Friday, April 20, 2012
I Care Bear very much!
It didn't take too long before I hit pay dirt. While at Goodwill a few months ago, I spotted an employee rolling out a shopping cart full of merchandise for the shelves. From a distance I could see a clear plastic bag with some big colorful toys inside. I quickly hustled over to the cart and peered in. At first glance, it looked like a mish-mash of toys. Not sure what I was looking at, I held the bulky bag with both hands and eyeballed it like a gold prospector looking into his pan. Inside the bag I could make out a few Care Bears and a big white castle. Boo-Yah! It looked like I had a definite Care Bear score!
Once I arrived back at the MoneyintheGarage laboratories, I opened up the bag and poured all the pieces onto my photo table. Looking over the various turrets and pieces, I began to worry that the castle was incomplete. Missing pieces equals less bidders. I furiously began to locate each turret, matching them to the appropriate tower. After matching up the turrets, towers and other pieces, the castle was all accounted for. (I am not gonna lie, it's kinda fun assembling a toy castle.) My particular Castle also had working lights and music, all of which I later trumpeted in my item description. I was now a "Go" for the auction. I positioned the five Care Bears in front of the castle and snapped some photos. I posted the auction almost as quickly as I snatched the bag from the Goodwill shopping cart!
If you check completed eBay listings for Care Bear Castles, you'll see most are in the "green" with healthy sold prices. These toys are as close to a "sure thing" on eBay as you're going to get! You'll also notice that like most toys, the more pieces you have with the set, the higher the bids. My auction was right in there with the best of them. My two dollar bulky bag sold for a bulky $51 dollars! I now really care for these bears!
So keep your eye out for anything Care Bears. If you've had similar scores with these little guys let us know.
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