Collecting can be a great hobby, as well as a lucrative investment. People collect all kinds of things including advertising items, stamps, coins, dolls, teddy bears, art glass, art pottery, figurines, antiques, vintage items and memorabilia. Some collect for the sheer pleasure it gives them, while others hope to increase their net worth over time. For instance, anything antique or vintage and items that are no longer circulated like coins and stamps can become quite valuable over time, especially rare ones. As the law of supply and demand states, the rarer an item is the higher the value rises. The value of these collector’s items will also largely depend on their condition; many items that have never been out of the package or box are usually worth more than items that have been used or unpacked.
There are few name brands that stand out above the rest and have created a following among collectors that is extra special. Brand names like Boyds Bears, Coca Cola (
Just about anyone that you ask will tell you that they have heard of Boyds Bears and for good reason; The Boyds Collection Ltd. has been in business for over 30 years! They started as a small antique shop in Boyds, Maryland (Hence the name Boyds Bears) in 1979. The founders Gary M. Lowenthal and wife Justina Unger made their first stuffed bear for their newborn son Mathew and began selling bears similar to this not too long after. These bears eventually became known as Boyds Bears. In 1993 they introduced their first resin bears and this remains to have one of their largest followings.