Selling Vintage Doll Molds

Where can I sell vintage doll molds? I have 500+.

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May 10, 20200 found this helpful

I do not think you can sell them individually unless you plan to do this over a period of several years.
You only state 'doll molds' and that doesn't provide a lot of information as there are several types of molds; head molds, body molds, head and body molds, and any of these can be out of several different types of material.

You probably have several of each type so that might be your first project:
sorting them into 'like' groups. You will need to do this even if you later decide to sell them as one lot or you will not have a way to describe what you have available.

You may have some that are more valuable than others but unless you do an individual search you will have no way to know this.

There is not a lot of call for doll molds as doll making is not a popular thing like it was many years ago, so I do not believe you will be able to sell these for a really big price. In fact, if you sell them as one group/lot you may not even profit more than $1-$3 each.

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One of the reasons for this is due to the trouble and cost of shipping.
You will most likely have to sell locally and your area may or may not be 'into' this type of thing. You'll probably never know unless you research sales in your area and you may not find very many listed for sale. eBay is the best place to look but for individual pieces only and most of those can be shipped.

You could try and get an appraisal but a local appraiser would probably charge you more than you will clear on the molds.
If there are any weekly/monthly auctions in your area this might be something to check out. Just be sure you understand how auctions work BEFORE you sign a contract.

This is probably the very worst time to try and sell your molds so you will have time to do a little research on how to list items for sale. Your molds would require several good pictures and maybe some numbers from the molds as these are usually what identifies them.

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if you wish to sell them in groups of 5 you may be able to make more money but sales may be slow and shipping would still be a big problem as breakage would be easy to happen.

You might post a notice on any media sites you belong to just to see if anyone might be interested - do not give a price but take questions.

Whatever you decide, take good pictures and post listings on sites like; Craigslist, USA4Sale (your zip), Facebook Marketplace and any other site that will let you post in your area so you can list these as 'local pick up only'. This way you can start your price high and lower if you receive no takers.
I would suggest $1,000 if selling as a group or decide on smaller groups and post of several sale sites.

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May 10, 20200 found this helpful

This link takes your items for resale - www.1stdibs.com/.../doll-molds - also you can try Etsy , eBay, Vintage /antiques stores

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May 11, 20200 found this helpful

I would check in your area for some companies who offer ceramics, hobby shops, or even craft stores who might want to off doll making classes. These will be harder to sell online because there are not that many people who still are interested in making these.

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You might want to check on some retirement classes they off and see if you can sell them there for the person to teach classes with.

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