Moving house is always stressful: if you have a valuable doll collection, it’s ten times worse. If you find yourself in the position where you have to move your entire doll collection to a new location, you should take certain precautionary measures that will reduce the chances of damaging your doll collection.
1. Don’t let the moving company pack your dolls.
No one else will take the same care as you when packing your dolls. Movers may be very experienced in packing other items, but collectible dolls need extra special care when moving. If possible, don’t put your dolls packed with the rest of your move in the moving truck. If you have no other choice, monitor the packing of the boxes so that the boxes are not damaged and the heavier dolls are packed under the lighter ones, not the other way around.
2. Make sure you use enough packing materials:
You’ll need lots and lots of bubble wrap, tape, packing paper, and boxes. The amount of packing material you will need will be determined by the types of dolls in your doll collection. Porcelain, china, and composition dolls will need the most bubble wrap, since each of their limbs will need to be wrapped separately. Hair and clothing will be a bigger concern with vinyl dolls and non-newsprint wrapping paper is ideal for this purpose. If you have NRFB dolls (never remove them from the box), you need sturdy outer boxes to help keep the doll boxes dent-free. Pack the heaviest dolls at the bottom; lighter dolls and doll clothes on top. If you have dolls that you are considering selling, do so before you move. You will save on packing material and you can always use the money for all the packing materials you will need.
3. Check the boxes correctly:
Marking the boxes well will not only make unpacking easier, but it will also reduce the chances of someone accidentally knocking over your box of china dolls. When packing the moving vehicle, this will help ensure that the heavier dolls are packed under the lighter ones.
4. Beware of storage facilities:
Heat, humidity, and insects are enemies of most types of dolls. If you must store your dolls for an extended period of time, please make sure our dolls are in a climate-controlled facility and that your insurance policy covers the dolls while they are in storage.
5. Make sure wrists are properly secured:
Your homeowners policy may cover some parts of your move insurance. However, most do not cover breakage and you will need to purchase breakage insurance from the mover.
doll shows and auctions
The next time you plan to visit a doll auction with the intention of purchasing one or more dolls, plan ahead and bring enough suitable packing material to ensure a safe trip home for your newly found dolls. If you have to travel home by plane, it may be a better option to send your dolls home and avoid the risk of damaging your dolls in transit.
Happy doll collecting.