3 types of meetups - public, private, and conventions.

3 Types of BJD Meetups

What types of meetups are there, anyway?

Well, there are basically 3 different types of meetups that can take place in a variety of locations. These include public spaces, private residences, and conventions/events. I’ve been to, and lead, a large number of meetups since 2005 and have found pros and cons for each type.

1. Public Spaces

Public spaces can really be split into 2 sub-sections – 1a. Indoor and 1b. Outdoor.

I’ve provided a quick list of potential public meetup locations below.

1a. Indoor Meetups

These meetups can take place anywhere indoors in a public space. Restaurants and libraries tend to make up the bulk of these types of meetups, in my experience, but are by no means the end-all, be-all of locations.

Restaurants that have a private room that can be reserved are usually best for keeping food and dolls separate while eating. While that isn’t necessary, some find it to be the most desirable.

Most public libraries have conference rooms that can be reserved for non-profit or community groups. Some will have rules against selling within the building, but that can be worked around by exchanging money outside.

If you live in a cold climate, winter meetups at a conservatory or arboretum are a fantastic option to see some green, take outdoors-type photos, and warm up a bit.

1b. Outdoor Meetups

Outdoor meetups can take place anywhere outside – from public parks to strip malls, beaches to botanical gardens.

It is usually easier to find inexpensive (free) meet up locations outside, but you will be at the mercy of the weather.

If it’s not too hot, too cold, raining, snowing, etc., outdoor meetups can be fantastic photo opportunities without worrying too much about time constraints.

2. Private Residences

It’s possible you, or someone near you is willing to open up your home to other BJD collectors.

These types of meetups can be a great way to get to know others in your area while having your dolls in the home of another collector – some who “gets it.”

Want to go to a meet up at someone’s house, but not comfortable going by yourself? Ask a friend to go with you! If they don’t want to stay the whole time, ask if they will come for the beginning and offer to have them drive separate so they can leave when you are comfortable.

3. Conventions/Events

If you’ve ever been to a convention or other large event, you’ve surely seen larger groups of people getting together for one reason or another.

Many times, conventions will have Facebook groups or online forums that can be used to organize “unofficial” meetups throughout the event. Chances are, there are others in the hobby who are attending and would love to meet up. Check out the threads or requests for meetups – if you don’t find any, don’t be afraid to make your own!

A quick list of potential meetup locations:

  • Fast food restaurant (McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc.)
  • Diner (IHOP, Denny’s, Perkins, etc.)
  • Pub/Tavern
  • Food Court (such as Mitsuwa, a Japanese marketplace with a food court)
  • Independently owned diners/restaurants (mom & pop restaurants)
  • Public Library
  • Conservatory or Arboretum
  • Coffee Shop or Bakery (if there’s a seating area)
  • Public Park or Nature Preserve
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Strip Mall (if there’s a seating area)
  • Beach
  • Doll Shop

BJD Measurements | Tinies!

Size charts for BJDs have been started, and the Tinies chart has been posted!

Check it out!

There is a ton of information! To view it all, you can scroll both left & right, and up & down.

If you’re looking for a specific company or size, use the search box on top of the measurement chart, and it will automatically filter what is displayed based on what is entered. Want to sort the chart? Simply click on a column header to sort by measurements, companies, or models.

I know several dolls and companies are missing from the chart. If you’d like to help fill them in, please send me a message with measurements of missing dolls/companies. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

In the meantime, the SD size chart has been started and should be posted soon. After that, the MSD chart will be started & posted. Keep an eye out for updates!

Hope the chart helps!


For the past year or so, my husband and I have been on quite the journey. We’re still here and we’re still alive!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction Resin Melody has been going and what I would eventually like it to be. That means there will be some pretty big updates taking place over the next several months. 

Resin Melody as a blog will be shifting focus. Less about me, my sewing, and my own dolls… More about BJDs in general, the community, what’s new, and resources. 

I will be shifting my personal blogging to a new site, but I haven’t decided on a domain yet. Shop updates will still happen here, though. 

Which leads me to…

Resin Melody as a shop is still alive and kicking. We are on Etsy right now, but there are big plans for more this year!

I’m really excited for the upcoming changes! 

If there is anything specific you would like to see, please let me know!

We’ve Moved (Again)!

So I seem to have a wonderful habit of moving approximately every 2 years.. Normally, though, the move is just across town. This time, we’ve moved 400 miles northwest from the Chicago area to Minnesota!

I got a new job in March (yep, that’s why the silence!) working for a high school student exchange organization (International Experience). I’m absolutely LOVING it! Now we just need to finish placing our incoming students for the fall…

I’m really hoping that once things calm down a bit, I’ll be able to get back into sewing more creations and customizing dolls. I have a number of new purchases that need to be painted and even some I will be customizing for sale. So many fun things to do, but real life must come first… 🙁 (I can’t wait to be done with our move!)

We’re back!

Back in April, my entire hosting account was hacked and overwritten. Talk about crazy! Every single file – GONE. All the coding files – GONE. All my pictures – GONE.

I didn’t have any back ups – my laptop died and both of my external hard drives crapped out on me. When I contacted my hosting company about it, they didn’t have any back ups. Great hosting company they are.. *sigh*

I was in the middle of prepping for Anime Central in mid-May, and my first priority was getting ChitownDollz back up and running. Resin Melody had to wait…. but only until today! (Woot!)

I was lucky enough that I had previously considered switching over to using Blogger for my blogging platform, so some of my stuff was backed up. There will still be missing images and broken links throughout the past posts, but at least some of the information, posts, and pictures were saved!