Thinking outside the box
Think back to your childhood Christmases and birthdays and how excited you were when you opened your presents that you had been pining for. And then, without a moment’s thought your old toys were disregarded and began to gather dust on a shelf somewhere, only to be thrown out a few months later by your mum or dad and without you even noticing.
Well, think back to those once-loved toys and imagine if you had kept them all these years, only to find out that they could now make you some serious money.
This scenario seems to be cropping up quite regularly all around the world. It’s not just the Victorian dolls and the ancient train sets that have soared in value, plastic figurines and hand held electronic games can now be worth a mint.
You may remember a recent story about the Princess Diana Beanie Baby, which recently fetched over £60,000 on eBay after a young couple picked it up for just £10 at a car boot sale. This sent the UK into a frenzy, with everyone who bought a Princess Diana Beanie Baby thinking they are sitting on a gold mine. However it quickly came to light that there were only 100 ‘first edition’ bears that are collecting that amount of money, and the second edition, of which there were thousands made, will only get you around £20.
According to auctioneers Bonhams, other toys from the not so distant past that are rising in value include the original Barbie and Action Man dolls (and their outfits and accessories it seems – which, in some cases, are more sought after than the dolls themselves) – in 2004, a mint boxed Barbie from 1959 sold for $3,552.50 on eBay. Other valuable items may include toys from fast-food meals, original Thunderbirds and Star Wars toys and Hornby trains. Even toys not in their original box could be worth a lot of money.
Now that Christmas is over for another year, it’s a great time to go through toys that are ‘so last year’. Instead of throwing them out, consider keeping them just in case.
We know not everyone has the space to keep all the toys they have ever bought or been given on the off chance they might be worth something one day. There’s also the risk of them getting lost during moves, ruined during renovations, or snatched by the younger generation in your family to play with. Keeping them at Big Yellow means they’ll be in a safe environment, and who knows, in 5 years’ time, they might be worth something….
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