The About Page for Barbee and Friends
Yes, it's me with my mom who helps me with some of the sewing! Now you can put a face with your seamstresses! (I have ditched the poofy hair and most of its length recently but this is pretty much what we look like.)
A little history of my doll clothes making experience.
Almost 30 years ago, I started to collect what is now known as vintage Barbie dolls. The only ones I could afford were ones that either weren't dressed or had horrible-looking outfits. So I set out to learn to sew for my little collection. I found out that this was something I was really good at and enjoyed.
A local woman who had just started a doll clothes business let me sew for her on a consignment basis. The fact that she even thought my work was good enough to sell at her shows gave me the confidence to start selling Barbie clothes on my own. I'll always remember her for giving me that chance.
Little by little, I made and sold different kinds of Barbie doll clothes or outfits. I had a good following where I worked and got orders all the time.
I started doing a couple yearly craft shows about 1986 and included just a few items and even some Ken doll clothes along with some other crafts I did. In 1992, I started a regular schedule of craft shows after we moved to where I live now. I finally was able, since I was now home with a 2-year old, to get enough stock sewn that I displayed mostly Barbie doll clothes and Barbie friends outfits and a much smaller percentage of regular craft items.
In 1998, my hobby-selling turned into the business it is now with taxes and expenses and all that wonderful stuff. I'd sold a few Barbie doll clothes on eBay and thought it was time to look into a website to sell and display my items and hopefully link to my eBay About Me and auction page.
Now that 2-year-old is my college-graduate website and marketing consultant, having served as clothes tester from age 3-8. She definitely lets me know if something looks like it's sellable!
When you purchase Barbie doll clothes, Ken clothes or any handmade fashion doll clothes from me, you can be assured that they are made in small batches by my own two hands or my mother's hands. I do not sub out any of my work unless it is to my mother, and I would never consider having it manufactured.
Competitors can boast lower prices and gigantic selections, but remember the old saying "You get what you pay for." If you think of my store as more of a boutique at the mall, you'll come to appreciate the fact that I have a modest-sized collection, which is growing, along with unique fashions such as this Barbie Wedding Gown. Dare to compare and I think you'll return to my store. Besides, my handmade doll clothes are definitely NOT outsourced to another country. You are supporting an Ohio based home business right here in the good old USA when you make a purchase from my site.
Thanks for taking the time to read about my company. I hope to count
you among my customers some day. There is always room for more happy
Barbie clothes lovers!
~Tari and Rosemary
Tari Hann, owner
Barbee and Friends Doll Clothes
Mt. Sterling OH
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It's my goal to deliver a quality product and have happy customers. Each item of doll clothing is cut and sewn by me or Mom. You will find quality, durability and consistency in anything you order from Barbee & Friends. Nothing is subbed out to other countries or seamstresses except my mother--ever. She makes the Ken Tux you order and also the Graduation Set as well as the small chenille stem hangers, plus she does various cutting for me when I need help. You can be assured that her quality is the same as mine or better. After all she's the one who taught me all I know about sewing Barbie clothes or any clothes for that matter.
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