Friday, March 14, 2014

Doll-A-Day 73: Tammy in Fur 'N' Formal and A Yard Sale Tale

  Today's doll is my only platinum Tammy.
Thanks go again to my friend Connie, who gave me the Tammy case.

She's wearing the Fur 'N' Formal fur stole and dress. I got the dress and the stole at two different places, and the doll at a third.You'll notice you don't see her feet. It's that dreaded 'no shoes' problem again.But I'm working on it. I just don't have any dress shoes.

This platinum blonde was part of a load of stuff I got at a yard sale...

Tammy's always look like they need some sleep. They have little bags under their eyes.
 Yes, it's a...

  We have a local couple who go to a lot of auctions, so they have at least one sale every year, sometimes two. One year Emma and I went to their sale and while shopping their garage we spotted loads of dolls. There was a big wire rack filled with dolls, doll clothes, cases. We  could see a Tammy and Barbie feet.  Tammy's original gym suit and Ken's Sleeper Set pajamas were on little hangers hanging on the wire shelf. Emma and I found the owners and asked about the dolls, which we couldn't actually reach because there was a lot of stuff in between us and the wire racks. Well, she might as well have used thumb screws on us because the torture was just as bad. The stuff, she said, wasn't for sale, because they hadn't gone through it yet. Made sense, but don't SHOW me the stuff!
  Anyway, new scene. It's the next year. Emma, Ken, our youngest, Ivy, and I go to a doll auction. We buy a few things, some of which I will let go so I can afford to keep what I really want. Emma and I stand, watching the Betsy McCalls go for hundreds of dollars. "Oh, she is so cute! I want a Betsy McCall!" Emma says. "Yes, me too, but look at those prices. We'll never get one of those." I say. Emma tells me that she drove past the place that had the not-for-sale dolls last year on her way home from work last night and it looked like they were getting ready to have a sale. We make a note to get up early and check it out in the morning.
  In the morning, for some forgotten reason, we don't get out quite as early as we should. When we do we head straight for the place. Their sale is indeed on. We walk into the driveway and there sit the metal racks. They look untouched. Even the Tammy gym suit and the Ken pajamas are still hanging on their little hangers on the shelf. We start taking things off the racks and making piles. A Fashion Queen Barbie for me. The wigs for Emma. A Bubble cut Barbie for me,a case of stuff for Emma. Blonde crew cut Kens for both of us. Platinum Tammy's for both of us.

Her hair is so curly!
A titian straight leg Skipper for me. A Toni doll for Emma.A Miss Revlon wanna-be for me, along with loads of gorgeous handmade clothes...

... Barbie accessories,including Barbie's dominoes,a few pieces of clothing,including the hat from Studio Tour, and the ever elusive Cap n' Crunch bosun whistle----for each of us. I took a paper bag off the shelf and looked in. Sleeping in the bag (On account of she was on her back so her eyes were closed.) was a sweet little brunette Betsy McCall. (You can see here in all her glory HERE.)She's missing the lower half of one leg, but when we go through the stuff I find we have both her barrettes, her bridal dress, veil, and white shoes, along with the vest from Pony Pals. (We realize Emma bought the rest of Pony Pals in the box at one of their previous sales.) Emma and I made pretty much a clean sweep of the shelves between us. Our final combined cost? $65.

  I had another platinum Tammy that I bought in a shoe box full of grungy dolls and stuff at an antique store on vacation once. I sold her to help finance the vacation.This Tammy is actually the nicer of the two anyway.

A closer look at the case graphics.
See you tomorrow for Skipper Saturday.


  1. Your Tammy is beautiful!

    Also belonging to the Fun 'n Formal outfit are: a pearl necklace and bracelet, red pumps, long white gloves, a floral headband (red and white), gold clutch purse and a pair of nylons

    1. Thanks so much for filling in the gaps on the outfit information. I'm much better about this stuff these days!


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