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Selling Your Dolls at a Show
Written by Dorothy Drake   

About 2 weeks before every show that I produce, I get questions from people that have dolls they would like to sell from their personal collection.  Most simply ask if I know of someone that would like to buy...whatever they are ready to sell.  I can't always know why a person needs or wants to sell part of their collection, but I do know that as my tastes change, I sell so that I can buy something different.

About 2 weeks before every show that I produce, I get questions from people that have dolls they would like to sell from their personal collection.  Most simply ask if I know of someone that would like to buy...whatever they are ready to sell.  I can't always know why a person needs or wants to sell part of their collection, but I do know that as my tastes change, I sell so that I can buy something different.

I do have some tips that could be helpful.  We'll start with attending a local doll show.  If you don't know where or when a doll show is in your area, the Jones Publishing web site has a very comprehensive show schedule.

Take some pictures of the dolls that you want to sell and take them (the pictures) to the local show.  You will have a chance to meet dealers that may be interested in buying and they often have a sign at their booth stating that they buy dolls.  The dealer will want to see the dolls in person to evaluate condition, so you can arrange to meet to talk about details and pricing.  If you choose this route, know that dealers buy at wholesale prices, which may work well if you are looking for a quick sale.  have a great week!

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