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Who Buys A House Because They Feel Sorry For It?

I've always been a cheerleader of the underdog, a supporter of the helpless.  I feel bad for the person who doesn't fit in or is standing alone at a social event. 

 I loved when Harry Higgins turned Eliza Doolittle into My Fair Lady

and when

Cinderella got transformed for the ball. 

Little Miss No Name

 

I remember a doll, back when I was a kid that had huge sad eyes and a tear on her cheek. 

 She wore a dress of burlap with patches,

 and she was called "Little Miss No Name." 

She was produced by Hasbro in 1965 and was supposed to appeal to little girls' nurturing instincts.  Little girls were supposed to feel sorry for her and want to take her in and care for her,

much like

Charlie Brown did with the sad little twig he chose for his Christmas tree. 

Charlie Brown's twig was transformed into a real Christmas tree with a blanket and some decorations. 

Little Miss No Name was not so lucky.  Turns out her over sized eyes were frightening to many little girls.    Even if you made her some new clothes, those eyes and her tear were permanent, she could never be made happy. 

I remember wanting that sad little doll, but once I got her home and couldn't transform her, couldn't improve her appearance, she ended up under the bed somewhere.  She was just too depressing! 

If there had been new clothes and accessories available and a way to make her expression happy...I believe she would have been more popular.  What girl doesn't love a make-over?

Emotion is often used in an attempt to solicit money...sad little puppies that need a home, hungry children that need food.  We as humans want to help, want to fix, want to improve.

kitchen before

 

 

 

As home buyers,  we don't want a home that needs help, needs to be fixed, or needs to be improved. 

What buyers want in a home is move-in ready. 

As a professional home stager I have seen many Little Miss No Name houses on the market. 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen After Unlike the doll, these houses can be transformed. 

My passion is transformation... improving the appearance of anything, anyone.  I love it.

No surprise that I would choose home staging as a profession. 

 Actually, I think it chose me.

 

 

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34 commentsSharon Tara • September 24 2008 01:04PM
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