The folks at ty really had us fooled when they convinced us that our assortment of small, stuffed animals would someday be worth a fortune. Whether you were an avid collector or had no interest in the dolls, you likely owned at least two Beanie Babies, based solely on the fact that they were everywhere. In toy stores, in grocery stores, at McDonalds being given as gifts and being collected by fanatics, it was simply Beanie Baby Fever. The fascination with these things is hard to understand because they really didn’t do anything noteworthy. They didn’t light up, they didn’t make noise and because of their lack of size they didn’t even make good cuddle buddies — which is kind of the purpose of stuffed animals. Regardless, they were massively popular and everyone was led to believe that one day, their Beanie Babies would be worth a fortune. It wasn’t until about 1999 that the hype died down and people realized they’d spent too many years and too much money investing on this fad obsession with these undersized, overpriced plush beanbags. Any unfortunate 90s kid who still owns a Beanie Baby collection may as well hold onto them at this point and simply hope that one day, for some unforeseeable reason they’ll be worth more than 50 cents at the Swap Meet. Until then, let them gather dust on your shelves along side your Pokémon cards.
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