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Cre­ated by skilled ar­ti­sans, an­tique toys are finely-crafted ob­jects that col­lec­tors seek to­day. Durable, metic­u­lously hand-painted and cre­ative in their de­sign, an­tique toys from the Vic­to­rian era are minia­ture works of art. They re­con­nect us with the plea­sures of child­hood, which is why toys of all kinds are usu­ally at the top of the list for most an­tique col­lec­tors.

1. Aes­thet­ics. Col­lect toys that are both mean­ing­ful to you and beau­ti­ful in de­sign. No mat­ter how rare or ex­pen­sive the item, if you don’t think it’s beau­ti­ful, you won’t en­joy it nor want to put it on dis­play in your home.

2. Con­di­tion. A finely-pre­served an­tique toy is al­ways go­ing to de­mand the high­est price. In auc­tions, a well-pre­served, cast iron toy can com­mand as much as $60,000. There are plenty of beau­ti­ful toys, al­though they might not be 100% perfect. Th­ese are in the $500–$3,000 price range. Re­mem­ber that th­ese were the do­main of chil­dren—a lit­tle wear and tear makes them en­dear­ing.

3. Price­less. Some col­lec­tors pre­fer cer­tain types of toys be­cause they be­lieve th­ese items will in­crease in value. While this may be true, the fu­ture value of an an­tique is dif­fi­cult to an­tic­i­pate. The real pur­pose of a vin­tage toy is to il­lu­mi­nate your heart and al­low you to ex­pe­ri­ence the sim­ple plea­sures of child­hood. That’s price­less.

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