Along with Barbie and Skipper another teenage fashion doll I had as a child was 'Tressy'. I must have been younger than six years old when I got her as I remember getting her when I was still living in England which we left when I was six years old. She was a brunette second issue/edition Tressy with eyes that looked straight ahead. No one had one in New Zealand at the time, although eventually I met one friend who had a blonde Tressy. I had mine right through until I was 16 years of age when we moved home. When we arrived to our new home - we moved ourselves, packing all our furnture, boxes etc...on the back of an open deck work truck of my Dad's I discovered that one of my boxes was missing. It included my favourite dressing gown, and Tressy. I can't remember what other items it contained, but these two remain firmly entrenched in my memory. I am pretty sure my Dad back tracked to see if he could find the missing box but we never did find it. I am not sure if any other things were lost along the way. Anyway I still had her key and her Fairie Glen Wedding dress.
Fast forward many years and I was back living in England and home educating my oldest son. I had just bought a book for him off Ebay and discovered the seller also had Tressy dolls and a website and yahoo group - which I promptly joined. I made some great friends on that group and we had a fun time - and yes I ended up collecting Tressy dolls in my quest to find my 'childhood' doll. I never achieved this goal and several years ago sold most of my collection. I have very recently sold all but one of the Tressy dolls I kept. While searching up prices I found 'my' doll. Sure I had bought ones very similar to her in the past, but when I went through them while selling them a few years ago none were 'quite right'. Anyway, I discovered the seller was one of the friends I had made on the group all those years ago. I bought the doll and now have a replacement for 'MY' childhood doll. She is so similar in every way, that despite my thoughts a while ago about not being able to replace special childhood toys, which I still believe, there is a certain satisfaction in discovering one VERY similar. I will keep the one other Tressy I have for now - she is a blonde first edition and reminds me a little of my friend Beverly's doll. It is almost like 'two friends' being reunited. They will have each others company.
Her 'arrival' photo.
I spent sometime going through my collection of Tressy clothing today - I need to decide what to keep and what to sell on. I am thinking I will sell the mint in box/package clothing and keep the rest.
I dressed her in an outfit I made years ago. It was fun and I think I am going to enjoy rediscovering 'my' doll.
I think she is lovely!
Below is a photo of the 1st Issue blonde Palitoy Tressy that I have decided to keep for now. She is all I have left of my rather larger Tressy collection.
I need to find the poor girl some shoes!
Oh and some good news, I have found some new arms for Skipper!