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I want to sell Precious Moment figures, does anyone know how to find the value of them without their boxes? Is there a website?
By Kat from PA
If you are looking at a price at which you paid for it, not going to happen. I am one of those out there adding to my snowbaby collections etc. I just picked up 'new' boxed stuff at a garage sale for $4 per item that I know were $30+. I watch online too. It is important when you collect things to think forever when you buy them. Same thing back in the 80s when people bought these plates, sold as get your money back when you resell them. Not. So they go for a buck or two at garage sales, ebay. What one person considers a treasure, another might think dust magnet.
Unfortunately there are just too many Precious Moments out there so I don't think they are that valuable. I suppose they are worth about as much as someone is willing to pay and that may not be too much :-( I too have quite a few that I don't care about now and wish I'd never collected. Ebay is great but with it came lots of competition for selling collectibles.
I went on retiredpreciousmoments.com and it lists the value, and their sale price. I have not compared them to closed e-bay auctions yet.
We have just inherited approximately 100 figurines still in the boxes. I have no idea what they are worth. I have been told a lot are rare and limited edition items.
Precious Moments are all over the board in value. Some appreciated, some not. Having the box and original packaging adds to the value.
The free way to check value is to do a search on eBay completed auctions for each piece. Be sure to match exact size, condition, and box staus.
Only use sold auctions as that gives you current market value. Value is selling price + postage (knowing buyer pays postage). Never use asking price, only sold as it tells you what people will actually pay for an item.
The search goes quickly, just type precious moments into the ebay search and keep it clicked on sold. Then you just chnge the figurine name.
Set up a simple list with name and selling price and shipping and use that as a reference if you're planning to sell on them.
With as many as you have, you could call out the high value ones and sell on their own, then sell the others in lots that add up to less than $50, which is how much insurance you get with USPS priority mail.
If you are planning to insure, ask your rep if you need an appraisal. I did a yellow pages search below to help you find a good appraiser:
I hope this helps get you started in valuing the collection.
You have a treasure trove of lovely figurines but to assess their true value will be a very time consuming feat. Most of the figurines will probably sell for under $25 but you may also have a more valuable one in the bunch so you will have to make up your mind about either checking value of each one or blindly listing them in lots of 25-50-100.
as far as taking them for appraisal it never hurts to try going to an antiques dealer or vintage toy shop to see what they say. A cursory online search for a place does not show me much.
According to this article, shops are not interested in these things www.thestreet.com/
HOwever there are still people who love and value these things and want to acquire them. The best way to find them is to become an ebay seller
If your idea is to monetize them, thank your relative for giving you an instant ebay store. YOu now occupy a very specific niche.
If you want to actually resell them