TOY THEFT: Should you make it a point to hang on to your childhood toys?

Who didn’t love every, single toy they had as a kid?

Forget about the enjoyment you had when you opened up that G.I. Joe on Christmas morning or feasted your eyes on an entire set of My Little Pony dolls or ripped into that birthday gift to find the pristine and perfect Millennium Falcon packaged nicely with the Hans Solo.

At the time, those were the latest and greatest, hottest and most sough after toys, and you couldn’t wait to tear into it and start playing for hours upon hours. Today, those toys represent your childhood, a simpler time and could potentially be passed on to your children to show them just how mom or dad played when they were kids, too.

That is, if you still have them.

Two schools of thought come to mind when you go from child to teenager, young adult to adult when it comes to your toys: save them or sell them. The latter isn’t all that uncommon, especially with the inception of eBay and Craigslist. If you’re in the midst of trying to pull together a few extra dollars, more than likely you’ll be searching your old bedroom for any and all of those rare toys in mint condition that mean more green in your wallet.

But is that really the route you want to take, unless of course you absolutely have to?

I was a huge wrestling fan as a kid, and had the entire World Wrestling Federation LJN collection, everyone from Hulk Hogan to Andre the Giant. I’d carry them around in a duffel bag as a child, no matter where I was going. They never left my side.

Until, I got older.

I made the mistake of selling every, last one of them through my young adult and college years, and completely regret doing so. I look at that decision as short sighted and wish I would have saved them, rather than the actual alternative I choose.

The regret has more to do with keeping a piece of your childhood, no matter how old you get. The regret has more to do with one day showing and telling my kids the story behind every body slam or headlock performed on each wrestler, and adding perspective to playing with toys in a day and age when video games and smart phones rule.

Those who look at toys as nothing more than clutter or a means to make money shouldn’t be shredded up and down for being emotionless, nostalgically challenged entities. Selling old toys has turned into a lucrative business, and your decision to part ways with them shouldn’t be criticized in the least.

But there’s also something to be said for tucking them into the corner of your attic or basement, and having at least the option to revisit, reminisce and remember how much you loved the innocence and idealistic nature of not worrying about work, bills or all things adult oriented, but rather just playing with your toys without a care in the world.


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