Doll Questions With Answers Four, The Fourth in a Series of Visitor Driven Doll Information
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With this Doll
Questions With Answers Four, we continue questions from visitors and
answers provided by Pam, this websites Doll lady.
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browsing for any kind of information about dolls, you are most
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This Question is from Sherry!
Hi, I have been given a strawberry shortcake doll with the stroller it came with by a family member. She has the stamp on the back of her head reading "American Greetings Corp. 1982.
The doll is in great
shape and has her original outfit and bonnet on, the stroller has the
strawberry logo and the strawberry wheels. Now I want to sell this
doll and was interested in finding out her value.
Can you please
advise me on the going price for this doll or give me a web site
where I can find out her price? Thank you,
Hi......Strawberry Shortcake dolls are very collectible........and are now sought by the adults who had them as a child. The fact that she has her stroller does increase the value. I love the strawberry smell that their body retains..........even now.
My suggestion to
determine value would be to monitor the ebay closing auctions. Todays
market value of ANY doll is identified by ebay! Go to eBay.....if you
search there, you will come up with a reasonably accurate value.
Also, watch the
ending auctions. If you are not a registered user you will need to
register to search the completed listings area, it is free and takes
only a moment or 2, and once registered you will be able to have fun
Thank you for
writing! Good luck!
This Question is from Kathy!
Hi there, I really hope that you can help me, or at least guide me in the right direction. My mother recently passed away and left me all of her "Collectibles" - which include dolls, beanie babies, celluloid dresser sets, stuffed animals, advertising items (i.e. dolls, cars, stuffed animals, etc.), glassware and more.
My biggest concern
is for the 2,000 dolls I now have. Many of these dolls can be
identified (i.e. horseman, vogue, ideal, effanbee, Mattel, mego,
Alexander, Shirley temple, McCall, cloth, black babies, Hasbro, etc.,
) but there are several that simply say "made in Hong Kong"
or have no mark at all. I am just simply overwhelmed with it all and
just don't know where to begin.
What I am currently
trying to do is just organize them by the manufacturer, then the year
and from that point, I suppose I should list the condition they are
From what I have
seen so far, many are not in the original outfit, though some are
hard to tell, because my mother tried to sew outfits for them that
were similar to the original (this also makes it hard for me to
identify them since the outfit throws me off when I see a photo of
the doll and try to match it up.
For example, I do have some Shirley Temple with a letter of authenticity and two of them have been signed by Hank Garfinkel and actually addressed to my mother, Katheryne....would the fact that her name in on the doll with the signature make this less valuable?
I am so lost here,
there are so many dolls, and her wish was that I have a Doll Store.
However, living in SF and the cost of renting a retail place is so
out of the question for me that I have only eBay and maybe doll shows
to help me sell them.
However, I have no
clue as to what someone expects as far as the integrity of what I
have to offer...for example, I may have a doll that can't bring in a
good price because it is in poor condition, but perhaps someone else
may have the same doll and need apart from it....can I sell that to
them and what price guidelines to I go by?
I'm sorry for all
the questions but believe me, I have many, many more...I just want to
do the right thing, and I do want to sell them to others who can
enjoy them. Can you please help me?
Thanking you in advance for any help or guidelines you can provide,
I can imagine your dilemma! But, you have already started in the right direction.
suggest that you just list the dolls on ebay. The auctions there DO
finalize with a close .....sometimes even more.........realization of
value. The buyers know what the values are....and bid them up
accordingly. Actually, you WOULD have the store your mother wanted
you to have.......only online.
You have a computer.
Do you have access to a digital camera?
You have already started grouping them. The "Hong Kong" dolls should probably be arranged together. They are cute dolls.........but not many collectors recognize that as yet.
With a group of dolls.........you can start the auction at 9.95............the first time. If no success lower the opening bid amount. Actually, you can start the auction at any value you wish.......the ebay listing fee varies on the amount.
Dolls which you have
identified.........always put the name in the listing title.
There are many
people out there looking for parts........so dolls in poor condition
can also be sold.
The letter with the
Shirley Temple........you did not mention whether this is a newer
version........but I am going to assume it is..........may be a
promotional letter included with all dolls. But there is a definite
value to it.....included with doll.
If you want to forward group photos to me when you are in doubt or need direction........please do. I love looking at dolls......and will try to assist as much as possible.
If we were in your
area........we would have offered to list them for you. But, Montana
is quite a leap from San Francisco.
There are probably
many people in your area that are listing items for others on ebay.
They do this for a fee........usually around 20% of final
value........and you also pay the listing and ebay commission fee.
They would then take care of the packing and shipping also. This is
time-consuming.....so if you are working this may be a better option
You mentioned there
are other collections. These also can be sold on ebay.
You can even start
getting an idea of some values now! Go to ebay. Then to "Dolls &
Bears." Select a corresponding section...........for
example....Shirley Temple. There are many photos.....and descriptions
that will help you. Watch the end of auctions for the final auction
You can always have
a sale.........at your residence. Contact a library for the names of
the local doll clubs and invite them to the sale. Also, advertise in
the local paper. All dolls would have to be priced prior to
sale.........and you would still have leftovers........but it would
minimize the amount you are storing!
Or you can advertise as a collection. But, chances of full value or even close value being realized is slim.
Let me hear from you..........will try to help as much as possible.
Don't panic.......... Pam
This Question is from R'Neil!
Can you advise me about a doll from "The Gorham Doll Collection"? It's name is Gabrielle and has "Close to you" under the name on the tag.
Thanks you for your assistance.
Hi.........I am not
familiar with the value of newer dolls.........but can give you a
direction to determine a fair price.
The closet market
value today is determined by the end auction price on ebay. If you go
to the ebay home page.
Then to "Dolls & Bears".....type Gorham into search.........you will eventually find a match. Watch the end of the auction for near market price. Search individually for "Gabrielle."
If you do not find
it the first time......check back often as the amount of dolls listed
is massive.......and changes daily.....even hourly.
Wish I could have
been of more assistance.
This Question is from Deborah!
Dear Doll Lady,
I have two dolls Daniel and Daniele from Goldburger dolls mgr.mr.g is the doll maker. The dolls are in the original box. It has never been opened.the # on the box is 7317. Could you please let me know the value of these dolls.
Hi ...... Goldberger made dolls for many years. You did not mention the approximate age of the dolls. But, I am going to suggest that you go to ebay to determine the value. I am not familiar with the values of newer dolls.
There are many price guides out there.........some available in libraries......but on ebay you will be able to observe the most accurate value by the end of their auctions.
Go to the ebay home page. Then "Dolls & Bears". Type in the names of the dolls.........search. Then try Goldberger....and search. Always check the box next to "Search"......that says "search in titles and descriptions."
You may not find any matching auctions the first day........but, the number of dolls being listed daily, even hourly.........is massive..........so it will only be a matter of time.
Thank you for writing..........good luck!
This Question is from Betsy!
Hi- What a great website! I am trying to start a doll collection--I have 2 old ones. A '67 skipper, a '62 MA Little Genius and some newer dolls. Yesterday, I purchased an Effanbee "The Happiest Family," the box is mint, and the original cellophane is still across the box.
Where would I find
out the value and history of these? There are just so many books, and
they all say something different! Thank you very much for your time.
Hi Betsy.........it is me again.........just got to your first message!
What a wonderful treasure! I love the Happiest Family. You have a terrific start on your collection.
I know how confusing the books are. One of the more recent books I purchased conflicts several times in the same volume.
I read the
information, but don't consider what I have read as "set in
concrete". The books with many pictures are probably the most
valuable to me. You can learn more by studying the clothing and
If you are not
already addicted to ebay.........as most of us are...........I would
recommend their listings.........both to determine the end value of a
doll..........and to obtain information. The end value of a doll on
ebay is much closer to the "real" value than those set in
Most ebay sellers
provide a good picture.........and a fairly accurate
description........including age, some history......and other details
of the doll. Some are not consistent.........but you will gain much
knowledge just from reading the listings! If you have a printer, you
can print the ebay listing page for future reference.
For the past seven years............all of my dolls have been purchased on ebay. I find more of what I am looking for...........and complete outfits on some of my other dolls that have been half naked for some time.
Just go to the ebay
home page.........select "Dolls & Bears"............and
you can shop all night!
If you are already addicted to ebay.........my sincerest wishes for your recovery. Tee hee.
If not...........you are in for an indescribable experience in the doll world!
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