Do you remember finding and collecting Beanie Babies as a child? You could find Beanie Babies at just about any store and buying new ones was almost as fun as completing different collections! Beanie Babies were so much more than stuffed toys.
They were a statement and because each one was different in its own way with its own name and story, it made finding new ones similar to meeting a new friend. Although times have changed, Beanie Babies are still very much alive, which means it might be time to start a new Beanie Baby collection.
Because you can’t find them as easily as you did in the past, knowing how to build a Beanie Baby collection will take time and experience. You want to make sure you build a solid collection of legitimate Beanie Babies you and your children can admire and enjoy.
In the guide below, you’ll discover a few starter tips on how to grow a TY Beanie Baby collection. Continue reading below to get started!
Purchase From Reputable Sellers
The first step in building a Beanie Baby collection is ensuring all of your Beanie Babies are legitimate. To ensure this, you’ll want to purchase from reputable sellers. Buying from a reputable seller will give you peace of mind, knowing all purchases are real Beanie Babies.
To find reputable sellers, visit their websites, read reviews, and inspect product images and detail descriptions before buying. Once you find a good seller, you can keep shopping with them. There will also be times when you find Beanie Babies in other places, however.
For example, if you’re out shopping in a thrift store, antique shop, yard sale, or someplace else and see a Beanie Baby you want to add to your collection, then you should know how to determine if it’s real or fake. One way of doing so is looking at the tag that hangs from the ear and the tag on the Beanie Baby’s bottom.
Do the two match in regards to the name of the baby, the date, and place of origin? If not, then this is a sign of a fake. You can also always ask for the Certificate of Authenticity, which some people may still have.
Collect One From Each Collection
Now that you know how to find and purchase real Beanie Babies, you can now begin to build your collection. If you’re not sure where to start, then consider collecting one Beanie Baby from each collection. Your first step should be to collect at least one baby from the original collection.
If you can find all nine original Beanie Babies, then that’s even better! Moving on, you’ll then want to find a Beanie Baby from the pet collection, farm animal collection, wild animal collection, sea creature collection, iconic creature collection, and the bear collection. Having at least one baby from each collection is a great starting point for building your own collection.
As time passes by, you can find more to add until you possibly have all babies from each collection.
Know Their Worth
The next thing to keep in mind is how much the Beanie Babies are worth. There are two separate groups of Beanie Babies: the common ones and the rare ones. The rare ones are more difficult to locate because TY only made a few thousand of them.
For this reason, these Beanie Babies will sell for more. Be sure to do your research and determine which babies are what so you’re never scammed. It’s also important to take a close look at the condition the baby is in.
If the baby is damaged in any way or the tag is missing, then they won’t be as valuable. Keep this in mind when buying your own Beanie Babies. There are rumors about certain Beanie Babies selling for thousands of dollars, but you don’t want to be fooled by a seller into thinking you’re getting an amazing deal when you’re not.
Always look up the Beanie Baby before buying to determine what it goes for online or at other stores.
Keep Them Clean
As you build your own collection, do be sure to keep them clean. You can very well sell Beanie Babies that are well-loved, but if you want to build a valuable collection that can one day sell for big bucks, you’ll want to keep them in great condition.
This doesn’t mean you and your children can’t enjoy the Beanie Babies. You can still allow your children to play with them, just keep all food and drinks out of the play zone. You should also be sure to let your child know that all tags must stay on the baby and be in good condition.
When you’re not playing with the Beanie Babies, place them in a display case or somewhere safe.
Do It for You
One last tip to keep in mind is to build this collection for you and your child. Do it because it makes both of you happy. Rather than focusing on money or how valuable the babies might be, focus on finding ones you and your child love and enjoy.
Build a collection that your child will have fun playing with and can be proud of.
Ready to Start Building Your Own Beanie Baby Collection?
Are you ready to start your very own Beanie Baby collection? Remember, your first step is purchasing from a reputable seller and that’s what we’re here to help with!
My Beanie Babies is your go-to one-stop shop for all your Beanie Baby needs, plus other toys as well. You can ensure that each Beanie Baby sold here is authentic and ready to become your child’s new best friend.
Shop our collection today to get started!