What are my old dolls worth?
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR DOLLS
It’s been a long time since you two were best friends—in fact, you haven’t spoken in years—and no one else in your family wants to play with her either. It’s time to part with that dust-gathering dolly. But don’t feel bad: There may well be others out there who will appreciate your old (or maybe not-so-old) baby, and express that feeling in a financial way. Our Savvy Specialists can help you determine if such objects of sentimental value might hold some actual cash value.
Collectible dolls fall into three categories: antique (at least 100 years old), vintage (from the 1920s on) and modern (since the 1980s). Within those, there are hundreds of types, from 19th-century French wax “poupées” to 1980s soft-sculpture Cabbage Patch Kids, from Barbie to Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, the latest Disney Film Collection creation.
They all have their advocates, but the two guiding lights for collectors are rarity and authenticity. Most dolls will have a manufacturer's stamp on them and a marking indicating the year they were made. Consisting of letters, numbers and/or symbols, these doll marks are found on the back of the head, on the torso, and sometimes the feet. Don't forget to look for labels on the clothing, or paper labels or tags, too.
Mattel, Madame Alexander, Ideal and other modern manufacturers often stamp dolls with their name as the sole mark or as part of the mark. Some antique dolls by makers Armand Marseille or Simon and Halbig may also be clearly identified on the back of a doll's head. Usually, dolls made after 1890 or 1891 are marked with the country of origin. Many antique dolls are marked with a mold number, and the mold number (such as AM 280 = Armand Marseille, Mold #280) may be enough to identify the maker.
Include all this information with your form for StuffSavvy, or provide photographic close-ups: The more info our experts have, the easier it will be for them to complete the appraisal.
MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR DOLL
As with most collectibles, condition is (almost) everything. The better the shape the doll is in, the more valuable it will be. If you’re lucky enough to have the original box (which adds immensely to value, in many cases), keep the toy in there. Otherwise, store it in a doll box or bag, wrapped in acid-free tissue or paper.
To further preserve your poppet, keep it in the dark, or at least away from bright or fluorescent light, and from extreme heat or cold. Even if it’s enclosed in a well-ventilated container, dust it periodically. Keep pets and smokers far away.
HOW TO FIND A DOLL’S VALUE
Once we've identified the manufacturer, age, model, and condition of the doll, our Savvy Specialists complete a Quick Appraisal which includes research, stories and special features about your doll. We can also tell you more about the specific model, including a valuation analysis that includes what similar toys have sold for.
SELL DOLLS ONLINE
After our Quick Appraisal, StuffSavvy can match you with Online Partners to get you the most value for the doll you'd like to sell. This is a good option once you know the value you want to sell the item for.
FIND PLACES TO SELL DOLLS NEAR ME
After our Quick Appraisal, StuffSavvy can also match you with local consignment shops and auction houses. This is the best option if you want to work with additional Specialists to maximize the resale value of your doll.