Fashion Doll Fridays: Italian Doll Convention Charity Auction is NOW OPEN!

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The folks at the Italian Doll Convention have worked long and hard to make their event a mainstay on the doll convention scene…and it’s not hard to see the fabulous results! Now in their fourth year, the IDC event is one to put onto your calendars, but it is very limited and sells out quickly, so plan in advance. This year’s charity auction benefits SOS Villaggi dei Bambini, a benevolent organization dedicated to children’s developmental needs worldwide. CLICK ANY OF THE IMAGES IN THIS POST TO TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE AUCTION.

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Magia 2000

This year’s charity auction lineup, which you can see and place bids by clicking here, offers the highest of fashion among our favorite makers and fashion dolls. There’s eye candy for everyone…and you can follow the excitement as the bids increase. We ask that our community share news of this auction to all your family and friends who love dolls – the maximum exposure brings the highest proceeds to the charity – and hey, it’s just good, plain fun!

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Superdoll_Collectables

Click here to see all the contributors

Mattel OOAK Scarlet Empress Barbie

Mattel OOAK Scarlet Empress Barbie

Good Luck to all the artist who donated their time and talent to benefit such a worthy cause – we’ll be watching!!!

Creation COTHO

Creation COTHO

The Black Swan Company

The Black Swan Company

Ninimomo

Ninimomo

Patrick Kon

Patrick Kon

Doll Chic

DollChic

Emilia Couture - Inamorata Seraph

Emilia Couture – Inamorata Seraph

Free Fantasy Dolls

Free Fantasy Dolls

Cats-N-Dolls

Cats-N-Dolls

Meta-Dolls

Meta-Dolls

Ibraim Ismail

Ibraim Ismail

Mon-Lew

Mon-Lew

Matthew Sutton

Matthew Sutton

Matt Trujillo

Matt Trujillo

Wig by Time of Doll

Wig by Time of Doll

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Wig by Time of Doll

Tuesday Trends: Get Separated!

 

You can click on any image in this post to take you to that item for sale on dollbid

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It’s interesting to watch trends on the secondary market, and although separating doll and outfit to sell is not new, it can still yield a great return.

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Purists scoff at the idea, but it is a reality to most folks who regularly thin out their collection, and retailers who are looking to move older inventory rely on this method, as opposed to markdowns. Not all dolls are viewed the same on the secondary market, however. Rarity of head sculpt, body type or hair color can have significant results…you simply have to know a little about the doll to know how to sell it best.

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Do not instantly assume that a doll will do well because anyone can make a body swap or reroot – convenience is key here, and despite the doll not being fully original with its outfit, the pristine condition of the doll ‘as issued’ can be a key factor if someone is looking to piece together a doll with any of its original pieces to make a complete set. In addition, know that doll customizers will often sell the clothing on a doll because they only want the doll to add face paint, new hair styling, or even body modifications in addition to custom clothing. And then you have folks who are wardrobe collectors – their collections are light on dolls…but they accumulate vast clothing collections. Costume dolls are also great separation candidates for customizers, and those looking to mix and match with existing dolls in his/her line up. Finally, outfits can be much easier and less costly to ship than a whole doll, requiring little more than a padded envelope to ship.

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Separating a doll from its outfit (or even it’s accessories, too) is a lucrative method, but the seller should observe a couple of key conditions to achieve best results: (1) the doll sculpt is unique or in high demand; (2) the outfit is of high quality and not readily available; (3) accessories sell well on their own if they are unique and exceptional; and (4) the clothing has a versatile fit when it comes to other dolls.

Observing these simple guidelines will help you with successful sales using separated dolls and outfits.

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Tuesday Trends: 2014 Met Gala

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In homage to the America’s First Couturier, Charles James, the 2014 Met Gala offered up some truly dramatic gowns, and some less-than-memorable looks as well. Typically, we doll collectors always remember the ones that would translate best into doll portraits, so in this installment of Tuesday Trends, dollbid offers up some of the fashion that may soon be seen miniaturized into collectible art that will fit on a shelf. You can see all the gowns via Huffington Post – click here.

Image Source: Getty

Image Source: Getty

And to learn more about the Met’s new exhibit, CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion – click here.  The Chicago History Museum also has an incredible Charles James Collection – see it by clicking here.

Image Source: Getty

Image Source: Getty

Which were your favorites? Which ones hurt your eyes? Let us know!

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Fashion Doll Fridays: Good (Fashion Doll) Friday!

A Golden Easter Egg for YOU!

A Golden Easter Egg for YOU!

For Fashion Doll Friday, dollbid is celebrating Passover, Easter and Spring Beauty with all that glitters – the creme de la creme of your Easter Basket is GOLD – click any of the images to take you to that maker’s website, or the dollbid auction. Happy Spring Holidays!!!

Emilia Couture Vertebrata Gown

Emilia Couture Vertebrata Gown

Glitter and Gold Rio by Integrity Toys

Glitter and Gold Rio by Integrity Toys

Honey Bee Jewelry by Superdoll Collectables

Honey Bee Jewelry by Superdoll Collectables

Polished Outfit by Robert Tonner

Polished Outfit by Robert Tonner

Striking Gold Outfit for Gene on dollbid

Striking Gold Outfit for Gene on dollbid

American Girl Golden Blonde Barbie on dollbid

American Girl Golden Blonde Barbie on dollbid

Starlight Gold Outfit for MEGO's Cher on dollbid

Starlight Gold Outfit for MEGO’s Cher on dollbid

Tuesday Trends: April Fool’s Day – You’ve Been Warned!

dollbid loves a good prank as much as anyone else…so it should come as no surprise that on this ‘bestest’ prank day ever there are a few things to note:

With this past winter's weather...snowballs make great dolls...

With this past winter’s weather…snowballs make great dolls…

Miniature pets make great doll accessories!

Miniature pets make great doll accessories!

Are all the parts and accessories there? Then it is 'complete'...

Yes…but is it complete?

'Limited Edition' can mean many things...

‘Limited Edition’ can mean many things…

Make sure you know what your doll's wig size is...

Make sure you know what your doll’s wig size is…

Ask for more images...

Don’t sell your first repaint…

HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!!

Fashion Doll Fridays: Sunkissed

As we step into the beginning days of spring, dollbid wants to remind everyone that summer isn’t far behind! And to help you warm your days, here’s a selection of our TOP 10  Sun-Kissed Fashion Dolls dollbid is currently hosting – there’s something for everyone in this selection…just click on the image to take you directly to the auction – Good Luck!

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Special Sundays: Art Dolls in Paris

Volupte by Superdoll

Volupte by Superdoll

As a special treat for your Sunday, dollbid brings you visions from the Paris Fashion Doll Festival Sunday Salesroom – visions of artists and dolls to take your breath away. Enjoy the beauty!

Volupte Exclusive by Superdoll:

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Magia 2000 Creations:

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Créations COTHO:

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Emilia Couture:

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Fashion Doll Agency:

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Lantis Kelly:

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Artist Creations:

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21 Catia Creations Furniture:

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DollChic:

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MicroDiva:

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Tonner Doll Company/Wilde Imagination:

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Creations by Kanea:

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Wonder Woman resin BJD by Coeur d’artichaut:

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Marilyn (Noya Doll) and other creations by Celynette Créations:

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And…by My friend, Francoise!!!

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