Do you ever just get in over your head? I am in so deep in so many things. Since this blog is about dolls, I am just going to address my dolls. First of all, I have too many dolls. The problem.....I love all of them, but there is not room for all of them. So I have some hard decisions to make. I have already divested myself of approximately 100 dolls in the last several months. These I gave to friends that I knew would enjoy certain of my dolls. That was easy to do as I knew my dolls were still going to be loved as I had loved them.
Now comes the hard part. Letting my dolls go to strangers. For some it will be easier than others as I love some dolls more than others. A stranger may or may not love my doll. Is it crazy for me to want my dolls to still be loved and enjoyed. I think it is crazy, but that is how I feel. Maybe another collector can understand. I have made the decision to keep all my Bleuettes. My Toni's also I will keep. Most of my antique dolls I will keep.
I have a child sized Barbie I have had for many years. I need to find her a new home. She modeled for many years a very pretty smocked dress that My only granddaughter had worn. She wanted the dress as a keepsake. (she is now 19 years old). I have a beautiful # 1 Chatty Cathy, a large collection of Ideal Crissy and family dolls, a large collection of Jem dolls. (I need to do a study of Jem while I still have to dolls to photograph) And many many more. Now my problem....What is the best way to sell them? I need to get a fair price and also for them to have a good home. I also have a few pieces of doll furniture to sell. I have doll clothes to sell. I have doll shoes to sell. etc. etc.
My big dilemma is how to sell all these things. I don't want to go to a flea market, I don't want to sell to a dealer. How have any of you that at times have had to dispose of some of your doll collection do it? I normally would turn to my doll club and my collector friends, but they also have too many dolls ect. I am probably going to list some of it on ebay and see how I do. I hope some of my readers will have a good suggestion or do all collectors have this dilemma?