Everything You Need to Know About Blythe Doll Collecting 

A Custom Blythe Doll (OOAK)
A Custom Blythe Doll (OOAK)

Collectors enjoy gathering all sorts of things. They may collect stamps, coins, toys, or in this case, Blythe dolls. If you’ve landed on this page, chances are that you’re a fanatic of Blythes yourself and looking for new items to add to your collection.

The history of Blythe dolls dates all the way back to the 1970s when designer Allison Katzman created these big-eyed, beautiful toys. Unfortunately, they were not too popular among children and became discontinued one year later. Who would have thought that one day they would be such a popular collector’s item for women!

In 2001, Gina Garan re-discovered them and began to exhibit them through photography. Collecting them became a hobby, and she used them to tell stories. Eventually, Blythe dolls reached out to an untapped market and are very popular today.

Why Are Blythe Dolls So Popular?

It’s no surprise that these cute, unique, customizable dolls are rising in popularity and becoming an enjoyable hobby among collectors. This hobby dates way back, but the ability to post photos on social media has led more women to share their doll collection with the world more than ever before.

Often, each doll has a special significance. They may resemble a friend, a family member, or a fictional character. Not only are they fun to collect, but they also give collectors an amazing way to tell stories and share them with those around them.

Here are some of the main reasons Blythe dolls are so popular:

  • Unique collection to have
  • Dressing them up and down is enjoyable
  • These dolls can be used to tell a story
  • They can be customized to the collector’s liking
  • A great way to connect with people who hold the same interest

This collection is truly a world-wide community, which we’ll get to a little later. But first, we want to jump into the 3 types of Blythe dolls you can get. If you’d like, you can invest in an original version, a highly coveted collector’s item. However, in most cases, modern collectors will stick to these 3 sizes:

The different sizes give women a way to resemble families and get creative with their collection. Blythe dolls are known for their oversized head, slim bodies, and big eyes that move by a pull of a string. Some even come with body parts that move. However, the main benefit of these characters is that they are so customizable.

Ways To Customize Your Doll

When it comes to customized Blyth dolls, the only limit is your imagination! You can customize any or all the following as you’d like:

  • Hair and eye color
  • Eye position (making your doll look like it’s asleep or winking)
  • Mattifying (removing the doll’s shine to take better pictures)
  • Makeup (lip painting, blush, eyeshadow)
  • Clothing and accessories, such as eyeglasses or shoes
  • Facial features (perhaps you want to add a small smirk, baby lips, or teeth)

At our store, you’ll be able to get your hands on beautiful, one-of-a-kind Blythe dolls. We have a wide range of Blythe accessories, eyes, hair, clothing, tools and supplies. If you don’t have the time to customize it, simply browse through our bestseller collection. We are sure you’ll see one that you like!

You’ll also have the option of purchasing factory Blythes from our online store. You can use these to practice your customization skills.

Look Through Our Collection

Sometimes, you don’t even have to customize a doll for you to fall in love with it. Our section for Neo Blythe Dolls, for instance, has over 2,000 options to choose from. We are confident you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Not only will it save you time, but you’ll probably save some money in the process as well!

Become A Part Of This Worldwide Community

It’s always fun going online and looking at other people’s dolls. They all have different personalities and styles, and you can get fresh ideas from other Blythe doll collectors.

Women have also made a lot of friends through this hobby. There have been meetups where people gather in person to share their collection. Many women would agree that community engagement is the highlight of their collection. It’s nice to work so hard on these dolls and then being able to share them with the world.

In an interview with Garan, they asked her if she ever gets pictures of dolls from all over the world, to which she responded yes. She mentioned that there are over 100,000 photos of Blythe dolls on Flickr and that people send her photos of handmade outfits for them all the time. These e-mails come from all over the world, including countries like Russia, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Canada, Italy, and the United States.

Final Thoughts

Blythes are a great way for women to splurge, spoil, and indulge themselves in a unique and special collection. Everyone has a “thing”, and for many women, their thing is Blythe dolls! There is just so much joy, entertainment, and passion for this hobby. Users get to design new outfits, take photos of their dolls, and connect with others.

Moreover, you will find a large selection of Blythe dolls right here on our website. We hold the best custom OOAK Blythe dolls on the market. This saves you time, money, and energy looking for the best models around. We have everything from limited edition models to quality clothing and accessories such as clothes and shoes.

At This Is Blythe, you will find everything you need for your collection, whether it is a new pair of Blythe clothes or a whole new character. With us, you can create your own doll or select one from our custom Blythes collection. Prices range depending on what you’re looking for, but we have plenty of cheap Blythe dolls to help you kickstart your collection.

Check out our dolls for sale today – we’re sure you’ll find one to add to your collection!

Visit our FAQ section or https://www.thisisblythe.com to discover more now!

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Meet Jenna Anderson, the charming Customer Service Enchantress and Blythe doll aficionado at This Is Blythe. With her passion for all things Blythe and exceptional communication skills, Jenna guides customers to their perfect dolls while crafting enchanting blog posts that captivate the Blythe community. Known fondly as the "Blythe Whisperer," her dedication, expertise, and love for Blythe dolls make her an invaluable team member. Outside of work, Jenna's creativity extends to miniature doll accessories, photography, and arts and crafts, inspiring those around her. Read more about Jenna's captivating journey in the world of Blythe dolls here.

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