Apparently it’s not only what it is, but who owned it that matters.
I found this post for a 1982 Twirly Curls Barbie Doll Gift Set. Very cool, probably worth about $20 because it’s new in it’s box. This one however, has had 22 bids so far, and is at $80.99 plus shipping.
The description of the doll includes the previous owner. It states that
this is part of the Ruth Cronk Collection, and that Ruth was a collector for over 45 years, and was one of the founders of the National Barbie doll convention.
Knowing an item’s history can be profitable.
A definite BOLO is Ty Beanie Babies. Some of the originals can be worth some money. The owner of the company would decide to change the color of a certain one, might have just been to a lighter shade, and would then “retire” the original color and pull them from the shelves. If you happen to find any of these, they can be worth $500 – $2000, depending on how many were made before it was “retired”.
Snort the bull was not one of these retired babies. This seller has several Beanie Babies listed and apparently thinks that they’re all worth a lot of money.
Ty Beanie Babies with their tags can be worth a lot of money, but not so much that you’ll be able to “retire!”