Shopping for toys at Goodwill here in San Antonio is a great way for me to add to our collection for pennies on the dollar. Because there is such a great selection at the thrift store, it takes a lot of self control not to go "crazy" and buy a bunch of toys.
But Buzz didn't work when we got him home. I didn't worry one bit, because I know how to revive toys!
With thrifted toys, I expect to go home, check the batteries FIRST THING (just in case of corrosion) and go from there. Here are two great tips I have learned from years of thrifting and doing minor toy fixes. This will save you a lot of grief and enable you to revive thrifted toys too!
Tip #1: A little bit of baking soda paste on a q tip can go a long way to clean out a battery compartment. Let the compartment thoroughly dry before you put fresh batteries in.
Usually this is enough to make the toy work again, as was the case with Buzz.
Tip #2: A little bit of foil!
Tip #3: Thrift for and donate toys! More often than not, the toys I have thrifted are in excellent condition and work like a dream. When we get really tired of playing with a toy or "age out," we donate!
**NOTE: I am NOT an expert on restoring toys! These are tips that I use and work for me. Please use caution when dealing with old batteries, and please dispose of them properly.**Happy Thrifting!