Favorite Thing Friday: Pink & Pretty Barbie

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It all started 33 years ago, when I asked (well, actually begged) for a Pink & Pretty Barbie. I was three years old and knew exactly what I wanted. My mother had no way of knowing I was not your average fickle little girl. I held true to my heart’s desire and every year around Christmas my desire for a Pink & Pretty Barbie never waned.

My undying Christmas wish has even been documented on this blog on multiple occasions, (here, here,  and here). Never mind that I’m in my mid-thirties and don’t really play with Barbie dolls anymore. I do, however, collect Barbie dolls, (see The Barbie Shelf) and my collection will never be complete without one Pink & Pretty Barbie.

As the years (and years and years …) went by I never gave up hope, even though the situation was looking bleak. Over the last few years, the collector’s market has heavily favored play dolls from the 80s. Dolls like Crystal Barbie and Peaches n’ Cream Barbie started to soar in price as collectors sought to regain childhood memories.

Pink & Pretty Barbie fell into the same ranks sending her price through the roof, especially if she was still in her box. She was going for as much as $250. Yikes! I would’ve seriously been mad if my mother or anyone else spent that kind of money on a gift for me.

Still, I kept wishing. I had to believe that one day Pink & Pretty Barbie would find her way to me. Somewhere out there she was sitting on a shelf or inside the closet of a person who no longer wanted her.  I should mention that this amount of wishing over such a long time takes an extreme amount of faith and persistence.

This year, a Christmas present wrapped in pink and white polka dots had my name on it. I wanted it to be her so much, but I was too afraid to dare to believe that Pink & Pretty Barbie could really be inside that polka dot box. I ripped open the paper and found ….

PINK & PRETTY BARBIE!!!!!

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My Pink & Pretty Barbie!

 

I’m pretty sure I squealed, jumped up and down, and hugged her. Then, I hugged my mother, who quite possibly gave me the most perfect Christmas gift ever. Aside from the doll itself, the fact that it came from my mother makes it all the more meaningful. She never forgot and had been looking for this doll for as long as I’ve been wishing for her.

My Pink & Pretty Barbie is pretty amazing. She’s never been removed from her box. The wire twist-ties and plastic fasteners are still factory mint. The box has one dent and one tear, but is still in pretty great shape – the plastic front is still crystal clear (no yellowing), and the top and bottom flaps stay closed. Not bad for a 33 year old box! However, the best part of the box is that fact that it has an original price sticker of $10.60.

I cleared out a space in my curio cabinet where Pink & Pretty Barbie can sit in the front. In many ways, it is surreal that she is sitting on my shelf. Sometimes I touch the box just to make sure she’s real and not just a figment of my imagination.

It’s funny how one little thing can mean so much. To most people, she is an old doll that isn’t even that pretty, but to me she is a reflection of my childhood and an incredibly special and thoughtful gift from a mother I love very much.

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c.b.w. 2014

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20 thoughts on “Favorite Thing Friday: Pink & Pretty Barbie

  1. So happy for you! I had a similar experience this year for my birthday when two of my friends gave me old Star Wars toys that either they owned or they found at a thrift store. I’m not a staunch in-the-box-mint-condition collector; my collection is just for me, so I don’t care if things are opened, used, or well-loved. But both gifts made me cry tears of joy because they connected me to a childhood nostalgia I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

    My heart soars for you. Best present ever. 🙂

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    • Most of my old play dolls are far removed from their boxes and they are among my favorites. I never in a million years expected to receive a Pink & Pretty Barbie in the box. I had a very short debate with myself about taking her out of the box, but I’m pretty sure my mother would kill me if I did that! So, in the box she stays! 😉

      How cool that you got Star Wars toys. That is a wonderful gift, both for the nostalgia and the heart that went into to giving them. I’m smiling big for you!

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    • It took some serious searching – my mom, my sister, and I have all been looking for her for years. Whenever we found her the price was ridiculous. I don’t know where she was found, but I feel like that kid on A Christmas Story when he opened his Red Rider BB Gun. 🙂

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  2. What a great thing that your Mom found this for you. I can just imagine her face watching you open this treasure. After I first read about your wish come true I asked my daughter if she had any such wishes and she couldn’t think of any. I do remember when she got her Peaches ‘n’ Cream Barbie. I don’t think she kept any of them but I still have mine.

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  3. I just love this. I was and still love Barbie, though I don’t remember this one that well, though a bit of it is familiar. I’m a couple years behind you… I love how you wrote all of this. I’m still trying to find my mother Mystery Date from the 60’s. Every year we watch The Santa Clause, she comments on how she wishes she had Mystery Date. One of these days I hope to find it for her in decent condition and not too expensive… and she’ll find it under the tree.

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