In my quest to make money from home to supplement being a stay-at-home parent, I’ve come across a fun idea. Sell TY Beanie Boos.
Sure, the 1990s brought us those cute beanie babies. And, eventually, they fell out of favor. Most were never worth much.
Enter in the 2000s, and a new beanie is stealing hearts. TY Beanie Boos come in key chains, in 6-inch tall and larger sizes. Their enlarged heads and eyes make them cuter than the old beanie babies.
Like their predecessors, these Boos retire, too. While a lot of the retired Beanie Boos are selling for around $30 at Ebay, there are a few that have been worth $125 and up (6-inch sizes). These are the most lucrative for sellers, but some were sold exclusively in the United Kingdom:
▪Ty Beanie Boo – Ghosty the Ghost
▪Ty Beanie Boo – Kooky the Koala
▪Ty Beanie Boo – Kiwi the Frog
New beanies with intact, mint tags are obviously the most desirable. However, some in the above list had creased tags, and due to their elusiveness, they still sold for a pretty penny!
The following are the beanies that are listed on Ebay currently for approximately $18 to $35. While these aren’t high money-makers, you may stand to profit since most retailed for $5-8 new. (These are my own observations as of Feb. 21, 2014. I found at least two or more listings for each beanie in that price category. Also, while some are BUY IT NOW, it’s easy to observe that there are a lot of true bids on the Boos. To re-cap, it’s not like these should be listings that someone just threw on Ebay hoping for the moon…)
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Clover the Lamb
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Sapphire the Zebra (Justice Exclusive)
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Blueberry the Purple Monkey
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – King the Lion
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Spike the Hedgehog
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Gobbler the Turkey
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Nibbles the Guinea Pig
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Cashmere the White Cat
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Phantom the Ghost (2011)
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Swoops the Bat
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Tuffy the Dog
▪ Ty Beanie Boo – Diva the Bichon Frise Dog
Recently, I’ve seen HIGH-priced listings for this little guy:
▪Ty Beanie Boo – Treasure the Unicorn
Another great thing about selling the Beanie Boos is they’re easy to ship. Since they’re stuffed, there is little that can happen to them in the mail. And, with Ebay’s options for printing labels right off your listings (at an Ebay discount), shipping doesn’t cut too much into your profit margins. You can even re-use old packaging, bubble envelopes or boxes to help ‘recycle’ and, again, so you make the most profit.
Keep an eye out for these cuties! Some small-time grocery stores may have boxes of them left on the shelves, as most entered stores around 2009 to 2012.
Perhaps you’ll see some like new ones at jumble or rummage sales.
Word of caution: Pay attention to the tags. While there may be a few Beanie Boo unicorns, only the Treasure unicorn seems to be worth anything at this point. The U.S. and U.K. sometimes have different available versions.
Of course, you could always take a risk. Buy available beanies off of the TY website, as most are $5 including shipping. Perhaps they will eventually retire, and you can make some fast cash!