Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reggae Music Calendar Girl Jenny

Reggae Music Calendar Girl Jenny, represents the month of July, doll #7 in this series.

As mentioned in my post on R&B Music Calendar Girl Jenny, I expressed a then desire to own the Reggae Music Jenny.  In one of my replies to a comment on that post, I shared that the doll had already been found.  How did I find her so quickly?

Because I had viewed the seller's other listings, I noted other Jenny dolls from the Music Calendar Girl series were offered, but not Reggae.  I took a chance and asked if  Reggae was available.  She was, but had not been listed because her red skirt had several dark stains.  The doll's box had never been opened, making these stains a mystery to the seller.  I asked for a photo of the skirt.

A scan of the front of the skirt vaguely illustrates multiple dark stained areas.  The back was stained in a similar manner, more noticeable to the naked eye than the scanned image illustrates.

I expressed my continued interest in purchasing the doll and asked the seller for a price, which was agreed upon.  My intention was to first try to spot clean the skirt and utilize a plan B, if necessary.

The back of Reggae Music Jenny's box illustrates dolls 5 through 10 along with the Premium Music Calendar Girl Jenny (shown to the lower left of the other dolls).

Dolls 5 through 10 are shown on the back of Reggae Music Calendar Girl Jenny's box.  When released to market from April 2000 through March 2001, purchasers of the complete set of 12 dolls had an opportunity to redeem the coupons from the dolls' boxes and receive the premium doll.


The 10-1/2-inch tan-complexioned Reggae Music Jenny wears a green velour top with white peace sign near the front left shoulder.  The top has yellow fringe at upper sleeve ends and yellow knit sleeves that hang below.  There is a red placket closure with two white buttons and string bow with red-yellow-green beads at the ends.  The red maxi-length skirt has two white peace symbols and the words, Jenny Love & Peace within.  It too is trimmed in yellow fringe at the hem above which is green rickrack.  Brown sandals enclosed inside a baggie are attached to the box liner as is a Rastafarian-style hat in the colors of the Jamaican flag: red, green, and yellow.  A cardboard reggae music CD is also attached to the box liner.  Jenny's hair is appropriately styled in long brown locs. She has brown painted eyes.

My attempt at spot cleaning the skirt failed.  The stubborn stains remained as stubborn.  Plan B, to paint over the stains with cloth paint, was executed using Puffy 3D paint, brushed on in multiple thin layers.

These side-by-side photos were taken of the skirt before and after it was painted.  A combination of too much light and my camera's inability to capture fine detail masks the stains in both pictures.  Trust me; they are there.

The shiny texture of the now painted skirt is more visible in this photo.

Even though my camera does not capture the painted-over stains, at best, all the paint did was create a shiny texture to the twill cotton cloth.  Perhaps the stains are not as apparent as before, but I know they are there.  I am still very happy to have found Reggae Music Jenny just by following the sage advice my mother always gave us as children:  It never hurts to ask.

******
For those who observe the holiday,


dbg
Follow my sister blog Ebony-Essence of Dolls in Black
Check out my eBay listings here.

Share/Bookmark

13 comments:

  1. She's a cutie. I've been looking for the Jenny AA boyfriend with the locks ever since you blogged about him a while back. Was this seller on ebay? I would like to reach out to them if possible. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. She's a cutie. I've been looking for the Jenny AA boyfriend with the locks ever since you blogged about him a while back. Was this seller on ebay? I would like to reach out to them if possible. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tom doesn't show up on eBay often. I would search the site for "Takara Jenny Tom" and save the search to be notified of new listings. It may take a while. I'll ask this seller if she has him, but it's rather doubtful.

      dbg

      Delete
  3. Congratulations. I tried to find this doll in the early 2000's but failed to find her. I am glad you were able to get her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, MDW. I'm glad I found her too and as quickly as I did, stained skirt and all. Hope, if you're still in the market for her, you're able to find one as well. They show up on eBay, but the price is usually much higher than the other dolls, for obvious reasons.

      dbg

      Delete
  4. Thanks for sharing your pics, Takara did a good job with her.
    You're giving us good lessons in collecting: it doesn't cost anything to ask a seller some questions about what else they might have.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're welcome, Maricha! For the time period (2000-2001) they did a decent job with the hair.

      You're right, asking is free and chances are, when you ask, you may receive the desired answer.

      dbg

      Delete
  5. You did a great job on the skirt, despite what you think.
    You might come upon the perfect red skirt one day. Or you might be able to make her the perfect no-sewing red skirt. Knowing how crafty you are, I am sure you will be able to accessorise it and make it look as perfect as the original skirt.
    Take good care of yourself!
    Arlette

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for boosting my confidence at what I attempt to do, Arlette. I am okay with the skirt as it is since it is her original. I probably wouldn't be able to duplicate the peace emblems and the wording, which give the skirt its appeal. Who knows, I might be able to find a replacement that someone is selling separately from the doll.

      :-)

      dbg

      Delete

Thank you! Your comments are appreciated!