Get ready to dig through your parents’ garage, because your dusty old Polly Pockets might be a veritable gold mine
We’ve pretty much established at this point in history that the ’90s and early 2000s had all the best pop culture swag, right? And an undeniable part of those decades’ appeal was the diminutive but oh-so-much-fun Polly Pocket line. So compact, co cute — it was the toy to have. Well, here’s hoping you held onto at least a few of these seminal pieces of our youth! At present, they could yield you a decidedly not-tiny payday.
Since this world is a strange and magical place, vintage Polly Pockets have become a trendy seller on swap sites like eBay. This works out well for ’90s kids who’ve hoarded their own personal Pollyville museum. Collectors are keen to get their hands on these petite toys, so they’re shelling out big bucks for them online. Right now, in fact, they’re all the rage in Australia.
A 1995 Polly Pocket Light-Up Supermarket is listed for $1,000 AUD, which is just shy of $900 USD. Or maybe you have an old 1996 Polly Pocket Jewel Case lying around. That’s going for $2,500 AUD, or $1669 USD. If you could really use a spike in cash flow, leave no stone in storage unturned until you find your 1992 Polly Pocket Party ‘N Play Bluebird Stamper — that little treasure could score you a whoppin’ $5,000 AUD, or $3344 USD.
You won’t make quite as much bank if you opt to sell your collection via the U.S. arm of eBay. Still, you’ll make more than you would if you keep them stashed away in the dark recesses of an attic somewhere. If you managed to amass and hold onto the complete Polly Pocket Bluebird series, you could potentially unload them for $1,495.
Granted, there are caveats (there always are). The older the Polly Pockets sets go for much more money. So, say, if you have one from anywhere between 1989 and 1998, you can start fantasizing about what you’re going to do with all the monies you could make from it.
Having said that, nobody wants that dusty old Polly Pocket that you bedazzled, coated in Hard Candy’s “Sky” nail polish, and let your dog — or little brother, you’re not sure — chew on. If you want to make real money from your old Polly Pockets, you need to look for ones in very good, if not mint, condition. Still sealed up in the package? Even better.
For argument’s sake, though, let’s say you weren’t a Polly Pocket enthusiast (sacrilege!) or your parents secretly sold yours right under your nose. Don’t despair; you can still pay your rent or mortgage next month if you manage to find certain designs of vintage Pyrex or your mom’s stash of old Precious Moments figurines.
In the meantime, if you need us we’ll be on the phone with our parents. Someone’s gotta read them the riot act for not adequately impressing upon us the importance — and potential future windfall — of keeping every ’90s toy we ever got hermetically sealed for life.