When you were young, you may have played with Barbies or GI Joes. Now you can collect antique dolls that not only remind you of children but also have a value associated with them, as well as historical significance. There are many eras and types of antique dolls to collect.
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Where to Find Antique Dolls
If you are interesting in collecting vintage dolls, you might start by looking at auctions for them. There are also doll shows and yard sales. Do not forget to search online too.
Assessing the Value
If you find an old doll in your grandmother’s attic, you can determine its worth by comparing it to other similar dolls on auction sites like eBay. This technique is considered more accurate than the traditional approach of looking at the blue books for doll collecting that used to be the go-to method.
To be of supreme value, an antique doll should be fully original and in mint condition. If the doll is still in the original box, you will likely get more value for it by keeping it in this package. If the doll is well made and has importance for its era, these are also points that can up its value.
Doll parts and accessories can be worth money too. Again, look to auction sites online to get an idea of how much the similar items you own are worth.
A Cautionary Note about Value
It is important to note that value can change over time and as doll collection trends change. For example, ball-jointed dolls are worth a lot today than they were five years ago because of features in popular Japanese anime cartoons and comics.
For most doll collectors, the primary motivation is not monetary. Instead, they are fascinated by the stories behind their making, the era in which they were created, and by the beautiful components of the dolls themselves. The features of the doll may also bring back memories of collectors’ childhoods.
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