twoyounggrils.jpgI succumbed to the temptation of buying five mint condition Barbies last Thursday at auction.  I couldn’t help myself.  Although my parents put baby dolls and stuffed animals under the tree, they failed to win my affection like my first Mattell Barbie with the red bouffant hair style.  That stylish doll with all her original outfits is still in my possession and never fails to bring back pleasant memories.  Her flawless complection, svelt figure, and tiny outfits provided hours of escape into fantasy during my grade school and junior high existence. 

When Barbie went shopping or dancing, I went too! Barbie was my ideal, but only in a surreal kind of way.  Through her toy world, I visited a pink and perfect place whenever I wanted. 

The Barbie bride doll and one of the newer Christmas Holiday editions are now for sale in our shop, Farm Grove Collectables.  I decided to keep the three Mattel designer editions and add them to my collection.  My daughter, Kelly, already has laid future claim to all my Barbie acquisitions.  It is the fun of knowing I am building on my memories to pass along to her that makes the collecting fun. 


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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