I have been selling on eBay for over a year. I have mostly specialised in selling vintage toys such as My Little Ponies, Care Bear Figures & McDonalds Collectables. So here are my tips on cheering up those old toys.
- You will need: a magic sponge, cotton bud, liquid soap, a soft towel & a comb.
- Always take your time. A rushed job will not get the same results.
- Only wash toys in warm water....not to hot as this will damage them.
- Never immerse toys in the washing water.....this can cause mold to develop within.
- Start by washing the main body of the item with the magic sponge. Sponge will remove excess dirt & most marks. There is no need to use soap when using a magic sponge.
- If there is dirt caught around any nooks & crannies clean out with the cotton bud. You may need soap at this point.
- If the toy has hair wet it & add a little liquid soap. Rub hair gently then rinse off.
- Gently dry excess moisture from your toy with a soft clean towel.
- If your toy has no hair then allow to air dry.
- If your toy has hair. You can choose to either groom the hair wet or dry. Personally I prefer wet. Make sure when grooming you do not tear the hair from the roots. To prevent this hold the hair as close to the roots as you can mange & tease hair with a wide toothed comb.
- You can style your toys hair by using cool curling tongs but I would suggest you try this out on another unloved toy first just to be safe!
If you plan to sell your newly revamped toy then make sure you keep it in a cool, dry & clean place until you need to post it. If you plan to display the toy please remember the following:
- Sunlight damages plastic so if you can display toys out of direct sunlight.
- If you can keep them in a glass fronted cabinet. This will help prevent a build up of dirt.
- Dust your collection at least once a month. A pastry brush is very useful for those awkward bits.
Well I think thats about it. I hope you have found this guide helpful. If you wish to ask anymore questions I can be contacted through eBay messages. I will always try to answer your question to the best of my abilities.