Then I grew up - friends and boyfriends, college, marriage and...nostalgia hit.
"Where's my Barbie," I said to my mother one day, remembering I had packed her away in my parent's basement.
"I gave her to a doll collector", said my unconcerned mother. "The woman was VERY happy to have her."
Urgggggg. I bet.
My mother, noting my interest, sent me a picture of MY Barbie on the collector's shelf. "She even found an original wedding dress inside the case," mom said.
Recently my husband bid on an eBay Barbie. "It has to be an original," i reminded him. "Black and white bathing suit, ponytail. The bid is starting at $9.99. I'm sure you can get one under fifty dollars."
What did I know about online sales? Without reliving those fruitless hours spent counting down the minutes to the end of each auction, I can tell you that you can't buy a vintage Barbie for under...well, hundreds of dollars.
Someday though, I'll have her.
Barbie was introduced in 1953. Among her 80 careers, she went to college when she was 11 years old and joined the Army at 39.
In 2000, she developed a belly button.
She has seen over 150 nations and every second THREE Barbies are sold.
An original in mint condition has sold for $10,000.00