Some of those Christmas toys found wrapped under the tree this Christmas could be a goldmine someday.
Thomas Chiarella owns the Back in Time toy store in Stonington, where he buys and sells hundreds of hands-on toys.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native has been collecting many television show based games for 45 years, and he is passionate about action figures.
He said older toys can lose 75 percent of their value if they aren’t in the original packaging and incomplete.
"If something's never been touched before people will pay a lot of money for it,” Chiarella said.
Depending on the rarity of the item being bought or sold, it could be worth thousands.
"It's the graphics that guys are now getting into. They want to see the packaging, what clothes people wore back in the 50's and 60's,” he said.
A Beanie Baby, unless it is a Princess Diana one, isn’t worth much, but a Hogan’s Heroes board game is worth thousands.
The store is open daily Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Velvet Mill in Stonington.
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