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Value of Porcelain Dolls?

Value of Porcelain Dolls - two dollsThe doll with the red dress has an Anco tag. The doll with the off-white dress has no tag, but has a number on the back of her neck. Are they worth anything?

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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

You haven't given us much information to go on. You'll need to tell us the number and if there is a name on the back of the neck of the second doll.

The other doll is not worth more than $5 to $10 because it is a mass-produced doll. There are many doll makers who mass-produce these types of dolls to sell off during the holidays.

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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

Anco mass-produces dolls. The other doll is probably worth little as well

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August 16, 20180 found this helpful

Anco is a Viet Nam based company and in addition to dolls, they produced other home decor items sold widely in the US in big box stores over the years.

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The Anco dolls (and probably the other doll also) were made with the hope of becoming collectibles in the future because they were given "provenance" of names, "limited series designations" and certificates of authenticity designed to make them seem like they were rare and that they would be quite valuable in the future.

Sadly, I was one of the folks selling these lovelies back in the day and they literally flew off shelves with people hoping that they would make a fortune selling them off "someday". The other sad thing is they were never played with as a doll should be...but that is another story.

So now, fast forward 20-30 years and we see that sadly, the strategy backfired for consumers who invested in the dolls thinking this would be their retirement nest egg. The companies who sold them laughed all the way to the bank.

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These companies had to know what they were doing because they saturated the market. Now today, everyone wants to get rid of them (supply high + demand very low = price very low).

So if it were me, I would keep what I loved and put them up on a self to enjoy and keep them nice! Maybe in another X number of years, after everyone today purges them, they will regain their value when people become sentimental and want to have them back.

Hope this helps. Sorry the news isn't better for your bank account :(

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