FEATRUED FAN: Get to know KC!!
Posted by Doll Divas on June 23, 2021, 11:00 am
Hello Divas! Most of you know me as KC from Doll Divas. I’m Mod Casey on Flickr and a few of you know me as Casey Quick on Facebook. I'm thrilled to be in the spotlight as a featured fan on Doll Divas.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself, such as married, children, pets, where you live?
I live in Florida with my husband and our very spoiled very smart tortoise, Turtle. We moved to Florida from Connecticut because we wanted to live where we like to vacation.
Photo of me in downtown Stuart, FL at Earth Tones.
Casey earth tones by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Photo of Turtle sitting under a pair of my beach shoes.
Crazy Tuesday Theme Inbetween by Casey Quick, on Flickr
How did you discover Doll Divas?
A fellow collector from the Dollpage shared the link to Doll Divas in one of her emails and I joined.
When did you begin collecting dolls as an adult (or perhaps you never stopped)?
I started collecting dolls in the mid 1990s. My husband collects model kits, comic books and action figures. He liked to stop at Toys R Us, KB Toys and other toy stores to search for action figures to add to his collection. While he looked at action figures and other toys, I ventured into the doll aisles and looked at the dolls. They sparked an interest.
What inspired you to begin your collection?
When I lived in CT I went to the flea market in New Milford, on Sunday mornings looking for old pocketbooks, jewelry and small perfume bottles, and while roaming around I noticed vintage Barbie and other dolls. They appealed to me, and I liked the idea of adding them to the small collection of dolls I had from my childhood.
I got to know the doll sellers at the flea market. One hip couple with their table set up outside their VW van called me Kiddle KC. They saved me many Kiddle dolls including a pink Kozmic Kiddle. Another guy told me that there was a Dawn patrol, as there were several other flea market customers searching for Dawn dolls. He liked me the best and saved Dawn dolls for me. One guy sang to me when I was at his booth; he sold me an old Barbie case full of dolls for an excellent price.
I brought my sister with me to the flea market several times. She has hawk eyes and always pointed out dolls for me. One morning she spotted a large pile of dolls including, vintage Barbie dolls, World of Love dolls and several clone dolls. The seller only wanted fifteen dollars for the lot. I couldn't get the money out of my pocket fast enough to pay him. Those were the days!
Photo of my Kozmic Kiddle from the flea market and an Upsy Downsy doll set my mom saved for me.
upsy downsy & kozmic kiddle dolls by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Do you have any dolls from your childhood?
My mom saved me several Barbie, Dawn, Rockflowers, Kiddles, Upsy Downsy and clone dolls. She also saved my green troll doll. When I was a kid, I carried him everywhere. He was my favorite. My grandmother gave me several PeeWee dolls and my cousin gave me her Barbie and Kiddle dolls. In the photo you can see my green troll in the background along with a few others I added to my collection over the years and Witchie Witch Misaki.
Misaki troll PC by Casey Quick, on Flickr
And a Dollikin from my childhood.
Dollikin by Casey Quick, on Flickr
What dolls do you collect?
My collection includes many vintage dolls including Barbie, Dawn, Kiddles, Upsy Downsy, Tressy, Tammy, Misty, Dollikins, Tiny Teens, Rockflowers, World of Love, Dusty, Blythe and many clone dolls.
Photo of two of my all-time favorite clone dolls---My Scene clone dolls.
clone pair by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Modern dolls include Barbie, Monster high, Bratz, Misaki, Poppy, Dynamite Girls, Monsieur Z dolls, Susie and a beautiful Mizi doll from one of my doll friends.
Photo of Monsieur Z dolls in my collection.
Monsieur Z Integrity Girls in Sparkle Girlz by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Photo of a few of my Dynamite Girls--ready for the beach:
DGs at getting ready for beach by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Has your collection focus changed over the years?
My collection focus has changed many times over the years. When I first started, I had a combination of vintage dolls I found at the flea market, my childhood dolls and collectible Barbie dolls in boxes.
When I moved to Florida, I attended doll shows, there seemed to be more down here at the time. In Connecticut I went to a few, but they were usually far away. I met the woman who ran the show in Melbourne, FL and whenever she found dolls, I was interested in she called and I either met her at one of her doll shows or at her house. She gave me a box of Barbie and clone doll heads; the bodies were difficult to find so for the TNT Barbies I modified modern bodies. I bought special neck knobs from Restore Doll, filed down the neck opening and glued the replacement neck knobs into place. I bought wigs from Monique for the heads that were bald or mostly bald and I dressed the dolls in fun colorful fashions.
For the clone doll heads I bought new clone dolls at the dollar store and used the bodies, repainted faces and fixed hair or put clone wigs on the bald ones. I still have several heads that need bodies. I’m still looking.
I transitioned from buying the collectible Barbies to the Fashion Fever line. I bought as many as I could before they stopped making them. And then I got into the Fashionista Barbies which were great because they were articulated. Barbie style dolls got my attention and I have a few of them as well as Model Muse Barbie dolls. I still buy the new Fashionista Barbie dolls when hair color or facial screening interests me.
Photo of two of my favorite Fashionista Barbie dolls.
Colorful fashionista Barbie Mattel 2 by Casey Quick, on Flickr
I got hooked on Integrity dolls from the many wonderful photos on Flickr, and Doll Divas. When the Dynamite Girls first came out, I saw a photo of them in one of the doll magazines and did some research. I found a dealer and bought a few and then I discovered Misaki, and Poppy Parker.
My recent focus is on Integrity dolls, mostly Poppy Parker and Misaki dolls, many of which are gifts from one of my excellent doll friends for doing restoration work for her.
Photo #1 includes the yellow haired Jett which was my first Integrity Toys doll.
Mod jetts by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Photo #2 of my first two Misaki dolls---The Crazy Girls.
misaki with small stuff by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Photo #3 of my first Poppy Parker doll---Holiday in the Hamptons, thanks to another one of my wonderful doll friends.
Trio of Poppy Parker dolls by Casey Quick, on Flickr
I still buy a few new Barbie dolls from places like Walmart and Target. I can't resist the colorful hair. I also pick up dolls from thrift stores.
Photo of a group of dolls I found at a thrift store.
Vintage New Year's group shot barbie by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Do you have a favorite character in your collection?
It is difficult to pick just one. I did an experiment one day and I asked my mom to pick her favorite out of all the dolls in my collection. She picked my platinum haired Tressy doll. I love Poppy but I still also love Barbie.
Photo of my mom's favorite doll---Tressy.
Holiday Tressy doll by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Are you able to keep your collection on display?
I rotate the dolls on display. I just changed over a few of my display cabinets from Barbie to clone dolls. I have a few cabinets that have a mix of dolls and took a few out and popped a few in.
Photo of my pink theme; I'm wearing a1960s dress and accessories from thrift stores holding a pink haired Barbie posing in front of my main display cabinet filled with vintage Barbie.
Casey Quick 1 by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Do you have a favorite doll tip (could be collecting, redressing, posing, organizing, etc)?
1. Only buy what you like and what you are interested in.
2. Keep it fun and stress free. I know from experience that its difficult when doll sites have lotteries or first come first serve sales and you are unable to get the dolls that you want. Keep in mind that there are always more dolls being released and sometimes the ones you can buy directly from dealers are even nicer than the ones that are exclusive.
3. Don't pay more than what you think is a decent price for a doll and always think twice about selling or trading one to get another one. Sometimes its better to be happy with the dolls you already have.
4. Sharing brings joy and happiness. I've gotten so many wonderful hints, tips and suggestions from Doll Divas. Diva friends have sent me wonderful gifts, cards, prizes and extras. And I've been able to make a few fellow collectors happy with extras and gifts too.
Do you do any doll customizing? If so, do you do it just for yourself or as a way to make some extra doll money?
Just a little bit. Mostly its dolls I find at thrift stores. If they have a haircut that I can restyle I restyle. If the hair is too short (or bald) I take out the rest of the hair and flock the head with a fun bright color. My friend taught me how to flock and it's fun and easy.
Photo of a group of dolls I flocked.
flock Barbie 80s style by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Photo #2 of two dolls I fixed up restored/customized.
Peeps and pets by Casey Quick, on Flickr
I mostly do restoration. I have restored a few older Barbie and clone dolls. I have repainted lips and even eyebrows and eyes. I try to keep hair in the original style, and I use a few methods I learned to restyle hair. If the body is damaged or I only have the head, I try to find the correct body for the head.
These photos are of a few of the Barbie dolls I was able to put together from the box of heads the doll dealer gave me, modified bodies, mostly Monique wigs and vintage clothes.
OOAK Barbie orange and green by Casey Quick, on Flickr
pink Barbie wig girls by Casey Quick, on Flickr
Do you build dioramas for your dolls?
I love building dioramas for my dolls. I think my favorite thing about them is the miniature items. I have a lot of fun locating fun tiny items to go with my dolls. I have several mini trolls, tiny dolls and fun little toys to go with my toy room dioramas. Dioramas take up a lot of room, so I break them down and store the items and furnishings in storage boxes that are labeled.
Photo of a diorama I put together including many of the mini trolls, dolls and toys for my dolls.
mini dolls by Casey Quick, on Flickr
What has collecting dolls added to your life?
1. I have made many amazing friends.
2. The dolls appeal to my artistic side.
3. Dressing, restoring and photographing dolls is excellent for de-stressing.
Have you been to any conventions, or do you go to doll shows?
I have never been to a convention, but I have been to many doll shows over the years. The woman in Melbourne stopped doing shows up there and the others I used to go to in West Palm Beach have stopped. I go to thrift stores often but only find dolls occasionally when I go.
Do you have a "Holy Grail" doll or dolls you're hoping to add to your collection one day?
The first Tokidoki Barbie and the first Hello Kitty Barbie.
Siberian Spirit Susie
ITBE Zing doll nude.
There are so many Misaki and Poppy dolls that I would love to add to my collection--too many to list.
Do you have other collections or hobbies, not related to dolls?
I have collections of vintage pocketbooks, jewelry and perfume bottles.
Hobbies and other activities include:
Swimming, SCUBA, Snorkeling, beach combing, wave boarding.
Health and Fitness:
At the gym I work out with weights.
Bike riding on road and off (on trails)
Recycling, repurposing and reusing.
I hug trees on a regular basis.
I pick up trash at the beach and in parks.
I shop in thrift stores
I do all the things around the house that help with conservation.
I'm working on a public outreach program for saving and conserving marine life.
Art and photography:
I never leave home without my camera
I draw, sketch and paint
My husband made the molds to make glow in the dark zombie heads and skulls
We are working on a few new designs
I rollerblade, walk, bike and hike in preserves and parks.
I ride with my husband on his motorcycle.
I enjoy reading.
I published two books under the name Casey Quick:
Doll Dreams and Evil Deeds is about a doll collector who overhears her husband on the phone; a one-sided conversation causes her to panic and take off on the run. She encounters many interesting characters on her adventure. It's a comedy and a cozy mystery. It takes place in the 1990s and has many references to pop culture from that time period but also from pervious years.
Bubble Gum Kiss is a twisted tale of love; a suspenseful romantic story about Kat and Jack, two people from different backgrounds who fall in love on the Block Island Ferry. Kat and Jack finally get together but Kat's past catches up with her. Kat's best friend and constant companion, Vid is an avid doll collector. This story takes place in the late 1980s and has many references to pop culture and music from that time period.
Both books are published on Amazon. I hope that my Doll Divas friends get a chance to read one or both!
I'm currently working on a story called Evil Dead Edwina, which is a suspense thriller with some supernatural elements, two short Science Fiction stories and a short story that features a supporting character from Bubble Gum Kiss.
I hope you all enjoyed learning a little more about me. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me through Doll Divas or my email email@example.com. And remember every day is a treasure. Live each day to the fullest and find joy in everything you do.