This year Naomi and I have decided to introduce a new feature which we will try to post each month. We thought it might be helpful for new collectors, not just of dolls but anything really. Naomi has been collecting other types of toys and vintage stuff for many years and we hope that some of our thoughts and experiences might benefit others.
What to Collect?
So you have decided to start a collection. Congratulations, collecting is a great hobby. But maybe you are confused by the range of things there are to collect. There are so many types of dolls; cloth, vinyl, modern, vintage, fashion dolls, ball jointed dolls, porcelain, composition and the list goes on. How do you choose? Do you even need to choose?
Unless you are very rich there are some practical considerations. For example:
- What kind of budget do you have?
- How much room is there in your home for your collection?
- Do you move around a lot?
- Do you have children/pets in your home?
Those issues are probably going to affect your decision to a certain extent. however, even within those constraints, you should still find something you like enough to collect. If you don’t have a lot of money Thrift Shop finds can be very rewarding, if you don’t have a lot of room then you can either collect smaller dolls or just limit yourself to only displaying a few.
Some people collect dolls for their investment value. Personally, I would not do this because I like to de-box and play with my dolls and once you do that the value is lost. If you are considering collecting for profit do your homework, and invest in some good storage. There are books and articles online that you can read about doll values. As with most collectibles the market changes often and just because something is old doesn’t mean it is going to get you a lot of money.
My short answer to what to collect is to find out what you really love and collect that, then you will be happy; in the end, that’s the most important thing. There is not much point in collecting something that doesn’t mean anything to you.
It may take a while to find out what your true interests are. You may start out collecting a few different types of dolls and gradually narrow it down to particular sizes, brands or types of dolls. Or you may be like me and love a little bit of everything. Either way, it’s fine. It’s your hobby and nobody can tell you what you should like.
Here is an example. I collect Sindy as you know, and my collection started with my childhood Sindy and a desire to replace my Patch. After adding Paul and a couple more Sindy’s I realised that I was building a collection and that what I actually wanted to collect was the Sindy’s issued between 1962-66 and the outfits that were in my “Sindy Set” booklet. I have bought a couple of later Sindy’s and have grown to like them, their fashions and especially the accessories that were made for them. However, as I collect other dolls too I’ve mostly limited myself to the older ones.
I will be making a page of links to these tips later on. Look out for our next tip in March.