If you have young kids that have expressed interest in pursuing a hobby that involves fun and patience then this could be the right time to introduce them to doll collecting. However, instead of collecting regular dolls, you should guide them towards collectible porcelain dolls that not only look fantastic due to the intricate finish on each doll but also manage to tell its own story every time you look at it.
Porcelain dolls have been made over the course of several decades and if you too want to pursue this hobby along with your children then it is a good idea to start out with commercially manufactured dolls. Such dolls are priced very reasonably at just over a few dollars and this will allow you and your kids to learn the art of collecting various eye-catching dolls within a short time. Your kids will also learn how to clean and maintain these porcelain dolls before you can think about moving towards collecting rare dolls that simply cost a lot more.
While your children might just love to collect regular and attractive porcelain dolls and might even play with them sensibly, collectible dolls are indeed very costly to purchase and require extreme care during handling and cleaning. A rare porcelain doll could easily costs hundreds of dollars while even rarer ones could go for thousands of dollars. You children should understand the value and rarity of such collectibles before you start moving towards adding antique dolls to your collection.
While doll collecting is certainly a fun hobby that can be continued by your kids even when they get older and have their own children, collecting rare and antique porcelain dolls requires much more knowledge about such dolls. You will need to gauge the rarity and price range of such dolls before you make or accept an offer by a seller. You will also need expert authentication to verify the true age of a doll before you buy it. Your children should be slowly taught these skills so that they too can realize the true worth of their collectible porcelain dolls in case they decide to sell a particular doll or barter it with another doll enthusiast in future.
Instead of simply buying dolls for your children at the start of their hobby, you should encourage them to pay at least part of the cost. They can engage in summer jobs or work errands for you so that they can pay for the dolls that they like. This will instill a sense of value within your kids and also help them appreciate each new doll as they engage in doll collecting with a greater sense of maturity. This will also help you to save larger amounts of money when you embark on buying collectible porcelain dolls that are quite costly to buy as compared to regular dolls.
Collecting porcelain dolls can be a fun hobby for the entire family even as your children learn the fine art of appreciating these gleaming works of art. You should surely start this doll collecting hobby by buying easily available dolls at reasonable rates before moving on to add collectible porcelain dolls into your growing doll collection. Over the years you just might realize that you are sitting on a treasure of rare and wonderful porcelain dolls.
I have an estate collection of more than 500 exquisite collectible porcelain dolls; they were left to me by my loving grandma. Some are very rare, others are one of a kind and all are in pristine condition. I would love to keep this collection of beautiful dolls but I do not have the room. It is my intention to put these wonderful dolls in the hands of people who would appreciate their uniqueness and beauty.