When people want to sell their American Girl Doll, (or any other doll), they go to EBay, or Craigslist, or put on a garage sale.
When families want to sell their original American Girl brand, (or any other manufactured/branded), clothing they go to EBay or Craigslist.
When artisans and seamstresses want to sell custom made/couture clothing for dolls, they go to those places, and/or Etsy.
We thought – there has got to be a better way!
We frequently hear that EBay is too expensive, and that Etsy doesn’t give enough time or attention to the doll clothes category. And of course you can’t list your old Josefina doll on Etsy, so it’s not a complete solution for sellers. And Craigslist is not ideal for the doll collector community for a whole bunch of reasons. Again, we thought – there has got to be a better way! What would an ideal marketplace look like? Well, we would need a Craigslist-type-site – that is exclusively focused on Dolls – that is fun and inviting! And, it shouldn’t charge money to buy or sell. So that is what we’ve built.
Dollabee is a classifieds website similar to Craigslist, but exclusively for dolls, doll clothes, and accessories. We are limiting the items permitted to exclude mass manufactured items that are not original/branded items. In other words, we want this to be a place for 1) Collectors selling their original doll items, or 2) Seamstresses and artisans selling custom/couture clothing and accessories. Basically yeah – we don’t want any low quality mass manufactured items.
The listing price is free, like Craigslist. But if you want to have a featured listing – it’s $5 for a week.
As with Craigslist – you can list your item and sell it directly using Paypal to finish the transaction with your customer, (This is very cost effective). Or, if you want, you can continue to list things on EBay or Etsy, then come to Dollabee and create a listing. In that way, Dollabee can become a central marketplace for customers – regardless of where they might finish the transaction.
About The Founders:
Cinnamon Miles is the co-founder of Liberty Jane Clothing and has been called, “The Vera Wang of the 18 inch crowd”. She is an official Brand Ambassador for Bernina, the world’s premiere sewing machine company. Her design work started when she was just 8, learning from her mom who worked for a Fashion Designer. After high school she studied in Europe, and developed her passion for design as well as photography. You can read more about her story here.
Jason Miles is the co-founder and marketer at Liberty Jane Clothing. He spends most of his time thinking about branding, the technical webmaster stuff, and pondering how to wisely grow the business. Jason has a graduate degree in Business Administration, and undergraduate degrees in both Organizational Management and Biblical Studies. By day he is the Vice President for Development at Northwest University, which leaves the evenings and weekends available for all things Liberty Jane, uh, I mean Dollabee!