Hi vintage lover*,
Turns out the Furby is still around; I had no idea.
How about Beanie Babies?
(In case it wasn't apparent yet, I came of age in the ’90s.)
There was a fervour over these items when they appeared on retail shelves. So many colours, varieties and styles. Gotta collect ’em all.
People would snap up every last one, because everyone was convinced that their collectability would make them...well, highly collectible one day.
There are, of course, longtime collectors out there. But for the most part, the beanie-stuffie craze fizzled out by the late ’90s.
In 2023, a Beanie Baby is listed, on average, for between $1-$20 on eBay. There are a few outliers, but for the most part, they’re about the same price as they were listed for in stores 25 years ago, adjusted for inflation.
Just because we feel a certain way about an item doesn’t mean it has a higher market value.
So we’re unpacking that today. I get a lot of emails from people wanting to know how to sell their stuff and learn what makes a “fair” price.
I've put together a guide to help you understand the market value of secondhand goods and what that means when it comes to listing items yourself versus engaging a vintage dealer or reseller.
That, plus a roundup of our best features and events this month, are below.
You ever overestimate the value of something? I’d love to know.