(An excerpt from my book, Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, pages 19-21)


ome dolls may be considered “special,” unusual, or aesthetically challenged. These dolls need love, too. Do not be bothered by comments from others who consider a doll or dolls in your collection “special.” If the doll warms your heart and provides pleasure to you, that is all that really matters.


each others about your hobby via everyday conversations or exhibits at local libraries, schools, youth groups, and other similar organizations. You will discover that many non-doll collectors truly appreciate dolls.


derstand that everyone will not share your passion. You’re okay; they’re okay… but they probably need a passion, too.


erify the authenticity of antique and vintage dolls with doll appraisers, reference books, or fellow informed collectors. Not every doll labeled “antique,” “vintage,” “rare,” or “hard-to-find” falls into these categories. This is the reason an up-to-date doll reference library is very important as well as networking with other informed collectors.


here to buy dolls is something a collector needs to know. Local dolls shops, toy and department stores, reputable Internet doll retailers, local and online auctions are excellent avenues for purchasing dolls. If you have Internet access, use search engines to look for specific dolls. Doll magazines and other doll publications that advertise dolls are also good doll-buying sources as are other collectors via doll clubs and group affiliations, both local and online.


hilaration – (exhilaration) is the emotion you will experience when you win a doll on auction or find a long sought-after doll. But remember, if…


ou lose a doll auction, unless the doll is a one-of-a-kind, another one like it will come along and perhaps at a better price for you. So, again, exercise patience.


eal is the attitude you should adopt about collecting the types of dolls that you like… dolls that warm your heart… dolls that renew your spirit. Exercise enthusiasm in doll collecting and follow these A to Z tips to fully enjoy your passion!

A to Z Tips on Collecting, Part 3 of 3, an excerpt from Black Dolls A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion, pages 19-21, Copyright © 2008 Debbie Behan Garrett