GAW charity auction

The auction is still going on … we stayed through the first 25 items so we could see my OOAK doll auctioned off and eat some chocolate. They’re auctioning 110 items … it’s going to be awhile. So we’re putting our feet up in the room. Here are photos of some of the OOAK dolls being auctioned.


We did get to see some fast bidding action with this doll, Tokyo Bloom, by Judy O’Connell of Aponi Designs. My head is spinning with numbers, but I know it went for over $1,000.