|Thrift Store find, Top Model Nikki|
During a quick visit to a thrift store last week, waiting to be rescued, I found an extremely preloved Top Model Nikki. Her ModelMuse body caught my eye first followed by her distinct head sculpt.
Like the other fashion dolls there, Nikki was enclosed in a plastic bag, stapled closed with a price tag that I initially thought read, 87 (cents). Of course I snatched her from the rack for a closer inspection.
Through the plastic I could tell that some little one had really enjoyed hours of serious Nikki play. Her hair was mess, as illustrated in the next pictures. Can I salvage the hair? I wondered as I walked to the scarf section with Nikki in hand to look for silk scarves to use as headwraps for myself. None of the scarf offerings interested me so I headed toward the register.
|Top Model Nikki with hair all over her head, holds her $1.99 price tag|
At the register, the cashier said, $2.15. I asked, "What?" She said, "$2.15." I examined the handwriting on the price tag and discovered it had been stapled to the bag upside down. Instead of 87 (cents), the price was $1.99 plus tax. "Do you still want it?" the cashier asked. "Yes, I do." I said.
At home with Nikki removed from bag, I could see additional signs of extreme doll play. In addition to the unruly hair, Nikki had several scuff marks on the sides of her arm and a few on one leg. An attempt to mask these with Lemon Pledge furniture polish failed, but this did perk up her vinyl. The scuffs are not too bad, but I know they are there.
|Nikki's hair upon arrival was in rough shape.|
|Missing hair plugs|
|Missing hair plugs have been covered with strands of pulled over hair, rooted into her scalp with a felting needle.|
I finger combed and fluffed Nikki's hair into an Afro and used a single black ponytail holder to create a headband.
I dressed Nikki in a simple black halter dress and zebra print pumps. She holds a white clutch bag. Her sterling silver earrings are a pair I wore many moons ago. These had to be polished for Nikki using a silver tarnish remover recipe I found on the Internet that consists of 1/2 cup boiled water to which was added 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and baking soda. A piece of aluminum foil was used to cover the bottom of the bowl that contained this fluid mixture. After soaking the earrings for a few minutes, the tarnish faded!
I added a white ponytail holder to extend the width of Nikki's headband and to complement the black and white theme of her fashion. She's almost as good as new and not a bad find for 87... no wait, $1.99 + tax.
Below is one more photo with different earrings borrowed from Pop Life Christie (temporarily, because PL Christie would not permanently give them up).
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