For our final week of the 6th Annual Clutter Challenge, we are addressing Toys and Collectibles. (Next week, we’ll do a recap with all the pertinent links to every issue thus far, to make it easier for you.)
If there’s one thing we’re asked about more often than not, it’s “What do I do with my family member’s toys and collectibles?”
This is one of the areas that has a lot of nuance to it, so there isn’t one answer that applies to everyone. To begin, there are certain criteria that typically have to be met before a toy or collectible is considered to have value. That includes:
All of these things are taken into consideration when assessing a vintage toy’s value. If the item is in perfect condition, it may be easiest to re-sell online at an auction site, like eBay. If the item is in good condition and is rare, the item may do well at an auction house. However, if the item is incomplete but in good condition, it would be best to contact a toy buyer who might be interested in the toy for spare parts.
If you have toys and collectibles that you would like to sell, our suggestion is that you organize them in one area, and take a picture of the items together. That way a toy buyer can quickly scan your lot for items of value and advise you on how best to proceed. This is the easiest way to begin the process of clearing out toys and collectibles, without spending a lot of time on research and repair. A good toy buyer will know what they’re looking at very quickly. They will then be able to tell you the best solutions for your particular situation.
At CMFTO, we work with a collectibles specialist who addresses this issue for our clients, and we have found it very helpful to have an expert assess the situation. Once you know what you have, you can make a decision to: sell, donate, or discard. Ideally, you’re only discarding an item when there are no other options, and hopefully, you’re able to recycle at least part of the item.
All my best,