Remember when it was the 90s and we were all obsessed with Beanie Babies? That deep love of the miniature stuffed animals actually came in super handy for 20-year-old Leah Rogers and 22-year-old Ryan Flanaghan, who, as The Independent reports, were recently browsing at a car boot sale (sort of the UK equivalent of a US garage sale), and stumbled across a purple commemorative Princess Diana Beanie Baby bear from 1997. Flanaghan used to be all about Beanie Babies, vaguely remembered that this particular Baby might be worth something, and plunked down £10 (or about fifteen bucks) for the bear.
The couple went home, did their homework, and discovered that the Princess Diana Bear was a first edition, one of of only 100 made, and could be worth more than £62,000 (or more than $92, 767). If you still have one of your Princess Diana bears in the attic somewhere, awesome, but don’t get too excited about cashing in just yet, second edition Diana bears are only worth about £25 (or thirty-seven bucks).
The couple currently have their Beanie Baby up for auction on Ebay with a starting bid of £25,000(though they haven’t gotten any bites so far). Still,they’re optimistic that if they can make some money off the bear, they can use the funds to put a deposit on a home.
As Rogers told the Daily Mail, “It’s so hard for young people to get on the property ladder so we think this could really be a blessing.”
We’re so glad that an extensive knowledge of Beanie Babies can still come in handy these days! Now we just have to figure out how to make OUR obscure 90s knowledge super lucrative.