Selling Dolls at a Yard Sale

I've been a collector of dolls since I was young. However I am making a move and I can't take them all with me. I plan on selling them in a yard sale and was wondering how to price them, this one in particular. She has been in storage so she isn't in mint condition but she's still in pretty great condition. I was thinking about maybe $25.00.


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November 4, 20200 found this helpful

I am so sorry but dolls are not selling for this high of a price right now. Most dolls are selling for $5-15 at tops. Maybe at a yard sale, you can start off a bit higher, and if someone offers you a decent price you can take this one. You will probably be lucky to get around $5-10 for these types of dolls. The economy is not looking good at the moment and people are not just buying this type of item. I have found out that it is possible to sell them a little better at a yard sale or even a swap meet. When people see them in person they are more likely to buy them.

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November 4, 20200 found this helpful

The market with dolls are running a lot lower in price. Online dolls have large asking prices, but are not selling at asking. Average sale for a doll like this on is $5 to $15. Sense you may be selling in a yard sale , maybe you could advertise that you could get a special buy when you purchase 2 dolls. Because the Holidays are approaching , you may be able to sale with no problem. Families are looking for great deals , with little money on hand. Although the market is low, there is a child that would love this doll !

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

I believe the question to ask would be; how many days do you plan to have your sale? Do you plan to have more than one yard sale?
If you plan to have more than one sale I would say $25 would be a good price for this doll as many times a very pretty doll will sell when someone sees it in person (and, if sales are slow you can always drop it to $20).
There is no way to know if you are in an area that will even look at dolls or maybe the area will be a good sale area.
Be sure everything is priced and keep dolls on a shelf so they can be admired but not openly handled by the very young.
If you have lots of items to sell, your dolls may go quickly but if they do not sell the first time then lower the price before the second sale.

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

I will be quite honest with you as a long time reseller. Dolls are not selling much at the moment. There was a slight uptick during the height of COVID when people were looking for comfort and memories of youth and then when COVID kept going and people started losing their jobs, the values dropped again because people started watching their spending.

Doreen for example, if she is the musical version is sitting unsold on eBay and other sites for months at $10.

If she is the non musical version, she is sitting unsold at $5.

People at yard sales want things for a few bucks and will nickel and dime you. My fear is if you ask a lot, people will walk away and not even try to negotiate with you.

If you have a consignment store that will take them, that is your best bet to sell a large lot at higher prices, but it will take time.

If you are a super experienced eBay seller and know how to package these very fragile items for shipping, you could list them high (like $25 plus shipping) and take best offer, but you have to be experienced in both selling and packing to go this route. Doll buyers online are VERY picky and if things aren't perfect, they complain.

I don't want to sound negative, just being transparent with you on what to expect. Like I said, I am an experienced seller (eBay since 1998), I hosted an annual neighborhood (60 homes in the plan) yard sale every year but 2 since 1999, held miscellaneous single yard sales since the 1960s, run small estate sales as a business, and sold at flea markets since the 1970s. I know the drill and what you may experience if you try to over price items. You can try--no harm, but be prepared for a lot of negative comments and people walking away shaking their heads.

You could do something very clever and price high and have a big sign saying we need homes!! if you love us--ask our owner to make a deal! At least people will know you won't be offended if they offer you current market value.

Prayers for a good sale!

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