Precious Moments. And No I don’t mean those tender moments in life that you wish you could pause time or hang onto forever. Babies, marriage, kittens – Nope. I’m talking about these little things…
If you’ve never heard of Precious Moments they are made by Enesco and have been around for decades. Enesco basically is a giftware company that makes porecelain hand-held sized figurines. The most popular line of these would be – you guessed it, PRECIOUS MOMENTS! There is a little hole in the bottom of these figurines that I’ve never figured out why it’s there until I remembered that drug traffickers need good hiding spots (#justsayin’).
In all seriousness, I was actually introduced to Precious Moments in a unique way. A couple years ago I sold nearly $1000 worth of them for a lady that had a VERY large collection. What did I learn? These things can get you some money, and that’s why I look for them – if cheap. What else did I learn, she spent a lot of her money on those things.
Precious Moments much like anything else are damn expensive retail and I think that’s why collectors flock to eBay to bid on these things. Be careful not to overpay, but for a lot of 20 of them you can easily get $5-$10 each on auction. There are also some rare Precious Moments sets that will obviously fetch more for the owner: For the collection lady I sold a set of four “Four Seasons Precious Moments” for over $80. Another popular find is the clown birthday train collection. I was lucky enough to come across an incomplete set that I sold for ~$45. How much did I pay? $2. You want the boxes if you can find them. This train set had no boxes and one of the pieces had a broken trunk (the elephant of course!).
If you are familiar with Enesco you know that there are tons of other series, if you want to call them that, of little figurines. I have fallen into the trap of buying numerous of these, but nothing has yielded success like the Precious Moments have. PM has a nice sized following and though there are many sellers who don’t know the market and want way too much for their little figurine of kids holding hands, there is some money to be made!
Stay tuned for my next article this weekend – I’m going to talk about how I price my things for eBay auction and why my viewpoint has recently changed from what I believed for so many years.