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Hi vintage lover*,

Remember Furbies?

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

What to do with your vintage items: Sell yourself or engage a reseller?

Have vintage or antique items and don’t know what to do with them? Here’s how to get a grip on their market value in order to sell them yourself or via a third party.

A haunted home: Vintage Halloween decor and where to find it

Whether you love the look of antique gothic collectibles or traditional pumpkin kitsch, our guide to vintage Halloween decorations will get you into the spirit of the season.

Is vintage polyester that bad? Everything you need to know

Polyester is a staple in vintage clothing — we dig into the origin of this synthetic fibre, how we can identify it and the best ways to care for it to reduce itsso environmental impact.

Make a statement: 5 tips for vintage furniture decorating

Carlo Colacci, a design dealer, collector and founder of Toronto’s newest vintage design destination, Bonne Choice, sits down with The Vintage Seeker to chat about his swoon-worthy showroom — and his top ways to incorporate statement vintage decor into your space.

Around the web

Upcoming events

Find fabulous vintage, antiques and pre-loved goods at markets and events in your area. Here’s a peek at a few coming up — for more, visit our events calendar below.

Victoria, BC

The ReLove Market

Lower Mainland & Sea to Sky Corridor, BC

The Vintage Barn Market
On a Winters Day Vintage Market

Bespoke Market

Calgary, AB

Honky Tonk Market 6.0

Edmonton, AB

Capital City Vintage Market

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, ON

Sunday Antique Market
The New Old Antique Market

Hamilton Day Pop-Up
Old Book & Paper Show

Ottawa, ON

Vintage Pop-Up 613
613 Flea

Halifax, NS

Clothing by the Pound Pop-Up
The Funky Flea

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