Collecting Bears and Dolls
Collecting Teddy Bears
As a hobby, collecting teddy bears can be seriously fun. It doesn't take much to start your own teddy bear collection. In fact, you probably have a small one going on right now. Take a look around your room. Notice anything? That's right, you've been collecting stuffed teddy bears over the years without even realizing it.
As a child many adults tend to buy teddy bears as gifts, even as you become a teenager you probably had someone give you one or two. Boyfriends tend to purchase teddy bears to show how much they care and because they know their girlfriend will think they are cute. Once you've become an adult you already have a collection of teddy bears waiting for you to pick up and continue on.
Children may want to collect teddy bears just because they like the way they look and can play with them. Some will want teddy bears to protect them late at night when all the scary stuff comes out in the dark, while others will simply place them on a shelf to look at. Teddy bears can help a child confide in someone if the kid is depressed. Remember teddy bears will never tell.
You can find many teddy bears inside stores of all types from supermarkets to your local craft stores. Keep in mind that homemade teddy bears they will be more expensive.
By going to department stores to your local talent shops you can find some nice teddy bear to collect. Prices will range from as low as a dollar to a few hundreds. You can also find a few online at places like eBay, Amazon or by simply doing a search for whatever type of teddy bear you are wanting.
Museums always have gift shops inside with all the latest merchandise from the area, which includes teddy bears. You'll probably be able to find one that's just for that museum and possibly a limited edition. But be careful, sometimes a museum can be pretty steep in their prices for something that you can buy cheaper outside the museum.
If you are really serious about collecting teddy bears, buy a few books on the subject so you never get charged over the price. Do your homework first before buying a collectors teddy bear. This way you can save your money for the one that you really want.
It is one thing to own some beautiful collectible dolls and another to maintain it. If you fail to do so, no one will want to buy your dolls and you might as well throw them into the garbage bin. The first thing you have to do when you buy your beautiful collection doll is to keep the original packaging for the simple reason that it is worth a lot more money especially when everything is still intact. If there is any tape on the hair or the clothes, you should remove it immediately because this can discolor the fabric. Also, double check if there are any metal wires because this can turn to rust and stain the doll.
It is impossible to display all the beautiful collectible dolls you have and so you will have to hide others to give way to the new ones you acquired. There should be a layer of acid free tissue placed in between the doll and the clothing because just like tape, the color of the fabric may bleed into the doll’s body. The most important thing to do is to let the doll face down. This will prevent the eyes from pushing to the back of the head. This should be checked regularly so any problem can be detected and fixed immediately.
Should the body of the doll leak sawdust, you can fix this by putting a few drops of glue in the hole where it came out. But if the area is hard to contain, you should put a round patch made out of kid or muslin then placed this over the hole.
If your collection of beautiful collectible dolls happens to sleep or their eyes are able to close, you should clean the eyes thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol that is mixed in water. You should hold the eye you are cleaning open and then apply a few drops with a medicine dropper until it is completely covered. The same should be done to the other eye several times and then drained by letting the doll face down. Once it is dried, make it stand up and then wipe everything off with a clean dry cloth.
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