The Beanie Baby Bubble and Bust

Back in the mid-1990s, people were buying up Beanie Babies, not as toys, but as investments. The collectable stuffed animals were supposed to rise in value, especially when a particular model was "retired" from manufacture. A book published in 1998 catalogued the available models and predicted how much they would rise in value in ten years. The speculation in Beanie Babies seems laughable now, as models that were predicted to bring in thousands of dollars are now available on eBay for a few dollars. Link

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I loved the beanie baby craze. It was really fun to go hunting for "rares" and finding them at flea markets, yard sales or taking a trip to small towns near the canada border where they had some semi-rare ones still on shelves. It was just a fun thing to do. For me it was never about the value, It was just a fun time, and a good excuse to get out of the house and off on a scavenger hunt/shopping adventure. I ended up giving all mine away to my Nephew. I kept one rare I found though, just because it has a story attached to it. Fun times. We need another fun fad like that.
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As someone who worked at McDonalds at the height of the Beanie Baby and Bear Happy Meal craze I can attest to how insane it was.

Nowadays I buy Beanie Babies for a dollar or two at thrift stores to use for Cosplay props.
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