My beloved Martin is such a great support to me – in every single way. For example, as I transition my design practice from its former (now closed) storefront to our apartment (working from home REALLY cuts down on overhead expenses, LOL!), he is working hard to convert our guest bedroom/computer room into a fully-realized office/work space for me/us. Part of MY job in this transition is “clearing out” things that have come to rest in that room – an old tube TV, lots of no-longer-needed immigration reform materials, my non-functional Dell desktop computer (see previous posts) and my Beanie collection, to name a few.
Yes, Beanies – as in Beanie Babies… I know. Don’t judge.
While the image above is not one of my own personal Beanie hoard, I do have quite a few of the styles pictured. I started cataloging them tonight and stopped at fifty; all told, I bet I have like 110 or more. I know. What was I thinking?
It was so easy getting caught up in the Beanie baby madness twenty years ago – yup, a LOT of my Beanies are twenty years old. They took American consumers by storm – driving people (like me) to haunt Hallmark stores across the nation, waiting for the next delivery of USA Bear, or Floppity the Rabbit or Lucky the Lady Bug. If you were lucky, you found a “rarity” – for example, I myself own an Echo (killer whale) with a “Waves” tush tag. Priceless, right?
In the moment, it felt like hitting the lottery.
I spent – on average – about $5/each for all my Beanies. They are the stuff of collector’s dreams – none have ever been played with, all came home and immediately went into Ziplock bags, quite a few have tag protectors, they have always been stored in a smoke-free house…
They.Are.Perfect. And they are all but worthless…
A quick internet search reveals a few Beanie brokers willing to pay $0.40/each – top dollar! – for Beanie collections/lots of over fifty toys. If I have 99+ beanies, they will send a “free” UPS call tag to pick up my collection. So – that is roughly $550.00 “invested” for almost twenty years to yield – maybe – $44.00. Sigh…
I can honestly admit – I am a FAR better interior designer than investment counselor. But, in the potential office “purge,” the Beanies have to go to make room for files. Maybe I will make $40.00 or maybe I will donate them to a charity that serves underprivileged or homeless kids. One thing I DO know for sure:
Next time, I will just buy some shares of RPM common stock instead. 😀