Where can I get a beanie baby?
Beanie Babies, love ’em or hate ’em, they’re the latest toy phenomenon.
One of the newest in a series over 126 designs, the Princess Beanie Baby Bear just hit the stores, and prices for the toy have already reached up to $2,000 as collectors scramble to buy them – much less the elementary school-aged child who simply wants one the the fuzzy figures.
Only 12 of the Princess design are allowed at any one toy outlet by Ty Inc., the manufacturer, according to Harveys retail sales manager Dale Ann Luzzi. She recently took receipt of her allotted dozen Princess Beanie Babies for the Harveys Gift Shop.
Eleven of them were spoken for, but the 12th will be raffled off to raise money for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet on Christmas Eve.
“We think it is for a good cause – we wanted to give back to the community,” said Kirk Ledbetter, director of community services and governmental affairs at Harveys.
Tickets for the raffle are $15, cash only, as the drawing will be held Christmas Eve morning at 10, and time is short. The Princess Beanie Bear will be delivered to the winner, providing the winner lives in Carson Valley or at the Lake. The winner need not be present at the drawing to win.
Luzzi said the Beanie Baby phenomenon took off in the fall of 1996 and has been sweeping the nation. Beanie Babies have their own accessories and clothing. The toy was designed to sell for $5 to $8 so that kids could buy them with their allowances, but some stores sell them for more.
Harvey’s gift Shop sells Beanie Babies for $6.95 and also carries a lot of the toys’ accessories. Beanie Babies even have their own Website on the World Wide Web, and kids across the country access it.
The Princess Beanie Baby Bear was made in honor of the late Lady Diana, and all profits of the sale of the toy will be donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
Tickets are sold in Harveys Gift Shop at Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino at Lake Tahoe.