Toys are one of the favorite groups of antique objects in the world. Not only because the children's symbolism or sentimentalism, but also because they are usually inexpensive. Generally, toys are not very expensive because they become antiques just because they are old, and usually they are ornaments. However, people who collect them purchase certain toys that are very expensive, toys belonging to the same company or collection, and their value goes up due to the collectable value they possess.
Very famous dolls are one of the most expensive toys. Collecting them is a hobby for many people, and that increases their value due to the great demand and little offer. But most of the well-preserved antique toys are interesting for the public in general, as an ornament for the house or the office.
On many occasions people choose to transform their toys, and give them other use. Not only as an ornament, but also making pencil holders out of tin trucks, book holders out of scale planes, etc. People choose to give a personal use to those objects that once where used to play.
A great advantage of antique toys is that seldom are they reproduced with evil intentions, since the imitation would be more expensive than the original. This applies only for those toys that are not «collection» toys. That is why one can be sure that is buying a toy which some old person played with as a child.
There is also an interest to restore antique toys. Toys are not usually well-preserved and generally they are rusty, broken or damaged in some way. Many people find it entertaining to fix them without resorting to experts. Both the purchase and the repair of toys represent great enjoyment for grown-ups. Buying an antique toy is an encounter with that child that has become an adult.
Choosing an antique toy should not depend on its status as an antique, but on its esthetic and sentimental value. Decorating our house with a toy we used to play with as children will bring some healthy irresponsibility and memories of the times when stress was not our thing. Buying an antique toy is to build a bridge to our memory.