GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) - They're all toys we had growing up as kids - Barbie, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Hot Wheels - and now they're worth a whole lot more nowadays.
A trip to the attic or an old toy chest may be a good idea this weekend as you'll have the opportunity to see what they'd sell for.
Stumbling upon his childhood G.I. Joe lunchbox at a flea market was all it took to hook Joel Magee.
"After that, I was kind of on a quest," he explained. "I wanted to start searching for all the toys I had as a child."
28 years later, he's found just about all of them. Magee traverses the country, inviting the locals to bring him their vintage toys. He evaluates them and gives people a cash offer.
"I had this Deora in this color when I was a kid," chuckling as he looked at the classic Hot Wheels car.
A Matchbox set, two metal trucks and some train pieces fetched around $165.
Condition is important but not a deal breaker. For example, two tractors, with one of them broken, nets $20 for their owner.
A Barbie with a haircut still has value and can be fixed. Magee emphasizes not to try and clean it up - you can cause more damage. He's shopping for clients who are looking for specific things, and he says about 85 percent of his offers get accepted.
Keith Berkley found all of his old toys while cleaning out his parents' house.
"I'm not looking to play with them anymore, and I don't have anywhere to display all that stuff," remarked Berkley.
He's satisfied with the $160 he gets.
No Cabbage Patch Kids or Beanie Babies and nothing with the words "collectible" or "limited edition."
Richmonder Preston Bailey brings his mid-sixties Max Hazard action figure he's held onto since childhood.
"I've got everything that came with him," Bailey described, netting him $110 cash.
"If you've got something you're not using and you need some extra cash and you just want to get rid of it, you need to come," Bailey said.
Magee will be doing free appraisals this weekend at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel near Virginia Center Commons mall in Glen Allen. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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