Creepy Vintage Dolls
You know what's fun to buy? Creepy vintage dolls. Most vintage doll enthusiasts don't think dolls are creepy, but that's because they're missing the part of the brain that makes most humans shudder when they look into the cool, creepy eyes of these pint size human effigies in potentia.
When I was a girl, I was predictably plied with dolls. As a female human child, I was expected to find some joy in these little plastic people. I was supposed to coo over them and love them and pretend to mother them in some juvenile display of mini humanism.
Suffice to say, it wasn't really my thing. I liked animals better, and animals could be found anywhere. In fact, if you let them, little crawly daddy long legs would take up residence in the upper and lower corners of the room and provide hours of entertainment. By contrast, all dolls ever did was sit there, empty bodies, devoid of spirit or soul, staring glassily always forwards. They were like dead things. Corpses.
If you like little toy corpses however, buying vintage dolls is a brilliant idea. Many can be scooped up at very reasonable prices, and if you place them in a dust proof and dim storage area, they will gain value over time. The biggest threat to any vintage piece is sun damage, and vintage dolls with silk dresses will fade very quickly if placed carelessly in locations where the suns rays shine brightly.
One must also think about moths, terrible beasts determined to lay their infernal eggs in the clothing and cloth bodies of dolls. Various vintage dolls have various bodies, some are porcelain, some are plastic, still others are cloth and if they have been subjected to the play of little girls more desperate to mature into housewives than I was, have probably soaked up a great deal of pretend tea in their time.
Collecting dolls of a similar type will leave you with a collection that may be worth more together than split apart. Many doll makers made series of dolls, series which doll fanciers dream of owning altogether all at the same time. For this reason too, it is worth snapping up a stray vintage doll every now and then if it is from a prominent maker. If you happen to be on holiday abroad, combing local flea markets for old dolls is a worthy past time indeed, as it can unearth treasures nigh impossible to find back at home.
If you do decide to embark upon a hobby of vintage doll collecting, ensure that your dolls are secured at night, as some have a habit of becoming possessed by ghosts and then wandering about the place whacking people with the sharp end of scissors. At least, that's what Hollywood tells me.