|Mon Nov 5 2012 11:30:51|
5 Hot Sleeper Toys Anyone Can Sell - Except One
By: Julia Wilkinson
We're in November and the holiday push has begun. But whether you sell shoes, car parts, cell phones or antique lamps, one category of things everyone can get in on the holiday selling fun with is toys. And wherever you source - you may be combing through your kids' old playthings or hitting up thrift stores - here are some of the best-selling "Old Faithfuls" that I and other sellers I know have done very well with. And, here's the kicker: they're not hard to come across! Except one. Read on to learn which.
- "Trivial Pursuit" Game - even the original Genus edition. Any of these games in new or very good condition are worth grabbing -- the 25th Anniversary edition, the Classic Rock edition, heck, even the "Totally 80s" edition. But the original "Genus" edition brings back memories for those of us who remember when the thing first came out and was ubiquitous at parties. New and new condition Genus games are selling on Amazon for $27 - $79.95.
- Legos, especially Star Wars. Look at the results from a search on "Legos" in the Google Keywords Tool: "star wars legos": 1,830,000 monthly searches; along with "legos star wars" and "starwars legos."
Speaking of the Google Keywords Tool to do selling research, did anybody notice (or care) when the eBay Pulse went bye-bye?
- Doll Clothes. These are everywhere, and they're just fun. They can be worth more than you think. Whether Barbie or other brands, collectors are looking for these. A recent lot on eBay described as including "makers like barbie and pepper, and a Betsy McCall's Pretty Pac, most or the clothes are by unknown makers" went for $517.50. I'm not saying you'll get that for what you find, but if you see them while you're out and the price is low, they might wind up paying for a new outfit for you.
- "Scene It?" Games. There are a lot of variations of these games, and I have found many of these still new in shrinkwrap at thrift stores. My theory is that kids receive them as birthday gifts and just don't want them, or aren't into board games, so their parents drop them off at charity shops.
- And the Last One Is...here we come to number 5, the "except one" of the toys anyone can sell. I say "except one" because these aren't easy to find. They even have "hidden" in their name. I'm talking about...Hidden Mickey dolls! These are plush toys that have a hidden "Mickey Mouse" face sewn in somewhere; on a paw or what have you. A pink one recently sold for $1300 on eBay. So keep your eyes..and Mickey ears..out for that one.
What toys do you sell consistently, if you sell toys? Are any of them surprising? And while we're at it, do you miss the eBay Pulse tool? Post a comment here!