Reborns, high quality life like baby dolls, have exploded in popularity since their creation in the early 1990's. More than baby dolls that you grow up with, these dolls are so life like they are often mistaken for real babies, even up close. Collectors from all walks of life, around the world, have begun snapping these unique and skillfully crafted dolls up. Like any other hot market, the eBay reborn listings have skyrocketed and the auction site has quickly become the world's largest market for the dolls.
The skill and artistry it takes to create these dolls is amazing. Regular vinyl baby dolls are taken, dissembled and stripped down to their basics with harsh chemicals. They are then painstakingly built back up, layer by layer, until they resemble real babies. High quality paints, baked in heat, give the appearance of unique skin pigments, veins and the minute details of fingernails, lips and faces.
Reborn creators use sand, silicone beads or ball bearings to give the baby dolls the appropriate weight. Glass blown eyes, individually rooted mohair and even machines that create artificial heartbeats are all added to give the babies the realistic appearance that their owners crave.
Reborn owners are more than just collectors. While some buy the dolls for the craftsmanship, rarity and hopes of increased future value, many eBay reborn shoppers purchase the dolls for other reasons. Reborns have gained popularity amongst owners who treat the dolls as though they were real babies.
Some are filling the void of an empty house or lack of children while others are using the dolls as the therapeutic outputs after a miscarriage. While a reborn should never be bought for someone else after a tragic event like a miscarriage, many owners find them helpful in transferring their feelings of loss and pain into love and caring.
This type of ebay reborn buyer is more fanatical than just a regular collector. They do not mind spending more money to get a doll that will meet their needs or round out their collection. The very nature of these purchases is what has helped eBay listing explode into the thousands.
eBay is the place to go if you're looking for anything reborn. They sell completed reborns, kits, accessories and anything else you can think of reborn related. If you can not find exactly what you're looking for check out some of the auctions and find an artist that does quality work and inquire into custom work.