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What are my Beanie Babies worth?

June 1st, 2020 by Rachel

I get a lot of questions asking what Beanie Babies are worth. The answer to this is…it depends.

There are some Beanie Babies that are worth a lot (e.g. Chef Robuchon), but most are probably only worth a few dollars.

There are some very misleading articles out there on the internet (most notably the article in the Cosmopolitan) that claim Rainbow is worth about $50,000 and a Valentino with a tag error is worth $100,000! That simply isn’t true. These articles are pure click-bait and completely misleading (and downright frustrating for collectors).

Just to clarify, Rainbow is one of the most common Beanie Babies available, and Valentino, even with a tag error, was so mass-produced that he is worth no more than a Valentino Beanie Baby with the tag spelled correctly. The only Valentino bears worth more than a few dollars are those with a 2nd or 3rd generation swing tag, and even these aren’t worth anywhere near $100,000!

There are no Beanie Babies worth these silly prices being quoted. Ever.

So what are Beanie Babies really worth?

One of the simplest ways to find this out is to go to eBay, type in the name of the Beanie you’re looking for followed by “beanie baby“. For example, we’ll search for how much Rainbow is actually worth.

First, we’ll type “rainbow beanie baby” into the search box, which I’ve highlighted in red.

How to find out the value of Beanie Babies

You’ll see below that there are Rainbow Beanie Babies that are on sale for extortionate amounts, claiming they have “errors” and they are “rare”. Ignore these listings. This is what people are trying to sell them for, not what they actually sold for.

On the left, scroll down the filters until you come to “Sold items“. Click on it and it will highlight this and “Completed items“.

What is the value of my Beanie Babies?

This will bring up a new list of results. What things actually sold for.

I usually look at the lowest amount that a Beanie Baby has sold for as there are fake bidders who will bid their own item up in value to gain interest and these can sometimes show up in the sold listings, creating a false impression of what a Beanie Baby is worth.

Next, click on the box on the right that says “Ended recently” and change this to “Lowest price + P&P“.

How much are my Beanie Babies worth?

As you can see in the picture below, this changes things completely. The Rainbow Beanie Babies that were going for $1000 or more change to around $1-5. This is Rainbow’s true value.

How much is my Rainbow Beanie Baby?

Here are a few more listings to give you an idea…

How much is Rainbow Beanie Baby worth?

This method can be used for any Ty product. Just replace the word “beanie baby” for “beanie boo“, “attic treasure“, “ty classic” or whatever product line you’re searching for.

Click here to go to eBay US to find out how much your Beanie Baby is worth

You can also use the same method for eBay in the UK. Just follow the same instructions on eBay UK to get the value of your Beanie Baby in GBP(£).

Click here to go to eBay UK to find out how much your Beanie Baby is worth

I hope you find this article useful. Happy searching!

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Tremor in Space!

May 31st, 2020 by Rachel

Tremor the dinosaur Flippable

On Saturday, two astronauts (Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley) were launched in to space aboard the SpaceX ship, Crew Dragon.

But the real star of the show was the sight of a small, sparkly dinosaur accompanying them! Tremor!

Tremor is one of the original three Flippables, the other two being Stompy and Crunch, and came in either a small or medium size.

Unexpectedly, the little dinosaur has now had a boost in fame, and is currently going for about £20-30 in the UK including postage and about $30-40 in the USA! Which I’m kicking myself for now, as I was thinking of bidding on on eBay for one last week that was going for much less and forgot to place a bid! (sigh!)

The reason for Tremor’s expedition into space was that the astronaut’s sons both had a passion for dinosaurs and collected all their dinosaur toys together so one could be picked for the launch. Tremor was the dinosaur selected and here he is!

Tremor the dinosaur Flippable on the SpaceX launch

However, Tremor’s trip to space wasn’t without reason. Plush toys are often taken into space and when they start to float, it shows the astronauts when they have reached zero-g and are experiencing weightlessness.

Do you have Tremor in your collection?

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Mini Boos Series 1 & 2 Unboxing

May 30th, 2020 by Rachel

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday!

Today, I took a rare trip to Poundland (a discount store in the UK), as I needed some supplies. I hadn’t been there for about two months or more (I’ve lost track of time now) but was in desperate need of a few things.

While there I found they are still selling Beanie Boos. The same faces were there from before (Orson, Asha, Aqua, Icy and Zappy) so it doesn’t look like they’ve updated the range recently – at least not in my area. They were also still selling some items of Ty Fashion among the Beanie Boos. One thing I found interesting though were that my local store have started selling series 2 Mini Boos as well as series 1!

I decided to pick up one series 1 and two series 2 boxes.

I’ll start with the series 1 box.

As I’ve said before, there are 12 common Mini Boos available in each series, plus one rare “mystery chaser”. Each box comes with a checklist of all the Mini Boos available in the series (with the exception of the chaser, which is shown as a yellow silhouette with a red “?” over the front.

The common Mini Boos available in Series 1 are Waddles, Slush, Duke, Icy, Kiki, Coconut, Sammy, Fantasia, Bamboo, Leona, Safari and Pinky. The chaser for this series is a rainbow coloured leopard called Dotty.

The Mini Boo I received with this packet was….Coconut!

Coconut is a cute little monkey with a dark brown, fuzzy texture all over his head and body. His glittery purple eyes are surrounded by a cream coloured face and he has a hand-painted nose and mouth.

Next up is the first of my series 2 boxes.

Like the series 1 box, it comes with a little checklist of the Mini Boos available for this series. In series 2, you can get either Blueberry, Boom Boom, Gilbert, Glitter, Ice Cube, Owlette, Precious, Skylar, Squirt, Tabitha, Tasha or Tundra, plus the mystery chaser, Glitz the golden unicorn.

Inside this box was….Precious!

Precious is an adorable bright pink dog with sparkly purple eyes. She has one purple ear and one bright orange ear. Under her left eye is a patch of bright orange and she also has an orange tail.

Finally, now for the last series 2 box.

Pretty much the same as the last box, with the exception of an orange question mark on the front instead of blue. The bag was even the same green colour.

And now to find out which Mini Boo is inside…

Uh-oh! Double trouble!

Well I got another Precious, so now I have two! Oh well, better luck next time! At least they can keep each other company.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Upcoming Beanie Boo?

May 29th, 2020 by Rachel

Have you spotted this little fox?

This adorable fox is called Faye. Although I saw Faye a while back on the Ty Calendar, I couldn’t find out any details on her before, other than a fuzzy, small image.

Ty have now updated her image on the Calendar and now include her poem, which reads as follows:

Being a sly fox is my claim to fame
Make a silly face, and I’ll do the same!

Faye will probably make an appearance later this year (obviously, the current situation could delay things, so I’m not sure exactly when that could be).

I am pretty sure, based on her look, that she will be released to the Beanie Boo collection, however, this is still unclear at the moment.

Faye is not to be confused with another fox released in the Beanie Babies range this year, called Fay (without the “e”).

Keep a look out for Faye later this year!

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Happy Birthday Lilac!

May 29th, 2020 by Rachel

Well it’s that time of the week again…it’s Friday! It’s also the Birthday of a cute, little kitty called Lilac!

Lilac is part of the Teeny Tys range. I only just added her to the website yesterday before realising it was actually her Birthday today!

She features flippable sequins that change from a mixture of pink shades to a silvery, sparkly colour when you run your hand over them. Her sparkly green eyes really pop out from the pinky shades of her sequins.

I think we can all agree this little feline is just adorable!

Do you have Lilac in your collection?

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New features on Beaniepedia!

May 26th, 2020 by Rachel

Hi everyone! Just a quick announcement to let you know about the brand new features on Beaniepedia!

A few people have expressed (including myself) that they would love to be able to sort Beanies in the database alphabetically when searching. Well…now you can!

On each category of Beanie, there is a drop-down box on the top right of the page that is defaulted to “Latest added”. If you click on this, you can sort alphabetically by ascending order (ASC) or descending order (DESC). You can also sort your collection alphabetically in the “My Beanies” section of the website.

On the “My Beanies” section, you can now filter through your own Beanies in your collection by year, colour and animal type!

You can also now share your collection with your friends if you choose to.

Also, I’m happy to announce that after quite a few requests, I have been adding more Teeny Tys to the website. I have been meaning to add them in for a while now! I have more to go just yet, but the rest will be going up on the website shortly.

Thanks for visiting our website and I hope you continue to enjoy using it! Stay safe everyone!

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Finally, the first Katy pre-orders are out!

May 23rd, 2020 by Rachel

After what seems like forever, it appears the first Katy Beanie Boos have been shipped out!

Katy was first expected to be available in March, but from what I gather, there was a delay on the shipment of the Katy pre-orders due to the current coronavirus situation. However, it appears people are now starting to receive them, which is fantastic news!

Katy was first announced at the beginning of the year to raise funds for WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) in order to help the rescue efforts for the wildlife caught up in the devastating wildfires in Australia.

If you pre-ordered Katy, have you received her yet?

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Hope Beanie Boo

May 20th, 2020 by Rachel

Later this year, we are expecting a new Beanie Boo bear to be released!

Meet Hope.

At the moment, the Hope bear (not to be confused with the 1999 Beanie Baby, also named Hope) is now only available for pre-order from the Ty Store, and it states on their website that they will ship in late Summer.

 

Hope was announced following the news of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and is being released to raise funds for the United Way Worldwide Fund to fight against the coronavirus.

United Way Worldwide is a non-profit organisation where charities can pool their funds to help each other.

Hope’s poem reads as follows:

When you go to sleep tonight,
Pray everything will be all right.
And if you keep Hope in your heart,
We’ll stay together and never part!

Are you pre-ordering Hope for your collection?

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New Beanie Baby – Barker

March 24th, 2020 by Rachel

With everything that’s going on at the moment, it’s nice to hear the news that there is a brand new Beanie Baby available!

His name is Barker and here is the little guy pictured below. Isn’t he adorable?!

Barker is a brand new dog in the Beanie Babies line. He is similar in appearance to the Beanie Boos (in fact, I thought he was one at first!) with his large, glittery gold eyes.

Barker appears to be a spaniel-type dog, possible a cocker spaniel, and has lovely floppy ears that are slightly furrier than the rest of him.

Barker’s Birthday is on 24th January and his poem reads:

It’s a known fact that dogs make good best friends.
There is no doubt we’re pals to the end!

Do you have Barker in your collection yet?

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Keep safe everyone!

March 23rd, 2020 by Rachel

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been a little quiet lately. It’s all gone a bit crazy since my last post.

As you have almost certainly heard, we are currently in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m still here and keeping safe, and I hope everyone is also feeling well and following the guidelines set out by their country. We all need to do our bit at the moment to help everyone out during this time.

I also hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day in the UK, despite perhaps not being able to celebrate in quite the same way as usual.

Now more than ever, we need to discover the importance of keeping ourselves occupied in the comfort of our own homes. I know many parents will be looking for ideas to keep their children busy and still learning now that the schools are shut in the UK.

Arts and crafts are great for keeping little minds occupied. One idea could be to draw their favourite Beanie Boo or Beanie Baby in different scenarios (perhaps a springtime picture to brighten things up), or make a comic strip with a short story. Or creating clothes and accessories for their Beanie Boo using craft supplies or things around the home. Pinterest is great for ideas if you’re stuck!

Jigsaw puzzles or board games are good for passing time and baking is great fun and brilliant for learning a new skill. There’s even a treat at the end of it!

Scorch (pictured above) has got his day sorted doing crossword puzzles with a cup of tea.

How are you keeping yourself busy? And most importantly, keep yourself and others safe!

For more information on the coronavirus pandemic, visit the CDC website for the current advice and guidelines.

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