If you are a true doll collector, you may have been shopping online for dolls that guarantee that you are getting a brand new doll for your money every time.
However, for true collectors, they know that the older the doll, the more money the doll may be worth in the long run. It is very common to see expensive dolls in yard sales or being sold through other sites. Most of the time the doll belonged to another collector and for some reason such as death, the doll is being sold for $1.
But how can you determine a fair price when buying a doll in a situation like this? This simple guide will assist you with determining the value of a porcelain doll, so you know you are getting your moneys worth.
The first thing you want to check for is cleanliness. Any collectable item will loose value for gathering dust on the shelf for too many years.
You don’t want to be too judgmental however; sometimes you can simply remove dust and have the doll be salvageable. When shopping for a doll, you may want to bring a light bristled brush or a make up brush with you to dust off the doll to determine the cleanliness and if it is fixable.
After all, we didn’t write you guys’ blogs about cleaning dolls for nothing!
Wear And Tear
You are going to want to look for wear and tear on the doll that may not be fixable. Stains on the dolls clothes would be something that would be difficult to fix, unless you had the skills to create a new outfit for the doll, but it still wouldn’t be as high of a value without the original outfit.
You also want to look for any thread damage, which would lower the value as well. When you are evaluating the clothing and thread issues, remember some dolls can be refurbished to look like new, you are mainly looking for irreversible damage and stains.
Considering some collectable dolls come with accessories, the original packaging is going to play a large roll. Dolls that are in packaging are usually well protected from wear and tear, but the ones with all of their accessories in their original packaging are going to be worth more.
If the packaging is still in good shape, it is a good indicator that the doll is also still in good condition.
One thing you want to look for is any chips or places where the doll may have already been repaired. When a doll is repaired, the doll is still never back to normal, similar to a human, the doll will have a crack or scar. These marks will cut the dolls value in half automatically and may not be worth the investment in the long run.
If you are looking for new collectable dolls to add to your collection, it doesn’t hurt to check yard sales, one mans junk is another mans treasure. But you should look for these few things to make sure you are getting your moneys worth.
Kate has worked with collectable dolls for the past 20 years which has included creating her own personal collection of dolls. Her publications focus on the care of collectable dolls and their history.