After consulting with other collectors who'd seen this type of "green" vinyl, I decided to send Kirsten to the American Girl Doll Hospital for a wellness checkup. I sent her to the hospital paying shipping and included a check for $7.95 return shipping. Approximately two weeks later I received a brand new Mattel Kirsten and the Hospital returned my check for shipping. They also included a note stating that her vinyl discoloration was a defect and repairs were free of charge.
It's been almost three years and I have no attachment to this beautiful doll. Dolls that I buy to restore have a special place in my heart and collection even if they are later re-homed. My entire family including my husband (who has helped swap eyes out) are invested in the dolls journey to restoration. My issue with Kirsten is that I bought her to restore and serve her. Through my service to rescued dolls I learn to love them and accept them into my collection. When buying a brand new doll, it's a well thought out decision and I absolutely adore the doll. Well.... Kirsten is a brand new doll who has been in the doll closet for nearly three years and I feel just sick about our bonding issues.
Obtaining dolls who don't fit into my collection both annoys and saddens me. Doll friends should be in homes where they are adored and appreciated. Here is an outline of my plan to show Kirsten much needed appreciation and the attention she deserves. I'm getting the feeling she might want to trade me in for a new human friend.
A quick wardrobe change and we are back outside. This time we need to gather some sticks and branches out of the yard. The March winds are definitely roaring through our part of the country. We must be vigilant about cleaning the branches, twigs, sticks and sometimes trees out of the yard. It makes mowing easier during mid-spring and summer and provides honest work for our daughters. HA!! The girls stamina and zeal fizzles pretty quickly for this job. Kirsten was no exception she also had other plans.