Vintage 90s Nickelodeon Merchandise – Rugrats Hat

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Since I only post once a week on Monday mornings, I can’t really do a throw back Thursday. So here we are with a mini #TBT on a Monday. And regardless of the day, vintage stuff sells well on eBay!

Vintage is where I got my start. My inaugural flipping post was some vintage Hungry Hungry Hippos.

I’ve flipped vintage Marlboro gear, mugs, the Mille Borne card game, and even Christmas ornaments and sewing kits!

The thing about the word “vintage” is that its definition is a moving target. Vintage to me isn’t the same as someone who’s twice my age. That whole generation who was born in the 80s is in the work force now and ready to spend on their nostalgia!

Rugrats Youth Hat

Rugrats eBay Youth Hat

If only my head wasn’t the size of a watermelon… I’m totally jealous of whoever gets this hat!

  • Purchase price – $1.06
  • End Selling Price – $15.00
  • Fees and Shipping/Handling – $4.83

Total Profit:  $9.11

My flip is nothing earth shattering in the profits area (I took an offer, there was a small tear along a seam which lowered the value by ~half, and I’d had it listed for a while). It’s even below my profit target.

This sale still gets me excited though! It’s a great hat and would have been a real score if it didn’t have the flaw.

Rugrats was a show that was on Nickelodeon starting in 1991. It had 9 seasons, a couple Passover specials, a few movies (they weren’t that good), and we won’t ever talk about when there was the remake and the kids were older. It was a fun show and was very popular hitting on some very heavy subjects. There were others too like Doug, Ren and Stimpy, and Rocko’s Modern Life just to name a very small number of the popular 90s Nick TV shows.

There’s a lot of possibilities on items you can flip since the 90s toys and merchandise are oozing with potential!

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ooze eBay Completed Listings

Yeah, this movie wasn’t that good. But the ooze sells well one eBay!

It ain’t just Rugrats!

I focused on the Rugrats and Nickelodeon items because that’s what I had, but there’s a whole category (similar to the Disneyana eBay category) that can fit in here. I’m talking 90’s video games, clothing, and toys.

Now that I think about it, I’ve already sold another great 90s toy and talked about it here!

Vintage 90s Toys eBay Completed Listings

Sealed Lego boxes are gold, Lisa Frank is silver, but there’s a ton of other 90s toys and merchandise that are really profitable!

Even though it wouldn’t work on me (I’m too cheap and am on a “slow your home” kick), there are a lot of kids who want to re-live some of their 90s memories. And I’m OK re-locating an item and taking a finders fee. 🙂

Life is so hard, Tommy. Sometimes I think it’s the hardest thing there is. -Chuckie Finster (Rugrats Character)

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  1. My daughter grew up watching Rugrats (a Macca baby’s gotta do what a Macca baby’s gotta do!) and Arnold. She also loved Barney and Little Bear on PBS. I sold a set of Little Bear figures for $76.50 back in 2012. I’ve been looking for more ever since but have been unable to find them. She had a talking Barney plush that’s long gone, but they sell for a pretty good price nowadays too. Thanks for the link on slowing your home. I guess that would be what I’m doing.

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      I’d never thought of Little Bear but that just shows that the 90s cartoon stuff sells.

      The Slow Home podcast is fantastic even if I’m not going to be implementing all of their ideas. It’s good to hear what’s out there though! There’s a lot of content on her blog that I want to start reading, but I just need to add it to the pile.

  2. Great post. I have sold a great big stuffed Chuckie and have a stuffed Tommy in my store right now. I love selling nostalgia. Last night I sold a stuffed Buster Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures. I’d never heard of the show until after I picked up Buster Bunny who sold for $45! I paid 50 cents for him at a church rummage sale. He was new in box. I’m too old to be in the original target audience so it’s fun to research these type of shows. My job is watching a few cartoon video clips on youtube and reading a wiki article! How can you beat that?

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  3. I definitely need to start looking for vintage 90s toys.

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  4. My kids watched rugrats when there were little too. Speaking of nostalgia. I was at my God-daughters communion this past Saturday and we saw a friend of ours that we haven’t seen in like 10 years. I’m 40 now, but met this guy when I was 13 (he was dating my best friend at the time). Seeing him again on Saturday brought back a flood of memories from my teen years. It was great!!

    Oh and thanks for that link, now I have something else to listen too..as if I didn’t have enough..LOL But I’m 1000% into that movement! A Simple Life is a Happy Life!!!

    1. That’s an awesome story! I had a similar experience where I was at a friend’s lake house for a party back where I grew up. Late in the night, we were talking about how we moved away from the area and got to middle school and grade schools. Realized that one of the guys was my best friend in kindergarten and 1st grade! Hadn’t seen him for 20+ years. Blew our minds. It’s crazy to go back down memory lane like that. 🙂

  5. Dude, you have no idea how much I love Rugrats! I grew up watching Tommy and the gang, and to this day I still wanna try some of those Reptar bars that they had lol

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      Reptar, Reptar, gotta find that Reptar! LOL I love that show too. I never learned more about Jewish traditions than from this show. Also, if you get skunked you should take a bath in borscht.

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