Because this was honestly one of the weirdest fads ever. Like if you lived through it, you know.
First and foremost, this incredible picture of a couple divvying up their Beanie Baby collection for their divorce settlement.
Beanie collectors aka middle aged woman go berserk in a gift shop for a new release of Beanies.
“GIMME THAT PEANUT!!”
A grown woman stands with her stuffed bean bags trying to make a trade.
A man runs a Beanie auction, yes a legit auction, in a mall.
Someone at that Beanie auction paid $200 for the elusive Princess Di bear.
This was the gold standard. The main event.
I’d say 90% of Teenie Beanies ended up like this.
A girl sits with her Beanies on her head, because why not?
Another middle aged woman poses with a pile of Beanies.
Shaq is given a Beanie.
The Queen even had a mini collection, some kids gifted her a dragon Beanie Baby.
The iconic “limited edition” Millennium bear.
Two women inspect some Beanies at a Beanie Baby silent auction.
A five-year-old boy grabs his 12 Beanie maximum the store allowed shoppers to buy.
Bill Clinton is presented a special edition Sammy Sosa Beanie Baby by Sammy Sosa himself.
A girl shows off her Beanie collection.
A woman carefully displays her Beanies.
The inventor of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, celebrates the 10th anniversary of Beanies in 2003.
Ty presents a Beanie to a very excited middle aged woman.
An employee at a Hallmark store in West Virginia shows off the Saint Patrick’s Day Beanie exclusive: Erin the bear.
A woman bags a Beanie in a protective plastic bag.
A boy sells Beanie Babies with his mother, like they both were *in charge* of the collection, but let’s be real, this was totally his mom.
A $5,000 Beanie on display.
A group of women hold some Beanies they plan to donate to children in war zones.
A woman inspects some Beanies at a Beanie swap.
“Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” singers 98 Degrees pose with their beloved Beanies.
A line of literally thousands of people wait to get into a baseball game because they were giving away free Beanies.
Those were the goods.
And here’s that treasure.
A hotel convention hall is PACKED with Beanie collectors trying to find that elusive rare deal.
A group of people wait for the doors of a pharmacy to open, apparently they had been waiting since 4 AM.
And last but not least, a girl poses with her 123 Beanie Baby collection.