You’re probably reading this at your desk, all nice and comfy with maybe a coffee sitting nearby, or tea if you’re like me and can’t drink coffee anymore because your body is old and suddenly a rebel. I’ll bet you woke up this morning and got yourself ready for your day in a nice, leisurely fashion.
At four AM this morning, yes, you read that right – 4:00 AM PST, I was in line at the Disney Store. I wasn’t even the first one in line, try number 32, people. That means 31 other fools were in line before me. Here are just a few of the Crazy Disney Fans!
Why were we there?
Because today is the day they released the final five Disney Princess Designer Dolls! Duh.
I’m a Barbie collector and a Disney fan, so when they came out with a series of dolls depicting the princesses in designer gowns, I was hooked.
The Disney Store would release one doll a week for ten weeks. There would be a limited run of each doll. Cinderella was the first and her run was 2,000. That’s not a lot of dolls.
See the problem? Yeah, me too. What went wrong?
Too many people started snatching up the dolls to sell on ebay. They sold for $59.50 in the stores, but would fetch up to $200 (sometimes more) on ebay.
One particularly painful morning I got to the store a little before nine (they open at ten) and there was already a long line. The first woman in line had been there since four AM – and I thought she was a little kookoo. Hindsight is not pretty.
As I stood there, counting the people in front of me and trying to determine how many dolls my Disney Store got, I knew I would be going home without a doll.
Then fate stepped in.
The week before, I met a sweet girl in line and we started talking about what dolls we collect. She ended up getting the very last doll that day and we both laughed how lucky she was. I gave her my card and told her that if she ever couldn’t make it to text me and I’d be happy to pick up a doll for her. There was a limit of two dolls per customer and I only need one for me, so why not?
Well, my sweet friend happened to be in line near the front and when she saw that I wasn’t going to get a doll, she gave me one of hers. Random Act of Kindness!
The next week an announcement on the Disney Store site said something like, due to people (not collectors) buying up all the dolls before the really cool people (collectors) can get them, they were only going to let you buy 1 doll per princess per person on October 17th in the stores, and October 18th you could order online. Okay, I’m paraphrasing, they didn’t really say that, but it’s what we collectors knew they meant.
Here’s where insanity steps in…
I have 5 of the 10 dolls in the series and I must, absolutely must complete the collection. It doesn’t matter that Pocahontas isn’t my favorite princess, it had to be mine! I became obsessed with the thought that I would be denied my precious.
That’s why the dolls are selling for so much on ebay. Thinking like that turns normal, intelligent folks into salivating mutations of humanity.
I arrived at the mall at 4:00AM thinking I would be the first in line. Whoohooo! I’d get all five dolls and be the super special collector of the day.
Like I said, I was 32nd in line. The first person had been there since 7:00PM the night before. What?!? That’s outrageous! Especially since I truly, deeply thought I’d be first in line.
I didn’t get all five dolls. I only got two, but hey, at least I got something!
You know what else I got? Some cool new friends. Being me, I chatted with people in line, I met this guy Tony and his sister who has the coolest name I’ve ever heard – Xochitl. Makes me think of a cool anime character. Anyway, Tony cracked me up because he collects shoes. Yep, you read that right – shoes. We’re talking Jordans and stuff like that. NOT Manolos or Jimmy Choos.
All in all, I had a blast. Yeah, I’m still three dolls short of completing the collection, but that’s the beauty of collecting – I have time. I can wait out the big spenders on ebay and maybe even find a doll at an estate sale. Maybe.
Tell me, what do you collect? Are you fanatical about a band or a specific item? Beanie Babies (remember those? Oh, the horror stories we can tell!), baseball cards? Barbies?
Do you take your precious out of the box or is that blasphemy?