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How do you feel about BSC collectibles? I have some cool stuff, like a Karen cloth doll (definitely the rarest BSC item I have) and the party-doll set left over from when I was a kid, and all of stuff I received from the Collector’s Club when that was around. Around sophomore year of high school, I got super into ordering BSC collectibles off of ebay. I once even bid on a lot of 20 identical address books. I’m not sure what I was planning to do with them–I don’t even need one address book. If I ever had a stoneybrookite contest of some sort, I guess I could use them as prizes. Anyway, one day I just stopped. There are some people with amazing collections of BSC stuff, like Ashley, who recently posted a picture of a BSC FANNY PACK she got off ebay. Awesome. But for some reason, having BSC merchandise, while it’s cool, doesn’t feel important to me. The stuff I won off ebay five years ago isn’t even on display–it just sits in my old room. My books are flung all around my mom’s house. I like the idea of having my collection perfectly lined up on a shelf, perhaps with other collectibles around them… but I know it’s not realistic. Sigh. When you have to fit your entire life into two suitcases (thanks airline regulations!), the 300 BSC books just don’t make the cut.

For me I think the feelings the books give me that trump having a collection. The “stuff” is nice, but it doesn’t invoke an emotional response for me. I’m even satisfied with just having ebooks instead of regular books. Maybe if there were like, BSC record books and notebooks that matched the ones from the series. That would be cool. That kind of collectible always really appealed to me. Like if you could have a collie cap like Kristy’s or some of Claudia’s crazy earrings or a snorkaphone. And OMG, a Krushers shirt! That’s the kind of stuff I want–not things that are more on the promotional side.

Text, however, supercedes all.

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chicken_queen said, December 23rd, 2007 at 12:57 am

LOL, I come from a family of collectors. My Dad’s whole basement is all his toys from 60s TV shows on display, in nice cases and on shelves. So this need to get every neat little thing I can find is in my blood. The only bummer is that my apartment is so small, that I have nowhere to put all my new stuff, so it’s all kind of heaping on top of the old stuff, lol.
Can you post the picture of the Karen cloth doll? I’ve been DYING to see what that thing looks like!!

Penny said, December 23rd, 2007 at 1:12 pm

The closest thing I have to a collectible is the book of postcards. I don’t think I ever really wanted any — I didn’t even know about the dolls until I joined the LJ community. Mostly

Penny said, December 23rd, 2007 at 1:14 pm

that was weird — I totally got cut off.

Mostly I just want the books. I love the idea of having all the books and all of my other books in my own library. But right now they are all driving me crazy. It takes up SO much space. I’m actually debating on getting rid of everything and starting over when I get settled.

After all, a cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind. ;-)

Colette said, December 24th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

For me it’s just all about the books. Like Penny the only vaguely collectable item I own is the Postcard book.

I have a complete collection of the books (minus LS which I’m just beginning work on) and that’s enough for me. Although I will be buying the likes of the Trivia book and the Guide to Babysitting at some point.

Myu said, December 27th, 2007 at 5:47 pm

There wasn’t really much in the way of BSC collectibles available in the UK apart from the 50th book limited edition things and the stuff that came with the collectors’ club (which was recycled US stuff, I believe).
At the moment I don’t have any plans to get rid of my book collection, but I would possibly consider it if I could get a decent price for them; if I was really stuck for space or if I had the complete series in ebooks. Or all three.
I don’t mind reading about what was produced and looking at pictures of other people’s collections, but I really don’t want a lot of BSC themed junk sitting around my house that I’ll never use.

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