eBay Store Reunites Boy With a Beloved Long-Lost Toy
By: Cicely Wedgeworth
An emotional video about a young boy’s reunion with a beloved toy he had lost three years earlier – THREE YEARS – has gone viral, with 1.5 million views on YouTube.
The little boy, Liam, had received the stuffed blue monkey, Ah Ah, as a present from his grandparents when he was 1 year old. Ah Ah was Liam’s constant companion for years, until Ah Ah went missing during a 2009 family camping trip in Rocky Mountains National Park.
Liam was “absolutely devastated,” his dad reported in a YouTube video.
Three years later, Liam’s mom was browsing eBay when on a whim, she searched for “blue monkey” and found a stuffed animal that looked just like Ah Ah. Thinking it would make a good replacement toy, she ordered it.
But when the monkey arrived, it wasn’t just a replacement for Ah Ah – it WAS Ah Ah. Same singed spot on his head from the dryer. Same jagged cut on his leg where Liam had cut the tag off.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Liam’s mom said in the video. “There was one in the whole world, and he was on eBay.”
The eBay store where Liam’s mom bought Ah Ah is Lost Loves Toy Chest, run by Tammy Staveley of Florida. Staveley searches all over for lost toys, which she sells in her store.
“I’m so glad that I could help,” Staveley told the New York Daily News, recalling that her daughter had once lost a precious blanket. “I’ve been in that position and I know that that item is basically priceless, you can’t sleep, the kid’s crying.”
Watch Liam’s reaction to the return of Ah Ah. It’s a real tearjerker.