Collecting Antique Barbie Dolls

By: Rick Lim

Lately, there has been a worldwide fascination on collecting antique Barbie dolls? Has time flown so fast that Barbie dolls are already considered authentic?

Apparently so. Barbie was first introduced in toy stores in 1956 and had quickly become the fascination of young girls, and even their moms. The doll collecting is second to stamp collecting as popular hobbies in the United States.

There are Barbie doll conventions, newsletter, magazines, clubs, and Internet sites which allow those who desire to collect antique Barbie Dolls to exchange information with other people who share their interest.

Nowadays, Barbie dolls are sold in more than 140 countries and continues to be in demand. Thus the continuing production of these toys despite the other brands that are available such as Bratz. Barbie continues to have its charm in the market. Collecting antique Barbie dolls is pretty much expected to happen.

Barbie dolls are designed and directly marketed to those who collect antique Barbie dolls. This hobby was introduced in 1988 during the Happy Holiday series which profited the interest of the people to collect these dolls.

Barbie dolls, for the sole purpose of becoming a collector's item and not playing with has become an ongoing trend. Those who collect antique Barbie dolls don't remove them from their boxes. The prices of these dolls range from $35 up to hundreds of dollars.

Those who engage in this hobby of collecting antique Barbie dolls know the name of the vintage dolls that they have to collect. They make sure that the dolls they buy can look suitable for any occasion. Be it on the beach or at the office.

Barbie dolls have always been fashionable and they also provide the collectors their own choices of shoes, purses, accessories, belts, hats, and even scarves. Mattel continues to earn big bucks because of this current hobby.

At the same time, it has progressed to reach the appeal of adults with world-renowned fashion designers joining the bandwagon and design for Barbie dolls so that they give the collectors more options in collecting antique Barbie dolls in the years to come. Two designers who are active in doing these are Bob Mackie and Vera Wang.

Another fascination of those who collect antique Barbie dolls are the hair because of its ongoing changes. Young girls, teenagers, and even adults are drawn to the long and beautiful tresses of Barbie which can be stylized and put accessories on depending on the collector's liking and her outfits.

A lot of Barbie dolls already have combs, clips, and accessories.

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