1. Wash them! For the love of God, wash your doll before selling it! Ask yourself, would you find it tempting to buy a doll with sticker glue and crayon in the eyes, in filthy clothes and hair that sticks to your hands when you touch it? Don’t worry; Barbie dolls (Mattel originals) can handle water and common soap. The hair (if any is left) hold the curl if you don’t use boiling hot water. The value of your doll “sky rockets” from one Euro/Dollar to five if it’s clean.
2. Clean up paint and permanent marker stains and other gunk. Children are sometimes inclined to drawing on their dolls… While some pen marks cannot be removed with common house hold methods (unless your kids are teenagers and using zit cream) you can remove some by scrubbing – a tooth brush is a great aid in washing a Barbie – and some will come off with nail polish remover. However, the nail polish remover can also take off the face paint, so if cleaning the face it’sÂ advisedÂ to use a q-tip to keep away from eyes, eyebrows, lips and cheeks. Leave the rest to the “professionals”.
3. Comb the hair if possible. If you feel unsure or you don’t have the time, you can skip this part. A lot of collectors know how to do it without pulling out half of the scalp with it.
4. Dress her up in the best clothes you’re ready to part with. If you don’t have any clothes, that’s fine, but position the doll in the table in respectful manner (instead of just throwing her into a box of junk). The more you respect the doll, the more your buyer will.
5. You might be surprised what condition dolls will sell. However, don’t expect big dollars for a used playline Barbie doll, most collectors are not ready to pay more than 7 dollars of any such doll. You should rather consider things like recycling and the planet when selling a used Barbie doll, instead of striking gold. 😉
6. Give this web address handy. My blog will give easy instructions for any enthusiast on how to fix Barbie dolls – the crafty types will not be able to resist!