Barbie entered the world of toys in 1959 and girls have been flocking to the hot pink icon ever since. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll which is now used as the figurehead of the Mattel brand of dolls and accessories. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market, movie business, clothing line, fashion world, and even starred in her own TV show. Buying Barbie clothing and accessories can be an enjoyable yet overwhelming process because of the abundance of options available. This guide will walk buyers through everything there is to know about purchasing new and used Barbie clothing and accessories.
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. The creation of Barbie is credited to Ruth Handler who watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles. At the time, most children's toy dolls were infants, and so Ruth started looking for a way to create an adult-bodied doll. Ruth found the perfect doll during a trip to Europe and ended up bringing the idea back to the United States and giving the idea to Mattel. At first, the company wasn't sure the idea of an adult doll would be profitable, and after a little reworking, the doll was named Barbie and made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. This date is also used as Barbie's official birthday.
The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra-striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytail, and was available as either a blonde or brunette. Although parents were initially unsure of the adult appearance of the doll, nearly 350,000 Barbie dolls were sold during the first year of production.
Barbie is much more than simply a doll, she comes with an entire world of accessories, an entourage of characters, a unique story, and personal history. A series of novels published by R andom House in the 1960s tell the story of Barbie's fictitious past. The books explain that Barbie, or Barbara Millicent Roberts, was born in Wisconsin. Her parents' names are given as George and Margaret Roberts. Barbie has a little sister named Skipper and twin cousins, Todd and Stacie. She has an on-off romantic relationship with her boyfriend Ken Carson, who first appeared on toy shelves in 1961. Barbie has had over 40 pets, including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra. She has owned a wide range of vehicles and has taken on a variety of roles including Miss Astronaut Barbie, Doctor Barbie, and NASCAR Barbie.
Barbie Clothing and Accessories
Dress-up games are most popular with both boys and girls between the ages of 2 to 8. This type of role-play helps children to strengthen their imagination, interact with others, and learn about the world. The use of Barbie clothing is one of the most traditional methods of playing dress up. When Barbie is home, she wants to be in comfortable, casual clothes; when she gets ready to go out; Barbie has a variety of evening gowns and fancy shoes to choose from. For little girls, dressing and re-dressing Barbie is all part of the fun. This section of the guide will walk buyers through all of the necessary information when purchasing Barbie clothing and accessories.
Purchasing Barbie Clothing
When purchasing Barbie, she generally comes with one or two outfits, depending on the model. From there, instead of purchasing more dolls, it is often cost-effective to simply purchase more clothing. Barbie clothing can be purchased in "lots," meaning a large quantity or large selection of Barbie clothing. Oftentimes, when clothing is purchased in a "lot" it indicates that the buyer doesn't have control over each individual article of clothing in the purchase, but rather the amount of clothing as a whole. For example, there are massive lots with hundreds of Barbie clothing items, medium sized lots with 50-100 pieces, and very small ones, with just a couple dozen pieces, or maybe several outfits. Buying a lot can be a risk, since you can't be sure what you will be receiving, but it is a great way to build a large collection quickly.
Used Barbie Clothing
Barbie clothing is fairly easy to find both new and used. New clothing is clothing that is still in the packaging, never been opened, and is often sold in toy stores or similar online venues. Used Barbie clothing can be found online, or from family or neighbors who have children that may have outgrown Barbie. Used Barbie clothing can be a great way to save money while providing the same enjoyment for the child.
When purchasing used Barbie clothing online, the seller will generally indicate what condition the clothing is in. It is important for buyers to pay close attention to the description of the clothing so they understand what they are getting. Clothing may be listed in TLC condition, good condition, played with, excellent, and mint condition. We will explain each of these conditions in this section.
Lots listed as TLC stands for "in need of tender loving care." These clothing lots may have been played with a bit too roughly or they may be vintage clothing that has been worn down over many years. The damage to TLC clothing ranges from ripped seams, loose straps or snaps, missing pieces, holes, snags, or loose hems. For buyers who are looking to save money and don't mind a little mending, these lots might be a great deal. It is important to ask how many pieces have stains, holes, or missing parts because these problems are not easily repaired.
Good Condition or Played With Condition
These lots may have been played with at one time, or they may be very used and slightly damaged like TLC items. When clothing is listed as "played with condition," it's important to ask the seller if any of the clothing is physically damaged, ripped, or stained. Most sellers will be happy to explain the condition of the lot, and any details about damaged pieces.
Excellent or Mint condition
Excellent or mint condition generally indicates that the product is like new. It should arrive in completely flawless condition, with no reasonable signs of wear.
Barbie is nothing without her shoes, handbag, and of course, the Barbie Jeep . Every Barbie doll needs Barbie accessories. These little additions make playing with Barbie fun and exciting for little ladies. A few of the most popular Barbie doll accessories include Barbie clothing accessories, Barbie's dream house, and Barbie's sports car. These accessories are generally made for children above the age of 3, as they have small parts that can be dangerous for toddlers.
Barbie clothing accessories a great find. Most accessories will fit any Barbie doll, so whether a buyer finds a great collection of bags, or a lot of shoes; Barbie and her friends can enjoy them all equally. Barbie has every accessory possible, depending on her role that day. Dr . Barbie might have a stethoscope, white coat, and thermometer. Police Officer Barbie has a coat, a shiny badge, and a hat. The more accessories Barbie has, the more the child's world of imagination is expanded. Used Barbie accessory descriptions use the same scale as the Barbie clothing conditions outlined above.
Some critics of Barbie say that her clothing is not modest and gives young girls an inappropriate vision of beauty. Many mothers and caregivers have fixed this problem by drawing on Barbie's plastic body with a permanent marker to give her underwear, or a permanent leotard. This covers up the mid-section and cleavage, so Barbie is modest at all times. Others have altered Barbie clothing to add sleeves to tops and length to skirts.
Dream House Accessories
Barbie not only comes with clothes and shoes, but an entire dream world of accessories. Barbie has a dream house, vacation house, party pool, camper, cruise ship, shop s, and enough accessories to build an entire Barbie city. Then there are Barbie accessories for around the home, such as a refrigerator, desk set, dream bedroom, dining set, and dream sofa .
Many parents enjoy these Barbie accessories because they are relatively inexpensive and provide hours of enjoyment. They last through multiple users and are a good value for the money. Ba rbie ' s dream house is the most popular Barbie accessory. The most modern version of this three-story pink mansion comes with an elevator, lights, and sounds on every level. There is a chandelier at the front door, a dining area, fully-stocked kitchen, a fireplace, and a luxurious bathroom. A glamorous be droom suite is on the third floor. It includes a canopy bed, an outdoor whirlpool tub, and even a flushing toilet.
Of course, Barbie needs a way to get around town, so Barbie's spo rts car is a must-have. This Barbie accessory is a hot-pink, stylish convertible that will have any child driving Barbie everywhere she needs to go. When it's winter, Barbie also has a Jeep that can get her through snow, or up into the mountains. For formal events, the Barbie limo is the vehicle of choice for Barbie and her entourage.
Purchasing Barbie Clothing and Accessories on eBay
eBay is a great place to find new and gently used Barbie clothing and accessories. To find the world of Barbie on eBay, go to the Toys and Hobbies section and enter "Barbie " in the search box. This search will bring up everything on eBay that has to do with Barbie. This may be a bit overwhelming at first, so it's a good idea to narrow the search to a specific type of Barbie, item such as "Barbie Clothing " or "Barbie Shoes." If you can't find exactly what you want using this technique, try using the eBay Community. In this feature, you can use the forum-style posting to tell others what you're looking for. When purchasing Barbie clothing lots on eBay, remember to always check out the seller and understand the condition of the clothing.
Staying Safe on eBay
Ask the seller for additional photos if necessary. Most eBay sellers are ready and willing to provide additional details about the condition of their items. After you've found the perfect item, and you feel confident in both the seller and the product, you can bid on the item, or complete a Buy It Now purchase. Always complete each transaction through eBay; never accept an offer to complete a transaction outside of eBay as it will void any protection available through the eBay Buyer Protection Policy . Although a rare event, if an item fails to arrive or is different than described, eBay Buyer Protection will cover the purchase price plus original shipping.
Barbie has become a classic American icon loved by children all over the world. Her pink shoes and signature ponytail make their way into birthday parties, playrooms, and are inevitably under many Christmas trees each year. These iconic dolls provide children with a world of imagination and make-believe during the formative years of young people. Always review the condition of clothing lots, but don't be afraid of used clothing, sometimes that can get buyers the best deals on previously loved Barbie items. Whether your little one wants a career Barbie, camping Barbie, beach Barbie or any number of her Barbie friends, there are used clothing and accessory items that are available to fit the doll. Barbie clothing and accessories found on eBay can enhance a child's world of play which can strengthen the creativity, independence, and understanding of the world around them.