Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lizzie II

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

NOT the real Lizzie.
When my niece was a little girl, she had a bald Cabbage Patch doll named Lizzie.  Good Lord--the sun rose and set on that little doll. (It was one of the newborn dolls who looked similar to this one pictured on the right.)  Once, while on vacation, Lizzie got left behind.  Chaos ensued!!!  My brother had to pay a fortune to have Lizzie Fed-X'd back to make a little girl happy once again. (He said, "That was Lizzie's first and LAST vacation.")

Lizzie started out with a tuft of hair on the top of her head.  It didn't last.  Lizzie had to be (professionally) repaired a number of times.  But that only proved how well loved she was.

Fast forward and my brother is now a Grandpa.  And he's been looking for a Lizzie look-alike for about a year now for his little granddaughter.

Mr. L and I are devoted weekend yard sale warriors.  We've come across a number of "still-in-the-box" Cabbage Patch kids, but the sellers wanted the moon for them and we hadn't run across any "newborn" dolls.

Last weekend I came across a Cabbage Patch (bald) baby at a yard sale.  They were asking $8.  I looked at the doll (who appeared to be fairly well-loved and quite dirty) and called my brother.  He wasn't home.  I emailed him later in the day and said I didn't think she was worth $8 but I might go back the next day and see if they'd take $5.

They did.

Lizzie II Hanging Out to Dry
So Lizzie II came home with me.  I washed her head with (uncut) dish soap and it came pretty clean.  But her body was just filthy.  As it happens, I wrote a blog about Oxiclean a few weeks ago.  (See it here.)  And when I opened the new tub of it, it came with a coupon for their gel spot cleaner.  I bought it and tested it on Lizzie II.  Darned if that doll didn't come out clean as a whistle.  (Truth in advertising, though, I did put her through the wash cycle twice, because it was hard to see where I'd slathered her in gel the first time.)

Lizzie II is now sparkling clean and with her new Mom, The Zoaster (long for Zoe).  Will she love Lizzie II as much as her Mom loved Lizzie I?  That's doubtful. As they say, lightening doesn't often strike twice, but I'm hoping that Lizzie II has a happy new (and clean) life.  She deserves it.

Lizzie II ready to go to her new Mom.
Did you--or one of your kids--have a beloved doll?  (Mine was a soft baby doll with white hair and I named her Candy.  I still have her.)