Monday, September 1, 2008

Box of Barbies

It's been a crazy few weeks. I wish I had something to show for it, but the best I could come up with was this box of Barbie™ butts.

You might be wondering why I have this many Barbies or have bothered to take a picture and post it here. A careful reader will suspect some adaptive reuse is about. And you, careful reader, would be correct! However, not by me. I've been collecting these over the last couple of weeks for my new favorite jeweler, Margaux Lange. I have known of her work now for a few years, but about a month ago I happened upon a link that lead me to her blog. One of her recent posts lamented the fact that Barbie acquisition via Ebay has become a hassle at best. Just that day I had seen 10 or more at the thrift store. So, I sat down and sent her an email to let her know that I find them all the time and would love to pick them up and send them along to her.

I suspect after she got over the initial weirdness of a complete stranger offering to buy and send thrift store Barbies to her, she emailed me back to accept my random offer. One thing I didn't think to mention in my post to her was that collecting Barbies would be, in part, a way for me to pay some kindness forward. Over the last few years, I've met several other 'collectors' at my favorite thrifty mart and a couple of them have bought tin cans, legos or other things I'm known to collect and then passed them along to me. They won't take money, so I'm always left feeling grateful for the thoughtfulness and excited about the new additions to my tin collection, yet a little in the red on the greater cosmic balance sheet. I'm hoping that I'll be able to find some plastic doll gems for Margaux while at the same time paying down some thriftic debt.

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