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Value of an Ashley Belle Doll?

Value of an Ashley Belle Doll - doll with ringlets, bronze dress with white lace trimI got this a long time ago and now I'm looking her up. I got one bad pic from Google. Can someone tell me the year she was made and what she is worth? Thanks.

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March 20, 20200 found this helpful
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I doubt that you will find the year she was made unless someone decides to list a doll that has the original box and all receipt papers but as far as value goes how old she is does not usually matter.
These dolls were mass produced and there are so many dolls available that very few are valued at more than $35 and most - if sold - will sell for under $25. Dolls are very, very slow sellers as there is just not a market for dolls of any kind any more. The biggest market in the past was for young girls and very few girls want dolls anymore - they want phones and electronics.

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You will also find that companies used the same names over and over so even having a name will not help find this exact doll.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313...

You can check the sold listings on eBay to get a general idea of what these dolls are actually selling for and usually the only dolls bringing very much money are the large dolls - 40 - 48 inches.

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=ashley+belle...

It is usually better to list dolls for sale on local venues like Facebook Marketplace and list them as pick up only.
This way you can start your price higher and lower it if necessary.

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September 15, 20200 found this helpful

I have this same doll her name is Barbara Design numbers is 1886/1968

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March 21, 20201 found this helpful
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Just from my general knowledge of selling dolls NEW back in the 1980s-1990s and my long time experience as a reseller, including selling (and collecting and research dolls) that she is most likely from the 1980s to the very early 2000s.

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Personally, I would not spend a lot of time even trying to find her exact age because the doll companies worked very hard to make these dolls appear timeless...so even if you have the box and the COA, unless you bought the doll and remembered exactly the year you bought it, it may be almost impossible to figure out her exact age.

I have seen dolls with the inspector whose name is on your COA where the buyer said he/she had the doll for 10-15 years and the posts I have found are at least 10 years old...so that confirms an approximate time frame.

Researching dolls today has become very hard because most of the sellers are flippers who have no clue about the doll and just want to turn a junk store find into cash. That is sad to me, someone who loves dolls and wants to see them each get their own history.

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When listing, the flippers don't bother with the inspector name, or the doll name, if they even have one, they focus on the color of the dress, the color of the hair, sometimes the color of the eyes, and the height. If you are lucky, the list the brand of the doll, but I have seen dolls being listed with such insane titles as porcelain blonde doll with blue dress. If you are a true collector looking for a bargain, that is the way to find them--Capitalize on someones stupidity!

If you are tying to sell her, please note that the doll market was at an all time low BEFORE the COVID-19 crisis. From what I am seeing, the sales have almost completely stopped in this an all resale markets.

This is from my own experience...I have been a reseller for years, since 1998 on eBay, but long before that at in person venues. I have not had a sale of ANYTHING on line in a month. Nothing. No lookers, no sales. All in person venues are closed where I am since they are NOT essential. It is a scary time out there for all!

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This is being repeated by all of my re-sellers friends and family around the country, which is terrifying because many of us depend on these sales to help supplement our incomes.

If she were my doll, I would hold on to her until a few months before Christmas (provided we have a normal world then).

If she is a tall doll--over 18 inches, I would start her at 39.99 and take best offer which can be as low as $10.

If she is under 18 inches, I would start her at 19.99 and take best offer which could be as low as $2.

If you are going to sell her, be sure she is double boxed and packed so she gets there in one piece. These dolls are extremely fragile and sadly if they are not packed right, they end up in a million pieces.

Thanks for asking!! I so wish I had better news for you.

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March 21, 20201 found this helpful

The beautiful Ashley Belle was mass produced, and the value is not very much. On ebay this doll and others are for sale from $5 to 25. Getting more than $25 is rare with so many like her online.

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You could do auction/bid or maybe a yard sell to save on shipping /processing fees!

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March 22, 20201 found this helpful

Your doll is only worth 15 to 25 dollars.These dolls were mass produced.

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March 22, 20201 found this helpful

It is so sad today dolls are worth very little at all. The market is flooded because everyone wants to get rid of them right now. Nobody buys them or collects them anymore. Kids no longer ask for dolls they are asking for electronics these days. Most dolls that are made by Ashley Bell sell for very little. A lot of dolls are now selling for just $5. Your doll is worth between $5 to $15.

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