Doll Collecting – How To Get Started

Dolls can be babies or high fashion models, sweet little girls or vampish sirens. There are almost as many kind of dolls as there are collectors, so whether you find yourself lingering amongst the pink boxes of the Toys ‘R’ Us doll department or gazing at the magazine photos of lifelike Ashton-Drake baby dolls, if you’re reading this article you’re probably thinking you’d like to start a doll collection.

First of all, collecting dolls can be an expensive hobby, so be sure you know where your “dolly dollars” are going to come from. Many doll collectors support their hobby by sewing, knitting, or crocheting doll clothes to sell, either on ebay, a Website, or at craft fairs ラブドール . Dolls can be like potato chips — it’s impossible to just have one — so be aware of your budget and space restrictions. You might not want dolls taking over your home!

Second, think about what kind of dolls you’re attracted to. Some collectors are eclectic and like to own many different types of dolls. Others prefer to specialize in one main type, such as baby dolls or fashion dolls, while still other choose to concentrate on one brand or line. So while one collector may own several Barbies, a Ginny, a Madame Alexander doll, a few antique porcelain dolls, and a reborn baby doll, another may own Barbies, Genes, Kitty Colliers, and even a few Bratz, and yet another collector may choose to own only Sasha dolls. In short, no two doll collectors — or collections — are alike, and each doll collection is a unique expression of its owner’s tastes.

If you’re not familiar with all the different types and lines of dolls out there, the best thing to do is a lot of research. The Internet has really revolutionized doll collecting and is a seemingly endless source of information on the hobby. Many brick-and-mortar doll shops are also online, but many shops are Internet-only. Read, read, read — pore over the doll magazines and thumb through collectors guidebooks. Look at lots of photos and read lots of descriptions to see what interests you. It’s important, if you can, to attend a doll show or visit a doll shop to see dolls in person — seeing dolls “in the flesh” is very different from seeing them in photos, and you may find yourself surprised to be pulled toward a doll at a show that you hadn’t looked at twice online.

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