Hi, My name is Julia Rooney and for a long time I was called Jewels
by friends (started in grammar school). I'm a doll nut as you can tell!  
I've been a collector since I was 4 years old and no, I never stopped
collecting. Even in those high school years. I sort of kept it a closet
secret for a long time. Back in the 80's (yeah I'm showing my age), I
would have been laughed out of school if anybody knew I still played
with dolls. Good thing I got over that!
I owe this collection to my Mom who (thank God!), would never allow
me to yard sale or give away my dolls. I even still have my some of
my baby dolls, Sweet April collection, almost all of my Fisher Price
toys and of course, my Barbie's!! My first doll was a titian TNT
Skipper doll that really didn't belong to me but I had a screaming fit
to my Mom about it and committed my first "hostile takeover"! Oops!
Well, what can you do with a 4 year old screaming brat! She was
forced to give in and well, my poor sister had to give up her doll.
Don't worry folks, she's got plenty of Skipper's (I've paid for that
episode dearly!) and is my prime cohort in collecting. We laugh about
this now, but I think I laugh more than she does. But my first real
Barbie family doll that was ever bought for me was a Fluff doll. She's
one of the pride and joys of my collection that you can't put a price
tag on! No matter what her condition. She's loved but she's in pretty
good shape considering she was a gymnast! Didn't know it as a small
girl but I remember the day I got her, she was in a white box, no lid
but she had the neatest extra clothes with her (yeah, you know
where I'm going with this!). It would take many years to find out that
she was the Sears Exclusive "Sunshine Special" gift set. I had no clue
as we never had the box lid. My Mom got these on a close out sale
(she bought 2 of them) for a mere $5.00 a set! And throughout my
childhood I slowly got as many items as Mom could afford but no
Barbie doll would ever be loved to this day, the way Fluff is. I have a
bunch of very special dolls but she has something special about her.
It's that impish face!!

I love lots of different fashion dolls. Barbie, Tuesday & Tiffany
Taylor, Gene, Darci, Crissy & her family, Fashion Candi and clone dolls
too! I love variations of outfits too! I love Montgomery Wards, Sears
issue clothes. The fabrics Mego used to make clothes for Barbie were
awesome! I don't mind helping someone identify their dolls too! And if
I can't help you, I might know some great people who can, so always
feel free to ask. I don't give appraisals though. I don't call myself a
pro. There's always something new to learn, I find! But I love sharing
information and stories.

I've spent a lot of years going to doll shows and having a wonderful
time, then ebay came along and I joined in 1998 and started selling
not long after. My collection exploded even more, which is one of the
reasons we had to buy a bigger house. The one that I lovingly call the
Jewels Doll Castle. So now me, my incredibly understanding husband,
our 2 gorgeous little girls (they really are!) and now somewhere over
1000 of my closest vinyl friends share this cool old house. And so now
that my ebay selling days are winding down due to their new fee and
feedback structures, I have built this site. No bidding hassles, just
straightforward descriptions and prices. And if you ever feel like you
need more information or a picture of an item you see on my site that
is for sale, just ask! I want to make sure that you are happy with any
item you buy from me! I may not always know the history of a doll or
item, but I'll give all the details I can. And if I ever question
whether something like makeup has been retouched or body parts
swapped, you'll know!! I don't like surprises and I wouldn't want you to
get any from me either!!

And a note about Talking Barbie doll repairs. My husband takes care
of all my dolls broken leg knobs and talker mechanisms. We've sold
several over the years. He's had so many years as a plastic model kit
builder that his knowledge of plastics and materials is endless! Any doll
you buy from us that has been repaired will have notations and
specifics of the type of repairs done. Once repaired, they are no
longer meant for a child's play toy. The talking mechanisms are a
rather "primitive" design by todays standards but I always make sure
that each doll is in excellent working order when they leave. I always
recommend that to every buyer of one of my talking dolls that you pull
the string and test them every other week or so just to keep them in
nice shape so the band inside doesn't sit stagnant for a long time. We
do not use neoprene bands as many people in this business do because
neoprene has a 5 year shelf life! If you decide to buy a repaired
talking doll from me, the one requirement that I will have is that the
doll is insured for both domestic shipping or international shipping! I
cannot stress enough the importance for this. If the doll were to not
be covered and arrives in a box that has been put through a rough
handling process and arrives banged around and no longer talking, I
cannot replace it. I pack them all as safely as possible but I want to
know that we are both covered against loss or damage! So please
understand that I will be firm on this requirement. I want you to have
a great experience buying from me and feel confident that I care for
your item as much as you do!

In my 15+ years of selling on ebay, I had the privilege of meeting
some wonderful people and made some great friends along the way, all
over the world. I ship to almost anywhere but there are certain
locations that will be more difficult than others (Mexico is one of
them for insurance reasons-for some reason, insurance is not available
above a certain dollar amount). And there are size limitations on some
packages to Australia and New Zealand. Above a certain size, the
post office requires more expensive methods. So if you're buying a
very large item or live in an area that may have certain restrictions
on insurance coverage, check with me about shipping availability so we
don't have confusion over shipping prices. I will do my best to keep
shipping low but remember, the post office is raising rates this coming
May (again!).

With all that said, I want to thank you again for stopping by and
checking out the Jewels Doll Castle and hope to hear from you soon!

  All the best!!! Julia-Jewels
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