|Color Infusion Janay wearing Monster High shoes|
I have been scouting around online for shoes for Color Infusion (CI) Janay to complement her wardrobe. IT Direct has another shoe pack for $30 plus shipping that I have delayed purchasing. It includes three pairs of shoes and a felt hat. The shoe pack with boots, also at IT Direct, is already here.
Shoes made for Monster High, Jaks Pacific, and America's Next Top Model dolls have been suggested by other collectors, but I have not been able to find styles suitable for Janay's "taste."
There are international eBay sellers who carry more fashionable shoes that fit CI Janay. The warning in the description regarding some dyes possibly bleeding onto the doll's vinyl was enough for me to continue searching elsewhere.
This past Thursday I found an online seller who carries three different shoe styles in a variety of colors for CI Janay for $13 each. This price is comparable to the eBay seller's without the dye fading potential. Before making a visit to the thrift store yesterday, I had planned a shoe order of four pairs in different colors from this seller. I wanted more, but at $13 each, I decided when I placed the order, I would only order four.
On weekdays, the thrift store prep area is open during normal business hours and workers constantly stock the floor with new items. Items without price tags must be taken to the prep area for pricing. Questions about merchandise can be answered in that area as well. Saturday shopping is usually less fruitful than on weekdays and the prep area is closed on weekends.
|Monster High dolls found at thrift store|
On Friday, the fashion doll area of the thrift store was well stocked. I found five Monster High dolls and purchased four of the five. The one left behind was nude and without shoes. Janay needed shoes. Give me those shoes! (A line from the 1950s movie, The Bad Seed.)
|Additional dolls found at thrift store, LIV Alexis x2 and Hawaiian souvenir doll|
In addition to the Monster High (MH) dolls, I purchased two LIV dolls for their articulated bodies. One is fully dressed; the other is nude. A cute little Hawaiian souvenir doll pulled at my heartstrings, so she came home with me, too.
The MH dolls were marked $5.99 each, a little more than I wanted to pay, but $5.99 is a better price than $13 for shoes only (I thought). So I grabbed the ones I wanted before inspecting each bagged doll carefully. On close inspection, I discovered the MH dolls only have upper arms. The forearms are missing on all but one, and the hands are missing on all! It's a good thing I only wanted those shoes!
|LIV dolls and Hawaiian doll, de-bagged|
Since the LIV dolls were $3.99 for the fully dressed doll and $2.99 for the nude one, I took the MH dolls to the prep area and asked if the price could be reduced due to the missing forearms and hands. I was prepared to show them the completely dressed LIV doll for $3.99 to suggest that price. Instead of $5.99 for each MH, I only paid $2.99 each. I was a happy camper and would have been even happier had I printed out and taken the coupon I had in my email for $5 off a $10 purchase.
For a total cost of $23.74, I just knew Janay would have four extra pairs of shoes to wear. This did not prove to be the case. Only one of the four pairs fits her properly, Draculaura's pink and yellow heels that Janay is modeling in the first picture of this post. I really hoped Clawdeen Wolf's boots would fit Janay. Maybe a dip into some boiled water will loosen the vinyl enough for them to fit her.
I am still pleased with the find. Never in my life, however, did I think I would buy a Monster High doll to keep or do anything with. If I cannot get Clawdeen's boots to work for Janay, I will fashion some hands to attach to the long sleeves of Clawdeen's jacket. Her fangs will be painted and her hair styled to cover her ears. I am not sure what the fate will be for the other MH dolls just yet, but I'll probably make arms for them as well and make them look less monster-like.
|Alexis and Alexis in Sparkle Girlz clothing|
The two LIV Alexis dolls are now dressed in Sparkle Girlz clothing. (Yes, I said the purchase was for their bodies, but the bodies can be dressed until I need them for different proportionate heads, right?) Alexis at left wears shoes made by Paulette of Limbe Dolls.
|Janay took a quick full length photo to end this post. She knows the shoes do not match her fashion. She also knows she looks good in anything, even if the colors are not coordinated.|
Maybe I should have adhered to my original plan to "not buy another doll before next year," but don't blame me. The dolls just happened to come with the shoes I purchased for Janay and one can never have enough articulated bodies on hand. I have no excuse for the purchase of the souvenir doll except for the fact that she was there and she is the most complete of all that followed me home.