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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To All and to Our Troops, Veterans, Their Families & To Everyone Else!

          This is the beautiful 1998 Mattel Holiday Chatty Cathy still Mint in Box. She's my favorite of all the Mattel reproductions or any other reproduction for that matter. She has such beautiful brown eyes and lovely soft and long hair. These are rarer than the rest of the Mattel reproductions and they are hard to find complete with everything still in the box. They sell for up to $399.99. I'm selling her for $289.99 in case anyone wants to add one to their collection (She's even less for Active Duty and All Honorably Discharged Service Members as well as members of The DOD). Please E-mail or call me for any information. Or, you can go and visit my site where she is up for sale on the Chattys for Sale New page (the lavender link).

I wish you all a Very Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  I wish this specially for our Troops & Veterans. I'm thinking of you all right now & will continue to until you come home safely.

If you've visited my web store thank you. I hope you all have a prosperous, joy-filled, magical, wonderful and Happy New Year!
Please feel free to join in to discuss anything about Chattys, Mattel favorite toys or any other comments about dolls (or anything else appropriate). 
The hosting company for my web site, deleted or hid my main Chattys for Sale page and many other key pages! Talk about the super wrong time of year for this to happen. They fixed it once and then I logged back in to add some more information and rebuild the pages they deleted by accident forever and low and behold my Chattys for Sale page was gone again! It took years to build that page. Each doll is a full photo shoot project. It's like dealing with models that talk but only if I pull their strings! Then there are the 80 plus other vintage talking Mattel toys that also have been through a photo shoot. That includes ironing clothes, doing hair, props, ribbons, finding the outfits in the first place, having the perfect lighting conditions etc etc. Then off to editing which takes quite a bit of time as well. It takes hours just to put one single doll up on my site! ALL gone. I was talking to a lower level tech guy at Homestead (the hosting company), and all the sudden my very full, very long page of products disappeared and the phone went dead! Coincidence? I think not. I think he had an oh cr-- moment and hung up  on me because he didn't know what else to do. Their high level tech guys got the page back up some other way which they failed to tell me how and that lasted until I logged in to add some Christmas or Holiday information and graphics. Update a few prices and lower some etc. My products are gone. The page isn't in the root directory. They also make it on purpose where you can't download all your files to your computer to keep control of them. It's called FTP. Stands for File Transfer Protocol. They do this to keep it that way, so they retain control of all your files. Thus, making it almost impossible to move your web site to a new hosting firm. They make it so you have to rebuild from scratch and whatever photos you happen to still have of your items for sale. In sum, I'm fed up so I'm moving my very same, yet better, web store and same name, to a new hosting firm who does has FTP and 24/7 phone support and is a Green Company using wind energy. Homestead is not available on weekends or even after 5:00 PM on weekdays. That's ridiculous. Most people have other jobs besides running a web site. We're not all Amazon(TM). Okay I'm done talking about all that. Except to say I didn't get Christmas cards out due to working on rebuilding my site so it had at least a few things for the over 200 people per week who visit the site. That's just the number they can track. Many people do web searching and shopping "incognito". This is a good thing which makes it so search engines and company's can't track you while you're surfing and shopping on the web. Talk about the NSA? Big and smaller businesses have been doing this for years and years. Since the invention of the internet. I found out about it by chance when my former web hosting company and my current one kept stats on who visited my site, their email digital address, company, how long they stayed on each  page etc. etc. That's truly Big Brother watching. It didn't start with former President Bush and Vice Pres. Cheney. It started long before by big business then smaller ones.  I didn't like it when I found out they were doing this and I ignore it now. I don't look to see who's been at my site. It's none of my business unless they contact me. What I for for Christmas from my web hosting firm well I got Scrooged!  Okay now I'm really off this topic! LOL!
But I'm not going to let my web hosting company ruin my holiday or yours for that matter! 
I've been blessed to be a part of some wonderful clients lives and secret gift giving plans and schemes.  Then I get to hear all about  how they cried when they opened their gift and found a Chatty Cathy. They find her just like they remembered her and their are always tears of joy, sparking eyes,  and squeels of delight after opening their present. That is what keeps me going. That is exactly why I keep doing this for no money. I love to help people to be able to give their loved ones the childhood  doll they treasured so much and lost. Chatty dolls bring back times of happiness and sometimes only comfort in their childhood memories. A doll that was lost somewhere often tragically, a long time ago. This is a priceless gift. There is nothing I can think of that feels better, or brings more joy, than getting your very most favorite childhood doll. The one and only that you wanted so badly and loved so much or wanted so badly and didn't get. It's such an honor for me that I get to be part of  people;s lives when getting their beloved dolls and toys back. That goes for the person giving the gift of a Chatty too. It's easy to go buy gadget or jewelry at a store. It takes a special person who takes the time to buy someone they love their childhood dream doll or toy. So many emotions involved on all sides. back memories for them as well. Maybe for the sibling who broke it or the mother who threw it away or doesn't "remember what ever happened to that doll"... Oh the joy! Just writing this makes me smile.
 I hope everyone out there gives something, or gets something wonderful during their holiday celebrations.  I hope everyone has the chance to be with their loved ones.
If Santa didn't bring you just what you wished for Christmas...I'm more than happy to help you get your childhood Chatty doll (well one just like her) for your late Christmas present. 
If you need my help with anything else feel free to let me know. I'm available and not leaving town this year.
Thank you  to all who visited my site, contacted me, talked with me or purchased something from my store or stock. I appreciate it so much. Moreover, it allows me to get more dolls repaired, purchased and fixed up in order to bring happiness to more people. And it allows me albeit temporarily sometimes, to be in your lives. And for this I am thankful...
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All! 
Sincerely,
Kathy

Visit my web site at:  http://www.originalchattycathydoll.com

Please excuse the construction! I am completely open for business and have plenty of dolls in stock.  I'm ready to serve you in whatever way you need now throughout the New Year and beyond. 
Please Go Check it out. 
I'll let you know when the new, better, more current site is moved and up and running!  I'll make sure there is no stall during the transition.