This is one of the hobbies that had been actively followed by many people over decades. There are people who dedicate their interests on dolls, doll houses, their maintenance etc. never consider that this is the hobby meant only for girls.
It requires a lot of time and commitment to find the right dolls that will suit your collection. And it takes a lot of time to build up a collection of rare dolls. If you are a beginner, you should read and collect data about the steps to be followed in doll collection. Make sure that the source used for the collection of the data is a trustworthy and reputable one. There are a lot of fake companies and websites in the internet today, which can mislead you and finally you may end up in spending your money on fake products. One main thing you should know is what exactly you are expecting out of the collection of dolls you have. Taking a blind leap into such a hobby can leave you clueless in the midst of a large collection, without any idea about when and where to spend your money.
The main point to be kept in mind is that every beginner should read up the basics of doll collection and also about the collectible dolls available in the market. If you have an idea about what you are looking for, you will be easily able to track down where to get them. Getting the basic information should be the starting point of every collection. You can get this information from online sites or from local stores and other guides that can give you guide lines on doll collection. Visiting shows for dolls, and also exhibitions can help a lot to collect information. This also helps you to acquaint with other doll collectors and get basic information from them. Attending a doll exhibit can get you plenty of information. There would be professionals who can answer your doubts and guide you personally.
One major thing any collector should keep in mind is that your eyes and ears should be open for your surroundings to spot any rare item that may suit your collection. Sometimes the best item you are looking for may be obtained from an attic room or even a storage room! The fact is that many people who sell old dolls are not aware of the cost of such rare dolls. Checking in second hand stores and garage sales stores for dolls can sometimes get you big treasures.
Dolls are always to be well looked after and properly maintained. Storing the doll in a congested way may damage it and thereby reduce its price value in the future. While storing the dolls one should pay good attention to the factors like temperature and pressure of the room where it is stored. Collection of dolls is a hobby that requires patience and a lot of knowledge.