ORONO, Minn. - A collection of Barbie dolls that spans more than four decades is up for sale to benefit a great cause.
It's a sea of pink at Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.
More than 1000 Barbies, still in their boxes, fill shelf after shelf.
They will go on sale at the two store locations in Orono and Saint Paul at a special event called the Barbie Star Boutique the evening of Thursday, November 15th, 2012. The remainder will be sold in the stores over the weekend.
The Barbie dolls belonged to Rosemary Doyle of Saint Paul who passed away a couple years ago.
Her daughter, Connie Polk, recently decided to donate the Barbie dolls to Hope Chest.
While Doyle did not die of breast cancer, Polk had a friend who did. She also often shops at Hope Chest.
Polk said, "It was a joy that my mom and I shared. It was bittersweet to let them go but it was time for some other little girl to enjoy them."
When Polk asked Hope Chest for Breast Cancer if she could donate Barbie dolls, store founder Barbara Hensley had no idea it would be so many.
Hensley said, "So she started bringing them in a box at a time, probably had ten or so in a box and she just kept coming. And then we finally said, 'How many are there?'" Hensley said Polk told them, "'Well, I'm not sure. I'm sure it's over 1,000.' And we just kind of went, 'Oh my gosh! What have we here?'"
The dolls range from the 1960's to the year 2000 and are priced between ten dollars and 500 dollars, based on similar doll prices on eBay.
Just like store profits, the profits from the Barbie doll sale will be donated to breast cancer patients going through treatment who need help with daily living expenses.
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