HOUSTON – It’s a convention all Barbie lovers won’t want to miss. The 2017 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention is happening in Houston and lasts through Saturday.
Since the convention is in Space City, this year’s theme is “Houston to Blast Off With Barbie.” The public is invited to see the collection of rare, one-of-a-kind vintage Barbie dolls and even get a chance to buy some.
“I never stopped playing with Barbie, I got to the age where it was no longer cool to play with Barbie and I started collecting. Houston Doll Society member Dawn Arneymoore said. "She’s always been part of my life.”
Arneymoore is one of 800 collectors form across the nation and all over the world who will be at the convention.
“It is incredible you always think that you have seen it all then every year there’s something new that shows up that you just know that you have to have,” said Arneymoore. “Well a lot of people would tell you that I have a small collection , but I’ve got about 1,600 dolls in my own collection. Everything from vintage to modern and I try to collect all of the limited editions that Mattel resells, they’re my favorites.”
The convention is happening at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston. The Houston Doll Society along with National Collectors Convention Steering Committee are hosting the event.
“It is so exciting to have the convention here in Houston, we’ve been planning this for over two years as a local doll club and just thrilled that it’s final here,” said Arneymoore.
On Saturday the general public is invited from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for adults are $5 and kids under 12 years-old are free.
Some of the Barbie dolls on display will include space traveling Barbie, who has been traveling for 51 years. Mattel launched Miss Astronaut Barbie into space four years after Neil Armstrong walked the moon.
“I don’t collect the Barbie’s, but I can appreciate what she sees in them and the collections that people put together. said Jeff Axe. "I like hearing the history of the Barbie’s.”
Axe and his wife, Leslee have been attending the conventions since 2004. Since then, they have participated in the convention’s fashion show.
“It’s always exciting to work together, it takes about a month to put a costume together maybe even longer and for it to all come together and to see everyone appreciate it because that’s the reward seeing how much they appreciate it” said Jeff Axe.
Axe reproduces the different Barbie outfits and makes them life size for the convention fashion shows. This year he focused on the theme of Blast off with Barbie.
Jeff and Leslee Axe are from Cleveland, Ohio. His wife has collected about 800 dolls.
“I’ve been collecting ever since I was a little girl , she’s always held a huge part in my heart,” said Leslee. “We come to the different conventions every year, it’s an opportunity for us and our family to take a vacation and to see the different areas, and reunite with good friends.”
The Galactic Designer Fashion Show is on Friday. The convention is jammed packed with events for collectors including an Intergalactic Ball Dinner on Saturday.
“Barbie convention is my me-time, so for me it’s a week of getting together with all of my friends,” said Allison Kullenberg. She is a member of the Pink in the Heart of Texas Club in Dallas.
Only collectors were able to go into the raffle room where they could drop raffle tickets in hope of winning vintage and rare Barbie Dolls.
The money will go to Camp For All which is a Houston Charity that helps kids and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs.
Behind the scenes look at the 2017 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention. It's open to the public on Saturday from 10am - 3pm kids under 12 are free.Posted by KPRC2 Sophia Beausoleil on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
2017 National Barbie Doll Collector Convention
DIGITAL DAY: Good morning! Today I get to cover something fun. The 2017 National Barbie Doll Collector Convention is here in Houston at the Hyatt Regency downtown. If you're a Barbie fan or need an activity for the kiddos, this is the place to be. Do you collect Barbie Dolls? Mattel KPRC2 / Click2HoustonPosted by KPRC2 Sophia Beausoleil on Wednesday, July 19, 2017