In Oronoco, MN,
our pickers were tasked with finding toys to take to auction. Picker Bene Raia
shares her tips on buying and collecting toys:
1. Consider condition
Condition, maker, and provenance are all key when it comes
to building a toy collection. Condition
is the top consideration, especially if you plan to trade up or resell, so try
to collect toys in the best condition that you can afford. For each type of
toy, there is typically a primary condition issue to be mindful of — for
example, with tin lithograph cars look for color, scratches, and dents, while with
bisque dolls, look for cracks or chips in the head, especially around the eyes.
2. Save the box/packaging
Sometimes the box is worth more
than the toy it once held! The reason why is simple: boxes are usually
discarded. That makes them rare and therefore valuable.
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