Can you help me identify this Goodwill find?
I recently discovered this lovely lady at my local Goodwill, for less than $3.00, and what a find! Her hind quarters indicated that she was a vintage Barbie doll, but her face doesn’t look that old. So I think we have a “mix-and-match” going on here.
Sometimes a year will be printed on the back of the doll’s head, but I didn’t find anything like that under her hair. It was devoid of information.
However, as you’ll see below, she does have the year “1966” stamped just above her “twist and turn” waist:
I fear someone may have tied her to a Tanka truck and dragged her through gravel because she had quite a large wound on her right arm. Poor thing!
She wasn’t stinky though. I hate when you buy them packaged and then get them home, only to discover they smell like Grandma’s attic — as if mice had been nesting in their hair! That was NOT the case with this lovely lady. Thank heavens!
I’ve done a little online research, though, and I’m starting to think she has a Mattel 1966 Twist-and-Turn Malibu Barbie body with a 1990 or 1991 Steffie face mold Hispanic Barbie head. What are your thoughts?
Here’s a close-up of her make-up:
The original face paint is really in beautiful condition! Don’t you think so?
Her hair was a little messy, but with a wash and soak in warm water combined with a teensy bit of fabric softener, I should have her hair looking “so healthy, it shines” in no time!
My kids and my husband torment me every time I go through this process of revitalizing Barbie hair. They say, “Look, Mom is pickling Barbies again!”
What I’d like to do is get this little lady identified, cleaned up, and looking her best. Then perhaps I’ll make her some pretty clothes to wear that will cover up her battle-scarred arm, and (disclosing all flaws of course) I’ll sell her on eBay for a fair price. I mean, after all, isn’t she still worth playing with?
I’m sure she is!
If you think you can help identify her (or her parts), feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Barbie, MTM Barbie, Francie, and Vintage Barbie dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
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