Antiques expert Harry Rinker says six is the magic number for collectibles because thats the age kids start making memories.
As a result, he suggests parents buy their six-year-olds an extra model of his or her favorite toy and hide it until theyre 30.
Although todays parents understand toys are potential collectibles, Rinker says many miss the boat by not allowing the kids to play with them. In his words, If you dont play with toys, you dont have the memories that make them valuable.
Rinker is helping Americans cash in their memories with an upcoming Discovery Channel series, Pop Nation: Americas Coolest Stuff, where experts appraise the value of lunch boxes, toy cars and Charlies Angels memorabilia.
The show tapes June 4 in Baltimore, Maryland; June 18 in Austin, Texas; July 2 in Long Beach, Calif.; and July 9 in Portland, Oregon; and debuts Oct. 1.
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