How to buy
- Acquaint yourself with all the facets of dolls and doll
making: porcelain, china, composition, cloth, vinyl, plastic
and papier-mâché are terms you should know and understand.
- Decide which dolls really interest you - what kind of
doll? Which period? Which particular maker?
- Familiarize yourself with how collectors value dolls.
Prices vary based on area, originality and popularity, but
certain things - condition, visibility of maker's mark -
are pretty standard. There are many books and magazines,
which can help you understand these criteria.
- Consider the financial side of collecting. Doll collecting
is an established hobby - for some it's a vocation. You'll
find hobby groups, national associations and magazines devoted
to the subject.
- Doll prices can be pretty high. So carefully make your
choice keeping future value in mind.