Saturday, April 07, 2001

Grown-ups still love Barbies

By Jaclyn Giovis
Enquirer Contributor

        Margie Schultz adores her Twist 'N Turn Barbie.

        The 39-year-old, like most collectors, is serious about her Barbies. They are not just toys, but showpieces displayed in a cabinet.

        Sunday, the Queen City Barbie Doll Club is putting on a show in Sharonville for Barbie lovers of all ages. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Women's Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky.

        The club of adult collectors has about 25 members — including four men — from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, said Ms. Schultz, the club's historian. Members meet once a month to report on the latest releases and where to find the best bargains, and to delve into Barbie's past with programs on vintage dolls and outfits.

        Ms. Schultz and her mother, whose name is the same as her daughter's, have collected Barbies for 12 years. They keep their collection growing by attending Barbie shows and scouting antique stores for must-have dolls and accessories.

        “It's kind of like a treasure hunt ... trying to look for a missing pair of shoes or something that was swallowed up by the vacuum cleaner,” Ms. Schultz said.

        Creating a Barbie world can be costly.

        Ms. Schultz noted that high-line collectible dolls are worth nearly $1,500.

        Collectors are often swayed by childhood nostalgia and are willing to pay ridiculous prices for the doll they always wanted, Ms. Schultz said.

       The Barbie show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Preston Hotel, 2235 Sharon Road (Interstate 75, exit 15). Information: (513) 321-5260.


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