Boyds Bears Are No Longer Being Produced

Updated on July 17, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

This is the picture I have as my profile picture on my eBay store site. My eBay store is called faithful heart Treasures...and I think these Boyds Bears are "treasures!"
This is the picture I have as my profile picture on my eBay store site. My eBay store is called faithful heart Treasures...and I think these Boyds Bears are "treasures!" | Source


As a teddy bear collector, I was very interested to read that the Boyds Bears line of teddy bears are no longer being made. I have collected teddy bears since I was in my early twenties. There's just something about teddy bears that makes me happy inside, especially the cute ones.

Enesco No Longer Produces Boyds Bears

About two years ago, a friend told me that Boyds Bears were no longer being made. I was shocked and saddened because I would say at least 50% of the bears in my collection happen to be Boyds Bears. I am an eBay seller with my own store, and I even have the picture above as the profile picture on my online eBay store. I do sell some of the Boyds Bears I come across, but only the ones that don't speak to me. Yes, that's correct; I collect only the bears that speak to me. That being said, a lot of bears must speak to me because my collection is rather large! The person who told me about Boyds Bears going out of business suggested I go to the website and see for myself, so I did.

And here's what I learned:

If you go to the Boyds Bears website, at www.boydsstuff.com, you will find, in large letters, a statement that tells you to "Please Read a Special Announcement from Your Friends at Boyds."

You click the link and then read the letter which tells you all about how in 2008, the Enesco Company purchased Boyds Bears. But then, as time went on, the cost of supplies and labor for producing Boyds Bears increased. So, as of December 31st, 2014, Boyds Bears went into "hibernation." That means they are not currently being made. The letter also raises the possibility that Boyds Bears production might resume in the future, but the company makes no promises about that. Since there are no current plans to do so, I am taking every opportunity I can to collect Boyds Bears.

I include in this article many pictures of the Boyds Bears I have collected over the years. There's just something about them that attracts me to them. They all seem to have their own personalities.

Here's a face I fell in love with. This Boyds Bear is called,"Stubby Mcstuffins" and I just couldn't leave him in the bin at Goodwill. He cost me 75 cents!
Here's a face I fell in love with. This Boyds Bear is called,"Stubby Mcstuffins" and I just couldn't leave him in the bin at Goodwill. He cost me 75 cents! | Source

It's the Perfect Time to Start Collecting Boyds Bears

You might think that because Boyds Bears are no longer being produced, that people are running out to grab up as many as they can to resell on eBay or add to their teddy bear collection. Well, good news for these teddy bear collectors, and any of you readers who like teddy bears: You can still purchase Boyds bears inexpensively, not only on eBay but at yard sales, thrift stores, and antique stores. Apparently, the word has not gotten out yet that Boyds Bears are no longer being made. If it had, I think that the price of these bears would have skyrocketed. No such luck yet. But I will continue collecting them and maybe by the time I die, and leave my teddy bear collection to my children in my will ( ha ha, won't they just love that?!) Boyds Bears will be worth a lot of money and they will be so happy their mom started collecting teddy bears. Now I don't know if Boyds Bears will ever be worth as much as Steiff bears are currently going for in the teddy bear market, but hey, it's worth a shot. And I can't help but fall in love with these adorable teddy bears.

Where to Get Inexpensive Boyds Bears

Because there are so many Boyds Bears around, this is a perfect time to buy them. I see Boyds Bears all the time at:

  • Goodwill Stores: In the stuffed animal bins one can often find Boyds Bears
  • Thrift Stores: I recently bout 7 Boyds Bears at a local thrift store for 25 cents each!
  • Antique stores: while they aren't antiques, some looks old fashioned so look cute as props on antiques
  • Yard Sales: Many people get rid of clutter at their yard sales, and teddy bears often seem like clutter to the uninitiated teddy bear connoisseur
  • Estate Sales: An estate sale often happens when adult children have to clean out the homes of their parents and teddy bears are often the first to go
  • Gift Shops: there are still some gift shops that sell Boyds Bears that they have had in stock for awhile. These bears will be new more expensive than any of the other places above.

I have never paid more than $5.00 for a Boyds Bear I have bought from the first five places listed above. Thrift stores and Goodwill often have them in a stuffed animal bin for prices from 25 cents each up to $1.01. Antique store prices can range from $5 to $10, but I never pay over $5.00 personally. I don't buy them in gift shops but have received some cute ones as gifts from gift shops that are part of my collection.

I recently purchased ALL of these Boyds Bears for 25 cents each ($1.50) at a thrift store! Great deal, and I am reselling a few on eBay!
I recently purchased ALL of these Boyds Bears for 25 cents each ($1.50) at a thrift store! Great deal, and I am reselling a few on eBay! | Source

Important Tip for Collectors:

If you are just starting to collect Boyds Bears, make sure to purchase the ones with tags still attached. These will ultimately be worth more because they will be more intact. Below is one of my favorite Boyds Bears. You can see her tag attached and her name is on the tag," Gwen Marie Bear." Since she is in red overalls with snowflakes, I use her to decorate the house at Christmas.

Boyd's Bear, "Gwen Marie Bear" from my personal collection.
Boyd's Bear, "Gwen Marie Bear" from my personal collection. | Source

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Here's one of the sweetest Boyds bears I have found. You can see she has 2 tags intact which  increases her collectible value.
Here's one of the sweetest Boyds bears I have found. You can see she has 2 tags intact which increases her collectible value. | Source

I hope you enjoy my photos of the Boyds Bears in my collection, and maybe this article will encourage you to start a collection of Boyds Bears of your own. With the amount of second hand Boyds Bears out there, you could easily start one without spending a lot of money!


Collecting Not Selling Teddy Bears

Since originally writing this article I have received quite a few questions about where to sell Boyd's bears. I wrote this article about collecting Boyd's Bears, not selling them. Boyd's Bears right now are not worth a lot of money. I don't think people understand that they are no longer being created.

Please do not ask me any questions about where to sell your Boyd's bears. I am not an expert on selling teddy bears, but have sold a few teddy bears on eBay. At this point, that is the only recommendation I will make, but don't expect to make a lot of money on them because they are collectible for possible future profit only.

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Questions & Answers

  • I would like to sell some of my Boyds bears and some of my Boyds figurines. I don't want to sell on eBay any longer. Do you have any suggestions on how I could go about selling them?

    You should ask someone to help you sell your collection through your town's Facebook yard sale page, assuming that your town has one. It might be best to sell them in groups of five or ten to get any substantial amount of money for them. I suggest you get someone to help you with it because although it is safer than Craigslist, you shouldn't meet someone on your own to make the sale.

  • How can I find this hard-to-find:Nora knittinnothin @2277985?

    Contact the company that stopped production. Do it through a Google search.

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    • Kimberly Peters profile image

      Kimberly Peters 

      19 months ago

      My mother-n-law was a collector of them. She sadly passed away about 3 years ago and I have quite a few of them that are packed away. I think they are adorable but feel if someone who really loves them would like to add them to there collection, I would be happy to share what ones she has. I think there are some resin ones as well.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      23 months ago from Georgia

      teaches12345

      Yes Boyd's Bears are quite adorable, but right now they don't seem to be worth that much online. I think as time goes by and people realize they are no longer being made, their value will rise. One can only hope!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      23 months ago

      I have a few around my home and I will now see what their value is online. I used to collect bears, I will hang onto a few; but I will most likely sell or give most away over time. They are so adorable.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      24 months ago from Georgia

      Yes billybuc, they used to be very popular and were at all of the gift shops. Now there is a limited supply to go around. I don't think the word has gotten out yet in terms of being good for collectors. That's one of the reasons I wanted to write about it. And until the word DOES get out, I will be buying up as many Boyds Bears as I can find, LOL!

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      Bill Holland 

      24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never heard of them, Karen, but once I looked at the pictures, I realized I've seen them for a very long time. I hate it when a tradition falls by the wayside....but I guess it's good for collectors. :)

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