Model Horses Selling Model Horses
Buying & Selling Resources
Model Horse Values:
The value of a model horse depends on several factors, including
condition, rarity, and popularity of that mold and/or model. You can get an
approximate value for your models from online auctions, for sale
listings, and books like Felicia Browell's
Breyer Animal Collector's Guide : Identification and Values,
These values are just approximations, and are based on what collectors were
paying for that model in average condition at the time the guide was created.
You will get far less if you sell to a dealer or if your model is in less than
The prices you will see listed in price guides are for models in fair to
good condition, with some ear tip, tail, and hoof rubs and/or factory
problems such as overspray or blurred markings. If your model has a lot
of scratches, a seam split or any type of break it will have a much
lower value. A very rare model (see below) may still fetch a high price
in poor condition, but common models in "played with" condition simply
don't have much value, even ones twenty or more years old.
Rarity: If a
model was available for many years (the bay Running Mare, the palomino Family
Arabians, and the black Midnight Sun, for example) its value will be
much less than that of a model that was issued only for a year or two.
Limited Edition models, along with
Just About Horses'
Connoisseur Models are all
examples of models with small runs that retain their value well over
Extras: If a
model came with a hang tag, certificate of authenticity, ribbon,
blanket, or other item, it is generally worth more if those accessories
are included. Some collectors prize having the original box as well,
especially for models released in the 1980s and earlier, and will pay a
premium price for models in unopened boxes. Others prefer their models
out of the box so that they can see any hidden factory flaws, so it's up
to you whether to keep your boxes or keep your models in their boxes.
Buying Model Horses
You may already have a dealer nearby
(check your tack and toy stores along with the retail chains listed in
Special Run Distributors) for new and
recently discontinued Breyer model horses. Classic and Stablemate scale
models are commonly found in the retail chains, with Traditionals more
common in the western wear and tack stores. Listed
below is a variety of Internet sources selling Breyer model horses.
Even allowing for the cost of shipping, you may find that you'll get a
better deal through the Internet, though you won't be able to see the
model in person before you buy it.
If you're just coming back
into the hobby after a long time away it's easy to get overwhelmed by
the sheer volume of models available; there are thousands of
discontinued models for sale, and more than a hundred more are released
each year. Unless you're independently wealthy or just won the lottery
you'll need to decide what you'll focus on, such as one or a handful of
favorite molds, breeds, scale (Traditional, Classic, etc.) or colors.
You should also try to be patient, even when you find a model for sale
that you simply must have. Unless your model is extremely rare
there are bound to be others out there just like it, so take time to
decide if its condition and price are right for you before you commit to
a purchase. Remember, breathe! Don't let someone talk you into
buying something just because it's a "great deal." It's only a great
deal if it makes you happy to own it!
Selling Model Horses
Many people, when they find out that the
horses they collected as a child are considered valuable today, decide to
sell their model horses. There are many way to sell them, but first go
back and read my section on model horse values.
The biggest problem most childhood collectors have is that their models
were *gasp* played with, and now have many scratches, chips, and even
breaks. Dirt and scuff marks may be removable--see my
Model Horse How-To page. Everything that remains
after cleaning affects value, and you need to have a realistic idea
of what your collection is worth before you begin. Collectors are very
particular, and you'll need to be able to accurately describe your
model's flaws--"good condition for its age" simply won't cut it
if you want to get a decent price.
Once you know what condition your
models are in you'll need to identify what you have. While it's possible
to just take photos of your collection and sell the lot on a site like
eBay, you'll get a much better price if you can accurately describe what
you have and what condition each model is in, and do even better if you
sell them individually. If you don't know
what you have, use this site to figure it out. With extremely few
exceptions every Breyer model is described on these pages, and the site
is set up to help even a complete novice identify what she/he has. If
you are absolutely stuck you can
email me for
help, but please be sure you've tried your best first--at the very least
you should be able to identify what mold it is. I won't identify your
entire collection for you (and don't provide estimated values at all),
so please don't ask!
As soon as you know what you have and what
condition they're in you're ready to advertise them for sale. The most
popular way to do that is by online auction.
Be as accurate as you can regarding the condition of the model, and be
sure to provide photos, and of both sides of the model if possible. The
photo(s) must be clear enough to show the condition of the model and
large enough to make out details. Use as low a starting bid as you can
and be prepared to answer questions during the auction period. You can also use
sales lists or other methods to sell your models, and I've listed
some of these resources below.
Once your model sells be ready to pack it
well and ship it out as soon as you have received payment. People know
each other within the hobby and the best way to sell models in the
future is to develop a reputation as an honest, prompt seller.
Dealers: For new and recently discontinued models, authorized dealers can help you out.
A few dealers also buy and sell older ("vintage") model horses. Some
of the retail chain stores that I've found Breyers in include tack shops,
Marshalls, Target, Petsmart, and Toys R Us. Models are also sold through the
JC Penney catalog.
Breyer now sells models
online at list price. Starting with
Delia in October of 2008 Breyer will also sells Web Special models from
their site that are available nowhere else.
- The ID Your Breyer
Amazon.com Store -
Your purchases support this site, and Amazon's free shipping on orders over $25 makes
for a very good deal.
- Authorized Dealers - A page on this site dedicated to mail order and Internet dealers.
- Special Run Distributors
- Breyer frequently releases models that are available only through a
certain store or distributing company. Click on the link for a list of those
retailers that I know of.
E-mail Lists/Forums: like a
newsletter that anyone can contribute to, e-mail lists offer instant
communication between people who have a shared interest. Here's just a small
sample of the model horse lists that accept for sale/wanted posts. Please
note: some other model horse lists forbid such ads, so check their rules
carefully before posting there.
- Anything Breyer
- S/D lists, class lists, sales, trades are all welcome.
- Breyer Model Horse
Swap - For buying, selling and trading Breyer model horses and
repaints. No other brands or resins are allowed. Model horse tack is also
Exchange - For buying, selling, and trading of model horses other
equines, even cattle! Breyers, Stones, Hartlands, resins, chinas and any
other type hobby items! The most active sales list on Yahoo.
Model Horse Blab
- A forum where all things model horse are discussed daily. The basic
discussion forums are free, and there is a section for the posting of models
- Discussions of all aspects of model horses, including buying, selling, and
- Model Horse
Lovers - Group for lovers of model horses to post sales lists, S/D
lists, wanted lists, to ask questions, and to discuss about model horses.
- Model Horse
Traders - A place for you to list your sales lists, trades and want
lists. Avoid the hassles and listing fees of auctions.
- The Model
Exchange - Model horse sales, want to buy, and for trade lists.
one of the
most popular methods of buying and selling today.
Antique Stores/Collectible Shops/Garage
Sales: probably the most fun way to find what you need. Careful
hunting can turn up some amazing bargains, but be careful of what you pay,
especially in antique shops; in my experience many models there are grossly overpriced. Having
a collector's guide with you when you shop will help determine what's a fair
Live Model Horse Shows: these
competitions almost always have "for sale" tables. This is probably
the best way to buy when you want to be absolutely sure of a model's
is a terrific example.