New things!

I had a lovely day puttering outside – it was warm and sunny and you could just smell spring in the air. Dang I love the Spring. Of course we have grand plans of growing more food, adding in some more chickens .. but we do this every year at this time of year and other things always seem to eat up our weekends. I think this year will be easier – the boys are older and my weekends don’t feel quite so frantic. I used to stuff all the bodies, dye all the yarns – cut up hair, etc, etc to get the dolls ready for Monday pickup – but now I do some faces at night and dye up the yarns .. still busy but not insane. It’s nice.

So – anyhow – I’ve got a couple of new things I’m ‘announcing’. The first being Birth Certificates! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally got around to doing so. When you get a doll (from March 4th on) you will also recieve a Birth Certificate with the dolls name and ‘birthdate’ (which is the upload date) and .. most importantly – a serial number. Each doll will have a unique number on this certificate that will confirm it as an authentic Bamboletta and serves as ‘proof of purchase’ from the original owner. So – if a rehome or eBay or whatever situation comes up you can ask the seller for the serial number – this way it can be traced back to a particular upload. There has been a rash of ‘fake’ Bamboletta’s out there and this is one way we can help stop this. Also in the future I am going to implement a Birthday card service and these numbers will come in handy. If anyone knows of software that can track this sort of thing I’d love to hear from you .. maybe something that dentists or chiropractors use – you know, to keep track and print off weekly cards? I’d love something that people could fill out online .. the easier the better ๐Ÿ™‚

I also have labels coming … these have taken FOREVER to get in – seriously – it’s ridiculous! I don’t want to order more because I have so many more coming .. ahh the dilema. Soon – each doll will be tagged as well.

The other thing is auctions. I get asked to put up dolls for auction all the time .. its a way for those customers that are able to to be able to get a doll based on the highest bid. I felt uneasy about this – I hate unfairness .. it’s something that I am so fundamentally against. Maybe it’s because I was the middle class kid in the Catholic school full of very wealthy kids – it’s like it’s ingrained in me that no one should have an advantage or something.ย  I think I’ve figured out a good solution – I will have a few dolls up per month on auction with proceeds to benefit charities. Like this weekend I put up a doll to benefit the Somos Transition house for battered women – how awesome will it be to write them a cheque that will really help them out. Ifย  there are people out there willing to spend that money on eBay getting a doll we may as well make sure they are getting a real Bamboletta AND the money will do good. I’m going to put it out there that it will only be a few dolls a month and will not really affect the number of dolls in the RTG upload.

Okay .. enough yakking – I have a bunch of dyeing to do yet .. pink dreds are calling!







35 responses to “New things!”

  1. Alicia Avatar

    You never cease to amaze me, lady ๐Ÿ™‚ The thought and effort you put into everything that you do shows! I can’t wait to see the new birth certificates!

  2. Abby Avatar

    look at you missy, always thinking!

  3. Sarah A. Avatar
    Sarah A.

    Thank you for always keeping us a part of what you do. I continue to be impressed and inspired by your heart, creativity, and passion.
    Peace and Light,

  4. Jennifer W Avatar
    Jennifer W

    These ideas are just PERFECTION C!! I love them ALL!

  5. Melanie Avatar

    OMG? Fake Bambo Babies?! First of all, I can’t see how anyone could make one well-enough to pass as a fake, but that’s just crazy.

    Love the Birth Certificate Idea, though! Very cute.

  6. Jean Avatar

    Bravo! I am sure we are all looking forward to being a part of these new changes and updates. xoxo

  7. Nicole Avatar

    What a wonderful post. I am completely new to the Bamboletta Dolls, and have quickly fallen in love with them. I love your donations-i think that’s wonderful! Especially your last charity-my cousins daughter is adopted from Guatemala, so it touched me that you picked such a lovely charity.
    I look forward to following your blog…FB page…and hoping to bring a Bamboletta doll home to my little sweeties someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ingrid Avatar

    That means I gotta get another doll now just so I can see those birth certificates and serial numbers. Google chrome, here I come!

  9. Nicole Romeo Avatar

    Wow! Exciting changes!! All of which are great ideas!! I agree with Ingrid, will have to get another doll to dee the serial numbers and birth certificates.

  10. Tonya Avatar

    I love how much thought you put into running your business in the most ethical, fair way possible. Not many people do such things these days- it’s really a testament to why Bamboletta is such a great company!

  11. Jan Avatar

    You do a wonderful job Christina. How about a rule that people can only buy one (or maybe 2) auction dolls per year?
    Please?? LOL

  12. Sarah R. Avatar
    Sarah R.

    Ingrid’s right – now I totally HAVE to get *just one more*. Then I can stop. Really. (I think!)

    Love the auctions for the right reasons thing – it is just such a great idea. Auctioning a Bambo to the highest bidder would leave such a bad taste in my mouth if it weren’t for this; now I can be happy that all that $$ will HELP someone or something.

    Any chance you’ll tease us with a pic of a sample birth certificate? (I totally love to start a frenzy!!) ;o)


  13. Carrie Avatar

    You are awesome C! xo

  14. Paula Avatar

    What an excellent idea!

  15. bindu Avatar

    warms hugs to you … XXXXXX

  16. Marta Matsumoto Avatar
    Marta Matsumoto

    Oh, wow! These are really great ideas. I love knowing that when we get our boy doll, he will have a birth certificate! And I love that you will be giving those willing to bid up for a doll a much more compelling option! Just don’t forget to do the December auction dolls for Team Bambo’s holiday bonuses again this year! :0)

  17. Angela W. Avatar
    Angela W.

    What great ideas! I love the charity auctions! The generosity amazes and inspires so many!

    Oh on a dyeing note, how about a gal with dark pink & light pink with pink dreds? I’ll also gladly love a golden brown/sandy blonde gal with dreds the same color ๐Ÿ™‚ Just sayin’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Karyn G. Avatar
    Karyn G.

    I love the idea of Birth Certificates! How fun…Harkens back to the days of my childhood love for my Cabbage Patch Kids. Don’t you already tag your dolls though? Ours have tags.

  19. Jade Avatar

    Hi! Will you be doing anything special for the Mommy’s of older dolls to help verify them?
    It will be sad if they are left out on the birthday cards etc. I have one for each
    of my girls and cannot afford to purchase another. ๐Ÿ™

  20. Steph S Avatar
    Steph S

    This is amazing news! Oh how I hate to ask this, but I *must*… anyway to get a birth certificate, serial number for our Hailey? I know her upload date, it was January 21, 2011! It’s nearly as special to me as my own childrens birthdays! Because our bamboletta was a dream come true-just as our babes are! May I beg? happy to compensate you for it, more than happy to, having the birth certificate would make her more of an heirloom. Than she already is. Looking forward to Spring, and all the new lovelies you’ll be a a part of! xo

  21. Casey Avatar

    Sound like fabulous ideas, C. You’ve put a lot of thought into this, and I think it’s a great way to keep the business going the right direction. Great work.

  22. Shari Brownfield Avatar

    those are awesome ideas, especially the serial numbers! So many people have ideas flying around as to what is best for your business, but really, you know best. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Bamboletta Helper Avatar
    Bamboletta Helper

    There will be no retroactive birth certificates. You want the team to work on dolls not paper work right? ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. cheryl Avatar

    I just love the fact people can buy a Bamboletta and know that it is helping out on a bigger scale and I love that you are always giving. Once again when I tell my daughter this she will love her Bambolettas even more because of what they stand for, because of the amazing woman behind them.

  25. Catherine Avatar

    How about more newbie uploads per month. I know there are a lot of us out there without even 1 doll and unfortunately I can’t afford to be the highest bidder at an auction.

  26. Bamboletta Helper Avatar
    Bamboletta Helper

    Newbie uploads are every 4 to six weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one

  27. Linda Greenwood Avatar

    You are a breath of fresh air! I am relatively new to all you do but everything is so top notch!

  28. Kari Avatar

    Wow. This brought tears to my eyes. What a way to help out a group in need. Using your God given talents to help others…sounds so simple yet in reality it is hard to find in our world today.

  29. Shelly Gudmunsen Avatar
    Shelly Gudmunsen

    You always walk the walk, C … putting goodness out into the world in so many meaningful ways. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and your magic!

  30. Kimberly Avatar

    Aww..this is so sweet! Can’t wait to see what they look like.
    You have a beautiful soul Christina. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. kristen hebert Avatar
    kristen hebert

    Christina- wonderful ideas. I love everything about Bamboletta!

  32. Julie Stainbrook Avatar
    Julie Stainbrook

    We just bought our bambo last month in the newbie auction, and I would love a birth certificate for her. It reminds me of the cabbage patch doll I had as a kid. I don’t plan on giving her to my daughter until her april birthday. Is this something you are doing from here on out, or can existing owners get a birth certificate for their bambo?

    Thanks C.


  33. Veelana Avatar

    I love that you’re doing auctions for a good cause! Thats a fantastic idea! You are always so inspiring.

  34. selena Avatar

    that is so great to hear about he birth certificates and love all the donations you all have been doing! will be trying for an LB for christmas, since never had a chance against all those fast fingers…lol. are they going to have birth certificates as well?

  35. stacy Avatar


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