When you're first starting out, it seems that reborn dolls are not very expensive to make.
You think, "I can get that doll for $59.95?"
That baby sold on eBay for £1320.
Still, to make your own, you're going to have to buy much more than that $59.95 doll kit. $59.95 only gets you the head arms and legs. The rest of the goodies add up. Up $200 just in raw materials. To find out how much your doll will cost to make, use my checklist to make sure you have everything you need!
(Note: This article assumes that you already have tools and paints. We'll talk about startup costs in another article. :)
Kim's Shopping List
Every time I get a new custom order, I run through this list. There are some things that you always have to buy - like the vinyl doll kit and the cloth body. Other things are order-specific, such as eyes depending on whether the doll is awake or not. Read your doll kit specs carefully to make sure everything you order is compatible with your doll kit. This list will help you cover all your bases.
Example from a Custom Order
I use a home-grown inventory management system that I built to keep track of the supplies I buy and the supplies I've used. On this particular custom order, I spent $175 just on raw materials! That doesn't even include the little outfit I send home with the doll baby.
So if your clients complain about how much money you require upfront, now you have the tools to explain why. :)
How to Inspect Your Inventory
Once you've purchased everything and the shipment has arrived, it is critical to carefully inspect your parts to make sure that
Make sure you do this as quickly as possible so that if you find an issue, you can work with the supplier to get it fixed before the return period has ended (7 - 30 days depending on the supplier).
It is normal for find grease and dust on a doll kit. But the following issues have to worked out with the supplier:
Where to Buy Reborning Supplies
Not sure where to start? Be sure to check out my Go To Doll Kit Suppliers!
Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.