WWYD with these dolls?
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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:37:22 AM
Growing up, my mom bought me 1/2 porcelain dolls for every Christmas. I have at least 7 or 8 of them. So, I really don't think I'll ever display them. Just not my taste . So what would you do with them? Sell them!(although I'm not even sure if they are worth anything) keep them for posterity's sake? Give them away?
I feel a little guilty selling/giving. But we are moving, and I'm really trying to de-clutter.
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What to do with the dollies?Results
Give them away?
Try to sell them?
Keep them?
Any other options?

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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:48:00 AM
My grandmother made these porcelain dolls from kits back in the 60s and 70s. She had all four Little Women complete with handmade outfits. I got Jo. My cousin got Amy, and two other older more distant relatives got Meg and Beth. I wish I had all of them, although I'd pass them down to my cousin's daughter. She's just not old enough to appreciate the dolls.

I'd pass them down to family if there are any girls that would like them.

My next door neighbors and family friends collected the Mme. Alexander dolls for their daughter. I've always been a tomboy and wasn't into dolls, but I loved her collection with dolls like Scarlett O'Hara in her drapery outfit, Dorothy, etc. I do like historical dolls.

My grandmother never finished the Pilgrim and Native American dolls from her kits. I have the pilgrim. I'm going to make these dolls one day. I would also like to find the rest of the Little Women to do. These dolls are gorgeous and more like turn of the century porcelain headed cloth dolls than plastic dolls.

I plan to put all my dolls on display, maybe in the guest room or sewing/art studio. My grandmother had the Little Women in her guest room sitting on a small, black Windor back bench. I loved playing with her dolls and costume jewelery in that room when I visited.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:54:12 AM
Maybe you can take some pictures of the dolls for saving the memory, and then pass them on to someone else.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 2:59:42 AM
Donate them at this Christmas season to little girls who may not get any other dolls.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 4:27:33 AM
I don't think porcelain dolls are meant for little girls except as something to look at and display. The dollar value of them will range from maybe $5 to much more depending on brand and where they were made. Are there tags or writing on the necks or back. If so you might be able to look them up on your computer.

A Marie Osmond doll is going to sell better and for more $$ than one that came from the toy department and was maybe made in China. The M. O. doll may be made in china too, not sure, but her name saves it

Have you considered putting them under or around the Christmas tree as décor and then tucking them away the rest of the year? They are a memory that may mean more as the years go on.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 6:08:13 AM

Donate them at this Christmas season to little girls who may not get any other dolls.

thank you for this suggestion. I am not the OP, but in the same position.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 6:35:25 AM
I found the ones I used to have were very nearly worthless in terms of selling them, but since they still looked wonderful I gave them away.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 7:11:26 AM
I'd give them to someone who wants them. I did that with a lot of things when I purged and moved and haven't felt a bit guilty.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 8:04:56 AM
Oh, I have the same problem. My grandmother used to buy me these Franklin Mint figurines when I was a young child. They are in boxes at my mom's house and have been since I was a teen.

They aren't really "playable" or I would give them to my daughter, but really, they can just sit there because they are fragile. I really try to keep my decor minimal, and honestly, baby animals and colonial children don't quite match my style.

There are a few listed on Ebay, but not for much, nor are they selling. I will ask my daughter if there are a few that she would like for her room, and then am going to donate the rest to Goodwill. It makes me feel a bit guilty, but I remind myself that they are just stuff.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 8:09:12 AM
If the dolls have no significance for you, I'd try to sell them or donate them to a charity.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 9:26:14 AM
Think of it from the perspective of the giver. She never wanted you to feel burdened with them. Take a some good pictures of them and then find a new good home for them. If no one wants them, give them to Goodwill or some other charity. If they were dolls that were from a great, great grandmother it would be something different.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 9:28:47 AM
I would probably ask my family if anyone wanted them and if not, I would donate them somewhere.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 9:30:51 AM
keep one and sell the rest

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Posted: 11/12/2013 11:37:42 AM
We just went through this. DD was given one for her birthday each year (1-16). She didn't want them any longer. I checked eBay and the same figurines were just not selling. It seems that very few 'collectibles' like that are selling these days. So I donated them.

I would check first to see if there is a market for them. If not, donate to your favorite charity or thrift store.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:45:15 PM
I had my first yard sale last weekend. Sold DD's Target brand American Girl dolls for $3 and $4. So no, you probably won't get a lot for them, but I can't see keeping them for a box.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:51:05 PM
Do you have a picture of them?


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Posted: 11/12/2013 1:52:39 PM
I was also going to suggest taking pictures of them before you got rid of them.



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Posted: 11/12/2013 2:55:46 PM
Photograph them, then donate them to charity.


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Posted: 11/12/2013 4:14:33 PM
I would donate them to a woman's shelter or foster care agency. They will have girls who would love something like that.


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