CONVENTION TIPS, SUGGESTIONS, & HINTS
DRESS TO THE THEME!
The entire convention has been carefully planned around the unique experience that A Star is
Barbie™. We are embracing this fully in our events and hope you will do the same including
dressing to the themes of the major events!
There are literally dozens of ways for you to become “part of” the convention, as opposed
to simply an attendee. Most of the convention activities are planned so that you can “jump
on board” and take part by participating or volunteering. We’ve planned a huge variety of
convention events, including the daytime Program Series, Sardi’s Lounge, hands-on
Workshops, Raffle Room, Competition Room, and more. There are also many “unofficial”
events, sponsored by dealers, artists and clubs that will take place during the week, so keep
aware of these as well. If this is your first convention, please try to attend the First Timers
Welcome and Orientation. More details on all of these events can be found throughout this
DON’T BE INTIMIDATED!
This is the one time of year when you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of similarly-minded
Barbie® doll collectors. You can wear what you want (pink is always a safe choice!), carry
around your favorite doll everywhere you go, and completely immerse yourself in the Barbie®
doll experience, and no one will think twice. At many of the meal functions, we’ve outlined
some recommendations as to how you may choose to dress, but like all convention functions,
these are just an outline…if you have a great idea, run with it!
BRING A CAMERA!
… and plenty of memory cards and batteries. You’ll see things you’ve never seen before,
including some incredible Barbie® doll rarities and unique artists’ creations. You’ll see Barbie®
doll friends everywhere. There will be photo opportunities throughout the convention, and
you’ll want to capture them for your post convention reminiscences.
ENJOY ARLINGTON, VA AND ITS PROXIMITY TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
We’ve arranged for the hotel rate to be available to conventioneers from July 24 through
August 2 (based on availability). This means you can arrive early, or stay longer, allowing you
to enjoy some of the USA’s free tourist attractions.
At convention, you’ll have more opportunities to shop to support your Barbie® doll habit
than any other time of the year. There are many ways Convention can help you add to your
Barbie® doll collection.
PRE-ORDER OFFICIAL CONVENTION SOUVENIRS
The official Convention souvenirs have been designed with the collector in mind, and they’re
incredible this year. We have things that have never been offered before to conventioneers,
and items that will never be available after this convention. The only way to assure yourself
that you will have all the souvenir items you desire is to pre-order them in the quantity
and size that you want. AND you’ll save at least 10% on all souvenirs if you preorder them
before March 23, 2015. The souvenir shop is always a popular stop for conventioneers.
You’ll avoid disappointment (and long lines) if you pre-order. The wide variety of products
offered means that there’s something for everyone, and many things no serious Barbie® doll
collector can live without. All the souvenirs are being made in limited quantities, and may sell
out during the pre-order period. Items from the souvenir shop also make great birthday,
holiday or table gifts for your favorite Barbie® doll friends, or club members. Check out the
full catalog of souvenirs available on on the Souvenirs page of this website.
GREAT WHITE WAY SALESROOM
The convention salesroom is the largest single grouping of Barbie® doll related merchandise
available each year. With nearly 15,000 square feet of selling space, and hundreds of vendors,
there will be Barbie® doll items for every budget. You’ll see Barbie® doll related items
including jewelry, furniture, and clothing both for your dolls and for you. You’ll see virtually
every new and recently released Barbie® doll at all price points, as well as vintage items. Doll
artists, designers, home seamstresses, and tailors will have their incredible work available for
sale. From the largest doll dealers in the country to individuals thinning out their collections,
you can literally shop the Great White Way salesroom for hours on end.
Although not an official convention activity, room sales constitute one of the most unique,
and FUN traditions surrounding the National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention. Dealers,
collectors and artists alike will open their hotel rooms up for you to visit, eye their
merchandise, talk about the Barbie® doll, and yes, SHOP! Room shopping will be open in the
days prior to convention, and will end after Wednesday evening. We will attempt to group
those selling from their rooms onto several floors as a convenience for shoppers. Check the
bulletin boards on each floor to see who is selling where. One other hint: It’s very easy to
forget just what room you saw that treasure that you’ve been wanting…..the easiest way to
avoid the problem is just go ahead and buy it while you’re there. But failing that, you may
find it helpful to carry a small notepad and pen so that you may make notes of room
numbers, names, merchandise and prices in order for you to remember what you saw, and
BE A PART OF THE FASHION SHOW!
The Fashion Show is always one of the most colorful and memorable events of the
convention. Consider participating in the show and dress to the nines! Be a star in your
favorite Barbie® doll or Barbie® doll friend outfit. This year there will be special stage-side
seating for our VIPs holding the Backstage Pass so be sure to get yours.
STAY “IN THE KNOW”
The entire registration booklet is available (in full color) on www.barbieconvention.com, this website. This
is the official website for the convention and is the place to find the most up-to-date
JOIN THE YAHOO! CONVENTION GROUP
An online Yahoo! Group has been set up for the 2015 Convention. This group is joined by
the majority of conventioneers, and serves as a popular place for conventioneers to discuss all
convention topics. People share their ideas for various convention events, and you’ll get
travel hints, as well as recommendations. You can post questions and suggestions and get all
kinds of feedback. It’s a great place to meet people, talk about convention and share your
excitement with fellow enthusiasts. You can join by sending an email to email@example.com.
JOIN THE OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
New to convention is an Official Facebook Page for you to get to know fellow conventioneers
as well as share ideas before convention and pictures after convention. Just like the Yahoo
group you can feel free to post questions and suggestions. This group is exclusive to only
those who are registered conventioneers. Upon becoming a confirmed conventioneer you will
receive an email invite to join the group. Should you cancel your registration, you will be
removed from the page.
JOIN A TABLE
For each of the three major convention meal events, you will be sitting at a table with the
same group of ten people. This gives you the opportunity to socialize and get to know your
tablemates. Each table has an assigned “host” who is in charge of the table, extending
hospitality to all of the table guests and distributing official convention gifts at each event.
If you are looking for a table assignment, consider joining the online Yahoo convention group
or accepting your invitation to the convention Facebook Page to find a group to sit with, or
you can sign up for a table when you register at convention. Do not worry…every
conventioneer will have a table to sit at, regardless of when you sign up.
The 2015 National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention is ENTIRELY put on by volunteers.
The Steering Committee, Committee Chairs, and volunteers are dedicated to making this
convention a wonderful time for all, and they work hard because they, like you, love Barbie®
doll collecting. This is not a corporate or commercial enterprise designed to make money. The
goal is to make each conventioneer happy. Rest assured that we will do our best to meet
your expectations as our guests.