Would you believe us if we tell you that your house is filled with treasure? You might be surprised to hear that some of your old junk is actually valuable stuff. Keep reading because you might just earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars the next time you clean your house!
Back in the day, a lot of children begged their parents to get them a Game Boy. First released in 1989, this toy became a common way to pass the time. However, the influence did not end there. It is no longer possible to head into a normal gaming store and buy this handheld console. This is the reason its resale market value has gone up significantly. They now go for anywhere from $750 to $2,000! On eBay, an unopened unit went for more than $4,000! We are sure that ‘90s kids would now tell their parents, “I told you it was worth it!”
Antique Cookie Jar
Ancient cookie jars are worth a lot of money in this day and age. We are not only talking about those made a few decades ago. We are talking about those that came from the ‘40s and ‘50s. If you do not believe us, we trust Reyne Hirsch to confirm it for you. She works as an Antiques Roadshow evaluator for PBS. According to Uncle Mistletoe Marshall Fields, she says that in 2018, one from the ‘50s sold for $1,200. However, it is not the only one to go for a lot of money. Her people said that a cookie jar would go for more if it was in the style of a famous cartoon character. On August 25, 2019, a cookie jar with a Little Audrey theme went for $3,400 on eBay.
Vintage Perfume Bottles
It looks like it does not matter what is on the inside this time around. As of the 19th century, perfume bottles were transformed into art by glassblowers from different parts of the world. If you have one of these things, you might be in for a lot of money. We are not kidding when we say that these can sell for wads of cash. In August 2019, perfume flasks that date back to the 1900s have gone for nearly $4,000 on eBay. If you have bottles that are centuries old, you might even have $8,500 waiting for you. Eric Silver, an antique roadshow evaluator, has said that there are also auctions exclusively for perfume bottles where you can sell your perfume bottles.
We bet that a lot of people have not gone through their VHS collection lately. After all, it is now 2020 and Netflix is the king of media. However, there is literal value in it if you are willing to look hard. It turns out that the three volumes you see in the photo are being sold by seller jinelle0317 for $1.499,999.99. Aside from that, there are films that never got transferred to DVDs or any digital format. Often, it is the absurd or prohibited ones that are on the market for the highest price. But have you wondered what we might see from the New Netflix period to sell at a later date? It’s a good idea to save up for future sales
Vintage Band T-Shirts
Vintage group shirts are worth a lot of money considering they serve as examples of huge moments in music history. A Nirvana Tour Tee in Utero, only reserved for people on the crew, allegedly sold for almost $7,000 according to the Red Bull website. However, this is not the most shocking price just yet! Wait until you hear about a shirt that carried the controversial original version of the “Yesterday and Today” album cover. Banned in 1966, it was a photo of the musicians in butcher attire that got recalled right away. In 2011, koshercollectibles posted an original shirt dating back to the ‘70s that came with this image. It was sold off for $20,000! Whoa. It might be high time for you to go through your closet.
Kugel Christmas Ornaments
There are two things that can happen when you get Christmas ornaments as gifts. You can either put it in the storage box or hang it in your Christmas tree and reuse it for years to come. However, there is actually a less known third option, which is to go online and make it big at sales. Eric Silver, an evaluator, says that antique sleds can be priced as much as $100 but blown glass ornaments can go for $1,700! However, those with German Kugel ornaments from the 1840s to the 1940s are the true winners here. After all, these stunning pieces go for $18,000! Don’t just throw away your Christmas décor, folks!
Vintage Lunch Boxes
The truth is that the value of these beauties is directly related to decorations about rock bands and even cartoon characters. It looks like vintage tin accessories used by schoolchildren do more than simply carry food. A lunch box collector by the name of Thad Reece said that collectors pay as much as ten thousand times more than what it originally cost for these pricey lunch boxes. Which are the most profitable ones of the lot? Well, a 1963 Jetsons-themed lunch box had an estimated value of $1,000 to $1,650, while a 1962 Dudley do-right one went for over $2,200. According to Allen Woodall, the founder of one of the biggest lunchbox galleries in the world, a Superman luncheon box happens to be the most popular lunchbox in history. Made in 1954, it went up to $13,000!
If you have ever collected Pokémon trading cards, you might want to grab some tissue before you keep reading. Anyone who threw out their old cards or traded ultra-rare ones missed out big time. On eBay, an entire standard collection of Pokémon Mill cards is worth a lot of money. Meanwhile, rare cards also go for thousands of bucks individually. A first edition copy of Charizard 1999 previously owned by a vendor called dh25253 went for $12,499.99. However, there is more. A PSA 9 Mint card, part of the 2001 Tropical Wind Trophy, was put on the market for $500,000. Now you know better than to discard your cards!
Vintage Advertising Signs
There was a time when people would hang advertisement signs from restaurants, shops, and pubs instead of posting these announcements on the Internet. The antique token below has increased its value by quite a lot. If you do not believe us, let us tell you that this vintage Coca-Cola sign on eBay was sold for $5,700 last August 1, 2019. This is not even the most expensive one out there. Some signs go up to as much as four digits. It is a good idea to go through your garage because you never know if one of these babies are hiding in there.
Apple iPod 1st Generation
Original Apple products might be relatively new compared to the other things, they are still a hit. While not true antiques, they are considered a lot of money if Steve Jobs built the items. Take a good look at how much your old items are worth now before you throw out your Apple electronics. On July 19, 2019, videoaudiostudios managed to sell an Apple iPod for nearly $2,2000 on eBay. This is only the tip of the iceberg, however. By August 2019, new or first-generation versions of these things have been listed for as much as $15,999. Clearly, their value increases as time passes by.
Isn’t it crazy to think that CDs are now considered ancient fossils in the music world? That said, it is a good thing for people who love music. Some outlets say that the 1993 Michael Jackson signature series, as well as the 1998 Coldplay protection EP, are worth around $1,500. It is even better if you own the 2006 “London” album by Paris Hilton, whose cover got a revamped sleeve and a mashup with street artist D.J. Dangermouse. This album has been reported to be worth $3,000 in the United States back in 2013 but has been listed with the asking price of $12,134.19 on eBay as of August 21, 2019.
Boy Scout Badges
Proud parents often prefer to pay tribute to the Boy Scouts in America by sending their boys to them, old memorabilia can be worth a lot of money. As of 2018, certain collectible badges are worth $1,178 if Collectors Weekly is to be believed. The older they are, the more value they have. In August 2019, a Boy Scout sash was worth $4,500 on eBay. It came with 18 patches dating back from the ‘30s to the ‘40s. Aside from that, Air Scout memorabilia goes for around $2,000!
Does anyone else not pay a whole lot of attention to their coins? Most people find this form of currency irritating and not worth much thought. The dollar bill is definitely more convenient. The truth is that you can get a pretty penny for old coins buried at the bottom of your bag or hidden in your couches. Back in 2007, former dealer Jeff Bidelman of Rare Collectibles found a 200-year-old coin stash worth $200k. Make sure to check your coin purse for a rare Kansas state quarter! In 2005, “In God We Trust” was written as “In God We Rust” in a bunch of these coins. They are now said to be worth $100 each.
Does anyone else think of the David Bowie song “When the Wind Blows” when they hear this word? Anyway. For the uninformed, weathervanes are those metal devices that rest on top of barns and homes to show you which direction the wind was blowing. It does not mean that they are less valuable just because they are not all that useful in this day and age. Even though we just use our phones now to learn more about the weather, 19th-century weathervanes now go for $5,000 to $7,000 at eBay. What’s more, is that a Native American one got sold for $5.84 million at a Sotheby auction in 2006.
Polly Pocket Toys
In the 1990s, it did not get much bigger than Polly Pocket in the world of toys. The high-end toys became an integral element in many children’s playrooms, and this is part of the reason you can put them up online for a significant amount of money. In the past, people marveled over the small pieces. On eBay, Polly Pocket toys are now considered valuable collector’s items like the rest of the things on our list. As of August 2019, the bigger packages are valued at $1,900. However, it is not only Polly Pocket figures that get the big bucks. Anything related to the franchise can fetch you some money. A Polly Pocket pencil case was sold off for $810 on eBay back on July 16, 2019.
Diamonds are not the only moneymakers when it comes to gems. Costume gems can get you a huge pile of cash, so it might be time to have them appraised before you think they are useless. Italian fashion icon Elsa Schiaparelli allegedly sold her antique jewelry in a ‘20s auction for as much as $2,000. Since June 2019, these things have gone for over $5,000 on eBay. The product does not even have to be the best of them all. On eBay, early 20th-century rubber braces and chunky collars got auctioned off for more than $16,000. The trends might change, but jewelry will forever be important.
The lamps you got from your late ancestors might not match your home aesthetic, but you can at least get good money for them. Tiffany lamps, it turns out, are more than simply colored glass. They are emblems of beauty and worth a lot. They are not as invaluable as you might think they are. This product is even part of a huge online market for collectability, antiques, and fine art. You could get anywhere from $4,000 to more than $1 million. The company said that the most popular ones in this day and age would be those with floral motifs and vibrant colors. The light fittings are actually so rare that you will be able to get a good amount of money for the foundations.
So, what about those fancy dinner sets just gathering dust in your kitchen cabinets? Well, you might be able to get hundreds or thousands of bucks for them. However, you have to make sure that they are fine china dating back to decades past. These antiques must be porcelain, which is a style that became big during the 18th century. Back then, English artists got inspiration from the hand-painted blue and white ceramics from China. Even though there are many fake items in the market these days, those from the early 20th century have been sold for as much as $5,000!
We cannot think of a better way to know the time than by hearing a sweet melody accompanied by a small bird bursting out of a hole. These clocks must be the most nostalgic household items from 1730s Germany. They might also remind you of your grandmother. They are commonly found in flea markets or garage sales, although you might find this rare object in your own home. There exists a resale market for the amazing time-tellers if you happen to own one. As of August 25, 2019, cuckoo clocks were selling were up to $2,000 on eBay. It’s time to check the attic for these beauties!
Old Cell Phones
There are many ways to make some cash on those old cell phones you have lying around. However, the amount you make off of them varies by the condition of the device. Some extremely old cell phones can be worth quite a bit. For instance, a 1983 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X – one of the first wireless phones ever made – was sold at auction for $550.
For the most part, classic books and magazines that are still in good shape can become more valuable as time goes on. If you happen to have a classic book that belonged to your great-great-grandfather, it could be sold for a nice sum.
Typewriters are not something that is really used anymore, and that’s exactly the point. Antique typewriters are one of those old household items that are worth a lot of money to the right buyer. Some models can sell for as much as $560 just because they look fashionable. Just make sure they’re functional and in good condition. In this case, the older, the better.
It turns out that many kinds of dolls are another household item that is now worth a whole lot of money. It would be wise to do a little internet research for yourself to find out about those old dolls you have. You might be in for a nice amount of cash.
You probably would know if you owned a million-dollar Jackson Pollack or a revered da Vinci masterpiece. With a little luck, you might discover a $12,000 painting at Goodwill, but that’s just as unlikely. All the same, appraisers can examine the canvas, pigment, stretcher, and keys to figure out if the old painting you happen to have lying around is worth anything. If the artist is prominent, if not known, their artwork can sell for $7,500 or more.
Those vinyl records you have can be worth quite a bit, depending on their condition and what artist they’re by. Aside from the fact that they’re now back in style, they’re also a collector’s item. For example, an unreleased cover of David Bowie’s 1974 Diamond Dogs album sold for a whopping $3,550.
Almost every household has a few old and outdated computers sitting around. Keep an eye out for Apple computers. While they’re still relatively new, Apple products are very popular. “A first edition Apple was bought for $900,000. It’s not technically antique, but it can be worth a lot of money if it was built in, say, Steve Job’s garage,” says Eric Silver. Not to mention, electronics that are in working condition are worth more.
Nowadays, superheroes are all the rage. If you happen to own the early comic book that features any of the popular characters, you can be looking at a serious profit. At the moment, copies of the Black Panther series from the ’70s – written and illustrated by co-creator Jack Kirby – are doing well on eBay. The auction of the series is already well over $150. Single issues are selling for at least $50. Not to mention, original Archie comics are worth a lot too.
American Girl Dolls
Right now, the original American Girl dolls from 1986 are a popular collector’s item. Samantha sells for as much as $4,200 on eBay. Naturally, that included her outfits and accessories. However, other dolls have been known to sell for over $2,800. Even dolls that aren’t in their original packaging are being listed for hundreds of dollars.
Hardcover first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that have the print line “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1” can be worth up to $55,000. While that is the amount for the British version of the book, American editions can also be worth a lot. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – the American version – can be worth up to $6,500 if it has the print line “1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02” on the copyright page.
McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys
McDonald’s Happy Meals have been popular with children of all ages for years now – mainly for the little plastic toy that was found in each box. However, old Happy Meal toys might make you smile even more as an adult. Changeables toys have sold for between $20 to $140, depending on the condition of the whole set. One of the more valuable Happy Meal toys, Inspector Gadget from 1995, can be worth as much as $350.
Collectible Barbie Dolls
There are several collectible Barbie dolls from the ’90s that could make you a nice amount of cash. For instance, this ‘Barbie Loves Elvis’ collector’s doll set from 1997 is now being sold for $149 on eBay. A Pink Splendor Barbie has even sold for a whopping $1,000.
While Barbie is valuable, some of her houses and accessories could make you money as well. Vintage Barbie items like the McDonald’s drive-through set, the So Much To Do! Bedroom set, and Magic Moves Barbeque accessories can be worth $100 each.
Whoever grew up in the 1990s most likely owned a Ty Beanie Baby at some point. Today, you might be surprised to learn that some of these Beanie Babies can make a lot of money. A rare ‘Valentino’ Beanie Baby is being sold for $14,000 on eBay right now, but it can be valued for close to $43,000! A ‘Princess Diana’ commemorative Beanie Baby from 1997 has previously sold for $10,000.
While an original Furby might creep you out, it can also make you rich. A limited-edition ‘Special Furby Angel’ recently sold for $800 according to Today. A rare ‘Kids Cuisine’ Furby that hasn’t been opened was sold for $520.