Collecting antique toys is not just for kids; even adults invest a lot of time and money on antique toys.
Collectors with a passion for toys do so because these toys bring back fond memories of their childhood. For a few others, this is more than just about stirring up childhood memories. It is the hobby of collecting unique and rare pieces that they enjoy.
Because these are children's toys and children have sometimes reckless handling of objects the condition is a first step for the categorization. Toys were mostly mass products we need of course comparable pieces to determine a price. On the other hand, rare productions in a low number are often much more expensive.
Yes - online appraisals on toys and dolls are very common. All it requires is a good description and some infocus photos from all angles of the item. Especially images of marks or text that can determine the age is important.
When talking about antique toys, they come in all shapes and sizes. The most common types of toys that are highly sought after in the market include vintage toys, dolls, teddy bears, and model trains.
There are more classifications of toys in the market and each hold a different type of value depending on how rare these items are. Many of these toys have ceased production for many centuries now; hence, they become rare and hard to find.
Toys that are hard to find command a higher price in the market. If you want to have your vintage toys looked at for its value, you must consult qualified and expert appraisers for an honest assessment.
You can also check out the individual sections for the different types of antique toys to learn more about the factors that cause the value to go up or down.
Research is always important when involved in the business of appraising and selling antiques; hence, take the time to learn about antique toys.
Dolls are mostly hallmarked of stamped in the neck;
Tin toys mostly stamped on the reverse side;
Yes, toys with technical functions should still work;
Yes, collective toys should not be unpacked
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Answer a few simple questions and upload images of your item.
Receive a specialist's valuation by email in 24 to 48 hours.
Get help with the next steps, including consignment and sale.
Mearto offers two opportunities to sell your toy or doll based on its current fair market value:
Customers with toy or doll expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.
For customers with toy or doll valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.
To learn more about options for selling your toy or doll through Mearto, please click here.
Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.