One of the things I love the most about thrifting is finding something unique that I might not otherwise have ever come into contact with. By far, my most exciting thrift store find this past month was the Sasha Gregor doll I found in the toy aisle of Goodwill.
He was a bit dirty and dressed in a really ugly outfit made from a brown sock with holes cut in it for arm holes, but I recognized him immediately (and tried not to squeal in the middle of the store). ;) I had just recently restrung two Sashas for a fellow doll club member, so Sashas were a bit more on my radar than they might have been otherwise.
I found out that the Sasha dolls were produced both by Gotz company in Germany and by a company in England called Trendon Ltd (it sounds like the company was originally called Frido). I also discovered that the way you can tell whether you have a Gotz or a Trendon Sasha is to check the doll's head. The Gotz dolls have a "Sasha" mark on them, while the Trendon dolls have no distinguishing marks. The Gotz dolls were produced from 1965-1970 and then again from 1995-2001. The Trendon dolls were produced from 1966-1986.
There were a couple of fun facts I discovered about the Sasha line in general, too. For instance, did you know that the Sasha dolls were produced in a tannish-brown color because their creator (also named Sasha) did not want the dolls to represent any specific race? The dolls were also made with asymmetrical facial features to make them more like real children. They were flat-footed so they could stand on their own, and could even balance upside-down in a headstand position.
The Gregor I found can still do a headstand, even though his arms are a bit loose.
There's more I could share about Sasha, but I need to wrap things up and get my girls ready for bed. ;) I found a lot of useful pages online about Sashas. If you'd like to do more research yourself, you can see a couple of them HERE and HERE. :) And here are a couple more helpful sites:
Thank you so much to Serenata for sharing these links! :) I think I actually found the sashadoll.com one in my earlier research. I hope these help all of you find even more information on this line. :)
I was really torn about letting go of my Gregor. On the one hand, it was very exciting to find such a normally expensive doll at the thrift store. (Full disclosure: I found him for $4.99. I did a starting bid of $29.99 because if he doesn't sell for at least that much, I'll very happily keep him. I didn't feel I should start him any higher because I got him for such a low price, especially since Goodwill wrote the price on his leg and I couldn't get it all the way off.) :( But the thing is, I have so many other dolls and toys I'm already collecting, I really don't need to branch out into yet another line. I'm starting to run out of room! Gregor is cute, but I'm not as into Sashas as I am into other lines.
My other motivation for finding Gregor a new home is that I'm trying to save up for a writers conference next spring. My goal is to get my book finished by the end of December and then spend the next few months editing it. The conference I hope to attend (Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in California) would give me an opportunity to meet with agents and editors who might be interested in my work. :D
Because the conference is extremely expensive, I'm going to try to slow down on doll purchases and try to earn a little extra to set aside. I don't know if going this next year will be a financial possibility, but I'd like to try. If it doesn't work out for 2015, I'll aim for 2016. Maybe by then I will have finished my second book, too (I have four planned for the series).
While we're on this subject, one of my goals this month has been to try to work on my book for at least one hour every weekday. The success of that goal has been varied, but I've definitely been typing more on my story than I would have if I wasn't making the attempt. ;)
So if my posting seems more sporadic or distracted in the next couple of months, that's one of the reasons. ;)
Okay, so enough of that randomness! All that to say, I've got some eBay listings up, things might be sporadic, but I'll have another post up this week! ;)
Hope you all had a nice Monday! Talk to you soon!