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5 Tips to Collecting Vintage Barbie Dolls

When launching your vintage Barbie doll collection, it's usually tough to understand the ropes. Devious dealers, contradictory information and limited facts really can make it challenging to climb the learning curve. No matter, the easiest way to start is to dive in, but before you start visiting rummage sales, antique stores and neighborhood flea markets to find your first vintage Barbie doll, here are some suggestions that should maximize your enjoyment while minimizing the possibility of high-priced problems.Traditional Barbies: Like Fine WineVintage Barbie Dolls are the ones which were produced before 1972, therefore, the date that a Barbie was manufactured is crucial to determine its value. Before you start spending a substantial amount of time or energy on any Barbie doll, make sure to verify the date of the copyright. Certainly, the date will signify the age and worth of the doll. Typically, you'll learn that vintage Barbie dolls which might be worth the most possess marks with "1958" or "Japan" stampe...


Make Your Own Native American Dolls

In every culture around the world, children are given dolls to play with. Native America was no exception and some of their doll-making traditions and styles have in fact survived to this day. Native American dolls are now considered by many as a necessary addition to their doll collection. This is ironic because Native American tribes never meant for dolls to be a lasting keepsake. In fact, their dolls are made from perishable materials such as husks, palmetto fiber, or pine needles. Even their wooden dolls weren't built to last.It was considered inappropriate for Native Americans to discipline very young children, so they were never given any items that they weren't allowed or expected to chew on or throw somewhere. There was even a deep meaning attached to the impermanence of their dolls. As the dolls gradually fell apart with the passing of time, it indicated that the child was growing up and will soon be too old to play with the dolls anyway. In spite of the impermanent nature of Native American dolls, t...


The Ken Doll: Ken's Early History

No comprehension of the Barbie doll is complete without thinking about her boyfriend Ken, who's undergone some changes himself throughout the years. Developed to live in Barbie's shadow, Ken has kept up with changes which have included almost everything from ordinary style updates to major plastic surgery, all to represent contemporary styles and keep Barbie happy. From the Surfer 60's into the Disco 70's, Ken has built a significant following and is the focus of adulation from people across the web. Deemed a collectible in his own right, let's take a brief look at a collector's early chronology of the Ken doll (1960s - 1970s).Born for a Lonely Barbie DollThe Ken Doll came to life in 1961 as Barbie Dolls boyfriend and he was an instant hit as Barbie fanatics needed her to get a partner. The first Ken Doll had flocked hair in either blonde or brunette, blue eyes and he was 12 inches tall. Ken arrived wearing red swimming trunks, sandals together with a yellow beach towel. Eventually his hair became thin and ...


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