Where and how should you store vintage Barbie dolls?
I have an original 1959 Barbie and Ken with original cases (not boxes). They are in relatively good shape, kept in a finished basement with heat and air conditioning. I just looked at them and they appeared to be "sweaty" and a little sticky. How do I clean them and is their current location suitable for storage? Do you recommend moving them?
You can clean them with mild soap and water - or any mild cleaner. Some of the earlier Barbies have a "greasy" look. I would recommend keeping them in a climate controlled area - if they are in their plastic cases - you may want to keep them in a different box - like cardboard, that allows for better circulation. Keep away from sunlight. A dryer sheet in with the dolls will help keep odor away. Don't store them wearing clothes or shoes - the colors can fade on the dolls and of course earrings, which can turn Barbie's ears green.