One of my most notable memories is the controversy surrounding the TY tag on the beanie babies. I personally found the tag to be somewhat of an annoyance so naturally I ripped off the tags of my beanie babies the minute I got them. However, it soon became quite a big deal to keep the TY tag on your beanie babies. People said this was because the tag meant the beanie baby had value. Looking back I'd like to ask these people, WHAT VALUE?! I mean the originals were what $5? And it's not like the toys were some rare specimen. Every kid had at least ten. Did people really believe that if they preserved the beanie babies tag they would be able to sell it back years later for a huge profit? Come on.
So here's something everyone should remember from the 90s: beanie babies. These small furry animals stuffed with beads blew up like Hiroshima in the early 90s. And it wasn't about having a few lovable playmates, it was about having as many of these bean-filled buddies as you could possibly have.
Though I was strongly opposed to keeping the TY tags on, I was challenged at school by some fourth grade brat: "That's not a REAL beanie baby! It doesn't have a TY tag." "Yes it is, I just took it off," I retorted. "Yeah, right! Everyone knows to keep the tag on. That's totally fake!"
So basically having beanie babies was a huge competition to separate the spoiled brats from the kind-of-spoiled kids from the kids whose parents just flat out didn't love them. The spoiled brat beanie baby conversation would sound something like this:
"I just got the just released, limited edition, brand-new, beanie baby Princess Diana bear. So now I have 862 beanie babies! Ha!!"
"Oh yeah?! Well, I have 904 beanie babies and my Mom said she ordered the Diana bear plus the new Quacker the Duck without the wings and they only made like 15 Quacker the Ducks in the world!"
Yeah, I couldn't hang with this crowd of one-uppers. I was in the semi-spoiled group and had my fair share of fuzzy friends, but 904?! Jeez, that's just excessive and spoiling a child at this age will surely backfire on his/her parents; it's just a matter of time...
The biggest problem I faced when the beanie baby storm finally subsided was where the hell to put them. I had about 110 beanie babies, which was taking up some serious closet space. And you couldn't throw them away because as rumor had it, they were surely "going to be valuable." Well to everyone who insisted beanie babies would become valuable one day:
Thanks to YOU I kept 110 beanie babies stored in my closet until I graduated high school. Jerks.