Welcome back to the How to Sell Your Stuff Series.
Have your parents been begging you to clear all of your crap out of their shed? Well get your overalls on and take a Claratyne, it’s time to go raid those boxes. This week we’re talking 90’s vintage toys, so get ready to say goodbye to Polly Pocket because it’s time to cash in.
If you have been following this series then you will know that I don’t have any cash hidden away in case of an emergency. My safety net is a Barbie, and I mean an actual Barbie doll. In 2010 my mother-in-law bought me a limited edition Vera Wang Barbie Doll, in an actual Vera Wang wedding dress, she retailed at $200. Today she is worth $1000. Did every Barbie you ever own just flash before your eyes? It doesn’t even have to be a collectors edition to hold value, remember Shave ‘n Style Ken? He was sold on eBay just last week for $99. Now, if you were the kind of super weird kid that kept your Barbie’s in their boxes, then you are in luck as boxed items hold the most value. Once you’ve gone through your collection and found the ones that you want to sell, have a look at the ‘sold’ listings on eBay to gauge they’re worth. I’d recommend selling all vintage toys on eBay as that is where the serious collectors will go to look for them.
Worth even more than Barbie is little Miss Polly Pocket! Get hunting through those toys because she can fetch up to $1500 on eBay. Even unboxed you can get around the $300 mark, depending on the series. Are you kicking yourself right now for playing so recklessly with these things? I’m pretty sure I chewed on my Polly Pocket… or my sisters… I definitely swallowed one.
Aagh Furbies. I got hit (nudged) by two cars navigating a flee market in Malaysia trying to get my hands on a Furby. I spent all of my pocket money on it, only to take it home and realise that the asshole didn’t even speak English… he’s resting in pieces now. If you are lucky enough to still have your Furby, get it on eBay ASAP as people are selling them for around $400.
If you’ve got a stack of Pokémon cards lying around it might be worth your while having a look through them, with certain cards fetching up to $7000+ on eBay!
Now for the holy grail of vintage toys… ACTION action action FIGURES figures figures (it felt like it required a dramatic echo). Ok let’s get serious because these are worth a shit tonne! Vintage Transformers, Power Rangers and He-Man action figures sell on eBay for anywhere between $250 and $2,500. But the real crazy money goes to the Star Wars toys, with action figures selling for as high as $75,000!!!
Before you sprain an ankle running to the shed, here are a few tips for your eBay ad:
1. Take at least five detailed photos. I can not emphasise enough how important this is. Photos are what sell your stuff so, if you want someone to pay top dollar for an action figure then you need to show them what they’ll be getting.
2. Make sure you use the words ‘vintage’, ‘rare’ and ‘mint’ in your title if applicable.
3. Fill out as much information in the details section as possible.
4. Be honest about the condition of the item.
5. Research the item well to make sure you make the most money possible.
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