Tempted by eBay


How many times do I say it?  “I have really got to stay off eBay for a while.”

I am  a doll collector and  love to hunt around markets and antique shops but eBay brings me closer to items that I would never see normally.

Without eBay my doll collection would be much smaller. It was a fairly new thing when I started to use it in 1998, eBay Australia had not yet begun and I signed on to the US site. I thought it was fantastic. Suddenly I could buy dolls that I had always wanted as a child. I could buy dolls even if they were in the USA or England as well as dolls in other parts of Australia.

Of course it can be expensive; vintage items are not always cheap. You have to look for value for money as shipping costs and exchange rates have become major issues over the years.

So every now and again I declare a ban on eBay purchases for a while but it never lasts long. I like to use eBay to identify dolls  so inevitably I log in anyway “Just to look”. Inevitably there will be a Barbie outfit that I’ve wanted for ages, a Pedigree doll at a great price or some other doll related item that I can’t live without and I’ve succumbed to temptation again.

Some of my doll collection.
Some of my doll collection.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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