|Fri Aug 30 2013 13:35:00|
Top Barbie Seller on What's Hot, Not and Other Trends
By: Julia Wilkinson
What's up with the doll whose full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts? (Yep, you know her as Barbie). On this Antiques Friday (hashtag #ABAntiquesFri on Twitter), AB Blog talked to srbarbie30891 on eBay, whose store is Abby's Doll House, about what sells best for her these days, and also what is on the decline.|
- Selling Well Now
1960's Barbies, ponytails (a certain kind of Barbie explained here with a guide), American Girls, followed by vintage Barbie clothes and accessories. "Accessories are always popular with collectors as they like to piece the outfits," said srbarbie. "They sell faster than completed outfits."
Above: a #2 Vintage Barbie Doll MIB which srbarbie30891 sold for $6400 in July.
- On the Decline
There has been a decline in prices for many of the vintage Barbie items, says srbarbie. "The 1600 series vintage clothing has come way down since the 1990's. As an example, Poodle Parade used to easily sell for 750 mint/c, now I am seeing the outfit sell for 350."
#1's, 2's, 3's have come down in price, she added. But, "I do not see an upward trend nor a downward, I think they have leveled off."
- Some of her Best Barbie Sales
"I was fortunate to liquidate a very expensive Barbie collection about 10 years ago
with some great Store Display dolls and Japanese Exclusives," she said. "These items today will still claim high prices."
- How Did She Get Interested in Barbie Dolls?
"My mom dug out all of my vintage Barbies, and when I saw them, they brought back so many memories," she said. "I knew that there was a collecting market for them so I researched and found a Barbie Bazzar magazine and started to send for lists."
In 1995 she went into business herself and started to publish bi-monthly barbie catalogs, and sent them all over the USA and Europe. "I stopped publishing in 2008 and focused on sending email lists and eBay instead."
- Did You Know?
The doll that many consider All-American was based on a German doll called the Bild Lilli , which itself was based on a cartoon character in the German newspaper Bild-Zeitung. She was created by Reinhard Beuthien to make a "filler" to conceal a blank space. So just think, if it hadn't been for that pesky blank space in a German newspaper, we wouldn't have Barbie today as we know her!
(By the way, if you see a Bild Lilli out there, they can sell for big bucks..check out what this one went for in this 2009 issue of my Yard Salers newsletter).
Have you had any luck selling Barbie dolls? Did you own them as a child? (I certainly did...but the one that sticks most in my mind was "Quick-Curl Barbie' because I had such a hard time curling her wiry hair). Post a comment here!
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