Saturday, March 10, 2012

In Search of the Holy Grail

Photo courtesy of al'éxìto on Flickr.

This is not my usual post, but a special announcement of a new addition to the side bar -- In Search of the Holy Grail.  A friend of mine suggested that it might be interesting to follow my search for "the holy grail."  I have had, and been fortunate enough to find, many of my grails during my short time collecting. The one that I have probably been the most excited to find, thus far, is Optic Verve Agnes.  She was the most difficult to find (within my budget) and took the longest to find. Poesie Vanessa had never been at the top of my "grail" list, but there is apparently something about the hunt for a grail that I find somehow gratifying, no matter how much it frustrates me. And since my grail list has become so short, the search for Poesie Vanessa has taken on new importance. I have no idea how long this search will last -- with a Limited Edition of 500, and given her popularity among collectors, I might never find her.  I have found two that are listed on the auction and sales sites at the moment I am writing this, but at more than $1,200.00 for one NRFB, and more than $650.00 for a nude Poesie, they are not at a price-point that I am willing to pay.  I realize a doll (and houses and cars and clothes -- anything, really) is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and there are probably collectors who are willing to pay those prices for Poesie Vanessa; but not this collector. For me, the price of the nude Vanessa ($650) is in the neighborhood of what I might consider for the NRFB Poesie Vanessa. Well, might be a bit of a stretch to say NRFB, but complete and Mint in Box, definitely. Am I being unrealistic? I really don't have to have her NRFB, or even MIB -- nude would be fine.  I do already have her cocktail dress (High Gloss Agnes has claimed as her own), and I do see the Poesie gown listed for sale from time to time, so I feel sure I could put together all the parts that are important to me. I just want her to have good hair....

So Poesie Vanessa is my new goal, and that is why you will notice her picture and the "counter" in the side bar -- measuring how long it takes me to find her. There really is no telling how long it will take, but I do know that my Poesie Vanessa is out there, and one day I will find her.  In the meantime, I will bring my readers along with me for the journey. I will periodically update you on what I've done to find her, where I've looked, and the near-misses I encounter along the way.

See you again in a few days, when I take a close-up look at Future Bound Luchia!


  1. Good luck on this one! She is definitely one of my top 10 all-time favorite FR dolls. I've been collecting for a while now; I was lucky to get her nude for $100. Another collector who collects Wedding Gowns to display on Silkstones didn't want the doll. The trick is just being in the right place at the right time. It will happen!!

  2. Hello from Spain: encouragement. Sure you will soon find your Poesie Vanessa. It really is a beautiful doll. We remain in contact blog to blog.


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