How long have you been hanging on to your old toys? Your kids may be getting to the point where they don't want to even acknowledge them, much less play with them. You may even still have tons of old junk down in the basement dating back to your own school days. If you do finally decide to get rid of them, how will you plan to go about it?
Decide What's Valuable and What Isn't
Perhaps the smartest thing to do will be to decide what items are valuable in an economic as well as sentimental sense. There may be a few articles that you just can't throw away under any circumstances. But if you're reading this, chances are good that there is plenty of junk that you are finally ready to give the heave-ho to.
So now the question becomes one of deciding what kind of economic return you may be able to get on some of your old toys. You are bound to have a few that may well have seen an amazing increase in value over the course of the past few years. For example, your old Transformers G1 toys are now worth a great deal more than the price you paid for them.
You can check out a few handy price guides as well as plenty of online price sites on the web. These are the areas where you can get the lowdown on what has increased in value over the years. You may be surprised to learn that a few of your old toys have suddenly become classic collector's items that will bring you some much-needed cash.
Host a Special Yard Sale for Toys
After you decide which toys you want to keep and which ones you want to get rid of, you will have a whole new issue. What do you to get rid of the ones you don't want to keep? There are a number of quick and easy fixes that you can adopt. These are ways that can allow you to make a bit of money on toys you may have thought were worthless.
One of the best things you can do to get rid of your old toys is to host a yard sale. This may be a quick and easy way to pawn off some of your old junk on neighbors who may be collectors. They may have kids of their own or they are simply nostalgic.
Whatever the reason may be, if they decide they can make room for toys you want to get rid of, all the better. As noted above, you can check the price guides to determine if you hold anything of value. Most of your stuff is bound to be pretty much junk that will sell for a dollar. But you may have some gems you need to dispose of elsewhere.
Put Your Valuable Toys on the Web
If you went through the price guide expecting to find nothing, you may have been very pleasantly surprised. As it turns out, you may really have a few old toys that are well worth putting up for sale.
At this point, you have a few options that you can consider. You can put them up for auction at E-bay or any number of other websites. Putting your toys up for auction on the web may bring you a number of very key benefits.
For one, you will certainly be able to enjoy a high return on investment you or your parents may have made many decades ago. For another, it's a great way to clean your home and invest a very tidy profit into your bank account. The time to reap this reward is now.
It's Time to Clean Up Your Act
At the end of the day, what you are really looking for is a chance to clean up your act. You may be moving to a new location and don't have time to be weighed down by a ton of junk. Your kids may be leaving home to go to college or you want more space in your home for other things. Selling your old toys is the right way to clean your home.