Some time ago I posted about a Tonner doll I found. I don't know if I was ever honest about how much I paid for her, but since I've now decided I am keeping her -at least for a while- I've decided I'll go ahead and say.
I bought her from an antique store on sale for about $10. Upon seeing her I was truly excited, I never had expected to find a Tonner locally let alone for such an amazing price. Maybe excited isn't quite right- more like ecstatic! I immediately knew I planned on keeping her, despite my initial first reaction of listing her for sale. Not like the price I paid for her was making me go broke.
BJD's in general are a rare find for most people, I know that. Whenever a doll show comes to town I'm always somewhat hopeful, even though everyone who participates in the doll show around here is older and not even remotely interested in the same types of dolls I am. Generally composition and other mid century dolls are about all that you see.
This time my visit to the doll show yielded surprising results, and ones that I'm quite happy with. I met a super nice lady who was selling off a majority of her doll collection at a good price. She had two Tonners for $30 a piece. Of course, being my semi-hoarder self I couldn't pass them up at that. What a deal! Especially considering one of these dolls is actually signed by Tonner!
Apparently the lady selling them had went to a convention Tonner was at a couple of years back. She said Tonner is a super wonderful person, beyond what you could imagine friendly. Tonner signed one doll for her, and she even won the display doll from the booth. Alas, she wasn't selling the display doll.
Regardless I'm happy to add to my Tonner collection, which I deem my "accidental" collection. Did I buy them on purpose? Very much so- but never did I expect that I would go from zero to three Tonner dolls in a two month period, especially without so much as glancing at them on the internet!
Despite the fact that Tonners aren't nearly as poseable as the majority of dolls I like- I still think they are gorgeous dolls with astounding quality. The care Tonner puts into painting each face on these dolls is absolutely amazing.
Side note- if anyone can help me out identifying the second doll in the pictures please let me know. I know the first doll is the basic model doll. Any help would be much appreciated! ^.^