My Finding Blythe Doll Tips
I have obtained my ** Blythe Dolls ** as a result of searching flea markets, doll sales, estate sale, garage sales, thrift shops, selling hand made items, responding to and placing ads (both newspaper & online), Shops, Rinkya.com for a couple rare Takaras, online contests and Ebay! Whewwww! I have pretty much finished my collection, but are we really ever done lol I have 25 - 12" Blythe dolls and I don''t want to go over... dear God I can''t go over 25 again hahaha! The easiest way has always been through Ebay and you''d be surprised at the deals you can get. Also this site has detailed Blythe doll categories to make it even easier to search while saving you time. You can also scroll down to see the information I have recorded on exactly how I obtained my good sized collection of kenners, rare takaras and other blythe dolls.
Where To Search For or Buy a Blythe Doll
Flea Markets, Doll Sales, Estate Sales, Garage Sales & Thrift Shops
Okay, so we all know that finding a vintage Blythe in person now a days is like being struck by lightening (twice?)! It's possible, but very very rare. What I have done over the years is a bit outside the box. When I was searching for Blythe I simply picked up other neat little vintage things that I would sell on Ebay so that I could buy Blythe. I was able to build enough savings to buy Blythe dolls and other Blythe items. I still am searching for that box of Kenner Blythes lol! I was close to finding a 1972 Kenner Blythe in person, though... I was at a Flea Market in early 2000 and a dolly shop had just sold a minty red head two weeks prior for only $20 Canadian! Ouch lol Then at a doll show I met a vendor that had 3 originals, but not for sale. She said that she had all the hair colors and she was glad because the prices went so high! I didn''t have the heart to tell her that there were really 4 hair colors.At that same doll show I picked up a Leggy doll for a couple of bucks and sold her on Ebay for over $50 US... of course that went into my Blythe fund for buying a Blythe doll!
Responding to & Placing Ads
My very first Blythe doll was a chunky banged red head 1972 Kenner Blythe dolls found for $15 US by responding to a local Pennysaver ad in 2000! Then I placed an ad and found 2 near mint kenners for $300 US. At that time you could find them more often for $50 - 250 US, but now a days they might even ask more than a mint Ebay Kenner! I still see people finding them for a good price though so please don't give up. I find the hunt is a lot of fun and you will always find other neat things to keep or sell for your Blythe doll fund. I have also purchased Blythe dolls and Blythe doll items through Yahoo Kenner Blythe & TIB. There are a lot of Blythe dolls to buy! Please remember if a seller isn''t sure the value of the doll because they didn''t do their homework and I don''t feel that it''s your responsibility to educate them. I always let the Seller set the price.
I have placed ads and responded to ads on Craigslist, Kajiji, online dolly bulletin boards and checked the classifieds for news paper websites, as well. I have found 2 of my vintage Kenners that way! In 2004 I found a red head side part with her original dress in good condition for $10 US plus shipping. In 2005 I found a brunette with a cute bob for $250 US, shipping included.
Used & Nude Takara Blythe Dolls
I bought a couple of used and nude Takara Blythe dolls that were in really great condition for a terrific price. If you are trying to save money, but can''t live without a certain Blythe, try a compromise and consider buying a pre-loved Blythe doll. If you are one that can't stand even a hair out of place, then this is probably not a good idea for you. When you purchase anything used you may encounter a number of unsavory things, like: bad smells like smoke, missing pieces, scratches, broken part(s), stains, etc.
Rinkya sometimes has rare Takara Blythes on Yahoo Auctions, but there is a commission fee involved so please refer to the site info for further details.
When sellers set prices or reserves too high for blythe dolls, most end up not selling. Look at it as an opportunity! Go ahead and make an offer that you think is fair. If you low ball just remember you will most likely be rejected. Be aware that if the seller asks for money order payment you risk loosing the cash. I always use PayPal for such deals because they can offer you some protection. For more details please go to www.paypal.com
Sell Your Existing Unwanted Things For Cash
Go in those all your closets & drawers, your garage, the attic, the basement, or where ever you have built up tons of what you feel is junk... hey! You may even find a vintage treasure while doing so! Maybe even a vintage 1972 Blythe Kenner! Ask you grandma to have a look too :) Forget having a garage sale after you build your bounty of useless stuff, take those goodies to Ebay!
Selling Blythe Dolls & Other Vintage Items
Hand Made Items
I have made a couple dress sets and knit items that I ended up selling for Blythes. There was only Yahoo Kenner Blythe Group, Ebay & TIB back then but now there is Etsy! I have yet to list on there but I''m sure if you go to it you will find a bunch of information :D There are a lot of free patterns at yahoo Kenner Blythe group and TIB in the customization section. I do also have a pattern category if you wish to look at the auctions. I just learned of a new website that is similar to Etsy and it''s called Art Fire.
Goblin and HLJ are where I pretty much pre ordered the majority of my Takara Blythe dolls and items. To me they were always very reliable and trustworthy too.
I have entered some Yahoo Kenner Blythe & TIB contests and was lucky enough to win first prize and made off with a NRFB Takara Vino Yamaha Vespa! Thanks again for that lovely prize Blytherules & Keit at Yahoo KB Group! I am very grateful ♥
Believe it or not but you can still find great deals on Ebay Blythes. Amazing BINs (Buy It Now auctions) come up now and then, though rare. Some Sellers will consider BIN offers on Ebay if you make them an offer through Ebay, but don''t be too disappointed if they reject you outright because your bid is too low for them. I had a thousand of nos before I got 2 yeses on my total dream dollies! (Maria Mint Med Brown haired KB& Bella soft haired blond KB). Some sellers don''t take very good pictures, or they don''t clean them up well... that will cost them and save you too. Lately this seems a bit opposite and the most beat up 72's get a lot more. CLICK HERE to start your very own Ebay Blythe search for Blythe deals now or please see the categories near the top left of this page. If you are not yet an Ebay member you can sign up through HERE.
The key to all of this is to try and not give up! It might take you a little bit, but I do feel it is possible. If you can''t find a kenner in person, you can at least try to earn and save up for that special dream Blythe ♥ ♥ ♥