Selling Porcelain Dolls?

How do I sell porcelain dolls?


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October 15, 20180 found this helpful

If they are mass-produced, sell as a lot on eBay for a good price. Expensive dolls should be sold individually

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October 15, 20180 found this helpful

First, it is best to value each doll. Many dolls have NOT held their value...but there are still some that fetch quite a bit. I just sold an old, old, old doll for over $500. On the flip side of that, I also sold an OLD doll for a whopping $5. The market is all over the place, which is why you have to know the value of each doll.

I always recommend doing this by identifying each doll and finding a comporable one on eBay that has sold. NEVER use active auctions to value a doll, only SOLD tells you what someone will actually pay.


Keep a spreadsheet of each doll by name and sold price so you don't have to keep researching.

If you can't find an exact match, wait a few days and keep checking. This is the only way you can be sure you don't cheat yourself on value.

Note how much the seller charged for shipping also. IF THE SELLER OFFERS FREE SHIPPING, you have to remember the SELLER pays this amount so you have to add that amount into your listing price (but it is not part of your value or profit--for can use shipping amount as value if you are selling them outside of Facebook as this is the total amount a person paid for a doll).

I prefer to sell dolls by the piece, but if you see most of yours are low value dolls, you can consider:

1. Put the entire lot up for sale and take what someone bids and be done with it (the market will dictate the final price)n you set the starting price.


I would suggest a 7 day auction starting at $25 for all...only do this if you are OK with getting that minimum set the minimum...if you want it to be 100 you can do that also...then wait and see. This could go on for many rounds of 7 day ads with them not selling.

You can use this ad as an example of how to work your ad and take your photos. This is a lot of work, you need to be able to wrap them very carefully and get them to the post office figure that into your time efforts.

2. You could put them for sale on Facebook Marketplace the same way and set a price for the lot and take best offer.

This way you don't have to deal with shipping you just have to think about do you want people coming to your house to get them. Again this could go on for many rounds with them not selling.


I do some porch pick up for sales and so far it works OK. I have them put money (cash only) in a secure place on my porch and they message me if they take the item. This is OK for things under $40....I wouldn't go much higher than that for that method.

3. You can call around to see if any consignment store in your town will consign them for you. You get them out of your house and if they sell you get a percentage of sale. If they don't, you can work out with the consignment store what they do with them after the consignment period ends..

4. You can donate them and take the tax right off.

5. You can find a charity or a bunch of little girls who will love them and give them all always! Dolls were meant to be loved, not money makers....but that is just me!!


If you need more help understanding selling methods, message me back and I can see what I can do. I have been selling stuff since I was knee high to a grasshopper! :)

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