Friday, January 23, 2015

Obtaining That Grail

I have had the pleasure in the last year to add a "grail" doll or two to my collection. I must preface this by saying I just replied to a question in December stating "I no longer have a grail list" LOL. I came across these two beauties this month by accident. In the '90's I loved all things Barbie. I still have a twinge here and there for my girl. At the end of 1999 there was a Classical Goddess Collection showcased. I say 1999 even though everything says 2000/1. I remember the pics of the Goddess of Spring. I fell in love with all that long curly strawberry blonde hair
Promo Goddess of Spring
 Can you see the gorgeous there. The finished product was not the same as the promo pic. I wasn't in any rush to buy her. When Wisdom was produced I still didn't jump. I don't know why I didn't get them then. 

Fast forward 14 years and I found her. The price one ebay had to be a mistake. I won't say but I put her on watch immediately. I had to check the sellers other items and she had Wisdom too. The price was unbelievable and ending the next day with no bidders. Spring was ending the day after Wisdom so I emailed the seller to make sure she combined shipping. You know the anticipation was killing me. I just knew they were going to be bid up a lot higher than the beginning bid. I waited the last 5 minutes so nervous. I do have a cap on what I will pay. The last 20 seconds was my moment. I put in my highest bid and hit enter at 10 seconds. To my very happy surprise NO ONE ELSE bid. Wisdom was mine. The same scenario the following day for Spring. I obtained both for what Wisdom has gone for by herself.

 In all my excitement for them I totally overlooked another beauty I traded for. I fell really hard for her. She was so out of my league I didn't even think I would get her without sacrificing my lust of all things vinyl (fashion dolls people, LOL). I spied a FB post looking to sell or trade this Goddess. I had to try and I got her. I was able to trade for Smoke Screen Dania Zarr from the 2010 Dark Romance FR Convention!!

She does not disappoint. So my point is that no matter what you feel you may never obtain it is possible. If you have a grail list look it over again and GO FOR IT. You may be surprised by what you can get. I don't have a grail list any more :O)

If you decide to trade or buy from someone don't be afraid to ask for references on doll boards or groups you belong to. This doll community of ours may seem huge but it is relatively small when your reputation is on the line. Hammer out your terms ahead of time for sale or swap. If you say you're going to mail an item MAIL IT.  I know life happens but make sure you keep in contact with your trade partner. Make sure you have tracking info and are given the same. Don't be afraid to ask for pictures either. You may be asked the same so be ready. You want to make sure of the condition of what you're getting/sending. 

Enough of my rambling... GO FOR IT!! Find your grail goodies

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations with your gorgeous dolls! If you have patience, you can find the ONE one day :-). I love Dania Zarr's outfit, so chic!

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  2. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you! I acquired a grail at IT Con last year (Soul Deep Adele) and I still smiling. I can imagine the feeling, especially neither it being 14 years later. To get three in the same period is totally awesome!

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    1. Congrats on Soul Deep. That smile is so awesome when you get that doll you've been waiting for :O)

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  3. Congratulations on your finds! It's always brilliant to bring home a grail doll, but especially so when you come across them accidentally!

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    1. Thank you it's so much fun. I'm still smiling every time I look at them.

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  4. Yay! Glad to read you got your Grail dolls!

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    1. Thank you Dana. I'm still sorting & organizing but I had to have them :O)

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  5. Congratulations on your purchases, they are very beautiful dolls.. But I wouldn't be surprised to read one day in the future that you have a new grail list, it always seems to happen to doll collectors.

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    1. Shh, not so loud. I'm working on a small list while I decide who's going ;O)

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  6. Oh my, the goddess of spring is stunning!!! Congrats for getting your grail dolls, dear!

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    1. Thank you Shasha. I finally have THE model for your chevron maxi :O)

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