There is an alternate universe where hyperinflation has rendered the US dollar worthless, but he demand for limited edition Beanie Babies has continued to rise since the mid 90's. Instead of wallets, people carry around backpacks filled with plush animal friends to barter with.
Every transaction is a sentimental goodbye. "Goodbye, Lucky Pup. I wish you could come live with your brothers and sisters and I in the mansion you afforded us."
In this universe your Aunt Beth is living like Donald Fucking Trump.