You might find it hard to believe, but there is a market for used stuffed animals. Sometimes, they’re a collector’s item or other times someone’s child may have lost their favorite stuffed animal and the parent needs an immediate replacement. Either way, there might be someone looking for the stuffed animals you consider trash.
Luckily, there isn’t as big of a market for stuffed animals in a thrift store. Actually, if you watch thrift store shoppers, 99% of them just skip right past these bins unless they have a kid with them demanding a toy. This could be a huge untapped potential with very little local competition for you.
Not all stuffed animals are going to have a high resell value so it’s imperative that you take your time and look up items on Google or the eBay app. For me, the prices are so cheap I’m not as concerned if I occasionally buy a stuffed animal that doesn’t turn a profit.
Often I don’t pay more than $1 for a stuffed animal at my local thrift stores so I have a lot of room for profit.
I’m not going to tell you the brands to watch for because they are actually all over the place. Just to mention a few, I have had success with Scentsy, Pokemon, Disney, and plush from the 80s and early 90s. I don’t see many big sales with Beanie Babies and the more common brands that are out there.
Here are some examples of what I’ve recently sold.
The last thing I love about selling stuffed animals is they’re usually really easy to ship.
So, next time you’re out thrifting, make sure you swing by the stuffed animals and see if there are any hidden treasures.