Gather up your old toys to make some money

Gather up your old toys to make some money
Gather up your old toys to make some money

HOUSTON – From Cabbage Patch Kids to Transformers, if you or your children saved any of your old toys, you may be sitting on a small fortune. The owner of a Houston vintage toy store says business is booming during the pandemic, with customers trading in their childhood treasures for cash every day.

Which toys are in demand?

“Anything, I would say, from 2000 to now,” answered Daniel Blackbird, owner of Misfit Toys in Montrose, the Heights and West Houston. “Those toys are becoming very popular again.”

He lists these five brands as the “holy grail” of toys:

  • Transformers
  • Thundercats
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Star Wars
  • GI Joe

How much can you make from your old toys?

It depends on the popularity of the toy, how many are still around and what shape it’s in. You can find out in just a few minutes but taking it in for an evaluation. You could walk out with cash in hand or a store credit. Blackbird says he typically pays about half what he thinks he can sell your items for. For example, a Cabbage Patch Kid still in the box will sell for about $100. He would pay you about $50 and sell it for $100.

He determines the value of your item while you wait by looking it up on eBay, Amazon and toy collector sites. You can do all of that too before you take toys in so you know how much you should get.


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