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Toy dolls are sold at retail and specialty stores and are highly collectible and customizable. Many companies and businesses cater to hobbyists that like these items. Here are some common terms related to these items.

  • Bisque - This is fired, unglazed porcelain. Because it is unglazed, it gives these figurines a life-like, matte finish. Collectors differentiate these from porcelain dolls in that they have a head made of bisque while porcelain ones are all glazed. This style was popular in the late 19th century, and some antique bisque figurines are incredibly valuable today.
  • Papier-mache - This is a material made of paper pieces or pulp and reinforced with glue or paste. This is a common material for the bodies of these figurines.
  • Ball-jointed Body - This is a body usually made of composition materials or papier-mache with wooden balls acting as the joints.
  • Vinyl - This is a type of plastic that is composed from a specific organic compound. Retail figurines found commercially are generally made of this material. These figurines come with a number of options for clothes or an accessory.
  • Doll Hospital - These establishments specialize in the repair of doll bodies, clothes and accessories. These establishments also specialize in the repair of various antique figurines and action figures.
  • Reborn - This is a figurine that has been designed to resemble a newborn baby. It is composed of either parts that come in a personalized or pre-made kit. Professional sculptors and design artists create kits for the public to assemble and paint. They are usually equipped with limbs, faces, heads, eyelashes, bodies and other accessories. Occasionally, builders may choose to design a special accessory for their creation, like fake tears.
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    Volks Usa Inc
    386 Beech Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
    Call or visit the Volks USA website for the best selection of collectible dolls in Los Angeles and across the United States. Volks USA specializes in custom and limited edition Japanese dolls.
    (310) 782-8324
    Rosemarie Doll & Bear Repair
    El Cajon, CA 92019
    We have over 30 years in the doll & bear industry and have the inventory to show for it. We have a variety of vintage dolls and can repair dolls of all types and sizes. Get in touch for the best doll service around.
    (619) 442-1305
    C & M Jewelry & Dolls
    2410 W Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631
    (562) 694-8222
    Dollar Mission
    10715 La Mirada Blvd, Whittier, CA 90604
    (562) 944-4343
    Our Best Deal Inc
    17115 Gale Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
    (626) 581-9669
    One Dollar Cleaner
    610 N Azusa Ave, West Covina, CA 91791
    (626) 967-5075
    Greenrt Dollar Store
    6732 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
    (562) 696-4506
    Fada Designs
    508 S Astell Ave, West Covina, CA 91790
    (626) 422-5873
    Mama's Lil Babies
    N/A, Phillips Ranch, CA 91766
    Contact me at (877) 495-3136 to get the perfect gift, keepsake, or collector' s item with handmade dolls from Mama's Lil Babies in Phillips Ranch, CA.
    (877) 495-3136
    Smart Bean Inc
    1578 W San Bernardino Rd, Covina, CA 91722
    (626) 732-3930
    99 Cents Only Store
    20900 Pioneer Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90715
    (562) 860-0808
    E & G Antiques
    296 Po Box, San Dimas, CA 91773
    (909) 599-2723
    Dollar Power
    121 W Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740
    (626) 963-2424
    Margy's Playhouse
    12047 Paramount Blvd, Downey, CA 90242
    (562) 622-1954
    Ninety-Nine Cents Outlet
    17458 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
    (562) 925-1155

    Dolls are not just toys for children. Collectors look for items from their childhood or valuable vintage and antique dolls and collectibles. Specialty retailers offer these items for sale. They also regularly offer an accessory or two that children and avid enthusiasts want for miniature houses. Clothes are also found in these stores. While they may start out as toys, these items develop quite a following. Throughout history, dolls have been crafted from clay, paper, plastic, rubber, stone and wax. Cloth items were sewn and stuffed with some form of filler. Jointed wood figures were used to help artists capture the human form. Adults usually look for the more delicate materials like bone china, ivory or porcelain. Realistic porcelain faces are one of the most popular items around. Historical significance also has a hand in the item's value. Antique babies made by specialty manufacturers can be valuable and are sold for large sums of money. The older and more rare the doll, clothing, or accessory is, the more valuable a collectible it is. Antique dolls offer the highest values. After World War II, plastic and vinyl manufacturing picked up. Toys made from plastic created in mass marketing which drove down the value of these toys. Finding rare or very old items is the best way to make money or gain status. Many of the stores selling these items also offer accessory items, clothing from popular fashion designers and custom made houses. The clothes on the dolls should be original and in a decent condition. If you want to buy these collectibles, a specialty retailer or collector is your best bet.
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