Welcome to my vintage Barbie page. I hope to share with you some of my collection. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I have divided the pages into sections. You will find Bubble Cuts and American girls. I am still working on a Mod-Era Page, hoepful this will be added soon. This is now the home of The Vintage Barbie WebRing Interested in joining just click the button below.
A bit of information about my Barbie collections. I have collected Barbie as an adult since 1984. It is probably no coincident that this is the year my son was born and I started spending more time shopping in Toy Stores. My first purchases as an adult was Day to Night Hispanic Barbie. As a child I had a Stacey (red hair), a Jamie and a Live Action Barbie. My mother purchased one each Christmas for me along with several outfits. Funny thing is my mother did not like Barbie at all she thought she was a waste of money. I still have one of my original dolls a walking Jamie. My mother gave away my sisters' and my Barbies to younger cousins when we became teens. Since all her daughters collect dolls as an adult she regrets that she did that. I have over 500 dolls both modern and vintage. If I had to pick a favorite Vintage Barbie it would be difficult to decide between Bubblecuts or American Girls. My favorite outfits are broken down the 900 outfit is Theater Date and 1600 is Matinee Fashion and Mod Era is Extravaganza. For the curious click here to see a photo of me.
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Here are some information about Vintage Barbie and her fashions.
For fun here are my top ten from the 900s, 1600s and Mod Era
Results of our last poll for favorite vintage 1600 Fashion!
We have a New Poll for 900s Fashions. Please take a minute to vote for your favorite.
Collectors use a Grading System for vintage dolls and fashions. It helps to know the item's grade you buying. If you are using a price guide the higher price zone are for the items that are factory perfect, lower prices for less than perfect items or dolls. Now the trick part not all folks agree on what is mint or perfect. So you must use your own judgement on what is a fair prices. I used several reference books to help build this guide.
Another Style Grading System
C-10- Factory Perfect
Hints for Buying Vintage Barbies and outfits.
1. Buy a Value Guide. A informed buyer is a happy buyer. There are several good ones to choose from. Subscribe to Barbie Bazaar or Millers, to Barbie doll magizines for collectors.
2. Understand who you are buying from. Are you buying from a Known Barbie dealer, collector, a OTB (other than Barbie) doll or toy dealer, antique dealer or a yard sale. A person at a yard sale will probably not has as much Barbie knowledge as a Barbie dealer. I had one lady at a yard sell tell me she had the original Barbie for sale, it turned out to be a 80's version Barbie but nothing I could say convinced her it was otherwise.
3. Even if an item is listed a mint ask questions. Especial if you are purchasing by mail or internet. Even if you have a photo ask questions. Is it torn, do zippers work, are there stains, has the outfit been laundered. For dolls ask if the doll has missing hair, body scratches, tears, missing limbs, green ear (treated or not) or cracks, ask if the doll is all original or restored. For a bendable leg doll ask if her legs still work. Remember your version of mint may not be another persons definition of that word.
4. Buy the dolls you like. Just because the value has gone up in the past does not mean it will continue to do so. If you are buying for investment remember the doll or outfit will only be worth what the buyer is willing to pay.
5. Decided what you want from your collection. Do you want all American girls or #1's? 900s or 1600 clothing? Do you only want the items that are the rare or do items from your own childhood are your must have items? Do you want only items still in the original packaging or do you want to display your dolls and outfit? Is cost a factor or is there no limit to your Barbie Budget?
Besides Barbie dolls I am an avid animal lover. Please remember to spayed or neuter your pets and to give or voluntary to the charities in your area that help animals and wildlife.
My Vintage Barbie was created in November 1998. Last Update 18 Sept 2000. BarbieŽ is a registered trademark of Mattel Inc. I am not affiliated with Mattel nor is this page nor is The Vintage BarbieŽ Webring. All other trademarks are copyright of their respective owners. All views expressed in this page are solely my own and are not intended to reflect upon Mattel Inc or any of their affiliates. All dolls feature in these pages are from my personal collection unless otherwise stated.