When Rosalina and Ted Hubler decided to relocate their business, R&T Microcenters & Laserchargers, from Telegraph Road to a smaller location on Alexis Road in the New Towne Square Plaza, they knew something would have to go.
As they packed up their inventory for the quarter-mile move, they decided the tubs and tubs containing more than 3,000 of the once-coveted Ty Beanie Babies needed to find a new home.
“Back when they were so popular, we were selling some of them,” Ted said. “Then the craze fizzled out and I’ve been kind of sitting on them for 10 to 12 years.
“I also originally had a private collection in which I tried to keep one of each, but I quit buying about five or six years ago – there were just too many being released. I didn’t have one of every one, but I had a lot of them.”
The couple made the decision to donate the adorable little plush toys, all in new or like-new condition, to area hospitals and charities.
“We wanted to put them to a good use – to maybe bring a smile to a child who is sick or having a rough time,” Ted said.
So the Hublers have been divvying up the miniature menagerie of plush pals for distribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the University of Toledo Medical Center, the Ronald McDonald House and Toledo Children’s Hospital. In addition, some 800 will go to Hospice of Medina County. “That’s where I’m from,” Ted said. “My stepdad was in hospice there.”
Asked if it was hard to see the collection go, Ted said, “It was hard letting them go until we decided where they would end up, but when we reached our decision it just felt right.”
With some 800 fewer square feet at their store’s new location, Ted and Rosalina Hubler decided to downsize their inventory by donating their collection of more than 3,000 TY Beanie Babies to local hospitals and charities.