Vintage Steiff bears rule the top ten list of the world’s most sought after toy collectibles. With its interesting history and designs that range from fun, catchy, classic, poignant, minimal and all around extravagant, they are no doubt items to behold. These toys are being traded and auctioned all over the globe. Some of them are pretty affordable while others can be exceedingly expensive. Of course, that will depend on several factors like design, condition and exclusivity.
If you own one, a few or an entire room of vintage Steiff teddy bears, it is but understandable as to why you will want to retain or even add value to it. After all, collecting them is not just a hobby. For others, it’s an investment and a form of business. Whatever your reasons for your collection, below are ways on how you can add and retain the value of your stuffed teddies.
- Repair when needed.
Because most vintage pieces have lived for so long, others a couple of decades, some of them may already suffer from damages. There could be a loose button eye, a torn limb, an undone hem, a detached ribbon or flattened filling. When such damages are deemed present, take them to the experts for repair. Do not attempt to DIY your way through it because you might cause more harm than good. Remember that these toys are made of a different set of materials from long ago. It is best to leave it at expert hands.
- Clean out dirt and bugs.
Likewise if the toy is filled with dust, grime, dirt or worse with bugs, hand it to a toy repair shop once again. Have the toy refurbished and cleaned. After all, no collector will want an item that’s too dirty beyond repair. Plus, a bug infestation is never a good sight. That could even spread out and wipe your whole toy collection! Act on it fast.
- Put them in good storage.
Invest in quality storage for your vintage Steiff bears. Choose one that is not easily penetrated by dirt and one that keeps them at harm’s way from children and pets. Shelving would be great as well as glass door cabinets.
- Be updated and knowledgable.
The price and value of vintage Steiff bears can fluctuate and change. Apart from condition, age and exclusivity, the demand can play a huge role too. It is best if you keep yourself informed about the market to better rally up the values.
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