My blog today is about doll boxes. While in the beginning stages of my collecting obsession, I found a term used that I didn’t know – NRFB. For you new collectors, the term means Never Removed From Box. I couldn’t understand why anyone would have such a thing. A doll – that was not removed from the box and played with or displayed. Then as my collecting progressed, I realized that having the original box seemed to make the doll more valuable; especially vintage dolls. Having the box almost doubled the value of the doll. I started paying more attention the the ads in collector magazines and newspapers (there was no EBAY back then) and I began only looking at dolls advertised with their boxes. I collected a few in their box dolls, but I liked to put the dolls in a cabinet and the boxes definitely got in the way. Can’t display them with the box; not enough room. Store them? Now I need a bigger box to put the boxes in to store. So, now, what to do. Collect dolls with boxes so that if I ever resold them, they would be worth more. But, if they have their boxes, I’m paying more in the first place. And then I had an AH HA moment. My decision was to debox and not buy dolls with boxes anymore! Yes, I admit it, I am a DEBOXER! I don’t buy vintage dolls with boxes, and when I buy a new doll, I don’t keep the box – I recycle it immediately. It made me realize that I shouldn’t be buying dolls with the idea of reselling them. I decided to collect what I love and not to worry what they are packaged in. As a collector/dollaholic you will have to make up your own mind on what to do about boxes. So – do you debox?
Next week, I will share some information on how doll collections are displayed!