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---Why I Bought It---
I was not one of those who was an avid collector in the 1990s.
I only stumbled upon them 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 black and white cat was bought as a stocking filler to add to my son's collection as we had a little cat just like this and we always buy more cats like this to add to our collection.
Our little cat was so much part of the family we continue to buy black and white cat items even though he is no longer with us.
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, short, slightly curly fur in black with white paws, nose, ears, bib and tip of its tail.
His body is filled with the characteristic 'beans' that are in all beanies. His head is filled with normal stuffing.
He has pink whiskers and nose and has a thin pale pink bow around his neck.
It has a date of birth of 26/3/2002
His little poem is:
---Even when the cold wind blows---
---I don't fret about frozen toes---
---My feet are never cold because---
---I wear warm booties on my paws!---
As this cat is one of the 'retired' beanies the cost is hard to determine.
Currently on Ebay Booties can be picked up for between £3.50 to £11.
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 his side in a relaxed position.
He has very soft fur and looks different to the run of the mill stuffed cats you normally buy.
His body is nice and soft and squishy from the beans inside him, and he 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?---