Trying to locate the vintage Jibber Jabber doll can be tricky; knowing some tricks to try as well as methods of discovery can assist you in finding the elusive doll. Made in the early 1990s by the Ertl toy company, the Jibber Jabber doll was targeted as a stress reliever for adults as well as corporate gifts. The doll made noise when it was shaken, and the bold colours and whimsical shape made it popular.
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- Local newspaper
Visit online auction sites such as eBay, where people are often selling collectable items. Since the Jibber Jabber dolls are no longer produced, you will not find them readily available in retail stores. Many people who received the doll in the early 1990s have probably got rid of them at garage sales, estate sales or donated them to charity shops. Many online sellers look for unique items such as the Jibber Jabber doll to sell. Use the search box on the main page and type Jibber Jabber doll to reveal a list of items for sale. When you find one that you are interested in, purchase or bid on it.
Search online classified sites such as Craigslist using the main page's search box. Make sure to search cities close to you; locating the doll may mean a short drive for pick up or the seller may be willing to mail it to you for a small extra charge.
Post an advertisement in your local newspaper explaining that you are looking for a Jibber Jabber doll. Some people may have one packed away in their home or know someone that does. An advertisement in the paper may spur them to pull it out and contact you to sell it.
Post a wanted ad online at various classified sites including Craigslist. There is typically no fee to do so. Most online classified sites let you create an anonymous e-mail address so that the people contacting you do not have access to your personal information.
Shop your local antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. This is much more of a shot in the dark to locate the doll but you may just get lucky and stumble upon one. If you do, you may be able to negotiate with the seller on the price, which is a benefit of buying in person.
Tips and warnings
- Be persistent; finding a vintage item can take time but it is rewarding when you do locate it.
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