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Selling Doll Making Equipment

My wife just recently died and she was a porcelain doll maker. As a result I have may wigs, shoes, eyes, and tools. How do I get these lists of articles out to doll makers?

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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

I am sorry to hear about our wife passing.

It would be a long shot to post locally on Facebook or Craigslist. But you can place on eBay , more traffic but they do charge a fee.

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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

You have my deepest condolences on your loss.

My suggestion is to find another doll maker and see if she/he can buy the items in bulk or refer you to someone who can.

Start locally....like if any of your wife's friends made dolls with her, they may be interested in some of the items.

If not, there are thousands and thousands of doll making sites and bloggers out there. I don't know any of these folks personally, so I can't vouch for them, but they have sites I like. They may be able to get you pointed in the right direction:

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maryanntate.blogspot.com/

dollstreetdreamers.com/

www.monique.com/

dollmakersblog.wordpress.com/

eBay and Etsy are good sites to sell, but require a lot of time and effort to list and describe each item, take the photos, post, answer questions, then when sold, package carefully and ship.

Working with someone purchasing en mass may be easier.

As a last thought...perhaps if you have a center for creative reuse or art center in your town, they would take the items to use for their classes...which could help keep your wife's legacy alive.

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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

I would suggest you start with contacting anybody your wife either worked with or anyone that may be in her list of contacts that she bought from or consulted with. Anyone that she had dealings with concerning her doll making/selling might be able to give you some guidance so you will at least have a starting point - especially local contacts.

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  • Local contacts are the best source when working with a large variety of small items such as you describe.
  • My concern is that you may not have any idea as to the true resale value of the collection you have and may not know anyone who really has that knowledge either. This means you may just have to trust whoever makes you an offer as being an honest person.
  • Even making lists of the items may be very time consuming and anything listed for sale would need several photographs.
  • There are some sites that offer some advice/suggestions but I doubt they can really help you. Some offer names of appraisers but what they would charge for their service is not stated. Still, you may want to check some of them just to get an idea of what someone would charge and if it would be worth the cost to you.
  • www.kovels.com/356-dolls
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  • quinlanmuseum.com/.../links.html
  • Here are some listings on eBay so you can get an idea of what other people are doing with stuff like this.
  • eBay is not something for the novice to try as a one time thing so these are just for ideas as to what other people are selling.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=doll+making...
  • If you cannot find a buyer among your wife's friends/contacts then you may want to try your hand at some local sale sites. Craigslist is the best known site but there are others to checkout; LetGo, IOffer, OfferUp, 4Sale, and there may be more in your area.
  • Most of these sites are easy to use but you have to be prepared to show your "lot" to perspective buyers and you have to be very careful who you invite into your home.

My best advice would be to not be in a hurry to clear these items and talk to any of your wife's contacts before letting them go.

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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

The easiest way is to put it as a lot on eBay. My condolences on the passing of your wife

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