Check Your Mom’s Attic, Because Your Old Polly Pockets Could Be Worth a Ton
Did you have Polly Pockets as a kid? I sure did. Those tiny little choking hazards lived in minuscule worlds tucked inside jewel-toned compacts. And like many things I wish I still had even decades after they got passed on to cousins or thrift stores, I often contemplate hunting some down on eBay. And apparently, I’m not alone.
Well it turns out, if you’re stricken with the nostalgia bug, it could cost you. According to UK’s The Sun, some sets are going for upwards of £1,400 ($1,900). That was the sold price for two mint in packing Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland sets. Regular Polly Pockets have gone for a much less but still impressive sum, considering they’re just 30 year old hunks of plastic.
According to Complex, the most valuable sets are the ones pre-1998, before Mattel took over production from Bluebird. Browsing recent sales on eBay, a Wizard of Oz set sold for $149.95, and a hair salon set from 1995 fetched nearly $100. Lot listings of multiple sets have sold for upwards of $895 to $1,000, though most single sets can easily be bought in the $10 to $40 range (mostly Mattel versions).
Polly Pocket nostalgia seems to be hitting its stride as of late; makeup brand Lime Crime released eyeshadow palettes styled like the 90s toy back in September.
And if you’d rather wear your fave toy, UK site Truffle Shuffle has purses and apparel emblazoned with the logo.
Pocket on, 90s kids.