If your parents have some of those weirdly adorable porcelain Precious Moments figurines hanging around, you may be in luck. Because some of the wide-eyed vintage collectibles are apparently now worth serious bank—particularly if you've got one of the "Original 21" pieces released back in 1979.
According to Today, the most sought-after Original 21 piece is called "God Loveth a Cheerful Giver." The statue features an angelic-looking girl standing next to a wheelbarrow of puppies while holding a sign that says "FREE puppies." And while it originally sold for about $15, you can now flip it for upwards of $250—even up to $750—over on ebay:
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A few general rules of thumb when it comes to parting with your pieces: The older your figurines are, the more you can sell them for. Ditto goes for any item that's been discontinued or was limited edition. And not every Precious Moment will go for a huge price—at least not yet. (A look at the Ebay sold items shows that plenty of Precious Moments figurines were sold for less than $10.)
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But if you want to make the big bucks, your statues better be in tip-top shape. Paul Burton, a spokesperson for Woolvey Fine Antiques & Collectibles, told Today that before you put post any figurine on eBay you'll want to use a soft makeup brush to dust it and, if needed, wash it gently with mild, soapy water, making sure not to get any water inside.
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Good luck and happy hunting!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on