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The Top 3 Most Popular Reborn Doll Types: Click here to jump directly to this chapter I wrote which talks about the 3 most common types of reborn dolls you'll find for sale online: Berenguer, Ashton Drake, and OOAK reborn dolls.
5 Places You Can Find Reborn Dolls For Sale: While E-Bay is certainly one of the most active marketplaces online for reborns, it isn't the only place. Here I'll show you where you can find reborns for sale online and off.
5 Different Reborn Nurseries Around the World: You might want a doll that suited just for you or something that's a little bit more high quality than what you'll find elsewhere. Here I link to some of the best reborn artists and their nurseries online.
This is a quick guide on 3 of the most popular kinds of reborn baby dolls for sale you're going to run across when you're searching online. If you're put off by the high prices of the custom dolls, don't fret. There are reborn dolls suited for all kinds of budgets.
I'll start with one of the most inexpensive dolls first.
1. Berenguer Reborn Dolls
One of the most common type of doll, you'll find a lot of these kinds of reborn dolls for sale on ebay. You might even be surprised to know that you can even find Berenguer dolls for sale in Walmart! Berenguer has been around for more than 50 years and originated from Spain. The nice thing about these dolls is that they have very realistic features which allow reborners to transform the dolls with relative ease.
Because of the inexpensive cost of the dolls to begin with, a lot of beginners to reborning get to test the trade out by starting with one of these lovely dolls.
If you're in the market for an inexpensive reborn doll maybe just to start out your collection or even for a gift for a small child, you might consider looking at all of the Berenguer reborn dolls for sale on E-Bay.
2. Ashton Drake Reborn Dolls
Reborn Doll Ashton Drake Linda Webb
Ashton Drake has been around for over 25 years and started in 1985. Throughout these years Ashton Drake dolls have garnered fame and reputation in the industry as being some of the most prized dolls on the market today.
In 2009 the doll Delilah Noir won Doll Reader Magazine's coveted Industry's Choice Doll of the Year Award.
Ashton Drake employs many different Master Doll Artists including Cindy McClure and Linda Webb.
3. OOAK Reborn Dolls
At the top of the price pyramid you'll find one of a kind reborns a.k.a. OOAK reborn dolls. These are a special kind of reborn because they often take months to create and start with a limited edition custom kit.
But with these dolls you really do get what you pay for, depending on the artist of course. Finely rooted hair, impeccable detailing, and high-quality painting are all the norm for these kinds of dolls.
These dolls are the easiest to spot on ebay, if you just sort for the highest price dolls currently at auction you can see with your own eyes just what kind of quality standard these dolls adhere to.
When it comes to looking for reborn dolls for adoption you have a couple different choices, you don't just have to go on ebay and get into a bidding war if you don't want to.
Easily the largest and most active market for reborn dolls online, Ebay has been the dominant player in the reborn doll scene. Reborn artists that want to fetch top dollar for their dolls will usually list them on ebay with detailed listings that have tons of pictures (and I mean tons, 30-50 pictures of the reborn in various outfits isn't uncommon).
However, ebay isn't limited to just the high-end dolls, the auction site suits pretty much any budget.
2. Online Nurseries
The very best reborn artists have their own online nurseries (aka a website) that will show the current reborn dolls they have available, if they're open for custom orders, and even a tutorial or two on how you can get started reborning yourself. I highly recommend checking out artist nurseries, you can find the links to a few I listed here.
Although the pickings are slim, you can find some reborns for sale on Amazon. You won't find any masterpieces on here though, it's mostly reborns for sale under $100. It might be a good place to start if you're looking for a doll for a child or you're just looking to get into starting collecting. The user reviews help a little on the decision making process. Use this link to an amazon search for reborn dolls.
4. Reborn Doll Shows
If you can arrange it, you won't regret getting involved in a reborn doll show. At doll shows you'll be able to buy reborn dolls, supplies, kits, clothing, and of course meet other artists and collectors. Here's links to a couple of the most notable shows:
Baby Dimples Reborn Nursery by Therese Perchard
"Each baby is unique, I put my heart and soul into creating these wonderful reborns, I just love this hobby, its such a joy to see each individual creation developing step by step and ending up as a realistic looking baby, there is a lot of artistic work goes into the process."
Judy's Reborn Nursery by Judy Dickenson
"Most of my time at the moment is taken up sculpting. I sculpt monkey's and mini babies using polymer clay. I start my monkeys from a tinfoil and wire skeleton then gradually add clay until the finished piece resembles a monkey."
Caroles Cuties Reborn Nursery by Carole Westerman
"I have always been interseted in craft and as a child entered many competitions even winning some prizes. I needed a hobby once the children had grown so after spending many hours falling in love with the Reborn's for sale on ebay i decided to have a go myself."
Fairytales Reborn Nursery
"I discovered the art of reborning whilst looking on Ebay for a play doll for my daughter and instantly knew I had to give it a try. My heart took over and I soon began to search for any information and tutorials on how to create these beautiful life-like dolls."
Cherished Reborn Nursery
"I take great pride in my work, I put my heart and soul in to each and every one of them, my reborn's are so special to me and rebirthing them is such a passion, so be assured you will adopt a baby to be cherished forever."
More Info on Reborn Dolls
You may have come across a trend in doll making that has left you a little confused. Reborn Dolls have become an phenomenon in the last decade, with more and more people enjoying the act of making them, rather than just buying them. But what is a Real Doll, and how are they any different than anything other kind?
A Reborn Doll is made for the express reason of adding a touch of realism to the doll industry. They have been created to look like real children, with various little elements giving them a spark of life that you won't find in any other toy or collectible.
For instance, rather than using painted, glassy eyes, many Reborn Doll makers will use pieces of felt or crystal to create a real-looking eye that seems as though it is really looking at you. Likewise, dolls may also be created that make the doll look as though they are a sleeping baby, often just born.
It is these specifications that make Reborn Dolls so incredible, not to mention special. But that isn't the only reason that so many choose to buy these pieces of art. The fact that a custom doll can be created is a huge bonus for any collector.
Parents have been using this fact as a way of recreating the precious moments of their child's birth, by sending in photos and specifications to the doll makers, and requesting an exact simulation of their child's face. Just imagine being able to experience those first moments of life again!
These are only a few of the reasons that people are choosing to buy Reborn Dolls, or are learning to create them themselves. These are not your average Barbie-like play toys. They are real collectibles that can give you more than any other doll could.