For a Reborn Artist Review of Bonnet Babies Nursery by Daya Johnson, visit this post.
Back in 2019, I posted a video on reliable places to shop for reborn dolls. In this video I highlighted the most popular places being Facebook (and reborn related Facebook groups), Ebay and Etsy. In the comments someone asked about the legitimacy of a website called Reborns.com At the time, I had not heard of this website. I was not sure wether it was legit or another scam website, selling fake doll sculpts or just false advertisements altogether. I wasn’t willing to take the chance in purchasing to find out, so I put it out of my mind.
Over the years, the sources for purchasing reborn dolls has grown. Now we can include Instagram as a reliable place, but what about Reborns.com? After a bit of research I learned that, in fact, Reborns.com is a legit place to purchase dolls!
What is Reborns.com?
Reborns.com was created in January of 2012 by computer programmer David Stack. He operates this website and another artisan community called Bear Pile, that helps handmade artists sell their creations. Interestingly enough, Mr. Stack does not collect teddy bears or reborn dolls. [ Source ]
The goal of the website is to offer a specific market place for those who customize and sell reborn dolls. On the right side of the website is an alphabetical list of reborn doll nurseries and their artists. If you’re looking for a specific doll nursery, you can reference them here. Earlier this year, I found a few names on the list that I trusted and recognized, like Cat Creations Reborns & Silicones by Cat Johnson. I actually contacted Cat directly to get her opinion on the website and what she thought of it. Although there are a few things about the site that she doesn’t agree with from a seller point of view, she gives the website a true vote of confidence for buyers to purchase on here. After browsing the website for myself, I learned that not just reborn doll artists offer dolls on here, but collectors have also decided to utilize the website to sell dolls from their personal collections, second-hand.
What’s great about the existence of this specific market place online, is that you aren’t bogged down by listings that aren’t reborn dolls! The majority of listings are reborn dolls or silicone dolls that is ready to ship. There are also some listings for custom dolls, so read descriptions carefully.
My Shopping Experience
With all of my purchases at new shopping outlets, I try to do research. Not just for the best “deal”, but for a secure online shopping experience. I am sure to only purchase online through places that accept PayPal, as I am not comfortable directly inputting my card information online. This gives me added protection in the event that something goes wrong, I am able to get my funds back. I advise all doll collectors to do the same!
I had been browsing Reborns.com for a few months; stopping in here-and-there to see what was up for grabs. I like the filtered features of the website, where I can slim down my search to a specific type of doll. Categories such as the location, size, price and wether it is pre-owned are features. I was specifically looking for a new Johannah Asleep or Johannah Awake reborn doll by BountifulBaby. I love and enjoy my Courtney London so much! She is one of my favorite sculpts and I was interested in finding another. With luck and patience, I found one! Not only that, but I discovered a new-to-me (and new to the hobby!) doll artist. I adopted my sweet Caleb Logan from artist Daya Johnson of Bonnet Babies Nursery.
Upon finding this doll listing, I decided to search for the artist on other outlets, like Facebook and Instagram to see more of her work. In doing so I also found her YouTube channel! Since she is a new artist, she has only a couple of videos up on her channel, but plenty of photos on Instagram @bonnetbabiesnursery
I was able to complete checkout and payment easily through Reborns.com Transactions through PayPal is allowed and e-mail updates are sent. Once you make a free account on Reborns.com you’re also able to send messages to the artists if you have any questions about a particular listing.
Soon after payment, Daya messaged me asking if I’d like my reborn baby to come home as a girl or boy. She also notified me of when she would be shipping and the shipping service being used.
Overall I had a great experience using Reborns.com and I’d happily purchase from there again. I’m also glad to have met a new artist that also sells brown-skinned dolls. 🙂