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Beanie Babies show to be hold in November

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Two Valley women who collect Beanie Babies have set about organizing their first Beanies and Collectibles Show to augment their love of collecting and to share this hobby with others.

Terri Hickey and Cathy Simpson started collecting these popular plush toys within the last year, and their respective collections now number more than 200 between them.,

The Beanies and Collectibles Show and Sale will be held on Nov. 14 at the Carson Community Center in Carson City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature hourly drawings, a door prize and a raffle drawing for a Glory Bear, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local children’s charity.

Booths are available for rent on a first come, first served basis, with the registration deadline being Oct. 5. Booths are open to anyone who would like to sell Beanies or other collectibles, such as Teddy Bears, dolls, other beanies, etc.

Hickey and Simpson say the show will be a great way for families to sell extras they might have, or for those who want to trade with other vendors. They noted that no dealing will be allowed among show attendees. Buyers may only deal directly with the registered vendors. There will be a supervised “kids only” area for trading (no money involved). Anyone interested in renting a booth may contact Hickey at 782-2164 (fax 782-5601) or Simpson at 265-5221.

The two women will have a booth at the Carson Valley Museum’s Antiques and Collectibles Sale today. They will be selling tickets for the Glory Bear raffle.

Hickey says she got started collecting in 1997 with MacDonald’s first Teenie Beanie’s promotion, but avoided collecting others because she didn’t want to get caught up in all the hype surrounding the Beanie Babies. She held out for about a year, until Simpson got her involved and actively collecting about five months ago.

Simpson began her collection with a cow Beanie Baby she’d bought to add to her cow collection, and before she knew it she was hooked, adding various other Beanie Babies to her collection. She’d stop by to show off her new purchases, tell which were more collectible, harder to find and so on. Hickey teased her friend about her new hobby and jokingly called her a Beanie addict.

However, upon seeing Simpson’s growing collection and after a visit to a Valley shop, Hickey said she knew she’d also been bitten by the “Beanie Bug,” walking out of the store with eight new Beanies. She laughingly said she got a crash course in “Beanieology,” studying up on which were most desired, their market values, etc.

The two friends make regular runs on Beanie hangouts and have met fellow collectors along the way, swapping stories on their most coveted find or of the one that got away. Hickey recently went to a Beanie Babies Convention in Chicago, where an estimated 8,000 people attended, and she came away with some great ideas for her own Beanies Show, she said. She met several people there and has since developed a friendship with a few of them over the Internet. They plan to start their own “Beanie Loop” chat room, and if other Beanie collectors are interested in being part of this Loop, e-mail Hickey at hsent@aol.com.

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