Doll Collecting During Financial Hard Times

by Kathie

How does one enjoy their collection when there is no money to spend on dolls? Since I've "been there and done that" many times I thought I'd share a few suggestions:
  • Gather your digital camera and a few of your dolls and take them on a photo shoot at a park, beach, or local landmark. You can use the photos as screen savers, print and frame them, or share with others on Flickr or Facebook.
  • Use this time to do internet research on an aspect of doll collecting you'd like to learn about.
  • Sew, knit, or crochet an outfit for one of your dolls or make a prop from items you have around the house.
  • Trade a doll you no longer want with a friend. You both get a "new" doll without spending any money.
  • Re-organize your collection. You may find dolls you'd like to sell, redress, debox, restore, or restyle.
  • Some libraries allow you to display small portions of your collection for limited periods. (Example: a few Christmas dolls in December). This is a fun way to inspire new collectors and have others enjoy some of your dolls.
  • Join a doll club in your area. Memberships are usually free and are a great way to get in some dolly time with friends.
I hope that these suggestions will be be helpful to you. Please share any additional tips that you have.