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How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part V)

As your collection grows, you’ll have to find a space to put your teddy’s. 

Insure the collection once it becomes valuable

Things happen, like fire, burglary, flood, your child’s crayons, etc. Getting insurance is a way of at least getting back some of the value of your valuable collection should the inconceivable happen. If you’re going to put money into items for collecting, insurance must always be a part of your costs

Displaying your collection

Make space for your collection

The more bears you collect, obviously the more space you need. Unlike coins, stamps, or trading cards, bears take up lots of space. Therefore, you have to think about where they can be placed and whether you can give up a corner of a room in your house for putting the bears on display. Once you have serious collector numbers, the bears will start to take over.

Pick a proper display case or shelving for the teddy bear collection

Display cases or cabinets behind glass are great. They aid in keeping off dust while offering shelves for the bears to be organized on. Also, the glass lets everyone view it with ease. Shelving can be used as well. However, if it’s open to the air, you’ll have to dust off the teddies on a regular basis.  Lockable display units can be practical to stop the intrusion of little dirty hands. 

Know what not to do when displaying bears

The following things should be regarded when displaying teddy bears:

  • Don’t display them in open sunlight or close to a heat source. Both will make the bears deteriorate and/or fade.
  • Make sure that moths can’t get to your teddy bears. There are lots of moth-ridding resolutions you can use around the teddy bears. Don’t put any chemical substances on the teddy bears themselves.
  • Keep the bear display area clean. Frequently clean the display area and softly brush away dust from the teddy bears.

How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part IV)

Make sure to keep the tags and original packaging on your teddy bears.

Check the bear’s label 

Labels, if they are still on the bear, will typically be found on their arm or in the ear of the teddy bear. Early bears didn’t each time come with labels, and homemade bears usually lack them as well. Labels can aid you in identifying the origins and make of the bear. Though, be cautious of fake labels if the bear is pricey.

Note the condition of your teddy bears 

Much-loved bears have a habit of getting holes, patches, and stitches. This doesn’t mean they’re not collectible. However, it does mean that you must be mindful of the possibility that the bear has fragilities and if it’s a vintage collectible, this can modify the value.

Inspect for tears, split seams, rips, and poor repair work. These can lessen the value of the teddy bear.

Look under clothing on dressed bears to see what it might be hiding by way of repairs or replaced bear parts.

Is it faded? Over time bears fade. Inspect the color beneath joints or spots under clothing and compare to the exposed parts of the bear to see how much fading has taken place.

Upkeeping your collection

Keep tags in place 

If buying brand new teddy bears just for the sake of having a collection, keep all tags in place and keep the boxes or another packaging too. These can all raise the value of the teddy bear. If you don’t have room for boxes, open them with care and pack them flat somewhere safe from disturbance and insects.

Ensure that the teddy bears are properly looked after

Teddy bear collections are more treasured when the bears forming the collection are preserved in as good a condition as possible, in spite of make, age, and rarity.


How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part III)

You might find your next collectible bear at a toy auction.

Check auctions 

Both real-time and online in-house auctions (particularly toy auctions) will usually have an assortment of bears that you can search through and decide to bid on. Don’t forget to stay within your budget and have your highest bid set. Don’t let your emotions overtake your budget when bidding on bears. Regardless of how rare that bear, remind yourself if it goes over your highest bid point that there will be some other jewel of a bear that you can meet the expense of some other time. It might not be the same bear, but you’ll have a complete budget.

Ask for donations of teddy bears

This might result in bears that you’re not so eager on, but it is a way to get teddy bears that might have a long history and could be either very valuable or sentimental or valuable. Ask loved ones to donate any of their unwanted teddy bears to you.

Leave “wanted” messages on sites like Freecycle or any other forum online where asking for freebies is okay. Put an ad in the newspaper asking for unwanted teddy bears for your collection. Be aware that folks might expect to be paid if you advertise, so make it clear that it’s just donations.

Be wise to the crucial things about collectible bears 

Even if you’re just collecting bears for non-monetary reasons, it’s still vital to get bears that are worth the money you spent for them. This article details some of the things to take notice of, particularly if you are parting with a good amount of money for a collector’s bear.

Check the bear’s features

The older the bear, the more its features might have altered over time, diminishing its collectible value. This isn’t to say the bear isn’t worth having. It just means that the price has to be fair. 


How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part II)

A teddy bear collection could put some money in your pocket eventually. 

Discover as much as you can about collecting the sort of teddy bears you’re collecting. 

This is vital since it helps you to work out if you’re paying a good price for teddies you’d like to add to your collection, as well as knowing what to look for when it comes to accessories, tags, etc.

Get a teddy bear identifier or guide. This is a book with very good photographs of the types of teddy bears along with detailed information about the background (the date, height, manufacturer, country of origin, etc.) and other info that assists you in identifying the bears. Get a couple of these from various decades. Things change over the years and even current books might be missing some critical information. 

Sadly, as with any sort of collectibles, there are phonies when the stakes are high. By understanding what things have to form the parts of the teddy bear, you are more likely to realize how to spot fake teddy bears than someone who hasn’t done their research.

Buy teddy bears direct from the retailer or manufacturer 

For modern bears that are still being made, these sources are your top choices. Always retain your purchase receipts. If you have any issues with the teddy bear, you can return the bear and either ask for it to be repaired or replaced. 

Check out flea markets, antique stores, and thrift stores for older bears 

You never know what you may find in any of these sources. Therefore, this entails plenty of rummaging and hope. It’s fun to look in these places as you might discover a very special teddy.

Get acquainted with your local antique sellers who stock toys like teddy bears. If you let them know what you’re looking for, several of them will be eager to keep an eye out for you when they do their purchasing. It’s an extra source of help for your collection.

How to Collect Teddy Bears (Part I)

Teddy bears and one of the cutest collections you can have.

Teddy bears have been collectibles for a long time, from the classic to a simple home-loved collection of teddies one has found here and there over time. It doesn’t matter what your reason for collecting teddy bears, there are many things to think about when doing so, from picking the bears through to keeping them in mint condition and exhibiting them correctly. Collecting teddy bears can be a lifetime’s passion if you decide to get into it in a big way. Or, it can just be something to do for fun.

Decide what type of collection you’re interested in having. 

This may be contingent on your interests, regardless if you have a purposeful or sentimental collecting intention in mind. Ultimately, the why and the how you desire to collect teddy bears is completely up to you. It is just when you want to be sure that your collection is valuable that you want to pay more attention to some of the guidelines about careful collecting. Some examples of possible ways to collect teddy bears include:

Collect teddies that you like. These don’t have to be valuable, just attractive and kept in good condition. They can be bears from Build-a-Bear or other bear businesses. They can also be any teddy bear that you just happen to like. While classifying a bear collection is okay for some folks, being diverse in your bear choices or driven to own as many teddy bears as possible are just as okay reasons for your collecting style as honing in on a specific style or type of bear.

Collect teddies with sentimental value. This means keeping the teddy bears that you and loved ones have owned over the years. 

Collect teddies that have a value from the start. For instance, Boyd Bears, Vermont Teddy Bears, Steiff Bears, Bearington Bears, Mary Meyers, Gund, or Care Bears.


Disney Figurines Collecting (Part II) 

How can I start collecting Disney figurines?

To begin collecting Disneyana collectibles, the first thing to do is find a guide that includes a vast variety of Disney collectibles. A pocket-size Disney guide will suffice. There are numerous Disney figurines to pick from but the best ones have photos, detailed descriptions, and item value. Disney figurines value differ in sizes, designs, shapes, materials, and brands.

Collectible Disney figures can be bought on some websites. There are many websites that sell Disney figurines. It could either be for auctions or for sale. Disney figurines are sold by authorizing figurine dealers. Be cautious of the fake dealers. You can pick from these different manufacturers such as Swarovski, Armani, Lladro figurines, Royal Doulton figurines, and Disney Company.

Before buying Disney figurines, it is smart to look for the different price lists and the background of the figurines you are purchasing. Disney collectible figurines differ according to design, price, shape, size, materials used, and maker of the figurines.

You can get a 101 Dalmations figurine.

The most popular size of collectible Disney figures is the miniature. These collectible Disney pieces are very affordable. They come in various designs and styles depicting the various characters of Disney cartoon films.

Here are a few Disney movie characters that are depicted: Bambi, Donald Duck, Goofy, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Fantasia, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderella.

There were also Armani Disney figurines. These exquisitely crafted figurines appear exactly like princes and princesses in Walt Disney films. The price of these highly detailed and marvelously crafted figurines go from $250 up to $4,000.

These talented sculpted Disney cartoon characters have been very successful in the figurine world and in the collector industry. Llandro Disney figures go in price from $400 to $3,500.

Disney Figurines Collecting (Part I)

Disney cartoon films captured our hearts since it first appeared to the public. We collect Disney films because we enjoy watching them over and over again. Other folks collect anything that comes from Disney films.

The term Disneyana is what Disney collectibles such as books, toys, animation celluloid, themed-park souvenirs, etc. Disneyana hobbyists rose throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Earlier, Disney Company licensed other manufacturing companies to create Disney figures. But in 1992, Disney Company began to make their Disney collectible figures. Disney figurines come in various types, brand, design,

This couple is shopping in a souvenir shop, I wonder if they’ll find any Disney figurines.

materials, artist, stamp mark, etc.

Disney figurines collecting

Disney collectible figurines have an exciting connotation among people. They bring back childhood memories of those lovable and fun Disney cartoons or even the happiness of vacationing at Disney World.

Disney classics collection caught not only the attention of collectors but of collectible shops and antique shops.

Some figurines in the Disney collection are made from porcelain and the process is just like making Hummel figurines. Disney figurine created from porcelain is molded and fired in an oven. They are then painted and fired once more.

Collectible Disney figurines spend months or even years in the production process. The Disney company wants to be sure that the sculpture is exactly like the original character in the film. Others are made from clay, glass, ceramic, plastic, etc.

In 1993, Disney started the Walt Disney Collectors Society. The increasing values and quality of limited Disney figures and rare Disney figurines have enticed a huge number of collectors. Collecting figurines of Disney denotes their youthful days and a love for Disney characters.

In 1995 Disney introduced the Enchanted Places, background scenes from their most famous animated films. To go with the Enchanted Places series, Disney introduced miniature figures, designed by world-famous miniature artist Robert Olszewski.


Making Money Collecting Barbie Dolls

Like so many other collectibles, Barbie’s magnetism holds true for both children and adults, especially adults who, as kids, weren’t allowed or couldn’t afford a Barbie of their own.

The possibility for any Barbie fan to make a personal, unique collection is limitless. The question is, where to begin? First, make sure you know the three eras of Barbie dolls: Vintage (1959 – 72), The Modern (after 72), and Collectible (1986).

Vintage Barbie

Look for dolls that are not the same. A difference in hair style or eye color can make them more valued. Try to keep your dolls and outfits boxed. Don’t play with them! Though you can sell unboxed dolls, boxed examples always get more money. For this reason many Barbie collectors buy two of every doll, one to play with and one to leave in the box.

There are three main types of collector: Collectible, Vintage, and Pink Box collectors. And because there is such a vast range of Barbies to select between, collectors usually specialize in one small area.

Vintage means made before ‘72. Check the country of manufacture to give you an indication of a doll’s age. Before ‘73 Barbies were made in Mexico, Taiwan, and the US. Pink Box Barbies are toys particularly made for kids and are vastly available, though they aren’t as valuable as the older ones.

The trick for collectors is to foresee the ones that will become future collectibles. This is a difficult thing to do, but, as a rule, go for the models that are most treasured by today’s children. They are the ones who will pay in 20 years for the Barbies they weren’t allowed as kids.

Whichever you decide to stick with, 70s Barbies, ethnic Barbies, or Barbie footwear, the crucial thing to remember is to enjoy the dollars. If not, there really isn’t any point.