---Why I Bought It---
I was not one of those who was an avid collector in the 1990s.
I only stumbled upon the Beanie Babies when I found a gorgeous stars and stripes teddy on Ebay. After that I was hooked!
Since then I have bought quite a few - not to collect - but just because I like them, and some for presents.
This special little cream cat was bought as part of a job lot with loads of others from Ebay.
A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal, made by Ty Warner Inc, later renamed as Ty Inc. in late 1993.
Ty stopped producing the product in 1999; but demand led them to reconsider.
In 2000, a Beanie Baby named "The Beginning" was introduced to remind people of Beanie Babies' comeback. (Wikipedia)
This little cat is about 8 x 4 inches and is reclining/lying on its side.
The cat is made of soft, crazy cream colour fur - going in all directions a bit like the 'magic' scarves. She is cream all over apart from her little pink nose, whiskers and the insides of ther ears.
She has light blue eyes and a striped blue ribbon and bow around her neck.
Her body is filled with the characteristic 'beans' that are in all beanies. The head is filled with normal stuffing.
Birthday 09/01/01 - she was retired in 2002.
Her little poem is:
---Curled up snugly in your lap---
---Is where I'll take a little nap---
---And if you pet my long white fur---
---You'll be sure to hear me purr!---
As this cat is one of the 'retired' beanies the cost is hard to determine.
Currently on Ebay Starlett can be picked up for between £4 and £7.
I only buy mine when they are either in a job lot of are around £1-2.
An integral part for collectors was to keep the tags of these stuffed animals in immaculate condition.
There were two tags - one was the 'swing tag' - a heart shaped cardboard tag attached to its ear and a fabric 'tush tag' sewn into its base somewhere.
You were able to buy plastic heart shaped transparent covers for the 'swing tags' to stop them getting scuffed and damaged.
This cat is so cute - lying down on her side in a relaxed position.
She has very soft fluffy fur and looks different to the run of the mill stuffed cats you normally buy.
Her body is nice and soft and squishy from the beans inside, and she sits in just the same way as a real cat would.
I would not have wanted to pay full price for these Beanies but picking them up cheaply on Ebay is a good way of finding what you want - and there are thousands on there for you to choose from.
For myself I do not want the tags on them - I remove the cardboard tags and wash them in the machine on a 30 degree cycle - they have all come out fine.
I do not buy them from the point of view of a collector and do not intend selling them on - so I rather see them without the ugly cardboard tag hanging from their ear.
If you wanted to with this style of cat you can bring their tail right round their nose and that way they look like they are curled up in a ball sleeping - you have to manipulate them a bit and if you wanted them to stay in that position you would need to put a stitch to hold their nose to their tail - I think cats look so cute when they are sleeping like that!
---Would I Recommend?---