Unusual Dolls: Even the most experienced collectors of unusual dolls
can become confused in the collectible doll market. However, there are several ways for the
unusual dolls collector to gain confidence and minimize costly mistakes when considering a purchase.
By arming yourself with extensive knowledge of unusual dolls you will be amply prepared to
successfully make that special unusual dolls purchase.
Buying unusual dolls can require much patience and consideration. It is
important to be informed when considering unusual dolls! There are a variety of resources
available to help you determine the condition and value of the unusual dolls you are considering.
Specialized doll magazines offer price lists and dealer lists of unusual dolls. However,
specialized books and price guides on unusual dolls generally only indicate values for dolls in
excellent or "mint" condition. Do not be intimidated to ask questions about unusual dolls.
Most unusual dolls dealers and collectors enjoy sharing stories and teaching about their
special unusual 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 unusual dolls, and thus, increase its
value. Get to know the particular periods and styles that pertain to unusual dolls. Of course,
other factors such as age, rarity, and general demand for the doll will also greatly affect the
worth of your unusual dolls.
Unusual 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 unusual dolls. Museums, unusual dolls clubs and reputable
dealers of unusual dolls can be valuable sources of information as well. However, when
searching for dealers of unusual dolls, look for those who are established in the community
and have some of the best examples of unusual dolls.
The appropriate restoration and general integrity of unusual dolls is
important in determining their values. If restoration has occurred on the unusual dolls you
are considering, there are several questions to consider before determining a purchase.
Make sure that the restoration of the unusual dolls was done correctly by using original techniques
and materials. Unusual 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 unusual dolls were made.
Proper conservation of your unusual dolls will help your
treasures last a lifetime, but it is important to seek a professional especially if the
unusual dolls is of exceptional sentimental or monetary value.