How to Sell Vintage Toys

Sell old toys to fund the purchase of new ones.

People sell vintage toys for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a large collection you need to sell due to a move. Maybe you inherited some vintage toys you do not want. Perhaps you have set yourself up as a merchant of vintage toys and need to know how to move them. Whatever your reason for wanting to sell vintage toys, there are plenty of places where you can find buyers.

Find the Right Venues to Sell Vintage Toys

Put your listings on eBay (see Resources below). Placing a listing on eBay will expose it to more potential buyers than even the most expensive targeted marketing campaign.

Advertise locally. If packing and shipping the toys you sell isn't for you, you may want to stick to selling to the local area. In that case, taking out an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper or placing a free ad on Craigslist (see Resources below) is a good option.

Get on board--on message boards, that is. There are plenty of message boards on the Internet that are devoted to toys of all kinds. Toy enthusiasts post regularly to these boards, asking questions and sharing stories. Most boards have a section for buying and selling toys. Place a post here to let others know what you have to offer. A good place to find a toy discussion board is on EZ Boards (see Resources below).

Place an ad in a collectors' magazine. A visit to your local bookstore or library is all the research you need to do to find out what magazines exist that are devoted to the type of toys you have to sell. Find the telephone number of the advertising department for your chosen magazine (it's usually listed in the first few pages) and give them a call to place your ad.

Set up a table at a convention. Using Internet message boards or collectors' magazines, you can find out if there are any toy conventions coming up in your area. If there are, contact the organizers about setting up a vendor's table at the convention. You can use this table to sell your toys to convention attendees.


Beware of fraudulent bids. This can be a problem on eBay, especially when the bidding gets high (as it often does for rare items). Protect yourself by requiring payment prior to sending the item to the buyer.

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