Collectible Dolls Lake Havasu City AZ

Collectible dolls contain special meanings and feeling of their collectors. See below for collectible dolls in Lake Havasu City, AZ that give access to cloth dolls, composition dolls, bisque dolls, hard plastic dolls, metal dolls, porcelain dolls, vinyl dolls, wood dolls, and other types of collectible dolls.

Big Boys Toys- Hobby Central
(928) 854-1441
2109 N. McCulloch Blvd, Ste 2
Lake Havasu, AZ
 
Hot Rock Hobbies & Signs
(928) 453-7111
2886 Sweetwater Ave A108
Lake Havasu, AZ
 
Roy's Train World
(480) 833-4353
1033 South Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ
 
Arrowhead Scale Models
(520) 445-8409
662 Holiday Drive
Prescott, AZ
 
One Hobbies LLC
(623) 977-1324
13059 W Grand Ave. Ste #12
Surprise, AZ
 
Skyshark Hobbies
(928) 854-6100
420 El Camino Way #102
Lake Havasu City, AZ
 
Hobbytown Usa
(520) 882-8888
3700 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ
 
Loy''s Toys
(479) 456-2888
P.O. Box 88
Wesley, AZ
Store Type
Online Store, Phone & Mail Order

HobbyTown USA
(520) 882-8888
3700 E Speedway
Tucson, AZ
 
Frank's Hobby House
(602) 992-3495
12008 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ
 

10 Tips to Collect on a Budget

Written by Sharon Verbeten   
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00

budget-1Recessionary times can prompt people to rethink their expenses—and often the first thing to go is discretionary funds. Money once spent on non-essentials like entertainment—whether that is dinners out, movie tickets or another doll for a collection—isn’t quite as plentiful as it was in recent years.

Let’s face it—everyone is feeling the crunch. Barrie Shapiro, owner of The Toy Shoppe in Richmond, Va., says, “I honestly don’t think that there is anyone who has not been affected in some way by the current financial ups and downs. We are finding that our collectors’ ‘needs’ for their teddy and doll hugs are increasing, but with more caution concerning the costs.”

We’ve talked with experts in the industry and come up with a list of 10 things you can do to keep your budget in mind—and still stay active in doll collecting. We hope one or more of these tips will work for you.

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Exercise discipline. This may sound like commonsense, but it’s probably the rule most often forgotten. Whether you’re a new or veteran collector, carefully consider all potential purchases. If you’re used to buying more than one doll or accessory at a shop or store, budget for only one—and make it one you really want. You’ll feel better with that one quality item you can afford rather than three pieces that will put you in the red.

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Sell … to buy. If you really have your eye on a new one-of-a-kind or the latest Robert Tonner model, consider selling an older doll—or one you have less passion for—to buy a new one. Or, better yet, see if you can arrange a barter or swap with another collector. You might trade an Ashton-Drake for an Alexander—or whatever your tastes desire. Everyone gets what they want that way, and it doesn’t cost anything!

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Go backward. Often, a manufacturer’s latest model may be the priciest, most in-demand and hardest to get. Consider buying last year’s model now. You’ll catch up eventually, and maybe the economy will be on an upswing by then. Dotte Kreowski of The Alcove in Shell Beach, Calif., says some dealers may discount last year’s models—which could be especially advantageous for someone just entering the market. “Talk to the dealer,” she encourages. Frank Weinstein of Toni’s Collectibles in Pleasant Hill, Calif., says some of his customers are liquidating older models to purchase a new, more expensive models.

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Buy quality. Kreowski and other dealers are quick to note that in recessionary times, it’s even more important to buy quality dolls that will hold their value—avoiding cheaper mass-produced dolls. “What I’m finding is a lot of people who lost money in the stock market are putting their money in tangible goods” like dolls, Kreowski says. Shapiro adds, “We always recommend a collector seek quality creations and to learn about the artists and manufacturers they are drawn to.” Buying a quality piece, even if ...

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