WHAT now seems like a lifetime ago, people got up at all hours and stood in line for something called BEANIE BABIES. It was all the rage. I can say I liked them, I can also say I collected some but not like others in my family did.I can close my eyes and still see both my nieces sitting playing and oohing and ahhing over their latest purchase. PEACE Bears were really my favorite, all those swirly two were exactly alike. Ahhhh so cute!!  We traveled hither and dither to places to see what was for sale and who had what old item to sell. They had shows set up in conference rooms at motels  and in malls and school gyms. Gas was cheap and money was not a problem and investing in something that you thought might be worth more in the future sounded like a good idea. Remember pet rocks and Cabbage Patch dolls? Seems the only real money-making idea that is still around is Barbie and Ken and even they are not as popular as they used to be due to computers and XBoxes now days.

As I went through our household things there they set…the entire collection that mom was so excited to buy. I searched on Ebay and put ads out in Craigslist to try to get someone to buy the whole collection. I don’t like even THINKING about what money Mom put into them. Somehow I wished she had invested in Gold jewelry, now THAT would really be something.  Someone said.. DONATE them to the local hospitals for kids to play with while they stay there. What a great idea. There are so many of them though. When I called they said fine but they don’t want  hundreds of them.. Yes… you read that right…HUNDREDS!! All in all we have at least 4 or 5 boxes of them including the sets from McDonald’s.       

YIKES..everything runs in cycles and if you wait long enough it comes around again in a big way. Can’t wait on this though as I am short on space and have no time to wait. So these Beanies..(which the bears were my favorites) may just have to sit and wait for a new home in the local thrift store. Life is tough sometimes..even for a stuffed animal.



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7 responses »

  1. I remember them well and still have a box of them stashed out in the shed in plastic. Will hang onto them a little longer—they may make a comeback sooner or later. We also invested in the Yugio cards phenomenon with Max in hope that someday they would be worth something. I haven’t check to see if they are yet or not. He had some rare ones and I told him NOT to trade them away as they might help pay for college down the road…we’ll see. Wish you didn’t have to give away all those Beanies…I still have the cat Prance riding on the visor of my PT Cruiser as a good luck charm. Most of her beans have literally disintegrated! I think they just wizzle up after time.

  2. I’m trying to get my reply posted before Frankie, “Queen of the Pack Rats and Collector of Good Stuff”” walks up behind me and reads your post over my shoulder. I’ll bet a dollar to a donut that she has a few gazillion Beanie Babies stashed in the shed…….somewhere in that mountain of storage bins……. and if she sees this she’ll want to buy yours and add them to her collection because “They’ll be worth a fortune someday!” I can barely get to my work bench as it is.

    • HAH I know what you mean.. I thought they would too..guess you have to wait a longgggggggggg time for that though.. ahhh what we buy when we just aren’t thinkin

  3. Well that was certainly a learning blog for me , I have never heard of them here in Australia but by the sounds of it you may be holding onto some collectors items, off now to google Beanie Bears

  4. I never did collect these. My sis did though and she spent a lot of money collecting them, finally ended up selling them at a garage sale. I hope you are able to get rid of those Sis.


  5. I have a couple of them is all. I bought one when the century change and one more I can’t even remember what it is right now. I’m not a collector and I’m glad I’m not. So how ya been? Sorry I haven’t been around in such a long time. Facebook makes me lazy about getting around as so many of us are there. Will try to do better tho.

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