Nostalgic childhood toys are the latest online selling craze.


Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA, says the country’s biggest online trading site has seen a marked increase in listings of all sorts of play things from the past including matchbox car sets, vintage teddy bears, Star Wars memorabilia, dolls houses and Superman figurines.


Cobbledick says the right toys in good condition are worth substantial sums locally and, occasionally, can get very serious amounts of money on Gumtree’s parent site eBay.


Top five vintage toys on Gumtree

  1. Furby

Remember these furry, big-eyed creatures that spoke Furbish and interacted with you? They are selling for around R450 on Gumtree.



  1. Pokémon Cards

The Pokémon app is hugely popular right now but so are the original Pokémon cards which were first launched in the mid-90’s. They were a worldwide sensation at the time and are right back in favour. On eBay, a full set has been listed for $10,000.




  1. Tamagotchi

Another 90’s must-have was the virtual pet you needed to feed, play with and care for. If you still have a Tamagotchi hanging around, it could be worth as much as R850 on Gumtree.



  1. Game Boy Color

Even though Nintendo makes new hand-held gaming systems, the original models are in high demand. The Gameboy Color, released in 1998, can fetch R2,000 on Gumtree.



  1. Rubber Smurf Dolls

Your miniature blue friends – Papa smurf, Smurfette and the gang – are all listed at around R90 each on the Gumtree site.



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