So I was thinking today about some of the weird and interesting ways I've ended up with some of the dolls in my collection, and realized some of those stories were part of the reason why they mean so much to me. I've found that in my experiences with the hobby some very interesting coincidences have lined up to get me some of the dolls I really wanted, the kind of things that make you think that perhaps these little things know who they want to end up with. I may just be a sap who reads into things too much, but these little stories amidst my doll purchases have made this hobby something really special to me. These dolls are undeniably very human like sometimes, and they are so easy for us to personify. For me, the most intriguing moments is when the dolls almost seem to be personifying themselves, whether by my own imagination or something a little more. I figured some of you others out there in dolly land may also have some cool experiences with acquiring your collections, and you can share them here if you'd like. My stories: My Volks Tanpopo - When I saw Clover on the marketplace, I didn't have the money to offer the proper price she was really worth. My best friend had a Tanpopo at the time who I thought was just adorable. I have never been much into tinies, but I thought she was the cutest mold I'd ever seen. I offered the seller $400 for her, but didn't expect much. They PMed me declining saying they hoped to get more for her, and I understood. I noticed they wanted a Volks Rose head and were trying to trade her for one, so I pointed them towards a cheap Bianka head for sale, since it is the same mold as Rose. I guess my stars aligned, because a couple weeks later they PMed me saying they would be willing to give me their Tanpopo if I would buy the Bianka head and send it to them. Well, the head was only $300. So I got my Tanpopo for a total steal, and she's always been my lucky Clover ever since. My DIM Bellosse - I had a Leekeworld Milch who just wasn't doing it for me; I wasn't as into the MSD size as I thought I would be. I loved the character she embodied, so I wanted to upgrade her to an SD size. I looked through some molds and felt that a DIM Bellosse was the best choice; I had always wanted one, and her face reminded me of my Milch's. I looked on the marketplace to see if anyone was selling one, but Bellosse is a more uncommon mold, so of course I found nothing. My second step was to search for people wanting to buy a Leekeworld Milch. I found someone who had been bumping their WTB for a very long time, and decided to ask them. Somewhere in our PMs back and forth I looked at their doll family and noticed they owned a Bellosse! I inquired about a trade, not expecting them to part with their doll... that would be too weird. However, they admitted that they had recently been thinking of selling her, and would love to do a straight trade for my doll. A few days later, I had Ti's new body, and a very odd story to accompany it! My Glorydoll Lucy - I had wanted a Glorydoll Lucy practically since I got into the hobby. She was one of my dream dolls. I remember when she finally arrived and I unwrapped her box, I cried I was so happy... she was the only one this has happened with, possibly because she arrived at a very emotional time in my life. Somehow over time though, I became detached from her. I didn't like her body at all, her hands and feet barely moved, and I just couldn't seem to get her to look like herself. I felt like I didn't know "who she was", so over time she kind of became no one. I put her body up for sale and kept her head for some time, trying to give it a chance and considering the different bodies everyone likes to put this particular head on. The most popular one was the Dollstown elf body, which I tossed around, but I just didn't want a body so thin that wouldn't fit most of my other girls' clothes. I struggled with so many ideas for her, so many looks in my head, until I eventually gave up and put her head up for sale along with some other things; I didn't really feel attached to her anymore anyway. This will probably sound crazy, but almost immediately after putting her head up for sale... I had these two weird dreams that really upset me. In one, I took her and my Sard to a doll meet and lost both of them somewhere. I recovered Tarot, but couldn't find her, and I was crying and really upset about it. In the other one, me and my best friend were doing a photoshoot of some dolls on a high balcony when my friend accidentally dropped my Lucy off the balcony and onto the stone ground below. The outcome was the same; I was desperate to find her and went to great lengths, even though I knew immediately that she couldn't have made it through that fall and had to already be broken. After the dreams, I took her off my sale thread. I found a body no one else has tried to my knowledge for this head, but I thought it would work judging by measurements, so I took a gamble and got it. Turns out it was perfect, and my Lucy, still named Myrtle, is quickly returning to her former glory.