2/28 UPDATE: The Burger Cafe has been sold and has a friendly home in Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in purchasing a Calico Critters Bakery at the pre-retired price of $24.99 (plus shipping), do reach out.
I often tell kids that there's hidden treasure everywhere, you just need to know how to spot it.
This past weekend, I did a quick online price check to see what the Calico Critters Burger Cafe was selling for as a retired item. Had it gone up in value? Dropped? Wasn't affected? I wanted to make sure we were offering the only one we have left at a fair price ($59.99) in the event it had dropped.
It had NOT dropped. Retirement is good.
In fact, at the time there was only one left on Amazon. Its price? $239.99. (86% 5-star reviews.) On eBay, the price wasn't quite as high. You could get one, slightly used (just some nicks on the packaging) for $188.92.
Two days later, I went back and checked again - the one that had been available on Amazon was sold. Same for the one on eBay, although there were two others available - each at a reasonable price, but both used. One is missing pieces.
After doing a final online search last night, I found a new one available on a different site - for $244.99.
All that said, we have one Calico Critters Burger Cafe left at Mountain Top Toys. For $59.99.
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Patrick Holland, born in a Cabbage Patch and raised inside the Honeycomb Hideout, is a former Oompa Loompa. He is now co-owner of Mountain Top Toys (with his not-so-silent partner and wife, Joanna), and parent to two daughters, both of whom are beginning to realize their father is just plain nuts. .
Mountain Top Toys is part of the
Learning Express Toys franchise, and a satellite store to Learning Express Toys Chattanooga.
Both stores are locally and family-owned by Big Grinns, LLC.