Selling plush stuffed animals is easy, fun, and profitable. Chances are, you have some of these cuddly critters lying around the house, and you’d be shocked how easy it is to turn stuffed animals into cash.
Are you wondering how to sell used stuffed animals for extra cash? Whether you want the cash to add to your emergency fund, invest, or pay off debt, selling plush stuffed animals can help you reach your goals.
This article will explain why lots of people collect high dollar plush and the best types of used stuffed animals to sell.
Do you need to make an extra $500 or $1000 this year? You might not believe it, but it’s not hard to find this one thing around the house, at your mom’s home, or at garage sales and thrift stores. And you can easily resell these for profits you can use to pay bills, invest in the stock market, or just save in a high yield savings account.
What is it? PLUSH!
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Selling Plush Stuffed Animals as a Side Hustle
That’s right. Stuffed animals, stuffies, plush toys are more than for little kids – they can bring some serious cash. Lots of people collect high dollar plush, and they’re willing to buy it from you for money.
Why Is Plush So Valuable
Many people want to relive the memories and feelings of their childhood. Everyone had plentiful plush in their kid bedrooms. Maybe the plush you loved kept you company after school. Maybe a beloved grandparent gifted you a stuffed animal you lost somewhere along the way. Or maybe you just loved that stuffy because it’s a remembrance of a simpler time.
Selling plush stuffed animals is profitable because people want to reclaim their childhoods.
I Made $1200 Last Year Selling Plush
It’s true! I resold plush only on Ebay and sold approximately $1200 in stuffed toy sales, $300 in the last 90 days alone. Plush can be a gold mine if you know the right niches – and stay far away from very common plush such as Beanie Babies!
Plush is one of my favorite things to sell because it is easy to ship and store. In most cases, a box isn’t required to ship plush. Tape, polybags, and shipping bags are all you need to run a profitable operatin selling plush stuffed animals.
At the minimum, you will need some packing tape (this is my favorite kind on Amazon). I also package my items in clear plastic bags called polybags. These are the ones I buy on Amazon. I find they’re a great buy since they have a variety of sizes in one package. Get yourself a tape gun and some bubble mailers or boxes, and you’re ready to ship.
Once the item sells, neatly package the item and ship it to the buyer. Most apps will let you buy postage online and then print it from a home computer.
Make sure when you’re choosing plush to sell that you select toys that are generally clean and free of odors and holes. Sometimes plush with flaws will still sell, but you’ll always get a higher price for items in good condition. If you need to clean a plush, use a gentle dish soap and a soft rag to spot clean.
Anyone can sell plush on Ebay or through Facebook marketplace. It’s the simplest thing you can sell.
Where to Buy Plush for Resale
Selling plush stuffed animals means you need to find plush to sell. Selling plush stuffed animals for cash is easy because it’s often overlooked – people have more plush on their hands than they know how to deal with! I find plush to resell at thrift stores, yard and garage sales, rummage sales, and church sales.
Your childhood home is another great place to score some vintage plush. If your mom or dad or grandma was the type to save your childhood toys, rescue those stuffed animals from the attic and turn them into some cash.
How Much Are Stuffed Animals Worth?
So what plush stuffed animals should you sell? The best way to find out if an item has good resale value is to look it up on Ebay. Simply type the name brand of the plush in the search – ie, Fisher Price Cow plush. If there’s a year, include that in your search, too. If you get too many results, add color, size, etc.
Then toggle on the Sold listings button. That shows you how much plush actually sold for, not just its listed price. This should give you an idea of how much you would get for your plush, too.
The Best Stuffed Animals to Sell
Not just any plush has significant value. For the most part, plush sold by retailers such as Target or Walmart have very little value because they are mass produced. Beanie Babies in general are cute to look at, but only a very few are valuable. Please, save your time and don’t bother with Beanie Babies.
And if you can get plush that still has the tags on it, be sure to charge more – it will be even more valuable to collectors.
There are a few categories of plush I find to be particularly valuable to sell used stuffed animals. You can often find these at garage sales and thrift stores:
Vintage Plush from the 1980s and 1990s – Gen Xers and Millennials are now trying to recreate their childhoods. The plush they had from that time is often worth some serious cash. Look for bright neon colors and brand names of toy manufacturers, such as Kenner, Coleco, and Hallmark. Plush affiliated with 80s and 90s TV shows and movies can be great pickups! For example, I’ve sold Alf from the TV show of the same name multiple times for $50+. If you can find the stuffed Pat Pat Rocket from the discontinued Little Einsteins TV show, you can sell it for $100+.
Disney Store Plush, Especially Villains – Plush with the Disney Store logo on the tush can be valuable due to the popularity of the movies and characters. Villains are usually the most valuable! For example, Sully and Mikey from Monsters Inc will bring about $15 profit each regularly – but Randall, the villain from that movie, brings closer to $40.
Baby Blankets / Loveys – If you’re a parent whose child has lost their favorite lovey, you’ll pay big money to get the same one. Small love objects for infants and babies often fetch good money on Ebay. Look for ones with a minky or satin feel.
Extremely Large Plush – Hugfun giant bears and Douglas brand dogs, goats, and penguins come in life size versions and can go for hundreds to collectors. Keep in mind that these plush can be a hassle to store (but they may be priced right for profit because thrift stores don’t want to house them either). Extra large Disney characters also bring some great side hustle cash.
Old Plush with Rubber Faces – If you see a plush with a tag that says “Rushton” pick it up! Vintage rubber face plush can be valuable. These dolls, made in the 1950s and 60s, are highly collectible.
Anime Plush – Pokemon, Digimon, and other anime plush often bring big bucks. You’ll have to make sure you have a licensed character plush, and not a cheap carnival fair version, which won’t be worth much. Looking at the tag and comparing it to the sold listings on Ebay helps.
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Have you ever sold used stuffed animals? What was the best stuffed animal you ever sold?
Dolores Latsch says
I have stuffed animals and dolls how do I know the value of them
Practical Cash says
Hi Dolores, your best bet is to type the brand/type in Ebay. Then click Sold/Completed Listings boxes at the left side (or Filter by Sold/Completeds on mobile phone in Ebay app). That will give you the best idea of what things are actually selling for (as opposed to what people are listing them for; there is a difference). People can list for whatever crazy price, but that doesn’t mean that is the market value for an item.
For example, search for Bandai Batman plush and look at completed/solds. Hope that helps!