From what I've observed, the age range does seem to be more like Posts 2 and 3 listed (30s and 40s) and then later (50s and 60s). I worked with a woman in her early 60s a couple years ago, and she used to rush to stores to find unique ones for her young nieces. But then she became interested in them and bought some for herself. I have not met anybody in her 20s who was interested in them.
I would agree that the demographic would be women probably in their 30's or 40's. I have tree daughters ranging from age 12 to 21, the youngest one barely remembers beannie babies, the two older ones had quite an extensive collection.
I would say that the age demographic would be someone in their 20s or young 30s. Beanie Babies from TY were the rage in the mid 1990s. It would seem that a collector of these stuffed animals would be around such an age because of the idea of nostalgia or profit. Most of the collectors have some level of wealth to them, for if they were in the business of collecting there would have to be some basic and fundamental level of income to embark on such a process. Additionally, the price of the collectible Beanie Baby has dramatically soared in cost, from a toy that many children could afford, they are now in the hundreds of dollars, indicating that the collector of these toys has to be considered somewhat wealthy.
I agree with the previous post. Beanie babies were very popular in the late 90's. I remember standing in lines waiting for hours to get these toys for my young daughter. Thinking back on it I enjoyed them more than she did. I have around 100 of them and I still refuse to get rid of them even though they are in a box in the attic.
I think the main demographic for collecting Beanie Babies is 30-40 year old women and also women in the 60-70 age range. I have not known any men to collect them although I am sure they are out there. I think the women in the 30-40 age range collect them because they were out there collecting them for their children when they were at their peak. I think the women in the 60-70 age range collect them because they were out there waiting in lines to get them for their grandchildren.
If I were to take a survey based on what I have observed at the local flea markets, I would have to say that the people I have observed who usually purchase the beanie babies are white middle class women ranging in age from 30-45 years old.
The people may be purchasing them for their child or children but most often I have heard them make statements such as "I can't resist." They buy them because they appeal o them.
In the retail sector I have seen the same thing. My daughters are in the age groups that I mentioned and they are the same way. However, they collect the little dogs that the beanie babies make that are hair such as yorkies and poodles. As I write I am looking a frazzled looking Yorkie beanie baby that is a personal toy of my poodle. My 30 year old daughter bought it for the dog. She has one of her own.