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Value of Precious Moments Figurines

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. We live in Independence Kansas. There are 3 totes full, 5' long X 18" deep X 14" H. Is there anywhere I can take them for appraisal?

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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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:

www.yellowpages.com/.../antique-appraisers

I hope this helps get you started in valuing the collection.

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

Even though it is time consuming, your best bet is to watch eBay over a period of a few months and see what they are selling for. You may want to sell the more inexpensive ones as a lot.

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July 9, 20180 found this helpful

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.

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  • Just to give you an idea of what you are up against; there are presently over 52,000 figurines (single items/several items/lots of 10 or more) listed for sale on eBay.
  • Over the past several months there have been over 17,000 items sold so that represents about 1/3 of the items listed as selling. This will be all prices - up and down the scale.
  • Here are the links to eBay listings and asking prices (not true value as not sold).
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570...
  • Here are the items sold over the past several months. Sold price in green color (unless best price chosen).
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570...
  • This last link is a good place to start looking for your individual items - by name on the box - name must match completely. Items in boxes are always more valuable than just the figurine.
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  • You may find an appraiser in your city but they will charge you a high figure for this many items and for true value they may have to do the same thing as you - check each one out on eBay.
  • Hiring an appraiser may take a big chunk of your potential profit so why not invest some time and keep the inherited money for yourself?
  • Having a lot of these figurines is really not very unusual as many people have collected these over the years - usually hoping that one day some of them would be valuable.
  • Here is an example of how some sellers sell a "lot" (more than 2 items in a listing).
  • www.ebay.com/.../132409386560?hash=item1ed436e640...
  • There are other sites that sell these figurines (Etsy for one) but none can compare with eBay sales. Etsy may have less than 10,000 items compared to eBay's 52,000 listings. eBay always has the largest number of sales of items like this.
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  • You can also think about listings some of your items on Craigslist as there are usually no fees charged to private individual sellers.
  • Here is one sites discussion about the value of these figurines.
  • www.today.com/.../precious-moments-figurine-could-be...
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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

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/.../5-completely-worthless-collectibles... "There are three kinds of items antiques dealers and consignment shops simply refuse to accept: Norman Rockwell plates, Precious Moments figurines and Beanie Babies."

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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

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