The above short documentary, Bankrupt by Beanies, is the strangely compelling story of a family that got caught up in the 1990s Beanie Baby craze – to the tune of $100,000. Chris Robinson, the filmmaker as well as a member of the family, spoke to Dazed Digital’s Trey Taylor about their ill-advised scheme:
DD: Are you still in the process of trying to sell the Beanies?
Chris Robinson: We actually never really tried selling them. We just collected them for a few years, finally saw the error in our ways, and then packed them away in hopes that maybe someday they’d rebound and we could get some money back. The plan going in was for them to pay for our college tuition, but it became pretty clear that wasn’t going to happen for us. Maybe by the time our kids graduate high school they’ll have made a comeback. Or we can just burn them for warmth in the event of the Apocalypse.
DD: What are your feelings towards beanie babies now?
Chris Robinson: I’m mostly just apathetic to them at this point. I see the whole time period as one of bonding with my family, despite it being an extraordinary waste of money that would have been better spent on pretty much anything else. It was fun while it lasted, but then it was over and we got on with our lives.
(Hat tip: Gawker)