Lewis turns £10 pocket money into £1,300 thanks to Trashie craze
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LUCKY youngster Lewis Eeles proved the saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure by selling an 83p toy dustbin for £1,300 on eBay.
Lewis, 10, is an avid collector of the latest must-have toy Trash Packs, also known as Trashies.
He bought a pack of 12 of the small rubber characters in Tesco for £10 and discovered that one of the collectibles was “ultra rare” – with a certificate verifying it was one of just 250 in the world.
He discussed his fortunate find with friends at Alconbury C of E Primary School and discovered that one of his classmates had recently sold a Trashie for £180.
Dad Jon, 38, said: “Lewis has about 200 of these toys – they’re taking over the house. When we saw the certificate that said ‘ultra rare’ we thought ‘What does that mean? Is it wow or so what?’
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“One of the kids at Lewis’s school had a rare one and sold it for £180 so I said he should think about selling it. He thought about and said OK.”
During the auction, Mr Eeles and Lewis watched the bids slowly creep up and after two days a man in America offered Lewis $500 for the toy.
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Mr Eeles said: “I was shocked but I thought ‘I’m just going to let this stew’.”
With minutes left of the auction, the highest bid was £726.
Mr Eeles said: “My son was hopping about the kitchen! In the dying seconds, a bid for £1,296 was placed. We were all like ‘Oh my God!’ We are all a bit flabbergasted.”
Following the sale, to a woman in Australia, the money was paid into Mr Eeles’s Paypal account and, after commission, Lewis has made just over £1,000.
Mr Eeles said: “The money is his. For years, Lewis has wanted to go to WWE wrestling but we always said it was too expensive. He said to us ‘Now I can go to wrestling!’”
Lewis lives with his dad, mum Sarah and seven-year-old brother Max in Maple End.
He said: “I started collecting them because I thought they looked cool. I was really pleased I had an ultra-rare one. All my friends kept talking to me about it. I’ve bought two more 12-packs and I will hopefully go to watch wrestling.”