Whether we’re talking about American, Barbie, porcelain, antique, Disney, Madame Alexander or some other dolls, these products are regarded as some of the most popular collectible items in the world. In fact, if you’re an avid collector, you will be thrilled to hear that lots of dolls on the market are completely unique. There are also lots of limited edition items making this hobby even more exciting.
Now, given their exclusivity, uniqueness, and price, these dolls have to be properly maintained. There are lots of rules that you need to follow in order to protect your babies. Keep in mind – a collector’s doll is not a toy! It requires lots of attention!
In order to become a better collector, we have made this ultimate guide that will help you out with your new, cool collectible items. Read on!
10 Popular doll myths
Like any other collector’s item, dolls have their own share of popular myths. Some of them are rather ridiculous while others, although they might seem incredible, are actually true! For example, you might see questions on the internet such as “How valuable are vintage Barbie dolls?” or “Is it true that first porcelain dolls were only accessible to nobility?”.
There are lots of things to uncover the history of the item so make sure to check our “10 Popular doll myths” article!
10 Mistakes that collectors make
Given how fragile this collectible is, there are lots of things that can go wrong. For example, you might tear their fabric or damage their paint. Some antique dolls require extra attention due to their age. Keep in mind that most of the highly collectible dolls are usually made by hand. This means they cannot be recreated in the same way making them that much more valuable. And you definitely don’t wish to damage a piece of art such as this, right?
In order to avoid any accidents, make sure to read “10 Mistakes that collectors make”.
How to identify a doll?
Experts know intricacies of every doll or every doll series. Some artists will use small marks, while there are those who might use a stamp or some other way of distinguishing their pieces. This is precisely why authenticating a doll is such a lucrative business. Still, it is something that can be learned.
If you have some amazing dolls in your collection and you don’t know their origin, its best if you read our “How to identify a doll?” guide.
How to determine the price of a doll?
Even though some dolls may look amazing, you might have considered selling them. In the end, if this can help you get the money to buy some other, more intriguing items, why wouldn’t you do it? But alas, determining a price of an old, antique doll can be tricky. You might place an approximate price on a site such as eBay or Amazon and never get any offers. Or even worse, you might sell a limited edition doll for a pittance.
In order to avoid any mistakes, read “How to determine the price of a doll?”
How to sell a doll online?
Now that you’ve established the price of a doll, you’re ready to sell it. There is a big market for these collectible items and as long as you promote it well (and put the right price tag), there will be no trouble getting to a buyer. The best places to sell them are eBay and Amazon. However, there are lots of other places where you can do it such as special doll conventions and websites that are focused on this topic.
To learn more read “How to sell a doll online?” post.
10 Things to check on Porcelain/ Bisque dolls
Bisque dolls are regarded as one of the most popular collectible doll items. Only Barbie dolls and vintage porcelain dolls some close to them. They have masterfully created pieces of art that had a big impact on doll fashion. Still, most of them are quite old making it hard to establish origin and condition. So, if you want to buy one of these babies, make sure to properly check them.
“10 Things to check on Bisque dolls” article will help you out with that.
Which kind of dolls is best to collect?
This is one of the toughest questions to answer as every type of a doll has its specifics. In the end, it usually comes down to personal preferences. Yet, it needs to be mentioned that particular dolls are much more expensive than the others. If you’re a collector, you might want to consider different variables that affect your approach to them, the way you store them, maintain them and in the end, how much you will have to pay for certain pieces.
So, it's going to be best if you read “Which 20 dolls are best to collect?”
How to maintain your dolls?
Doll maintenance is perhaps the most important part of being a collector. Keep in mind that people often keep their collectibles for years and even decades. During that period of time, there will be various things that can jeopardize them such as sunlight, heat, sharp objects etc. Ideally, you will try to isolate the dolls but still, there are things you need to know about the room temperature, light, surface where they’re kept and so on.
In order to learn what’s necessary to be a true collector, make sure to read “How to maintain your dolls?”
How to take photos of dolls?
Today, people love taking photos of their favorite babies. Whether it’s because they want to sell them, brag online or simply have a nice memory, collectors are going as far as taking classes in doll photography. This makes sense as you really want to get that perfect shot of your favorite item.
If you want to learn more about the topic, read this post – “How to take photos of dolls?”