Now any parent of a little girl knows how ridiculously expensive Barbie doll clothes are. In fact, a simple dress and shoe set can cost as much as the Daughter's own set of clothes!
I don't blame the Daughter, though, as as a kid, it was one of the things I myself enjoyed playing with (The only difference was I was lucky that an aunt gifted me with a box full of Barbie doll clothes, shoes and accessories for Christmas, hence the Parentals didn't need to buy me some. 😁)
We've not bought the Daughter any Barbie clothes from Mattel yet. We've been trying to avoid doing so as much as possible. So instead, we source their clothes from:
- local online sellers selling 2nd hand Barbie clothes (great as they are original Mattel and will only require a bit of washing if dirty),
- sourced directly from a China factory (which we did buy from only once and I swear, will never buy from ever again. They are cheap but utter rubbish; majority did not even last us a day's play!),
- from a S$2 Japanese lifestyle store called Tokutokuya, (cheap and extremely durable), and
- if time permits, I DIY.
|Doll clothes from Tokutokuya|
|Silicone shoes from Tokutokuya|
Slowly but surely, the Daughter's collection of Barbie clothes started to grow to the extent that a more organized way of storing them (aside from stuffing them all in a plastic bag) was already in order.
Now like anything Mattel, a Barbie closet is also expensive. A brand-new set can cost as much as S$60 (Php2,040)! 😢 So I again turn into a DIY-er to solve this dilemma (that plus a few well-appointed pieces from the local Daiso).
The end result?
A bigger and more spacious Barbie closet with compartments for everything.
And the best part is, the whole thing only cost S$24 (Php816). Once the Daughter outgrows this, we can simply take the whole thing apart and use the individual pieces for various needs. 😊