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Selling a Porcelain Doll Collection

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Perhaps you inherited a doll collection or are simply downsizing and decluttering, but now you are thinking of selling your dolls. This is a guide about selling a porcelain doll collection.
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By 12 found this helpful
July 26, 2016

I have a porcelain doll collection and I'm not sure how to sell them? Help :)

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September 17, 20165 found this helpful

I want to sell my porcelain doll, but I don't know how to go by selling them. some are very expensive.

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By 3 found this helpful
February 2, 2016

I just inherited a large porcelain doll collection that I need to sell fast. If anyone could give me some ideas, I would be very grateful.

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February 3, 20160 found this helpful

You will need to do your own research for value, etc., to sell your dolls. You can try EBay, Craig's List, etc., for possible prices, take them to an antique or consignment dealer, etc. Note that almost all of these dolls were mass produced even though they are often named "limited", "special", etc. The best value and prices for any dolls are paid for those that were never removed from their boxes-literally!

You can also try this site to begin online research:

http://collectd  rary/blgallp.htm

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July 19, 20161 found this helpful

I have american dolls and porcelain dolls.

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August 21, 20160 found this helpful

We have a large collection of porcelain dolls that was inherited. We want to let go of these dolls and there are many beautiful bride dolls in this collection. Please help us find where we can sell these beautiful dolls.

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June 27, 2016

I have 3 porcelain dolls that I would like to sell. I don't collect dolls. Who buys them?

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June 28, 20160 found this helpful

An easy online search for "porcelain doll values" will produce many answers. Keep in mind that just because a doll may be fancy, old, inherited, etc., it most probably has little value as most are mass produced in the thousands and very often include the rather misleading term limited edition in their names. A doll's condition is extremely important in considering value-the best doll prices are paid for dolls literally never removed from their boxes. You can find prices for some dolls on EBay and try online for further research. This site is a good place to start:

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July 6, 20160 found this helpful

Would like to sell my entire porcelain doll collection from home not ebay or gumtree.

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August 27, 20160 found this helpful

I have 3 character dolls from Little house on the prairie. I purchased all 3 from Ashton drake galleries, By artist Joan Ibarolle. They are in mint condition and still in their original boxes. I need money fast. Where can I sell them? I Live in southern calif.

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful

Due to hard times and difficulties, I need money to pay my bills. I am selling my porcelain dolls. They are in good shape. Can anyone suggest where I might be able to sell them? Thank you.

By Lavette

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September 25, 20110 found this helpful
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You could try ebay. You could also call antique and collectables dealers in your area. What you get for them will depend on age, whether or not you still have the orgional boxes, and certificates of authenticity.

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December 17, 2010

I have a variety of porcelain dolls, from babies to Shirley Temple and would like to know how I would go about selling them? They all have authenticity and numbers on them.

By Mary from Brookline, MA

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December 18, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with an archived post made by MisMachado:

If they are really collectibles and of vintage, try Etsy.com. They have some strict guidelines, but are great to deal with, and a lot less expensive than eBay is. MisMachado (10/16/2010)

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December 18, 20100 found this helpful

Easy. Post them on eBay.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 23, 2017

I've got lots of Alberon dolls, too many. I would like to sell them, but I am not sure where to go, etc.

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August 11, 2017

I have 7 porcelain dolls. I am not at all familiar with dolls. I'm curious as to value as I would like to sell them. I'm not looking to make a fortune, would just like to offer a fair price.

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April 2, 20150 found this helpful

How can I sell my mom's collection of porcelain dolls?
Some are Ashton Drake and some are Danbury Mint.
Some have the receipt with them. She had about 85 dolls

By Melody from Dayton, PA

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April 3, 20150 found this helpful

Dear Melody,

Thank you for your post and interest in Ashton-Drake dolls. Unfortunately, we no longer have a secondary market for retired dolls. You may want to check eBay or visit an antique/doll shop to get a value for your ballerina doll. Good luck! Thank you, Chris

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April 4, 20150 found this helpful

I hope your mother enjoyed her dolls during her lifetime. Unfortunately it is not easy to sell dolls of this type as most were mass produced and are easily found in large supply over the internet.

You can check out Google, eBay, Replacements and many other sites will appear on Google. Craigslist is good as you do not have to ship.

Many sellers have dolls listed for months (even years) before they sell. Dolls are difficult (and expensive) to ship as most are a larger size and need "special" boxes and packing.

You can check out sold listings on eBay to see what buyers are really paying for dolls of this type.

Also you may have a special doll in this collection that will sell quickly and for more money. Research is the only way to find an answer to your question.

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

This is Kathleen. I inherited dolls from my mother. They were all hand made by her, hand painted and fired in the kiln. She made the clothes herself. How can I find out how to price them? They didn't come in boxes, because she just made them at the doll shop and brought them home.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 7, 2017

I am trying to sell a doll collection in Dale City, Virginia. I am not sure how to even start to find information on selling dolls. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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October 2, 2016

Where can I go close to Bloomingdale, Illinois to sell my porcelain dolls?

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By 0 found this helpful
July 18, 2016

I have numerous Franklin Mint dolls and was wondering how to go about selling them. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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August 5, 2015

I have three huge bins of porcelain dolls. I am looking to sell them, but can't find any place to sell them. A lot of them have boxes and certificates with them. How can I sell these dolls?

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August 8, 20150 found this helpful

You can sell on amazon.com, ebay.com, etsy.com, or post on craigslist.org and pinterest.com. The postings are free, but some charge a fee for using their website if the item sells. You can post photos of the dolls individually or grouped; your choice along with contact information and description. If there are any flaws, it's best to put it out there with pics of them, so prospects are not deceived.

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February 26, 20140 found this helpful

Where do I find a buyer for my porcelain dolls?

By Byron

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February 27, 20140 found this helpful

Try ebay.

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February 28, 20140 found this helpful

You will have to do your own research on eBay, Etsy, Google etc. Then you can decide if it would be better to just sell them at a yard sale, Craigslist or donate to a local charity.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 25, 2016

I live in Idaho and have 40 plus dolls. I don't know the value of any of them. Where can I find the value and then where can I sell them?

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September 8, 2015

I have a small collection of porcelain dolls that were made by my aunt. She made the clothes as well. I was wondering if these could sell at an antique place or thrift store?

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September 8, 20150 found this helpful

The only way you will know is to take the dolls to an antique dealer, auction house, etc. You can also advertise them on EBay, Craig's List, etc.

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January 12, 2015

My grandmother passed years ago, and I inherited them. I have been thinking about giving them to my 3yr old daughter, but she won't have the same appreciation as others may. So how do I figure out their worth?

By Anthony M.

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January 13, 20150 found this helpful

Try this website: http://www.dollinfo.com/faqs.htm

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By 0 found this helpful
December 5, 2014

I have a Heritage Signature collection that consists of 11 dolls, 6 big ones and 5 mini ones. I got them all when I was a little girl and not sure what they are worth now and would possibly like to sell them.

By Hailee

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December 7, 20140 found this helpful

You can check out their individual "value" on Google doll sites or eBay. Dolls are usually difficult to sell and very rarely bring a very big price.

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April 22, 20140 found this helpful

I have an extensive collection of porcelain dolls by Patricia Rose. All dolls came from Paradise Galleries. All of my dolls are from the glamor doll series. I also have her dancer doll collection and southern bell collection. Some are 36 inches tall and others are between 18 and 22 inches tall. All have original boxes and COA. Any idea where I can start to try to sell them? It seems there are few doll collectors these days. Thanks for any advice you care to share.

By Kathy W.

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April 24, 20140 found this helpful

Maybe due to our present economy dolls do not sell very well. Even beautiful dolls are hard to sell. It is estimated (by doll "experts") that in our present economy dolls are difficult to sell at even 10 percent of their original value and many sell for less.

You can find some of these dolls on eBay, Etsy, Replacements but just start with Google and go from there. Remember that most people have to pay fees for selling and some dolls are listed for many months before an interested person comes along. Most never sell unless the price is very, very low. Remember also that shipping is a LOT of trouble and very expensive.

Maybe you could find a local shop that would let you place a few dolls in their store - for a percentage of the sale. This also has its downside as they will not be responsible for any damage done while in their store and some parents do not always have well behaved children.

Be sure to check out "sold" listings on eBay (down left side of eBay screen) for what some of these dolls sold for and how many sold in the last 30 days. I am afraid you will disappointed in the sales.

I hope you are one of the lucky ones and have some dolls that will sell for more.

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December 11, 20130 found this helpful

I have an 1865 porcelain doll. Where can I sell it or be guided correctly?

By Kevin

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December 13, 20130 found this helpful

Value of Dolls is one of the main questions on Thrifty site...

I am sure there is an occasional doll that someone will be familiar with but - generally you will have to do your own research.

eBay and Google will give you more information but there are other sites as well.

Remember - you have all the information on this doll and can do a much better job of getting information. Dolls are so plentiful now - even "rare" dolls so try not to be disappointed if the value is low.

Good luck with your search -and- Merry Christmas!

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October 15, 20130 found this helpful

My wife has a huge collection of these dolls and she wants to sell a few of them, but we don't know what they are worth?

By Joseph

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October 17, 20130 found this helpful

Check out eBay and Google

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By 0 found this helpful
September 9, 2013

Where can I sell my porcelain doll, besides using Amazon and eBay?

By Melissa A.

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September 10, 20130 found this helpful

Seek out good craft fairs. It will cost a little but if the dolls are expensive it might be worth it. it will also give you exposure for selling these dolls to the public.

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August 28, 20130 found this helpful

My mom has 70 plus Ashton Drake dolls from Princess Diana to the queen of the Nile, all in mint condition. Most have never been taken from boxes, others only once are twice. They all have paperwork and boxes. I want to sell the whole collection. The dolls are exquisite pieces of work. How do I go about selling them?

By Arthur

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August 30, 20130 found this helpful

Unfortunately, Aston Drake dolls are not all that valuable. Maybe a few would bring "good" money and selling them all at one time will bring even less.

You may receive an offer as low as 60.00 according to who you ask. Most people would only buy them to resell and they would know how difficult it is to sell them.

You need to research eBay for listings and sold listings to get an idea of how much they are worth. You could list them as a group on eBay and set a reserve just to see how much they would bring. Bear in mind that listing them anywhere (except Craigslist, newspaper, etc) you will need photos. Also, you may have to list them several times and if they sell, you will pay fees on the selling price (9-10%).

Shipping would be another thing altogether so you would have to do this for local pick-up only. That means someone in your area only. This may work if you live in a large city. I would try to find a local "store" that sells this type of merchandise and see what they would offer (but be prepared for a low amount!) but who knows - items are worth whatever someone will pay.

You may be lucky and find someone who would really like these dolls. Good luck and let us know how this works out for you.

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August 14, 20130 found this helpful

We are having an estate sell and we have over 500 porcelain dolls - all are in mint condition and are collector edtions. How should we go about selling these as I do not want to put them in a yard sale.

By Kitty P

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August 17, 20130 found this helpful

Hi - maybe you could find a local person that handles this type of doll and could give you an idea of their worth.

Some places to check a few dolls would be eBay or Google just to get a general idea.

The problem is that one doll may be worth more than another and without research you would have no way to know this. Selling as a group may be a good idea but may bring less money.

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July 31, 20130 found this helpful

I have over 100 Ashton Drake Dolls left to me by my mother. All are in good condition. I was wondering where I can sell them as they are of no use to me?

By Jessica D

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August 3, 20130 found this helpful

Hi - sorry but most of these dolls are not very valuable. The only answer to any question of this type is to tell you to do your research as you have the dolls.

Go to eBay, Etsy, Google, Craigs list or see a local shop owner for information.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 12, 2015

Can you please tell me where and how I can advertise my porcelain and longnose teddy bear collection?

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By 0 found this helpful
August 7, 2015

Where do I go to sell porcelain dolls?

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April 16, 20150 found this helpful

I have a collection of porcelain Ashton Drake dolls I need to sell in Mesquite Texas. Who can I call?

By Bill from Mesquite, TX

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February 3, 20150 found this helpful

I am selling my porcelain doll collection and was wondering how much would they all be worth? I had them for years. Do you know how much my Danny the Dalmatian porcelain doll and Kyler the kitty porcelain doll would be worth? I also have other dolls. Thanks.

By Ashley from Sheridan, WY

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November 23, 20140 found this helpful

I need to find a dealer who might buy all of the dolls.

By Rick L

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