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Boyds Bears Are No Longer Being Produced
As a teddy bear collector, I was very interested to read that the Boyds Bears are no longer being made. I have collected teddy bears since I was in my early twenties (see the article linked below to read more about that). There's just something about teddy bears that just make me happy inside, especially the cute ones.
Enesco no Longer Produces Boyds Bears
About two years ago, someone I met here on the HubPages website told me that Boyds Bears were no longer being made. I was shocked and saddened because I would say at least 50% of the bears in my collection happen to be Boyds Bears. I am an eBay seller with my own store, and I even have this picture below as the profile picture on my online eBay store. I do sell some of the Boyds Bears I come across, but only the ones that don't speak to me. Yes, that's correct. I collect only the bears that speak to me. That being said, a lot of bears must speak to me because my collection is rather large! The person that told me about Boyds Bears going out of business suggested I go to the website and see for myself. And so I did.
And here's what I learned:
If you go to the Boyds Bears website, at www.boydsstuff.com, you will find, in large letters, a statement that tells you to "Please Read a Special Announcement from Your Friends at Boyds."
You click the link and then read the letter which tells you all about how in 2008, the Enesco Company purchased Boyds Bears. But then, as time went on, the cost of supplies and labor for producing Boyds Bears increased. So, as of December 31st, 2014, Boyds Bears went into "hibernation." That means they are not currently being made. The letter also raises the possibility that Boyds Bears production might resume in the future, but the company makes no promises about that. Since there are no current plans to do so, I am taking every opportunity I can to collect Boyds Bears.
I am including in this article many pictures of the Boyds Bears I have collected over the years. There's just something about them that attracts me to them. They all seem to have their own personalities.
It's the Perfect Time to Start Collecting Boyds Bears
You might think that because Boyds Bears are no longer being produced, that people are running out to grab up as many as they can to resell on eBay or add to their teddy bear collection. Well, good news for these teddy bear collectors, and any of you readers who like teddy bears: You can still purchase Boyds bears inexpensively, not only on eBay but at yard sales, thrift stores, and antique stores. Apparently, the word has not gotten out yet that Boyds Bears are no longer being made. If it had, I think that the price of these bears would have skyrocketed. No such luck yet. But I will continue collecting them and maybe by the time I die, and leave my teddy bear collection to my children in my will ( ha ha, won't they just love that?!) Boyds Bears will be worth a lot of money and they will be so happy their mom started collecting teddy bears. Now I don't know if Boyds Bears will ever be worth as much as Steiff bears are currently going for in the teddy bear market, but hey, it's worth a shot. And I can't help but fall in love with these adorable teddy bears.
Where to Get Inexpensive Boyds Bears
Because there are so many Boyds Bears around, this is a perfect time to buy them. I see Boyds Bears all the time at:
- Goodwill Stores: In the stuffed animal bins one can often find Boyds Bears
- Thrift Stores: I recently bout 7 Boyds Bears at a local thrift store for 25 cents each!
- Antique stores: while they aren't antiques, some looks old fashioned so look cute as props on antiques
- Yard Sales: Many people get rid of clutter at their yard sales, and teddy bears often seem like clutter to the uninitiated teddy bear connoisseur
- Estate Sales: An estate sale often happens when adult children have to clean out the homes of their parents and teddy bears are often the first to go
- Gift Shops: there are still some gift shops that sell Boyds Bears that they have had in stock for awhile. These bears will be new more expensive than any of the other places above.
I have never paid more than $5.00 for a Boyds Bear I have bought from the first five places listed above. Thrift stores and Goodwill often have them in a stuffed animal bin for prices from 25 cents each up to $1.01. Antique store prices can range from $5 to $10, but I never pay over $5.00 personally. I don't buy them in gift shops but have received some cute ones as gifts from gift shops that are part of my personal collection.
Important Tip for Collectors:
Here's a tip for collectors:
If you are just starting to collect Boyds Bears, make sure to purchase the ones with tags still attached. These will ultimately be worth more because they will be more intact. Below is one of my favorite Boyds Bears. You can see her tag attached and her name is on the tag," Gwen Marie Bear." Since she is in red overalls with snowflakes, I use her to decorate the house at Christmas.
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I hope you enjoy my photos of the Boyds Bears in my collection, and maybe this article will encourage you to start a collection of Boyds Bears of your own. With the amount of second hand Boyds Bears out there, you could easily start one without spending a lot of money!