Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thrift Store find: Barbie foldaway dollhouse, with extras

The local thrift store is trying mightily to upgrade themselves beyond "junk shop" status. While they have finally gotten rid of most of the broken/torn up/stained/etc. junk that has been cluttering up the toy section bins, that means they've also done away with the "Everything you can cram into a Wal-Mart bag is $1" policy. Moving forward, things will have values assigned to them. This really stinks for things like small toys and stuff. That policy was why I got the contents of the "MegaHaul" post for such an insanely cheap price.

Well, I managed at least to send the old policy out with a slightly muted bang, considering that I found a foldaway Barbie dollhouse on my last trip of the "dollar bag" deal days.

"I'm telling you, the last house that got brought home for dolls was claimed by the CATS! How does that happen?"
"Just turn around and you'll see."
 Finn wanted to be in this review. The little house folds up into a decently small case, and the whole thing is covered in stickers to give the appearance of a fully-appointed home. The bicycle is a nice touch, I think.
"Even I question if this is too much pink!"
Let's take the tour! Opening up the little home gives the impression of a really luxurious college dorm room. Nearly everything is (of course) Barbie hot pink, or at least accented with it. Cupid seems like she could be the owner of this place, doesn't she? Just to your left of the door, the living room!
Carnival games? In my living room? It's more likely than you think!
Much like the inquisitive giant cat monster, not everything seems to actually belong to this set.
How do you keep the toilet paper from getting wet?
To the right of the door is the tiniest and most convenient bathroom you'll ever see. You can shower AND use the toilet at the same time. Not even the guys who design RV's are this creative with saving space! The lid to the toilet opens and shuts.
I'm jealous. MY dorm room didn't have a kitchenette!
On the other side of the bathroom wall is an efficiency kitchen with a mini fridge. A single blue plate and pink lid were in the fridge. You'll note that they've completely overwhelmed the tiny sink.
A chair but no table? Do we just eat at the stove?
Beyond the kitchen is a cleverly designed foldaway staircase, which tucks up under itself when you put the house away. Also, a tall pink chair!
A snap-on lantern is decorative AND a great kitty head-scratcher!

See that bed? Olympic gymnasts practice for the balance beam by sleeping there.
That brings us to the second floor, which seems to balance precariously on the ledge formed by the staircase wall. (is there a missing part that is supposed to hold that up?) This room has a large window, a balcony railing, a chandelier, and a really skinny bed. Hope you don't toss and turn in your sleep, Cupid.

But let's head back to the first floor for a moment. You see, there was a bag of miscellaneous stuff that I also grabbed when I picked up this house.
And all Barbie-size or smaller. A shame.
It had this surfboard-topped cabinet, and all of these shoes that had pairs!
As well as all of these shoes, which did not. (That silver Skipper shoe is so lonely...)
Random bags and accessories.
And a couple of pets. I'm liking that lizard!
Now my dollies can have dollies! Dolly-ception!
LOTS of Polly Pocket dolls, and clothes. And a dresser for them.
Rarity has nightmares about this hairdo happening to her.
And even a few ponies. The fella on the end is pretty interesting.

"That's all, folks!"
"Now excuse us while we evict this darned cat!"
All in all, not bad for the buck fifty I gave. With a little sprucing up, it could make a nifty little house for some lucky dolls. Not like the last one. Which the cats still sleep in and on.


  1. Excellent haul and your captions were hilarious!

    1. Thanks, Muff! I was so excited to see this little house, our tiny thrift shop almost NEVER gets anything this good!

  2. Purr: That bathroom looks like Barbie moved into my old house! XD