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Collecting Beanie Babies

October 26th, 2012 Collectibles

Remember Beanie Babies? There was a time about a decade ago when you couldn't walk into a store without seeing a bean-stuffed animal waiting for you to take it home. Though they aren't found as readily these days, there is still an active community of collectors out there. If you've been looking to start a collection, Beanie Babies may be right up your alley! Here are some tips for collecting those little tykes.

First, head to your local toy stores and see what they have. Even though you may not find any rarities at these places, they're a good way to start your collection. Just look for animals that tickle your fancy - what's most important is that you like the Beanie Babies you own. Once you've started to build up a collection, you can go out and meet other enthusiasts. Look online and see if there are any Beanie Baby shows coming up nearby. This is where you'll be able to find the rare and retired items a bit easier.

If you really want to find the rarest Beanie Babies, you can always look at online auction sites. While there is a certain thrill to finding one of them "in the wild," you may have better luck by searching on the web. Be sure to read up on which Beanies are the hardest to find and which have been retired.

Do your best to learn what an authentic Beanie Baby looks like! Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who will happily take your money in exchange for a fake item. Ask collectors who have been in the game for a long time what to look for when examining a Beanie.