If you’re on the hunt for a great find at a beanie boo sale then you’re probably wondering how to identify what’s worth the money and what’s not. Many people will find great bargains or collectible items at local community beanie boo sale event, but going in uninformed about how to tell what is quality and what is not, could lead to you spending too much or being ripped off. So here’s a few things you should know before your next beanie boo sale.
The popular plush toy first hit the toy aisle in 1993 at the World Toy Fair. They contained a ‘bean’ filling which was made from plastic. The plastic stuffing in the toys meant that they could be easily maneuvered into different positions which made them a bit different to other types of toys. They toys also came with a small hand tag and their name on their front which included their name and serial number. The toys also included a removable tag and it’s now quite rare to find one at a beanie boo sale with tags on. Throughout the 1990s a number of renditions of the toy line was brought out although only limited quantities were sold which led them to become popular with collectors. Because they were becoming a popular and lucrative collectors item, counterfeits started to be introduced to the market around 1997. Many counterfeits flooded the market and it started to become common for thieves to steal them and sell them for a lot of money. A number of scams surrounding the toy also became common including people trying to auction rare versions that they didn’t have available to seal.
Why are the so desirable?
They became popular very quickly because they were cute and only made in limited quantities which made them appealing to collectors. Versions were also often retired with little to no notice which encouraged people to buy them up when they had the chance. Many people would try to buy them in big quantities so that they could sell them for a profit after they had been retired. The cuteness of the designs and little biographies made them popular with children and collectors alike. They were an affordable toy to buy which helped to boost their popularity. Originally they were sold for only a few dollars although rare versions can now sell for thousands.
How to tell value during a beanie boo sale
If you’re looking to collect some then you should know what to look out for to determine value to make sure you don’t pay too much. Firstly, you should understand how they are classified – generally they are separated unto rare or common categories. Rare models are much harder to find because they were generally sold in very limited amounts – these are usually models from the first, second and third generations. Common versions were produced in much greater quantities and usually came from later generations.
When looking to buy one you should make sure the tags match, which means the date, name and other details are the same. If these details differ the value is much lower. You should also check that there is a certificate of authenticity provided as this greatly increases the value and ensure that you are not buying a counterfeit product.
You should also keep in mind that the most valuable collectors items also have some kind of historical importance such as the ones made to look like Princess Diana. The quality and condition of the item is also very important.