Donating Vintage Ethnic and Storybook Dolls?

Our family tended to buy dolls in the costumes of various countries. Most of the 30 or so I now have are at least 50 years old and do not have manufacturer information. What's the best way to find a good home for them. We don't necessarily want to sell them.


Same question for about 10 story book dolls in original boxes. They have never been undressed or played with other than careful holding.

Thank you.

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December 17, 20180 found this helpful

Any library would love them

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December 18, 20180 found this helpful

You are very kind soul to pass along these dolls and the lovely karma they come with.

I have a few you have a college with international studies (like we do with the University of Pittsburgh? If so, perhaps they would take them for a case display. If you are nearby Pittsburgh, here is a link to the nationality rooms that the school boasts! They are pretty amazing to tour.


If not, do you have a children's museum? They also may like them for a display.

If not, do you have a children's hospital or rehab? They may take them for giving to children who do not have a doll to love.

If you had the energy to parse them out by country/nationality, you could contact the local ethnic centers for each nationality or nationality churches (we have tons of these in Pgh) and maybe they would want the one that matches their culture either for display to to use in a raffle or such.

Post back what you decide!!

Wishing you all the best in your quest!!

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December 19, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds like a really nice collection of vintage dolls.
I believe that I would do a little more research before deciding how to best donate these dolls as I feel sure you do not wish to hand them out by only one or two dolls to any single location.


  • Pghgirl has given some excellent suggestions but you might want to check this site as I have donated to them and it seems like a good foundation.
  • You may be able to find a chapter near you - click on your state (map at the bottom of page).
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