Friday, February 25, 2011

My Vintage Barbie Collection

I am a collector of many things, but this is my most prize collection. My Vintage Barbie Doll Collection. I have been collecting a lifetime. I thought I would post pictures of it for Pink Saturday!

My husband built me the ultimate place to display my collection. A fake pink and turquoise blue store front. On the left are some of my vintage barbies and clothes, in the middle behind the front doors are my Holiday Barbies, and on the right is a mix of some vintage dolls, items, Ornament Tree and newer collector Barbies.
I had a custom made neon sign made that says, Barbie and Friends I have at least one if not more of every Barbie they have ever made from 1959-1970 plus their friends

My pride and joys, my #1 Barbies.
My #2 Barbie and a few of my #3 Barbies
Behind the fake front doors of the store is my collection of Holiday Barbies. I have every one they ever made from 1988 through 2010. My newer collection of Barbies. These are some of the Collectibles ones they have made like Star Trek, Wizard of Oz, etc.

I also have in my collection some of the dolls that came dressed in a outfit and not in a swim suit. They were kinda rare to find. Their boxes were different with a blue stripe.

My American Dolls

Every doll has a label with it's description and year
I have almost every outfit from 1959 to 1970. Most of them are in the package and have never been opened!
Barbie and Ken Paper dolls and a barbie diary
I have every Pak they ever made except for one. :( I am missing the Fur Hat and Bag Pak from 1963. (I have been trying to find it for over 20 years and I can't) This is a few of the paks I have hanging on the wall on hooks.

This is the Bild Lili Doll from 1955. This is the German doll that Mattel used to create Barbie. I bought this doll on ebay from someone in Germany. I have the large and the small Bild Lili Dolls. This doll completed my collection!

A few vintage Barbies wearing some very popular outfits, Barbie's very rare Mink Stole, Easter Parade, Suburban Shopper and Roman Holiday

Barbie's Sports Car. She use to drive around town with Ken.

Barbie wearing American Airlines Stewardess outfit. I also have the outfit in a never opened package from the 60s. She also came with her Airplane, that is down on the floor next to my record player.

This is my PINK Barbie Ornament Tree where I display all my Barbie Collectibles Ornaments. I keep it in the window all year long.
This is one of my favorite outfits from the 60s. Its called Enchanted Evening with a beautiful silk pink dress , white fur stole, long white gloves,see through shoes and a pearl necklace. Here I have a vintage ponytail barbie from the 60s displaying the vintage outfit, then I have the vintage outfit from 1960 that is still in the package, never opened. I also have the newer Anniversary Barbie where they recreated her wearing that dress and I have the collector plate. This is my record player when I was a little girl. It still works! I have displayed on it Barbie sings records. She actually made some recordings in the early 60s and had them on records!
The Barbie store is inside our huge 12,000 sq foot Museum (in our back yard!) where we house some of our other collectibles in fake store front buildings and our vintage cars and other vintage items. Come back later this week and I will show you what is inside the building next to my Barbie Store, a vintage Barber Shop!

For more PINK Saturday posts, please go visit Ms Beverly at How Sweet The Sound!


Darla said...

I just ain't never girl!! This is so awesome, I still believe you should give tours....or maybe not..crap, if people will steal content...............?

Erin said...

That is awesome. I would love to tour your museum. I love the 50s diner.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

I'm just speechless...and ya'll know that never happens.

Oh, I can't even imagine the faces on two of my little granddaughters if they saw anything remotely close to this.


God bless ya and have an amazin' weekend sweetie. Ya keep that garage door locked up tight!!!

Beverly said...

Ann, I am in absolute love. Please adopt me.

That is the same Barbie car I had, and I also had the Enchanted Evening outfit.

Happy Pink Saturday, dear friend.

BailiwickStudio said...

Oh my! I don't know much about Barbie Dolls because both myself and my daughter preferred Breyer horses while growing up, but I can tell your collection is amazing!

Do you live anywhere near the High Desert? I think we're around 50 miles east (or north-east, anyway) of LA, too.

Happy PS! ::Jill

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

WOW ! Just amazing. thanks for sharing...
Happy Pink Saturday.

Light and Voices said...

Your Barbie doll collection is truly awesome!
Joyce M

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh--I can't believe this post!!! AMAZING! And I remember when I was 6 and got the Barbie in the black and white bathing suit for Christmas...I was so excited!!!

dana said...

Holy Cow!! That's the most amazing thing I've ever seen!!! My jaw is still on the computer desk!!! :)

I so enjoyed your share. My sis got a Barbie the first year they were made....blk and wht swim suit, dark hair! Your photos made me think of how proud my sis was of her doll!

Thanks for this fabulous share. You are one of my favorite blog friends...and have been for quite awhile now!!

Happy Pink Saturday!!!

L, Dana

★Carol★ said...

I think pretty much every girl can say that they love Barbie, but girl, you are in a league of your own! I am awestruck, and I bet anyone that's lucky enough to get a tour is just speechless. It's obvious that this is your passion, and I hope that you find that missing outfit that will complete your collection!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Unknown said...

Oh my. This is amazing. I love Barbie too, such lovely memories. I can still remember my favorite outfit it was black and white and she had the cutest black vinyl coat.

I cannot believe you have this in your backyard. Wow.


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

OMG, I can't believe how awesome this is. I loved my Barbie's growing up. Can I come over to play!!LOL

Arabella said...

Wow! My mom loved Barbie dolls and she would just be flabbergasted by your collection. My daughter & I still have a few from our youths too. This is really the most impressive display that I've ever seen.

I'm a new follower from Pink Saturday - so great to meet you :O)

Marie @

Grace said...

Oh My Fabulous goodness!!!I want to come and pay you to just walk and look!! lol I promise to keep my hands on my camera!! lol Beautiful post what a wonderful husband to mae this for you! Happy Pink Saturday!! Grace xoox

Gypsea Nurse said...

Ann~ so glad to have met you!! What a collection! And how much fun that must have been for you!!!!
My daughter would be going nuts right now!
Happy PS~

Betty said...

Oh my goodness!! That is an amazing collection and an amazing way to display it! Happy Pink Saturday!

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
Just poppin in from Pink Saturday.
Your just up the road from me in LA somewhere, I'm down near San Diego in Poway, but soon moving to Temecula.

I love your barbie doll shop. Wow, brings back pleasent memories from my own childhood.

I will surely be back to read more soon.

Take care,
Viola over at

suesueb said...

This is totally wonderful! I've never seen anything like it and would love to visit and just look at all these Barbies and other things!! How wonderful that your husband built this for you too! Congratulations on being featured for Pink Saturday and I hope you have a wonderful pink week!!

Midnite said...


Julie said...

This is amazing!! Like everyone else I would love to see this display!!

Beansieleigh said...

Oh Ann! If I'm EVER in California, PLEASE can I come visit you?!! I'm stunned just looking at my monitor, so I can't imagine the thrill it would be to see such a set up, and all your BEAUTIFUL dolls!!.. Happy Pink Saturday to you, and have a great weekend! ~tina

Leslie said...

Wow... that is every little girls dream to look at all those beautiful barbies.. do you let Ken in the store?

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...


And your husband is precious too, for being able to make such things. Lucky we are, to be married to men who can "make" things! :-)

I came over from "How Sweet The Sound." What a sweet blogging name you have. Anne Fannie! Love it! It's so sweet and old fashioned sounding. :-)

Gentle hugs...

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

WOW! What a gorgeous collection. I bet your grandchildren love to visit it. And what a sweet idea to make store fronts to show them off in. Very unique and creative. Thank you for a delightful Pink Saturday visit. :)

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

What an AMAZING collection!

Debbie said...

How I LOVE this!!! I was a huge Barbie girl, and still have everything I ever owned. Of course, mine has little or no value other than sentimental since I played (and played and played and...) with the whole kit and caboodle.

What a wonderful hobby and collection.

I found you from reading at Pink Saturday.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

your collection is truly amazing! I still have all my orginal barbies so I saw some of my girls in your post. The clothes still in the packages reminded me of going to the dime store and dreaming of what I could get for Barbie next. Thanks for sharing this truly wonderful collection!

Daniella said...

I am here for pink Saturday, and WOW!! Your Barbie collection is amazing!! I thought I had Barbies, but you are the QUEEN!!! Wonderful display too!!

Donnie said...

What a unbelievable collection and way to display it. Fabulous.

Mari said...




Donna said...

Unbelievable! Wow!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow, Annie! What a fabulous collection! Your grandchildren must love to look at all the dolls and clothes, but I have a feeling you have been very generous to all of them with gifts of Barbie dolls :) So many of your dolls brought back fond memeories to me.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Anne Sweetie...
Oh such a beautiful share here today. I am SO thrilled that you took me inside the Barbie and Friends store. What treasures. I have never seen so many Barbies and all of the accessories and even your record player. I am just tickled pink. What I wouldn't love to be able to walk through this museum piece of yours. You all have done an amazing job of recreating a little town of your own.

Honey I have so enjoyed my tour, and I can't wait to see what is in the store next door. Thank you for sharing with me. Now lets hop in that Barbie sports car and take a spin about the shop shall we?

Love ya girl. Many hugs and much love, Sherry


Happy Pink Saturday!

Love this collection, what a treat!
Believe it or not...I didn't have a Barbie as a girl...I have one now and love it! Mine is a princess and may be I should show her off as she is in a pink gown!

~ Gabriela ~

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Wow! How amazing!! I love your display! Your collection is so beautiful. I love the Enchanted Evening dress too, but my favorite of all is the green and blue prom dress.
I am so happy you shared your collection! I enjoyed seeing them.
Do you have a lot of the cases too?


Unknown said...

Happy Pink Saturday, You have an amazing collection , it brings back memories of the Doll and Toy Museum in Hobby City as Bea had a wonderful Barbie collection too. I enjoyed my tour and love how you have it with a store front. Have a weekend, Marilou xo

Unknown said...

Wow how awesome.....this is my first time here and I have become a follower. Your collection is just unbelievable...thanks for the tour into your world.

Jill Dees said...

Looks like we need to made a trip soon!

Jeanne said...

Dear Ann, your Barbie collection knocks my socks off. Your hubs did a fabulous job of building your displays. I am so impressed. My sister collects and sells Barbie dolls etc. and clothes. She is an antique dealer. I am going to tell her about your site.

Congratulations on being featured on Beverly's PS meme. I have really enjoyed knowing more about you. Your Barbie and friends collection ROCKS!
Hugs, Jeanne

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Oh my goodness! I have never seen such a beautiful collection! and how amazing that your husband built you the store fronts! Just pure genius!
I really enjoyed your post.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

SmilingSally said...

Now, THAT's a REAL collection!

My daughter had a 1960-63 Barbie--I can't remember for sure...

When she "outgrew" it, I gave it to her younger cousin. I was surprised when she got angry with me.

If you have more than one from then, would you consider selling it? I'd love to present it to my 50 year-old "little" girl!

Verde Farm said...

OK, this is the coolest thing EVER!!! I love all your Barbie’s--amazing collection but the way you display them is jaw dropping. To have this cool museum in your backyard--wow!! I can’t wait to see more of it :)

Denise Marie said...

this is truly amazing!! makes me think of hubby's dreams of setting up his train room in our new home. He has O-gage universe. lol

Very creative display!!!

Karie said...

OMGoodness what a beautiful collection of Barbie Dolls! I found you at How Sweet The Sound, Pink Saturday. What a beautiful blog you have. I have enjoyed my visit with you. I will be back for sure. Hope you will visit me
Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Karie

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

OMGosh! This is so awesome! I still have my original first Barbie and all the Barbies I had growing up. My first Ken and Skipper, too! Wish I still had the early 60's cardboard Dream Home. I do still have parts of the Fashion Shoppe. I so love how you have displayed your entire collection! I've got that same record set, too. Can still sing the songs by heart!

Thanks so much for sharing your amazing collection. I'm your newest follower!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

Fantastic & breath taking!!! I wonder if you can inform me about a vintage CREAM DRESS & CREAM FUR STOLE "Enchanted Evening" that I bought, and the sequins are lower than I have seen on original dresses, & came with a vintage Barbie with nipples. (Definitly was not white at any stage). Thank you. DM

Anonymous said...

Incredible collection, Mattel should see this!

Celina said...

OMW! You have a wonderful collection! I could only ever dream of getting to have half of your collection! Congrats!


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Pimp My Barbie said...

This is the most awesome thing ever!

Donna said...

Ms. Anne
You have done something others wish they could do. You have rendered me speachless!!!
What a fabulous collection.


Kris said...

You have my Barbie!

Anonymous said...

This is the best thing I've seen all day. Love looking at every little thing, outfit, doll. Wow. I still have a decent amount of my vintage Barbie things and a few dolls. I've purchased much over the years, but nothing like this!

To the anon poster above, I grew up in Redondo Beach CA, just a few miles from the Mattel manufacturing plant. SOMEHOW (I'll never know) my Dad came across a Ken doll that was anatomically correct. I kid you not! Somewhere here, I have a very faded color Polaroid profile pic of that doll in a webbed lawn chair. Circa 1969-1970. Being a girl that played a LOT with Barbie & Ken, I knew it was him and not a cheap knock off. I was blown away. So maybe this ties in with your Barbie with nipples. Dad said they made an adult line....wonder where all THOSE are now, heh?

Martha said...

Lovely collection and a superb showcase for them. I thought you might like to know that the fur pak is generally accepted as being a mistake on the part of Sarah Sink Eames, the author of the early identification book. It never existed. You can check with Joe Blitman, if you question it.

Whizzer's Rose said...

Hi, I am just wondering how you keep your barbies from deteriorating. Recently I just discovered that some of my barbies are now in a bad state after keeping them in a display cabinet..I hope you can give me advice. I posted some pictures in here I cleaned them with color safe bleach but I don't want my new barbies to suffer the same fate as my old dolls- hope you can give me advice. Thanks

Anonymous said...

These barbie dolls are absolutely beautiful and stunning my younger sister absolutely adores the barbie dolls from this era and these were made way before her time!

Sandra Crowell Vintage Barbie Collector said...

Every time I see this collection i am overwhelmed. Thanks for posting them and giving us something to dream towards.

xoxorcs said...

I love this post. I visit it every time I want to walk down memory lane. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is the best Vintage Barbie collection that I have ever seen!!!!

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tdg405 said...

Hello. First of all, let me say that your collection is absolutely amazing! I am totally jealous! What a collection! And the "storefront" home that your husband built to house your collection is just lovely. What a talented guy. Now, I need your help. I am trying to find good representative Barbies with nipples. I have read different descriptions, and the pictures I have seen are not helpful. If you have a Barbie with nipples, could you post a picture? Second, do you have a Barbie with the "painted" legs that were supposed to imitate hosiery? If so, could you post a picture? Thank you; I really appreciate it. And I agree with the other comment saying that your collection is more like a museum. Tours would be amazing!. Thank you again, Tyra

shazza said...

WOW!!! love love love your collection and the shop your husband made for you to display your collection. Fabulous pics!

Peppermint Snowdrift said...

Wow, Anne! You've got the most wonderful husband in the world, and I wish that you had expandable pictures of the dolls from your collection, 'cause I'd love to be able to have a closer look at them! :)

alicia Jimenez said...

If you are in California just may have to stalk you. So lovely absolute treasures. The packaged outfits are what stood out to me the most. I feel as tho they are pieces of art and surely will go up in value. I am sure you'll never open them. I want your NRFB modern art. I think its barbies most gorgeous dress. kind regards s.

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Tabitha said...

I have what I am thinking is a rare 1998 Barbie that I can not seem to identify & was wondering if you could help? I have browsed through countless phtos & can not find her. She is wearing a VERY fancy maroon & green striped Victorian bustle day dress & a maroon hat with a little maroon rose on top & ties under her chin with a green ribbon. Shoes are also maroon in color. She has hazel eyes & maroon lipstick & gold stud earrings.

Thank you & God bless!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could help me out. I have some quality cardboard barbie dolls( think paper dolls but thicker and has a glossy finish. I tried to find some information on when it is made, if it is rare or not and nothing. It comes in its own box( think gameboard style. Have you ever run across it before?

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a beautiful collection! I would love a tour of your collection!!

Ima said...

I have never heard of such a collection outside of a Barbie museum. This is incredibly impressive! I'm fairly new to vintage barbie, but in learning I came across your blog. I have a couple of the vintage girls that I have identified well enough, but I can't figure out this one I have. Can't tell if she's a #3 or #4. She has a factory braid with the original rubber band (looks frail) and wears the Evening Splendor 961 outfit. Would you know? I can send a pic if you want. My email is

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