After all the weeping, gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, & begging God to magically add an extra room to my house, I finally cleaned everything out & had a lovely clean collection where all my dolls were displayed & I got to enjoy them all the time.
And speaking of displays, I rearranged everything & bought acrylic stands & some chairs so that all my dolls that are in display cases are in 3 rows. The front row is sitting in chairs, the middle row is standing on the shelf, & the back row is standing & raised up. This means I can see all the dolls on the shelf without any being hidden in the back.
Finally, (remember the part where I said this was a really long post?) I made rules about future collecting:
1. I don't buy any doll I don't love. That means if I think it's cute, or I just like it's hair, or I just think it's nice, it's a NO. I just enjoy other peoples photos. This has saved me a number of times & you have to be strict about it.
2. I don't buy any doll I have to change to like. That's means I don't buy anything that makes me think "hmm, if she just had red hair, or different color eyes", whatever, it's another NO.
3. If a doll stops being interesting to me, sell it.
4. Pay attention to the types of dolls I'm selling in the #3 rule. At one point I realized that dolls with lots of blonde hair were getting sold a very short time after I bought them. I guess I just stopped finding them interesting, so I stopped buying them.
5. I made a list of all my dolls, & I use it for redressing. That way no doll that gets redressed stays in the same outfit for years.
My collection has been under control since then. I've started a few more lines & gotten rid of some, but all in all, as long as I follow my rules (which I admit get broken occasionally), I'm happy.
Now, your turn. tell me about how to use an eBay seller, & if it's a good idea.
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