What makes some dolls and bears more collectible than others?
The age, brand, style, scarcity, and material construction of dolls and bears are what sets some apart from others in terms of their desirability as collector's items. Some collectors specialize in certain materials, such as wood or porcelain, while others collect only dolls of a certain brand, such as Barbie or Cabbage Patch Kids. Vintage and antique dolls are valued for their age and condition. Dolls and bears contextualized by brand or other markings, such as team logos and popular characters, are collectible for fans of those teams and settings.
How are dollhouse miniatures made?
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, dollhouses and their miniature components were made by hand. Their popularity led to the mass production of dollhouses as well as the uniformity of certain size scales. Today, KidKraft, Mattel, Fisher-Price, and other brands carry mass-produced dollhouse miniatures. At the same time, skilled hobbyists and professional craftspeople have also carried on with the painstaking craft of hand-making dollhouses and miniature items out of wood, ceramic, metal, and other materials, so modern collectors have their choice of both brand name and handmade delights.
How do kids learn by playing with paper dolls?
Paper dolls are dress-up toys with educational value. Children practice dexterity and hand-eye coordination by cutting out the figures and the clothing and dressing figures by folding the tabs. Kids also learn about articles of clothing and how to identify different professional uniforms. Beyond that, the child's imagination sets the scene for further adventure. Paper dolls remain popular for their affordability, educational value, and portability. Antique and vintage doll designs in an intact, uncut condition are also popular collectibles.