This Week's Brag: TLC Lot!

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I hope everyone has been able to keep themselves busy with everything that's going on lately. I've been doing so by spending time online shopping for ponies, since thrifting is out for the foreseeable future! I found this cute little cheap TLC lot on Mercari and it arrived yesterday. According to the seller, the lot had been stored away in a box since the 90's! They were all obviously very well-loved. They all have haircuts and various issues but I love them!

I set about cleaning them all up and making them beautiful!




First up is Baby Sweet Steps, one of the main reasons I bought this lot! She has been on my wishlist for awhile and she is just too cute with her little curly bangs <3




Then we have Beautybloom! She was in rough shape. She had nail polish on her hooves and some of her own chopped-off hair was stuck in it. Yuck! She cleaned up pretty nicely though.




Next is Sprinkles, who has been on my wishlist since forever! She cleaned up nicely with some stains. Oddly enough her tail popped out while I was washing it, so I popped her already-completely-unglued head off and pulled her washer out since it was rattling around in there. It was pristine, no rust or anything! I still took it out just to be safe before putting her tail back in.





Next is this lovely bright Bowtie, who cleaned up real nice with the exception of a smudged symbol, stains from the nail polish on her hooves, and a little bit of nail polish still left on her display side symbol (I wasn't sure about scrubbing at it anymore since I didn't want to rub her paint off...I'll give it another try soon). Her mane would not stay out of her face no matter which direction I tried to lay it, so I just pinned it back with this cute little bow barrette!

Just for giggles, I took a pic of her with my other Bowtie to compare the two. Old Bowtie is quite faded, goodness!




Next is Majesty, who was probably one of the worst of the lot in terms of condition. I wasn't able to get all the nail polish stains off her hooves, but I'm hoping that sunfading her will do the trick!




Next is Peachy, one of the few Collector ponies I was missing. She was also one of the worst and still has quite a bit of staining, but she did clean up nice otherwise!




And last but not least...er. Well. Parasol! This girl was definitely the roughest out of all of them. She's missing a tail, has smudged symbols, age marks, and staining. But she's my first Parasol, so I'll do my very best to get her looking gorgeous again <3

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All in all I'm quite pleased by how well they've cleaned up!
 

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Ditto to both above. Teach me your magic! You did awesome with those ponies. May I just say... someone had a thing for red nail polish. My mother would never have bought me another toy, ever, if I had done anything like that to any of them.
 

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I hope everyone has been able to keep themselves busy with everything that's going on lately. I've been doing so by spending time online shopping for ponies, since thrifting is out for the foreseeable future! I found this cute little cheap TLC lot on Mercari and it arrived yesterday. According to the seller, the lot had been stored away in a box since the 90's! They were all obviously very well-loved. They all have haircuts and various issues but I love them!

I set about cleaning them all up and making them beautiful!




First up is Baby Sweet Steps, one of the main reasons I bought this lot! She has been on my wishlist for awhile and she is just too cute with her little curly bangs <3




Then we have Beautybloom! She was in rough shape. She had nail polish on her hooves and some of her own chopped-off hair was stuck in it. Yuck! She cleaned up pretty nicely though.




Next is Sprinkles, who has been on my wishlist since forever! She cleaned up nicely with some stains. Oddly enough her tail popped out while I was washing it, so I popped her already-completely-unglued head off and pulled her washer out since it was rattling around in there. It was pristine, no rust or anything! I still took it out just to be safe before putting her tail back in.





Next is this lovely bright Bowtie, who cleaned up real nice with the exception of a smudged symbol, stains from the nail polish on her hooves, and a little bit of nail polish still left on her display side symbol (I wasn't sure about scrubbing at it anymore since I didn't want to rub her paint off...I'll give it another try soon). Her mane would not stay out of her face no matter which direction I tried to lay it, so I just pinned it back with this cute little bow barrette!

Just for giggles, I took a pic of her with my other Bowtie to compare the two. Old Bowtie is quite faded, goodness!




Next is Majesty, who was probably one of the worst of the lot in terms of condition. I wasn't able to get all the nail polish stains off her hooves, but I'm hoping that sunfading her will do the trick!




Next is Peachy, one of the few Collector ponies I was missing. She was also one of the worst and still has quite a bit of staining, but she did clean up nice otherwise!




And last but not least...er. Well. Parasol! This girl was definitely the roughest out of all of them. She's missing a tail, has smudged symbols, age marks, and staining. But she's my first Parasol, so I'll do my very best to get her looking gorgeous again <3

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All in all I'm quite pleased by how well they've cleaned up!
Wow those all cleaned up nice! Baby Sweet Steps is especially cute :)
How much did you spend on the lot? Just curious cause I never seem to have much luck on mercari
 

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You did a great job cleaning up your girls. How'd you work that kinda magic?
I agree with Leave a Whisper, I'd love to know your tricks because you made them look wonderful again :winkpony:
Ditto to both above. Teach me your magic! You did awesome with those ponies. May I just say... someone had a thing for red nail polish. My mother would never have bought me another toy, ever, if I had done anything like that to any of them.
Thank you all! As for tricks, lots of patient scrubbing with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers haha. I did have to use a mild nail polish remover on their hooves and some of the more stubborn stains that weren't near any paint, but much of it came off with just the Magic Erasers. I also had to use a bit of Oxiclean on Sprinkle's mane because it had nail polish in it and the staining wouldn't come out with just a simple shampoo. The Oxiclean took the stain out right away!

And Tak, goodness, same here. My parents were big about teaching my sister and I to respect and take care of our belongings. I never drew on, painted, or cut the hair on any of my childhood toys. My sister cut the hair off a toy I gave her once when she was mad at me and my mom sent her to her room for a bit and took away her toys until she apologized and promised not to do it again. I was borderline paranoid about getting anything other than dirt (which I knew I could easily clean off) on my ponies especially. Part of that was probably to do with me being an odd eight-year old child who looked up restoration tips online and learned to be very careful to avoid tail rust, not leave ponies in the sun, etc. I'm really not sure why I was so conscientious and curious about toy preservation at such a young age, but my childhood herd are probably grateful for it whenever they see ponies like this arrive, hehe.

Wow those all cleaned up nice! Baby Sweet Steps is especially cute :)
How much did you spend on the lot? Just curious cause I never seem to have much luck on mercari
The lot was $10 plus shipping! Perhaps a little much given the condition they were in, but I was mostly buying it for Sweet Steps, and then the others cleaned up so nicely that it was worth it to me at least. I've found a few good deals on there (I have a very nice Salty coming that I managed to snap up), but good deals definitely go quick on Mercari!

That sounds like cleaning them was fun! I love your before/after photos! It’s so satisfying to make something look better!
Ahh thank you! It was challenging and my hands were very dry from all the water and soap afterwards, but it was definitely a lot of fun to see how well they all cleaned up <3
 

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Thank you all! As for tricks, lots of patient scrubbing with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers haha. I did have to use a mild nail polish remover on their hooves and some of the more stubborn stains that weren't near any paint, but much of it came off with just the Magic Erasers. I also had to use a bit of Oxiclean on Sprinkle's mane because it had nail polish in it and the staining wouldn't come out with just a simple shampoo. The Oxiclean took the stain out right away!

And Tak, goodness, same here. My parents were big about teaching my sister and I to respect and take care of our belongings. I never drew on, painted, or cut the hair on any of my childhood toys. My sister cut the hair off a toy I gave her once when she was mad at me and my mom sent her to her room for a bit and took away her toys until she apologized and promised not to do it again. I was borderline paranoid about getting anything other than dirt (which I knew I could easily clean off) on my ponies especially. Part of that was probably to do with me being an odd eight-year old child who looked up restoration tips online and learned to be very careful to avoid tail rust, not leave ponies in the sun, etc. I'm really not sure why I was so conscientious and curious about toy preservation at such a young age, but my childhood herd are probably grateful for it whenever they see ponies like this arrive, hehe.



The lot was $10 plus shipping! Perhaps a little much given the condition they were in, but I was mostly buying it for Sweet Steps, and then the others cleaned up so nicely that it was worth it to me at least. I've found a few good deals on there (I have a very nice Salty coming that I managed to snap up), but good deals definitely go quick on Mercari!



Ahh thank you! It was challenging and my hands were very dry from all the water and soap afterwards, but it was definitely a lot of fun to see how well they all cleaned up <3
Nice! 10 dollars sounds pretty good for all those pony’s even if they needed some work
 

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Wow! You are an artist when it comes to restoration, dakotadarkhooves! Those don't even look like the same ponies!
 
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Wow, I am living for that before and after. They cleaned up so well! Awesome haul and great job giving them lots of love! <3
 
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Nice! 10 dollars sounds pretty good for all those pony’s even if they needed some work
Yeah, not a bad deal!

Wow! You are an artist when it comes to restoration, dakotadarkhooves! Those don't even look like the same ponies!
Ahh thank you so much ;u; I've been really inspired by people I've seen who've restored ponies in way worse condition than these gals (parts chewed off, no paint left, etc) and wanted to try getting into it myself. I hope to be able to do what they've been able to do someday!

Wow, I am living for that before and after. They cleaned up so well! Awesome haul and great job giving them lots of love! <3
Thank you! <3 I love before and after photos myself so I couldn't resist doing some here >u<
 
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