A year ago, my cousin got hold of Linda Webb’s “So Truly Real Baby Emily” doll. I was jealous and wanted the doll for myself. However, weeks ago, while browsing at my local Barntique Village antique center, I saw a baby doll sitting in a rocking chair that I just knew would be coming home with me.
This doll was no antique, I knew that she was part of the so truly real baby doll collection. I did not know who she was, or who created her, but I knew that she was worth way more than what the hen at the counter was going to charge me. I knew that this doll would run me $150 online, and I planned on buying her to re-sell her to make a profit.
The hen at the counter sold the doll to me for $20. Haha! I robbed her!
After getting home and signing in online, I discovered quickly that the little African American princess I had just gotten for $20 was, in fact, Jasmine Goes To Grandma’s by Waltraud Hanl, and she was in fact part of the “So Truly Real” collection.
My doll was in perfect condition. She came sporting her original picnic table red and white checkered jumper and white long sleeved t-shirt. Her little red hair ties were still in their place, and her hair was in perfect condition.
My Jasmine Goes To Grandmas doll has an authentic baby smell to her. The expression on her face is truly realistic. Her lips have all of the natural wrinkles that a baby would have. Jasmine has giant brown eyes with eyelashes carefully inserted into the dolls vinyl.
Like Baby Emily her legs, head, and arms are all made of vinyl, but her body is weighted cotton, so she is weighted as if she is a real baby. She measures in at 22 inches long.
My doll did not come with all of the accessories that a new Jasmine Goes To Grandma’s doll would have. If you were to buy her brand new, she would also include a birth certificate, and a photo frame, the doll would also come with a certificate of authenticity.
Jasmine is very realistic, however, because she is designed with her eyes open, it is very easy for one to tell that she is actually a doll. Although she is realistic looking and feeling, the open eyes are a dead give away.
It only took me a few moments to decide to keep her though, even with her open eyed expression.
Jasmine is truly so adorable, that I was willing to give up any profits I could make by selling her. She is truly a doll that I would love to pass around to my future children, and grand children. Jasmine is very well made, and with proper care, she could last for generations.
I keep her on my rocking chair in my room, where she creeps out my boyfriend every time he sees her. (Yep, shes that real looking).
Take Jasmine home with you:
You can pick Jasmine up at www.collectiblestoday.com for $149.99. You can also pick her up at auction sites for less.
I don’t know who, or why someone would give their collectible Jasmine doll to an antique dealer, but I am glad they did! Jasmine was also crowned 2004’s doll of the year reward. Once you have a Jasmine doll of your own, you will clearly see why.