I just did a major clean-out of the inventory that had been relegated to the garage. What I found was storage box after storage box of things that my kids are never really going to want, nor do they likely remember, most of which are vintage. So I consolidated into new boxes that I can grab and list when I have the time. So I’m working as diligently as I can to list these items. Check back often to Etsy and Bonanza as more and more will be added in the coming weeks. For starters:
In the past couple of weekends I’ve lucked out coming across some vintage Barbies and their vintage clothes. Always keep an eye out for a basket of half-dressed Barbie dolls because somewhere hiding in the bottom may be a few gems. And most people don’t know that the older dolls are worth far more than the dollar they’re charging. Even old clothing with the cloth “Barbie” label, or “Ken” or “Midge” or “Francie,” can sometimes be worth as much as a doll. My most recent finds included the following for which I paid just a few bucks:
You can find help determining what you might have in storage or what you may have found at a garage sale or thrift store at http://www.dollreference.com/barbie2.html and http://www.fashion-doll-guide.com. I have more vintage Barbies and clothing available on Etsy.
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Remember this Barbie:
from this photo:
No, of course you don’t, plus the fact that there are three. But if you zoom into the one on the right, you will see that they are one and the same. Just like the one in the photo in the book (yes, I own “The Collectible Barbie Doll” and I’m proud of it. Especially since it finally came in handy.) Does the book say a price? No, it does not. What did I pay? 25¢.
But ebay is a pretty good judge of value. For example:
Which shows that the same doll, in the box, sold for over $300 not that long ago, and the SWIMSUIT ALONE tried to sell for about $18.
Now, the quality of the face on this doll is so good that I began to doubt it’s authenticity (yes, I noticed there were some dings on the body). Until I saw this lady’s listing:
The purpose of posting these photos from this lady’s listing is not to make you all think I’ve lost my marbles, but more to show you how serious the validation of each appendage of a vintage Barbie is. Little did I know, there are numbers on the insides of the arms of the doll (as there are on mine). I knew about the imprint on the interesting choice of placement for the imprint, but was unaware that the year imprinted doesn’t always match the year of the doll. The year on my Midge says “1958” but, in fact, I have learned from my book and ebay that it is actually a 1965 model. I do believe that those using Roman numerals are likely to refer to the actual year of production, as they do on the blond Ken below. He is a 1960, but his butt is stamped “MCMLX.” If you can stand another naked doll photo:
This is serious business, people. This doll is over 50 years old! But poor Ken only fetches around the $20 range.
A few other fantastic examples that are around the same age, though not in the same great condition are the following which I found at either of two garage sales:
This one above, despite her crazy hair day, she does have “real” eyelashes which dates around her “1966” stamp. But her dress may be worth more than she is:
Yes, that’s it, and it just sold for $67.66. Really? But she appears to have been one of the “Twint N Turn” models from 1967:
In better condition, one just sold for $70.00:
This is another Midge, marked “1962:”
but according to her markings, she is this:
This one below looks like your typical Malibu Barbie to me, but she is marked “1966.” A similar face is found in my book on a 1975 doll.
Just as expected, from her markings she appears to be Barbie Sunset Malibu from that year:
In perusing through “The Collectible Barbie Doll,” I found many dolls, and actually many of the outfits, I had when I was young. I began looking on ebay and the clothing alone had actually sold, many pieces in the $8 range. It’s hard enough to sell things on ebay, but Barbie dresses are going like hotcakes! So now I will dig through the dungeon that is my storage shed to find my old Barbies and their clothing to hopefully unearth more unheard of treasures. If you have any valuable Barbie history or information to share, please, please comment!
A few good references to date and value your Barbie Dolls: