Monday, January 25, 2010

A thrift store Lee Middleton doll

First of all, let me assure you that I am not a doll collector. That doesn't work very well when you're trying to be frugal, so I've totally given up on the idea. However, I am a little familiar with the big names in doll collecting, and I know that Lee Middleton is one of them.

I found a different-looking baby doll staring at me from a pile of junky toys at a dirty, overcrowded thrift store last week, so I picked her up to investigate. I've learned to check the back of the doll head because the manufacturer always puts their name there. This doll had a distinctly different look about it, but I couldn't put my finger on what it was ... until I saw "Lee Middleton by Reva" on the back of the doll's head.

I had my husband ask how much they wanted for the doll, and they said $1 sounded good to them. Yes, I think I'll take it!

But before you look at the pictures of this doll, I need to tell you that I cleaned it up a lot. Why anyone would spend $80 on a baby doll and then store it somewhere where it gets dirty and filmy is beyond me! Maybe it was a child's toy. Who knows? But it did look a bit on the ugly side when I brought it home.

So here are some pictures of my (not my daughter's, at least not at her age) $1 Lee Middleton doll ...

This is the dress she came to me in. I'm almost positive it's not the dress she came from the manufacturer in because her cloth arms and legs are showing. It is a cute dress, but I'll be dressing her in something that covers those cloth parts. She can fit a 3-6 month dress, so it won't be hard to outfit her.

I worked with her hair, too, because it reminded me a little of something that might come out of a horror movie. This is definitely an improvement! :)

And here was my "Aha!" moment that suddenly made this doll a lot cuter - she can put her thumb in her mouth! So that's why she has that gaping mouth! :)

And here you can see her face a lot closer.

She has a stain on her cloth body (top righthand side of her chest), but her clothes will always cover that, so I'm thrilled with this deal!