My first Barbie doll (blonde bubble cut) was bought for me for by my parents whilst we were living in Canada. We returned to England in 1964 and I often opened my Barbie case, containing the doll, clothes and accessories, and had a play. A rival doll soon came on the scene called Tressy, and I used to play with the two dolls together, mixing and matching outfits. I don't know what happened to my Tressy, but I always kept my Barbie, and she went with me wherever I moved to in later years. When I had my own daughter I allowed her to play with my Barbie, which I later realised was a mistake, as bits and pieces inevitably went missing or were damaged in some way, though I am pleased to say Barbie stayed intact. About a year and a half ago I discovered Ebay and the vintage Barbie section. For a few months I went mad and managed to replace every clothing and accessory item that had either disappeared or was in need of repair, and of course couldn't resist purchasing outfits I had never had! I also bought another Barbie (brunette bubble cut)and am about to take delivery of my first Midge. I may be tempted to buy another outfit or two in the near future, but then shall try to refrain for a bit...It becomes very addictive, not to mention pricey, scouring the vintage Barbie pages on Ebay!
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