Boy or a Girl?
You're going to have to make a few different choices when buying a reborn doll; although, one of the biggest decisions is whether you want a boy or girl doll. This is obviously a personal preference, and you should ultimately get the type of doll your heart desires. But think long and hard about what gender you want, because this will affect other things, such as how you dress and care for them.
There's really no right or wrong choice when it comes to the gender of your reborn doll. As stated above, the gender will affect the types of clothing you purchase and dress and raise them (displaying, photographing, etc.), but that's pretty much it. There are high-quality reborn dolls out there made to resemble both boy and girl reborns, so choose the one that you like and enjoy the most.
Price You Should Pay For a Reborn Doll
The price of reborn dolls is going to vary greatly, which is something you may notice when buying your first one. Typically, prices will range from the low-end of $200 to a high-end of over $2,000. Artists put their heart and soul into creating a reborn, some of which spend over 50 hours working on a single doll, which is why the price can be so expensive on some of the finest reborns. Generally, you'll find that the higher the price, the greater the level of detail and realism, but this isn't always the case. I've found some really amazing reborns for less than $300 bucks, so don't worry if you're searching for a new reborn on a budget.
We recommend shopping for reborn dolls through our website, as we connect you to manufacturers and doll artists from across the world looking to sell their dolls. Not only does this offer you an enormous selection to choose from, but it creates a competitive selling environment that lowers the costs to buyers such as yourself. Going back to the basics of economics, a greater supply available will result in lower prices, and that's one of the reasons why the Reborn Doll Mart has become such a popular site for finding and buying reborn dolls.
Hair or No Hair?
Another choice you're going to have to make is whether or not you want your doll to come with hair. Some reborns will have a full head of hair, while others will be completely bald. The price of both hair and hairless dolls is usually about the same, but there are obviously some notable differences between the two.
Many doll collectors fail to realize that reborns with hair will require greater maintenance than those without. Although you won't have to spend hours each day on their hair, you will need to occasionally brush and comb it to prevent tangles from occurring. Some people may find this a nuisance, but other people may enjoy spending time grooming and maintaining their reborn doll. Ask yourself if you're willing to invest additional time into caring for a reborn doll's hair before making a purchase.
Note: Most experienced reborners use a fabric called mohair as their doll's hair. It's durable, flame-resistant, shiny and looks strikingly similar to real human hair.
If you're a long-time reborn doll collector, you probably have a favorite doll artist. Certain artists use very specific techniques and materials to achieve ultra-realistic dolls that stand out from the rest. If there's an artist you prefer, check to see if they have any dolls currently available that you may be interested in. You can do so by typing their name into the search box at the top of the page.
The International Reborn Doll Artists Association (IRDA) is quite possibly the largest group of reborn doll artists in the world. You can learn more about them by visiting their website or by attending one of their conferences.
Where To Find Reborn Dolls
Unfortunately, you probably aren't going to find reborn dolls at your local hobby or toy store. There might be a couple around some of the bigger cities in the U.S., but they are few and far between. Your best bet is to use online marketplaces that connect doll enthusiasts and artists worldwide, such as our website. We offer a convenient method to shop for reborn dolls and parts listed on the world's largest marketplace, eBay. This allows our visitors to have access to one of the largest selections of reborns at low prices.
In addition to our website, you can also find reborn dolls for sale at various trade shows throughout the country. Unfortunately, the hobby of reborning is still fairly new, so there's not a whole lot of shows and conferences developed yet. Keep checking on some of the notable reborn doll forums and blogs on the internet to find out when a show is coming to a city near you.
Making Your Own Reborn
If you have a knack for building things with your hands, then you might want to consider reborning your own. There are plenty of resources online that offer guidance on making your own reborn. Be warned,once you start reborning your own dolls, you might not stop - it's quite addictive! A good way to get into the doll making hobby is to buy a reborn kit. These kits come with all the necessary materials you need to transform a vinyl doll into a reborn.
While using a reborn kit is usually recommended for newcomers, you may want to start from scratch after you've gained some experience. We'll be adding more guides and resources on creating your own rebron dolls in the future, so keep your eyes peeled!