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Japanese Dolls: Even the most experienced collectors of japanese dolls can become confused in the collectible doll market. However, there are several ways for the japanese dolls collector to gain confidence and minimize costly mistakes when considering a purchase. By arming yourself with extensive knowledge of japanese dolls you will be amply prepared to successfully make that special japanese dolls purchase.

Buying japanese dolls can require much patience and consideration. It is important to be informed when considering japanese dolls! There are a variety of resources available to help you determine the condition and value of the japanese dolls you are considering. Specialized doll magazines offer price lists and dealer lists of japanese dolls. However, specialized books and price guides on japanese dolls generally only indicate values for dolls in excellent or "mint" condition. Do not be intimidated to ask questions about japanese dolls. Most japanese dolls dealers and collectors enjoy sharing stories and teaching about their special japanese dolls. Your knowledge will help you to eventually acquire a quality piece at a fair price.

Current clothing fashions or popularity of a particular clothing era may influence the popularity of a specific type of japanese dolls, and thus, increase its value. Get to know the particular periods and styles that pertain to japanese dolls. Of course, other factors such as age, rarity, and general demand for the doll will also greatly affect the worth of your japanese dolls. 

Japanese Dolls auctions held by Internet auction sites such as Theriaults, Frashers, McMasters and eBay have become popular avenues for determining value and provide fine examples of japanese dolls. Museums, japanese dolls clubs and reputable dealers of japanese dolls can be valuable sources of information as well. However, when searching for dealers of japanese dolls, look for those who are established in the community and have some of the best examples of japanese dolls. 

The appropriate restoration and general integrity of japanese dolls is important in determining their values. If restoration has occurred on the japanese dolls you are considering, there are several questions to consider before determining a purchase. Make sure that the restoration of the japanese dolls was done correctly by using original techniques and materials. Japanese Dolls from earlier years may have reproduction clothing. The fabrics and trims used in the reproduction clothing should be representative of the period in which the japanese dolls were made. 

Proper conservation of your japanese dolls will help your treasures last a lifetime, but it is important to seek a professional especially if the japanese dolls is of exceptional sentimental or monetary value.

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