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25 Weird And Wacky Things That Happen When You Go To A Barbie Collectors Convention

Every year, nearly 1,000 hardcore Barbie collectors convene for their annual convention. Here's a peek into their world, from a confused and delighted outsider.

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3. And you might find yourself wistfully running your fingers along the plastic covers and asking one of the vendors, "Do you think they're sad they never got played with?"

6. You'll get a rush from touching a rare vintage Barbie that costs more than a brand new Kia Rio.

10. You'll realize that no matter the context, a box full of decapitated Barbie bodies is always creepy.

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The upside? You'll also realize that "Heads Priced As Marked" would be a great name for a death metal band.

11. You'll spend an inordinate amount of time pondering where Ken could wear this outfit, before settling on "medieval disco fetish party."

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And then you'll be like, "Damn, do those exist? Because I would totally go to one."

13. You'll come face to face with a plethora of Barbie-sized wigs.

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The guy selling them will tell you this is the last year he's bringing them to the convention, because "it's a real pain transporting this many Barbie wigs on a plane from San Jose." You will nod as if this is a common problem.

14. And experience some pretty serious wardrobe envy.

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Common symptoms of attending a Barbie Collectors Convention include an overwhelming urge to fill your closet with more themed outfits.

16. You'll breathe a huge sigh of relief that this hairstyle is no longer trendy.

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Because it looks OK on Barbie, but would do nothing for your bone structure.

20. You'll get a little choked up when you see the same Barbie travel case your mom kept on the dresser of her childhood bedroom.

25. You'll gaze in awe at pair after pair of matching Barbie shoes.

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Proof that, contrary to popular belief and personal experience, keeping track of both Barbie shoes is not impossible.

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