The first Barbie doll debuted on March 9, 1959, at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Ruth Handler, co-founder of toy manufacturer Mattel, developed the doll earlier that year after she noticed her daughter Barbara preferred to play with paper dolls modeled after adult women.
Certain Mattel Barbie dolls are collectible. Many retailers sell them as "Barbie Collector" dolls. However, Mattel labels new releases as "The Barbie Collection," as of 2015.
Tips for selling Barbie dolls include advertising your Barbies by using attention-grabbing listing titles and creating an accurate written item description for each Barbie. Another tip for selling Barbies is to research the exact model you are selling so that you can accurately price each item.
Barbie dolls sold by Target include Barbie Princess Power Super Sparkle Doll, Barbie Bedtime Princess Doll, Barbie Rainbow Hair Doll, Barbie Bride Doll and Barbie Beach Doll. A full list of Target's Barbie doll selection is available on the Barbie section of Target.com, as of July 2015.
About.com, Mellebug, Emby Quinn and Sew Spoiled offer free online Barbie doll clothing patterns. Directions and patterns for a gathered skirt, jeans or slacks, and a sleeveless top are at About.com. The site also has links to additional Barbie projects.
To determine the value of a 1959 Barbie doll, find out whether it is a #1 or #2 doll from that year. #1 Barbie dolls are generally worth more than #2 dolls, although condition affects the value. Barbie dolls from 1959 often range from $3,000 to $7,000.
When Barbie was created, the doll became popular because it was the first doll a little girl played with to pretend to be grown up. Mothers liked the doll because it was marketed to teach grooming habits to girls. As of 2015, marketing and doll collecting keep Barbie in demand.
The website iGuide has extensive price guides for Barbie dolls. The database is searchable, includes market value and is regularly updated to include new Barbie dolls.
According to the Washington Times, Barbie manufacturer Mattel does not know precisely how many dolls have been sold since 1959, but sales figures number in the billions. Every three seconds a Barbie doll is sold somewhere in the world.
Collectible dolls can be found in specialty physical stores and online. Shopping online is a convenient way to look for dolls, as it allows you to peruse items from all over the world. Collectible dolls often have limited availability, so it may be hard to find the one you are looking for in a local