What to do with Beanie Babies??

August 8, 2009

Beanie Baby Kaleidoscope by lyle58

Beanie Baby Kaleidoscope by lyle58

Do you have boxes and boxes of Beanies?  I hate to even bring up this topic, because it makes me cringe.  I think that LilSis and SisMama feel the same way.  We fell victim to the hysteria that surrounded Beanie Babies, and we absolutely wish we never had.  Now, what the heckie darn do we do with all of them?  I have boxes and boxes taking up room that I don’t have, and I’d love to find a solution to the overpopulation problem.

I have three ideas so far, and obviously I’m not sold on any of them since I haven’t done a ding dang thing yet:

  • Send the Beanies to the Beanies for Baghdad project. You send the Beanies to this organization, and they ship them to our military personnel overseas to give away to little kids who have so very little.  I wonder if this is still a viable option, since the president is talking about withdrawal timelines.  Once they arrive, could we be sure there would still be a purpose, a distribution channel and a home for them?
  • Take them to children’s hospitals.  I’ve heard that hospitals aren’t always thrilled about taking in Beanies because they can’t be sure they haven’t been played with, and they can’t risk introducing any additional germs into the hospital environment.  Are there any nurses out there who might know about this?
  • Try to sell them.  In this economic market, however, it’s the worst possible time to try to sell a collectible item.  It’s totally a buyer’s market, and prices are way down.  I also think demand is too low and the supply is too high.  This idea seems useless to me.  I’d much rather donate them than fiddle around with selling them for a song.

So, if you have tried any of these ideas or if you have any other solutions, I (we) would LOVE to hear them!!  I don’t want to just impulsively trash all these Beanies to get them out of my way … heaven knows how much money I invested.  But if they could be put to good use somehow, I think it would be selfish of me to hang onto them.  Help!


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12 Comments so far

  1. Posted by LilSis

    August 8, 20099:57 am

    I may have a hard time getting rid of all my bears, but I really would like to find a good home for all the others. :-)

  2. Posted by noble pig

    August 9, 20099:35 am

    OMG I have boxes and boxes of them too. Ugh.
    .-= noble pig´s last blog post … Food on Film =-.

  3. Posted by BigSis

    August 9, 20099:50 am

    Hey, LilSis. I like the bears too. For a while, I was only buying the bears and nothing else.

  4. Posted by BigSis

    August 9, 20099:51 am

    Hey NoblePig, ugh is right! What do we do now??

  5. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    August 9, 20094:17 pm

    I have a huge plastic tub of them.. YIKES not idea what to do with these…
    .-= Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer´s last blog post … B-Awesome =-.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    August 9, 20094:51 pm

    So, Cathy, since lots of us share this same affliction, why can’t we all put our heads together and find a solution? We’re smart women! There HAS to be a good answer out there! Where’s the damn answer?

  7. Posted by Abbey

    September 3, 20105:18 am

    I just took a big box of them to a charity shop-they seemed quite happy to receive them!

  8. Posted by BigSis

    September 5, 20103:54 pm

    Hi Abbey,

    Donating the beanies is a great idea, plus you get a tax deduction for it here in the US; not sure if it’s the same in the UK? Thanks for your comment!

  9. Posted by M. C.

    September 5, 201011:01 am

    So – has anyone figured out what to do with the little creatures? Beanies for Baghdad was still taking them as of a month or so ago, but you have to pay for shipping them someplace. Probably costs a bundle. I haven’t checked though. I have boxes of them (new condition, never played with) that I really need to find a home for. Would love to come up with something creative that puts them in the hands of children.

  10. Posted by BigSis

    September 5, 20103:56 pm

    Hi M.C.,

    I’m still thinking about what to do with mine. I have boxes of new ones like you, and I’d also love to put them to good use. My mom used a bunch of hers this year. Her church was making Easter baskets for nursing home residents, so she included one of her beanies in each one. I think that’s a pretty good idea!

    Thanks for your comment!

  11. Posted by Dogwalker

    July 10, 20122:25 pm

    I work in the Assistance League Tucson Thrift shop and donated Beanie Babies sell like hot cakes! We gat $2.50 for the average beanies and more for larger or limited editions. The money then goes to buy new clothes for underprivileged children in the community. It’s a win/win: you get them out of your life and their sale enriches the lives of others.

  12. Posted by BigSis

    July 24, 20127:29 pm

    I hadn’t really thought of donating them to a thrift shop, Dogwalker. I’m really glad to know that they sell well. We have lots of thrift stores here so I’ll check that out. Thanks for the idea!

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