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Selling a Doll Collection?

I have a collection of Marie Osmond dolls and want to sell them to a place near me. How can I find a dealer near me?

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February 1, 20190 found this helpful

Your best bet is to sell on eBay. They will take 10%, but you will reach a wide audience.

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February 3, 20190 found this helpful

You can check Google doll dealers with your zip and according to where you live you may get a few listings.

  • Doll dealers are just that - dealers. They may offer you a few dollars per doll "just to take them off your hands" all in one swoop.
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  • There are a few places listed on line but you would have to check each one out yourself.
  • Individual dolls are a big pain to ship and very difficult to pack and ship safely so keep that in mind whatever you decide.
  • eBay is not a site for beginners and hardly any brand of doll sells quickly so I would not recommend selling on eBay.
  • There are presently over 3,000 Marie Osborne dolls listed on eBay for sale. Asking prices mean very little as on sold prices count as far as value goes.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2499334...
  • Here is a link to the dolls sold on eBay over the past several months. You may find one or more of your dolls on this site.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Marie+Osmond...
  • Here is a link you can check out that has a lot of information about selling dolls.
  • www.nadda.org/
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  • www.nadda.org/members.html
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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

Where are you located? There are many venues and with more information I can try to find you the best way.

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February 17, 20190 found this helpful

Im in New Orleans thanks I appreciate your help

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

Perhaps one of these stores can put you on the right path:

www.magicboxneworleans.com/

or

www.houseofbroel.com/dollhouse-museum.html

The second one, House of Broel has a doll museum that is on my list of places I want to see some day.

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You could try to sell them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. The challenge would be you would want to value each doll so you had an idea of overall worth. You would probably want to pull out any that had a high value and sell by itself, since the low value dolls will pull down the value of a high value one if sold in a bulk lot.

I hope they have good news for you. While generally the MO dolls did not hold their value, there are some that are still fetching a pretty penny.

Check out this eBay link of sold dolls, sorted HIGHEST value to lowest. These are sold items, so that = value:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc...

Post back what you learn. I don't know the people at these places personally, so this info is just from my general knowledge and research and love of dolls and doll related items.

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

I really do not want to do separate them I have had them for over a year now and quite frankly getting fed up with seeing them. My friend's mom died and she did not know what to do with them and as I am in fundraising organization, she thought they might be a good idea for me to sell and donate the money to the organization.

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Well I have sold over 50 and this is the rest. It seems the Marie Osmond dolls are not as popular as we thought and there are no real doll enthusiasts in N.O. who would like them.

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

That makes me sad that there is no audience for them in N.O. It is good that you sold 50 prior to this batch though! Wow! That is a lot.

Do you have an intern or a student at your fund raising org who could help you list them one at a time on eBay or in lots of 2?

The challenge with this is it may take 6-12 months to sell them all if you did fixed price, best offer, until sold auctions. These are easy, low maintenance. Hardest part is the research and getting them set up.

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Two final thoughts are if you do fundraising, do you have basket auctions/raffles at your events---where people buy tickets at $1 each or whatever the going price is in N.O. and put them in a basket in front of each item? Then at the end, the winner takes the item home if their name is picked.

You could put the dolls out that way either one per basket or groups of two and let people put in their tickets. Be sure to have other basket too just in case no one truly wants these.

Last thought is can your organization donate them all to a hospital or women's shelter or children's rehab organization and have be given to the children and you get the tax write off?

This way everyone could win!! Especially the kids who may never have had a doll!!

Wishing you the best in your endeavors!

Our fire hall and other organizations where I am thrive on these auctions as a quick and easy fund raiser.

Post back what you decide. It is sad that they have become a burden.

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February 21, 20190 found this helpful

It really is sad. They are beautiful dolls and we would love them to go to some one who would appreciate them. I am going to try and sell them on eBay. I have never used Etsy

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February 21, 20190 found this helpful

Best wishes for your sales. I suggest--so you don't get cheated on postage--to box and weigh them so you can put the exact weight in eBay's postal calculator. They (eBay) never does a good calculation if you let them do it. Before I learned there was an advanced seller tool where I could enter my own weight and box sizes, I ended up losing money, which I can ill afford to do.

I also suggest 30 day fixed auctions with best offer, so people can make a deal with you quickly!

Post back how it goes!!

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