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Disney collectibles are both fun and profitable. There is not a single Disney item that I have purchased from Disneyland or vintage collectibles from yard sales that have not retained and even tripled in value. Condition is of extreme importance. I found The Seven Dwarfs from Snow White in full figural form dressed in Christmas attire at a yard sale. They had all of the props and were in pristine condition. They decorate the mantel at my home every year. One of the most wonderful things about collecting Disney is the feeling they give your home. A wonderful splash of color and they always seem to bring a smile to my face.
If you are thinking of collecting Disney for investment here are a few tips to follow. Make sure the items are officially licensed by Disney. The older vintage items might not be identified as official Disney licensed products but the newer items do have such identification. Consider collectibles that appeal to more than one kind of collector. Salt and Pepper shaker figures are desirable by both salt and pepper shaker collectors and Disney collectors. The same is true of Cookie Jars. Limited Edition items are a wonderful way to diversify your collection. While Disney Limited edition figures, plates, trade pins, are good investments I couldn’t recommend DVD movies. Technology is moving so rapidly that you run the risk of them going the way of old VHS tapes and rendering them of little value. Often they are re released from “The Disney Vault”.
When investing in Disney items try to get figural items. Disney is notorious for changing out the figure molds and this is why they retain their value so well. Each year is another exquisite figurine to choose from. Porcelain pieces are always preferred over vinyl or plastic figures. I have a tendency to stick to well established characters that have been around since the beginning of Disneyland. Tinkerbell, Mickey and Minnie, Donald Duck. Certainly 30 years from now somebody might really want the finely detailed Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean but if I had to choose between that and a well established character ( sorry Johnny I do love you) it would be Mickey or Minnie Mouse every time. Mainly because Mickey and Minnie will always be a major part of Disney and other characters that are introduced will have limited appeal over the long haul.