The last 25 years have undergone major changes in the collectible doll industry. Until then, collectors have only antique dolls, or newer puppet dolls to add to their collections. Since there are only a few “new collectibles” to buy, the market on this “toy with dolls” and antiques is very interesting and interesting.
There are a lot of doll shows scattered all over the country, and a visit to one will find three types of dolls available, antique dolls, stuffed toys, and outlets containing boneka custom stuffed dolls. Many doll makers, with their work ranging from terrible to amazing.
Flea markets also find doll sellers, usually the “dumped” stuffed puppets, and many collectors are looking for dolls on a regular basis. At the time, the stray puppets came from the Chatty Cathy family, the Chrissie family and Velvet, Patti Playpal, Vogue, and of course Barbie.
With the rise of “Ashton Drake Gallery” dolls, followed by many porcelain dolls produced by many other companies, all offering limited editions, rendering of artists and many media advertisements, many collectors changed direction and started buying this new doll.
This new collector market is huge for several years. People rushed to complete the doll set and to find the doll by a certain doll artist. The market on old vinyl “designed for play dolls” softened during this period.
The home-based porcelain doll studio, where you can take your teaching class on how to make your own doll, has also become very popular during this time.
A quarter of a century later, many dolls that are so popular, have now reached the secondary market. Because the market was so inundated at the time of production, and so many collectors jumped onto the bandwagon, the secondary market was now flooded with these dolls. The value on the lot has plummeted as a result, especially Ashton Drake Dolls. Other mass-produced porcelain dolls are mostly just a dime of what they had paid for them initially. The biggest reason for this is the fact that these dolls are still being produced, the quality has improved greatly, and the price has gone down. What reason do people have for buying older ones?
The market on the original antique dolls continues to be strong, and the investments made seem reasonable. As time goes by, it is harder and harder to find antique dolls unless they come directly from other collectors’ private collections. This keeps prices high. Unlike modern dolls, there are only so many antiques to pass!