Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Doll Collecting During Financial Hard Times

How does one enjoy their collection when there is no money to spend on dolls? Since I've "been there and done that" many times I thought I'd share a few suggestions:
  • Gather your digital camera and a few of your dolls and take them on a photo shoot at a park, beach, or local landmark. You can use the photos as screen savers, print and frame them, or share with others on Flickr or Facebook.
  • Use this time to do internet research on an aspect of doll collecting you'd like to learn about.
  • Sew, knit, or crochet an outfit for one of your dolls or make a prop from items you have around the house.
  • Trade a doll you no longer want with a friend. You both get a "new" doll without spending any money.
  • Re-organize your collection. You may find dolls you'd like to sell, redress, debox, restore, or restyle.
  • Some libraries allow you to display small portions of your collection for limited periods. (Example: a few Christmas dolls in December). This is a fun way to inspire new collectors and have others enjoy some of your dolls.
  • Join a doll club in your area. Memberships are usually free and are a great way to get in some dolly time with friends.
I hope that these suggestions will be be helpful to you. Please share any additional tips that you have. 


  1. May I just say that your suggestion about trading a doll with a friend is a particularly terrific idea? ;)

    I'd also add the following two suggestions:

    1. Scope out thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales for dolls who need some TLC. You might find a grail doll who needs just a little help at a bargain bin price.

    2. Do your dolls need help that you've been putting off for a while? Now is the time to restring, re-wire, sand, clean and suede your dolls/BJDs and get them looking and standing like you've always wished they would.

  2. These are all wonderful ideas! I've found some that were boxed away for years, redressed them.......and it's like getting a new doll!


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