It's time to check your mother's china cabinet because those Precious Moments figurines that were so popular in the 1980s and 1990s may be worth a pretty penny these days. Precious Moments figurines have long been a hit with those who enjoy collectibles, and the sweet, doe-eyed figures that have often been given to commemorate special occasions or to simply add to a collection may now be worth a lot more than you paid for them. While Precious Moments are still available for sale, it's some of the original designs that people are eager to get their hands on.
Like most collectibles, not every Precious Moments figurine is worth a lot of money these days, but one, in particular, is fetching a hefty price tag on online sites like eBay and Amazon.
“God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” features a little girl pulling a wagon of puppies, and it's this figure that has become incredibly popular with collectors. Some sellers are asking as much as $350 for the now discontinued porcelain sculpture online.
According to TODAY, this figurine was one of the original 21 collectibles released by Precious Moments in 1979 and is in high demand among those who collect the sweet memorabilia. Paul Burton, a spokesperson for Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles told TODAY that this particular figurine has been valued at as much as $2000 if it's in the right condition.
“I don't believe I have seen one actually sell for more than half of that, although they are still occasionally listed for sale in that price range,” he told TODAY Home in an email.
While Burton says that none of the other items in the collection are valued at quite as much as “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver” some of the other original items are still in demand and can bring in as much as $100. One person is even selling all 21 of the original collectibles on eBay for a whopping $950.
If you happen to have some Precious Moments figurines lying around and are curious if they are worth anything, Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles has a handy guide on their website to help you determine its worth. Things like the age of the figurine (typically the older the more valuable) and the condition of the figurine lend to it being worth a greater value. Having the original packaging of the item also increases its value, and if the figurine is retired or suspended it may be worth more as well.
It may have been a while since you checked your attic or your grandmother's china cabinet, but it may just be worth it to see if you have any of these figurines that could possibly make you a bit of cash.