If you collect antique toys, you are just one of many such collectors scattered through the world. What was once an obscure niche community has really blossomed in recent years to include groups almost everywhere.
Buyers bargain online and in person. And you might be shocked to discover what some seemingly innocuous toy might draw on the worldwide market. Even within the subcategories of toy collectors there is great money to be found.
One such niche is the collections of Barbie dolls. Barbie has been around for a very long time and has been consistently popular year over year. So it is no surprise the sheer number of toys that exist and the furor that follows their collection and sale.
Another popular old-time toy is the classic jack-in-the-box. This is another subcategory of collectible, since they were very popular at one point in time, but have become all but obsoleset in modern days. But the old ones have experienced an upsurge in popularity related to their obscurity.
Another category of collectible toy is the subset of baseball memorabilia. From baseball cards to balls and gloves, an including even baseball-style windups or models, these types of toys seem to never go down in popularity. This is gratifying for their collectors who rarely see their investments go down in value.
Some people believe that a toy's value is destroyed if it is not in the utmost condition. This is not necessarily true. Toys may have some scuffs or scratches and still be extremely valuable to some people. Value is not just tied to the care of the particular item.
The collecting of antique toys and other playthings just seems to become more and more popular as time goes on. Who knows why. It may be that adults are more nostalgic for days gone by, or it may just be an increased interest in things that seem to go up in value. Whatever the case, toy collecting is something that seems to be around forever and will be for some time to come.
Whatever you are personally fascinated by this practice or not, you should always know that there may be someone out there who will pay big money to get ahold of what you think is just trash.