We made sure to attend the 38th Annual Japanese Autumn Festival this year, since last year was awesome!
Since that quick trip, I finally had time to work on my collection and much more. First, here’s what came in earlier this week… I received a set of Vinyl Artist Gatcha Morris the Cat with Antlers by Hinatique. I had several people via IG asking if I could bring some in. So, I did. They sold very quickly too. I will try my best to bring more in. But, after checking most places, have sold out!!
A few months ago, I was smitten by a doll from a fellow collector via IG posted on his stream. It was the teen version of Pebbles, from “The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show”, 1971. I decided to be brave and ask him where he bought her? His reply was, “No, I repainted and made her outfit.” I was in awe… I loved the show and to have a doll just like Pebbles, would be dreamy. So, I asked if he was willing to customize one for me? He agreed. Oh my!
I am so glad I asked him. She arrived to me safely, and I’m just in love with her! She really does look like Pebbles, and her dress is just so much like her cartoon character!! Alex did an awesome job!
Okay, why did it take this long… convincing myself that I could do it! Ha. Gosh, its probably been more than 8 years since Leo of Poupee Mechanique told me I should go to Nakano Broadway… What?! Yup, he shared with me back then when we emailed each other often, that I should check it out. It is now, Saturday, November 11, 2017 and I finally took his advice. There is a shop there, that I’ve found some of my best vintage goodies, online now! But, I figured I could convince myself, that if I could make it to Nakano, then maybe going their myself and picking up merch for my shop, will be less expensive, etc. Right? Read on to find out my discovery.
I told my husband, that since it was a 3 day weekend for most of us here in the US. I decided to take the girls and try for a quick visit to Nakano Broadway. A shopping plaza in Nakano, Tokyo area. He agreed to it and the girls and I packed super light, backpacks and extra change of clothes. We slept early and made out way to the Airport at 3am…
I found a shrink plastic sheets at my local Goody Store/Daiso! I decided to give it a go, and had to do some tweaking here, and there to get it to where I am happy with my creation… This was late October, of course, it looked pretty easy, right?! Not quite. LOL
As of late, many of my fellow collectors via IG are smitten by the latest release of “Vinyl Artist Gatcha” or VAG by Hinatique called, “Morris, The Cat with Antlers”. Too funny. I was thinking they were just cute deer. But, literally it says, the cat with antlers! Ha. Cat lovers and Deer lovers will smitten too!
Enjoy and be safe dear friends!
I can’t contain myself, this is like winning the Lotto for me and we don’t even have lotteries here on Guam!! LOL
This has been a year of many blessings, even with some of the hardships, as of late. I can finally say, I’m done. Let’s pack it up and call it a Lifetime! Haha. Maybe not. I have searched the internet for about 17 years for amazing and unique or rare dolls and toys, with about 5 years of searching via magazine and mail orders, prior to the internet. But, this one particular item has eluded me all these years, until last weekend!
What is the item already?! Right? Well, of course with all things we need to start at the beginning…
So, here we go, when, I started to search for vintage Japan dolls and toys back in 2000, while searching for a Mattel Francie doll made in Japan. I fell in love with many of the vintage dolls and toys showcased on Yu’s Cuties, website. Then, later while bidding on Yahoo Japan auctions and finding many of those very same dolls and toys, I started to find manga doll and toy ads. Similar to the one below…
Oh my goodness! Was my reaction to a book I just received yesterday in the mail. Believe it or not, I stumbled upon a follower via IG last week, because as I was searching through other collectors photos and collections, I was naturally drawn to hers. I decided to message her because she had a photo of a book, I had not seen or knew about. When she replied to me via DM, it was a book she had written!? What, oh my goodness, how did I not know about this book… Ugh. So, politely, I told her she had an amazing collection and I made it my goal to find myself a copy.
Titled: “Colorful! American Junk Catalog” by Tomoko Nakamura, 2006. That same day I searched and with the amazing power of the internet, google translator and Amazon Japan, I did! Yeehaw!