I read somewhere that there is a market for vintage Barbie dolls, so I decided to try a couple. I knew exactly where to find them, of course www.shopgoodwill.com. I won an auction that included 2 barbie dolls and clothing for $24 including shipping.
Bubble Cut Barbie
Fashion Queen Barbie, with no wigs
Before I placed my bid I had to do some research because there are a lot of reproductions out there. The markings are the easiest way to know the real thing from a fake. The reproductions of the old dolls from the 50’s and 60’s will have a date stamped on the back of their neck or the small of their back. The old dolls will have the patent information stamped on their bottom. I also learned that just because a doll is marked with 1966 does not mean that is when the doll was made, 1966 is just a reference to when the patent was registered in the country for that doll. The 2 dolls that I won was a Bubble Cut Barbie and the Fashion Queen Barbie. I think it is easy to tell the difference by looking at them. The older Barbies don’t have big smiles or show their teeth, they have older hair styles, they smell old, sometimes they can have green ears from their earrings, always check the way the patent is written on the doll’s bottom because that can get you closer to finding out what year and what type of Barbie you have.
I listed each doll separately in a 7 day auction.
I started the Bubble Cut Barbie at $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping, I had 142 views, 1 bid, and it sold for a total of $27.98.
I started the Fashion Queen Barbie at $9.99 plus $7.99 shipping, I had 56 views, 1 bid, and it sold for $17.98.
$24 total cost for both barbies
$6.80 USPS first class shipping for both dolls
$4.60 total ebay fees
$1.38 total paypal fees
$.16 (2) 9 by 12 poly mailers
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Both of the dolls sold for a total of $45.96. The total cost to buy, sell, and ship the dolls was $36.94, so I made $9.02. What I made on both of these dolls was not worth the time, but you have to try new things if you want to expand. I am sure there are people out there that make a lot of money re-selling vintage dolls, but it is not for me. Regardless the profit from these 2 dolls will pay for a trip to the frozen yogurt place after school one day.