Cabbage Patch Kids were made in Spain and intended to
help meet the demand for Cabbage Patch Kids in the European
market during the height of the CPK craze in the early
CPKs have always been in demand and fetched higher prices
than their cousins which were made in factories in other
parts of the world.
Jesmar Cabbage Patch Kid, generally speaking, is slimmer
and slightly taller than the Coleco factories produced.
The positioning of the eyes on a Jesmar CPK are a recognisable
feature making the doll easy to tell apart from other
sure sign that the CPK is a genuine Jesmar and not a
CPK that has been 'messed' with in order to make it
look good and justify a high sale price, is the way
that the head is fixed to the cloth body.
genuine Jesmar CPK will always have a cord fixing head
to body and NEVER A PLASTIC TIE . If there
is a plastic tie on a Jesmar Cabbage Patch Kid you will
know right away that there has been a body or head swap
done in order to replace - in most times - a body that
has been damaged. Ask to see a picture of the dolls
neck area so you can check for yourself what sort of
method has been used to secure head to body. If you
are happy with the plastic tie, then that's fine providing
the seller isn't telling you the doll is in mint condition
and the price suits you.
tell tale sign that the doll has been made over to be
sold is when the cord fixing the head to the body is
bright white and clean. It should be an off white shade
commensurate with the age of the doll. The knot tying
the cord should be small and tight and hidden into the
seam. It shouldn't be a bulky affair.
buying from Ebay the most difficult tell tale sign to
detect is the colour of the doll's body fabric. The
doll I purchased - and the reason for writing this hopefully
helpful piece - had been messed with big time. The body
and arms were the same shade of fabric but the legs
were a different shade and had obviously come from another
doll entirely! It's surprisingly easy to take a Cabbage
Patch doll apart. With just basic sewing skills, arms,
legs and the main body can be switched to make a complete
doll. Even the side tag can be switched. But until you
get the doll home it's impossible to know for sure -
the are regular sellers on Ebay UK who use these tactics
and must have made a considerable amount of money over
the years from fooling people. Do watch out and don;t
be afraid to make a noise if you are tricked into buying
a 'bits and pieces' Jesmar.
ask if there is a side tag attached to the body which
states 'Made In Spain' with the letter J confirming
the factory maker. Get a picture to confirm that the
side tag is as it should be and not frayed and messy.
the CPK has short curly loop hair then the hair lengths
should be nice and long. The dolls would either originally
have had a centre pony, two side pony bunches or pigtails
- all of which require long lengths of yarn. Make sure
that you see pictures of the back and the side of the
CPK's head and not just a picture taken front on. Make
sure that the yarn hair is good and long for you to
style when you get your Jesmar home.
time has gone by the Jesmar Cabbage Patch Kid has grown
in value and is as desirable, if not more so now than
it ever was.
are dealers on Ebay asking as much as £70 (that's
well over $100) plus postage/shipping for a pre-loved
doll - that is a lot of money. You may be well advised
to skip that and look out for a mint in box Jesmar that
will be in it's original condition and give you years
of pleasure and enjoyment. There is nothing worse than
spending out on a CPK thinking it is mint and then getting
it home only to find you have bought a dud as happened
to me recently and which prompted me to write up this
able to sell Jesmar CPK's for big money inveitably means
that dealers are always on the look out at Flea markets,
car boot sales and other such places for pre-loved Jesmars
to clean up and list for sale (mostly on Ebay). Sadly,
not all Jesmar Kids sold by the dealers or so called
collectors are as wonderful as they appear to be in
the auction details. Pictures can be deceiving so when
it comes to paying more than a few pounds just keep
asking questions and for extra pics to make sure you
are happy before buying.
A recent Ebay purchase
for a pretty little Jesmar paci girl with appealing
blue eyes and freckles turned out to be a bitter disappoinment.
The CPK was listed by an experienced UK seller with
high feedback numbers. A seller who regularly lists
Cabbage Patch Kids (mostly Jesmars) and CPK clothing.
I thought I was on to a pretty safe bet to hit that
Buy It Now button. I had sold CPKs to this lady many
times in the past and thought she was trustworthy.
The picture ,on
the auction listing showed the doll with a side pony.
Not the original hairstyle but I assumed (oh! never
assume!!) that having made sure all was well before
listing her that the seller had decided to give this
little cutie a 'new look' The doll was listed as Mint
When the doll arrived
I was pleased with her. Gave her a quick check over
and put her to one side ready for me to give her a bit
more of a make over - my style...
Several days later
I sat down ready to get the dolls hair sorted and tidied.
The yarn had been scrapped over to one side and I wanted
to put the hair back into a centre pony. As soon as
that elastic band was removed the sad state of the doll's
hair was obvious. It had, at some time or another, been
very badly chopped and cut. The yarn is at many different
levels with one side of the hair being quite a bit shorter
that the other side. So this was most likely the reason
that the hair had been pulled over to one side as a
side pony. A style never used on these dolls.
I emailed the seller
- who told me she had not checked the hair! Not checked
the hair? But she felt it was OK to list the doll as
mint!! She did agree to refund if I returned the doll
but it was at that point that I thought I would add
a page and gently advise anyone thinking of buying a
pre-loved Jesmar CPK to make sure they get all the photo's
they need to satisfy themselves that all is well.
I hope that this
will be a useful guideline to anyone thinking of buying
a pre-loved Jesmar and save any disappointment when
you get your Cabbie home...