How do I know what to sell my Reborn Baby for?

This is a question I see on lists a LOT. You want the Reborn to sell, so you don’t want to go too high, but you don’t want to screw yourself out of money by asking too LITTLE either. Not to mention if you ask TOO SMALL an amount, people will think there is something wrong with the Reborn. So, how much to ask when selling your Reborn?

First of all, lokk at other reborns. WWW.REBORNS.COM is a great place to look because you can see what other artists have sold, and get a good idea of how established they are. Ebay, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace…Mercari…all good places to look and see what Reborns are going for. After you’ve sold a couple, you’ll have an idea of what YOUR dolls tend to sell for. But when you’re just listing for the first time, or thinking about it, how do you determine a good price?

My Son in Law gave me an excellent way to think about it….. First, take the things that are non-negotiable; i.e. kit, body, etc. Then the insides of the Reborn (stuffing, weighting, etc) Glass beads are between $2 and $3 per pound, Polyfill I’ve found comes about $1-$2 per doll, and I use two seperate kinds, so say $2-$3. Then the things that you use inside. For instance, I use microfiber bags for beads (the ones I use come out to about $ .50cents per bag) and silicone butt cheeks ($5 a set). Then paint, sealer, matt varnish, etc. For myself, when I use air dry paint, I can get about 5-8 dolls from a set of paints and a set of paints (including distilled water) costs me about $20, so I figure it breaks down to about $4-$5 a doll. Genesis, the paint goes a LONG way, but the thinner and mediums are in short supply and cost quite a bit. So let’s just put a cost of $4-$6 per doll, probably more than the actual cost, but better that than undercutting.

**Recently, I’ve been doing bald babies, but if you root don’t forget to add those supplies and your TIME to your baby’s costs. Not just the hair/mohair but also needles!**

So here is a break down of these (your costs may vary) :

Reborn Kit……………………………………………….$ 55
Clothe Body…………………………………………….$ 20
Glass beads (3# Baby)……………………………$ 9
PolyFill (Soft and Firm)………………………….$ 5
Microfiber Bage (2 @$.50)…………………….$ 1
Silicone Butt Cheeks…………………………….$ 15
Paint and Mediums……………………………….$ 15
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Subtotal…………………………………………………$ 120

Okay, so that’s the costs breakdown, but there are some other things you can’t forget….most important, you TIME. Even if you do this as a hobby, you HAVE to value yourself and your time, or no one else will. I keep a log of all the time I spend hands on working with a doll. Not waiting for drying, or baking or planning, but actually hands on with the doll. Then I take that number and give myself an hourly wage of $10. And don’t forget the things that you send with the baby to a new home…clothes, lovey, pacifier… shipping box!, tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc…. Box opening items. Any miscellaneous other things that you will have to spend money on in order to make or send the baby to a new home. INCLUDING any advertising costs…for instance if you pay FB Marketplace to boost a sales add, or Ebay fees….or Reborns.com fees. Etc. Let’s just assign a Miscellaneous items price of $30, your numbers may vary.

So….here is the breakdown based on 10 hours of hands on time.

Subtotal, physical supplies…………………………………………….$ 120
Time…………………………………………………………………………………$ 100
Misc………………………………………………………………………………..$ 30
Total Base Price………………………………………………………………$ 250

Then I make a 10% or so adjustment, which brings the total to $275. So the very least I’ll ask for the Reborn is $275, though I would TAKE $250. But because I’ve looked at other reborns about the same level as mine, I would most likely start the price at $350, then go down slowly over time. And don’t forget, the clothes the baby will wear, hat, pacifier, etc. AND your box opening if you choose to send one. All of that can easily add $50 to a doll. Even though MAKING reborns (versus selling them) is my hobby, my dolls all go home with 2 outfits, a lovey, pacifier and strap, hair accessory if a girl (or requested), a blanket, paperwork folder with caresheet, etc, hospital bracelet…etc. And a small box opening.

One more thing to remember….if you do not sell your baby, but you don’t want to just give it away, you can DONATE the Reborn to 501c3 organization, get a receipt and get a tax break for the amount the Reborn is worth. A 501c3 is a not for profit, registered charitable organization and anything you donate to one can be taken off your taxes. SO, you can donate the doll to the Alzheimers Organization (https://act.alz.org/) , get a receipt and use that to get a tax write off. You WILL have to itemize, but this way you will get the value of your work even if you can’t sell it. *******

*******PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT A TAX PROFESSIONAL NOR AN ATTORNEY AND THIS ADVISE IS ONLY FROM MYSELF AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND HAS NO GUARENTEE OF BEING CORRECT! DON’T SUE ME IF YOU DON”T FIND THIS WORKS!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Debbie Jones says:

    I’m just beginning and finding it difficult to obtain some supplies. Can you advise where to get mohair, rooting needles, silicone butt cheeks, what size/kind of glass beads for weighting, and what microfiber bags you use for the beads? Thank you so much!

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    1. If you look at some of my other posts (My Process for sure) have links to where I buy the stuff I need. I get all my needles from http://www.dollsbysandy.com or http://www.dollssoreal.com I get my Glass beads from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083S6DTFC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 or ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/284222619686 Just make sure ti says it’s for Weighted blankets. Everything else, I think is listed on the My Process blog, including links to the silicone pads I use for butt cheeks and the microfiber bags. For mohair, I’ve gotten it off of Amazon…but I really prefer the stuff I got on Bountiful Baby….it’s a lot more expensive, however. I started working with this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BQYGPLJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 But it doesn’t look at realitic as the Ruby Red I get from Bountiful Baby. If you look carefully, you can often get really good deals on Bountiful Baby. Also, make sure that the kits you buy are authentic ones. DO NOT PURCHASE off of Amazon, and if you purchase off of Ebay, make sure you confirm the kit is real. The best (and cheapest) place to buy kits is from Bountiful baby on their 50% or more off deals. Hope that helps!

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