Start a Boyds Bears collection by identifying the scope of the collection, such as a specific type of bear, and searching online retailers and auctions sites for matching listings. Also visit local thrift stores, yard sales and consignment shops to locate bears for the collection. The official Boyds website also offers links to physical retailers that may carry the bears, as of 2015.
The first step to starting a Boyds Bears collection is to determine any guidelines for the collection, such as plush dolls or resin statues, so that you may focus your search on specific products and have a set goal for the collection. Auction sites such as eBay.com are a common resource for collectors because they feature a wide collection from sellers across the world, allowing you to target specific bear types or lines. BoydsStuff.com also offers links to online retailers that sell its products, as the company itself no longer manufactures the products.
Another method for finding the bears is to check at local yard or rummage sales, though these options are often unreliable. Many thrift stores may also carry Boyds Bears dolls and figures, with inventories at such stores frequently changing. Additionally, you may visit a local collectibles dealer to see if he has any Boyds Bears for sale, or to see if he can put you in touch with other collectors willing to sell duplicate copies.