As online shopping grows ever more popular, more and more people are opting to put secondhand items up for sale on sites like Facebook, eBay, and more. Some people spend thousands of dollars to buy these items, many of which have become more valuable as the years went by.
Read through the list below to discover some of these seemingly ordinary items that are worth a pretty penny today. Who knows, maybe some of these items are lying around your house right now.
Nintendo Game Boy
In 1989, Nintendo released their Game Boy which quickly became one of the sought after items. Children all over the planet were begging their parents to buy them this handheld game, assuring them that it wasn’t a waste of money. While these sought after items are no longer available in stores, their resale value has skyrocketed.
A single one of these handheld consoles can sell for between $750 and $2,000. On 18 August, 2019, an unopened, mint condition Game Boy was sold on eBay for a whopping $4,000. No doubt many of us are looking at our parents now and saying “See… I told you it wasn’t a waste of money!”
Antiques Cookie Jars
It might sound strange but antique cookie jars can be worth quite a lot of money. Admittedly, we’re talking about cookie jars from the 1940s and 50s. Someone who can attest to this is an evaluator from PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, Reyne Hirsch.
According to Hirsch, in 2018 an Uncle Mistletoe Marshall Fields cookie jar from the 1950s sold for $1,200. Hirsch also stated that any famous cartoon character shaped cookie jar could net you a fair amount of money. Another example of this is a Little Audrey cookie jar which sold for $3,400 on eBay.
Antique/Vintage Perfume Bottles
Despite what we’ve always been told, it often is what’s on the outside that matters more than the inside, at least when it comes to old perfume bottles. Glass-blowers turned perfume bottles into an artform by the 19th century. Today these bottles are worth a lot of money.
Some of these antique perfume bottles sold for close to $4,000 in August 2019. Bottles that are a century old already can sell for as much as $8,500. According to Antique Roadshow’s Eric Silver, apart from online sales, there are real-life auctions that focus on nothing other than perfume bottles.
No doubt many people in 2020 haven’t looked at their VHS tapes, if they still have any, as we are living in an age of online streaming and digital downloads. However, if you do have old VHS tapes lying around, you may want to have another look at them.
The tapes in the image are currently listed for a price of $1,499,999,99 on eBay by user jinelle0317. Also, films that never received DVD or digital releases, especially those that were prohibited, are fetching especially high prices.
Vintage Band T-Shirts
It might not be too surprising that these shirts are worth a fair amount of money. These shirts mark some of the biggest moments in the history of music. One example is a Nirvana Tour Tee in Utero. These shirts were only available to crew members and, according to the Red Bull website, sell for nearly $7,000. However, this isn’t the most expensive shirt out there.
You may have heard about the infamous 1966 “Yesterday and Today” album cover for the Beatles ninth studio album that was banned. The original cover caused quite a stir, showing the band dressed in butcher’s jackets, covered in slabs of meat and doll parts. In 2011, koshercollectibles supposedly put an original band shirt from the 1970s containing the controversial cover, up for sale at the whopping price of $20,000.
Christmas ornaments invariably either get used for years on end or get placed into a box, never to see the light of day again. However, some people discover that there is another option too, making it worth your while to check your boxes. Eric Silver stated that antique sleds can go for around $100 while some ornaments made from blown glass can fetch more than $1,700.
However, if you have any Kugel ornaments from Germany dating back between 1840 and 1940, you are in for a treat. That’s because these ornaments can go for as much as $18,000.
Vintage Lunch Boxes
We’ve all heard about people who collect lunchboxes, but this isn’t as silly as it sounds. How valuable these lunchboxes are depends directly on the band, character, or cartoon characters depicted on them. Some collectors are willing to pay as much as ten thousand times the original price of these boxes according to Thad Reece, a lunchbox collector.
A 963 Jetsons lunch box can sell for as much as $1,650 while a 1962 Dudley Do-Right lunch box sold for over $2,200. However, according to Allen Woodall, founder of one of the largest lunchbox galleries, one of the most valuable lunch boxes is a 1954 Superman lunchbox which is worth as much as $13,000.
Trading Cards – Pokémon
If you ever collected Pokémon cards, you might want to grab a box of tissues. For those who threw or gave away their cards might be in for a bit of a shock. You might think twice about those cards you traded with your friends. A full collection of standard Pokémon Mill cards are worth a pretty penny.
However, there are certain rare cards that are worth fortunes. For example, user dh25253 sold the 1999 first edition Charizard card for a mindblowing sum of $12,499.99 on 5 June 2019. That might sound like a lot but a 2001 PSA 9 Mint card from the Tropical Wind Trophy was listed on ebay for an incredible $500,000.
Vintage Advertising Signs
Back in the day, before internet announcements, pubs, restaurants, and shops used to hang signs out to advertise what was being sold and offered. These signs are worth a lot these days. A vintage Coca-Cola sign posted by seller “rare necessities” sold for $5,700 on August 1, 2019.
However, there are some of these items that go for even more. Many of us have some old signs lying around. It might be worth a look.
1st Generation Apple iPod
Although the original Apple items are relatively new, they are still quite popular. And even though they’re not considered to be antiquities yet, they might be worth some money if, say, Steve Jobs built them. So take a glance at what they are selling for today before you decide to throw out any old Apple electronics. On the 19th of July 2019, videoaudiostudios sold an Apple iPod for almost $2,200 for eBay customers.
This is only the dust on the cover, though. As of August 2019, other new or successful first-generation versions for up to $15,999 are listed, indicating that their price increases over time. Think again before throwing obsolete electronics out.
So insane that CDs are ancient fossils in the scene of music now. While this may be sad, luckily for everyone who loves music, these tracks are still worthwhile: lots of cash! The track of the 1993 signature series by Michael Jackson and the 1998 protection EP by Coldplay are worth approximately $1,500, according to several outlets. Yet even better a cover of the 2006 album by Paris Hilton, “London,” replaced Banksy in September 2006 by a revamped sleeve and an optional mash-up with D.J. Dangermouse, as a street artist.
The album, reportedly available in the United States for $3,000 back in 2013, is listed at 9,995 GBP (approximately $12,134.19) on eBay by August 2019.
Boy Scout Badges
Whilst proud parents usually prefer to pay tributes in Boy Scouts in America to the time of their boys, those who are ready to split their memorabilia can get a huge sum. Some very collectible Boy Scout badges are selling at prices of up to $1,178 in 2018 according to Collectors Weekly.
And the more age they have on them, the more you can sell them for, as it happens with most things. A Boy Scout sash was listed on eBay for $4.500 in August 2019 with 18 patches between the 1930s and the 1940s. Even Memorabilia from Air Scout sells for approximately $2,000.
Is there anyone else who does not pay much attention to the coins in their wallet? If you are something like us, coins might be more irritating than anything else and definitely not worth it–not at least as good as their equivalents in the dollar bill. But as it turns out, you can actually pay a penny for the coins you have stashed off in the pockets of your pants or buried on the bottom of your bag.
Get loaded on this: in 2007, a 200-year-old coins stash worth $200,000 was uncovered by Jeff Bidelman, a former dealer at Rare Collectibles in Pennsylvania. You could even have a special Kansas state quarter in your hands if you don’t stumble upon ancient monuments. In 2005, “In God, We Rust” replaced “In God We Trust” by a lot of these quarters. Today, the error is rumored to be worth approximately $100 a coin!
Another household item worth a lot is the weathervanes – or the metal ornaments sitting on the top of barns and homes to find out in which direction the wind blows. It doesn’t mean that it’s any less valuable in terms of money just due to the fact that they aren’t so useful today because now we can use our phones to collect weather metrics in minutes.
Today, weathervanes from the 19th century are sold for $5,000-$7,000 at eBay. What is even greater: a Native American weathervane sold at the 2006 Sotheby auction for an astounding $5.84 million.
Polly Pocket Toys
The Polly Pocket euphoria emerged in the 1990s, among other remarkable things. These high-end toys have become an essential element in many playrooms for children and you can auction them online for a good deal of change. Over the years, you can only stick miraculously to all of their small pieces. Polly Pocket toys have crossed to eBay, where they’re viewed as an expensive collector’s item, like most things on this list.
Since August 2019, bigger packages cost approximately $1,900. However, it’s not just the figures of Polly Pocket who deserve the big dollars; All of Polly Pocket’s accessories are also quite valuable. One example is a Polly Pocket pencil case which sold for an incredible amount of $810 on eBay 16 July 2019.
The only money-makers in gems are actually not just diamonds. Old costume gems actually valued a genius pile of cash, so get them appraised before you stash away the old jewelry because you don’t think you can get any use of them.
An example of this: Elsa Schiaparelli, an Italian Fashion Designer in the 1920s who reportedly sold antique jewelry at auctions for up to $2,000, has recently sold for more than $5,000 to eBay in June 2019.
Great news: those lamps from a deceased ancestor that are not exactly in accordance with your home’s modern aesthetic may in-fact be a huge moneymaker. Tiffany lamps are, as it appears, more than just colored glass, and are an emblem of beauty, worth a pile of money. Do not shade the old item in this room as invaluable. It is part of one of the largest online markets in the world, professedly for Antiques, collectability, and fine art, and could be worth from $4,000 to over $1 million.
According to the company, those with vibrant colored and floral motifs are the most popular Tiffany lamps in today’s market. The light fittings are in fact so good that they are even worth a lot for just their foundations.
The fancy dinner sets that gather dust in the back of your kitchen cabinets might actually amount to hundreds or thousands of dollars online. What are we talking about? Nothing but fine china that dates back decades. Such antiques were made from porcelain and became popular at the end of the 18th century. At that time the English artists drew inspirations from China’s hand-painted white and blue ceramics.
Although today’s market is full of fake items, early 1900s antique sets sold on eBay for up to $5,000. Is there anyone else who plans to clean out their cupboard now?
Is there a better way to find out the time than to be sung a sweet melody with a small bird emerging out of a wooden hole? We think not. Cuckoo clocks are amongst the most nostalgic household items from Germany in the 1730s and they usually make us relive memories of our grandmother. Some of us can find such rarities only on a local garage sale or flea market, while there are others who are lucky enough to have some uncommon versions in their possession.
There is a resale market for these unique time-tellers for all those fortunate holders. As of 25 August 2019, eBay cuckoo clocks sold up to $2,000. Almost everybody is going to go over that price now! What do you think?
In ancient times, collecting stamps was a bit like collecting modern magnets, and it makes sense to have inherited the practice from our ancestors. There are people out there who are lucky to have such an amazing collection, and you should know that there are people who are more than interested in the purchase of these seemingly insignificant objects. As of August 2019, the sets of vintage eBay stamps sold nearly $90,000 and up to hundreds of thousands!
Certainly, for some people, they are simply a piece of paper, but for some of them, they are ancient artifacts that provide a great view of the past.
It seems that rocking chairs have more meaning than just as a tool to help babies sleep. Such pieces of furnishings were produced in the 1700s and are still standing today in various living rooms and porches. And boy, for those of you who still own one, we have good news.
E-bay records show for example, that even the little rocking chairs of children from anywhere from the 1950s to the 1970s sell for almost $5 000. It sounds like a little lovely money, right? For the people with an antique chair, you know that some really big bucks lie ahead.
Very few children know what a boom box was. Not only customized music consumption but also compact tape and CD players have been put on stage for these portable 1980s music players. And the price of boom boxes increased exponentially due to the demand for retro items from today’s hipsters.
Let us glance at the prices on eBay: in August 2019, seller a.redchenko70 sold a SharpGF-999 Stereo Boombox for $3,000 while seller astronette-8 sold a 1988 VTG 2 LasonicTRC-975 Ghetto Blaster Boombox at $8,250. Therefore, it may be worth placing it on sale for those of you who still have one of these stashed somewhere.
Really, who is not keeping things in a trunk that is hidden somewhere in the back of a garage or stashed somewhere in the attic? Now, as it turns out that the biggest thing is not the garbage in the trunk, but rather the trunk itself. For example, Marsha Dixey says that trunks from the 1870s are worth about $700 because it was made strong enough to stand through rough wagon travel.
If you have a luxury French fashion house truck, Eric Silver said you’re aiming for a few thousand dollars, like for example a Louis Vuitton.
While the typewriters are not around that much today, it is probable that people are sitting on gold that has passed them from their ancestors. They are amongst the most recognized relics of the not so ancient past, which some buyers consider as worth a lot of money. A special Hooven Automatic Typewriter, Branford House Antiques announced that in 2018 it sold for an amazing $7,500.
Nevertheless, this is not anywhere near the value of some other versions from afar. The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball claims to be worth about US$100,000, considered to be the Rolls Royce of the typewriters. Yeah. Amazing!
Your seemingly usual old annuals are less likely to be considered as household items that are a moneymaker. We now know exactly what you have on your mind right now. What can an old yearbook filled with awkward school photos have? Okay, let us explain it to you. If you, your parents or your grandparents are “lucky” enough, you could be sitting on a big cash prize, if there is somebody in that yearbook who has been in the spotlight since then.
A yearbook with a photo of James Dean seems to sell for more than $10,500 online. Also, if the now-famous person signs the yearbook, you see the price at the end with even higher nulls.
Opportunities include some retro comic books, out of all the collections you may have had as a kid. The comic book heroes are here to stay as we can acknowledge from the blockbuster movies still dominating Hollywood and producing sequels after sequel. However, what about the old comics you stashed off to collect dust? The best way to know if they are worth something is to get them appraised as soon as possible.
The prices depend on the date and number of copies, but for example, The Incredible Hulk’s first comic book introduced a stirred $320,000 at the 2014 auction. If the superhero in your comic book has a superhero movie, your odds are even higher.
Original Star Wars Toys
Grab on tight to those prequel toys; as far as it hurts us to say that, indeed, they will probably be worth a fortune one day too. For now, it’s all about the toys that were first created to come out with the original Star Wars trilogy. When A New Hope was released in 1977, very few knew it was going to go so well or how large it was going to become, so there weren’t even toys to support its publication. In the following years, as Star Wars strengthened its role in the popular spirit, products were dizzying.
Today you can earn $25,000 if you own an original toy from Luke Skywalker. Check out an original Falcon Millennium ship and you could get up to $3,000!
American Girl Dolls
Girls who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, this one is for you! Go back to when, after the American Girls show, you read and adored the book and explored different historical periods through girls’ eyes. Maybe you are able to remove yourself from it because she is now worth a gold mine- That is if you loved her enough to buy the doll along with all her accessories. The Samantha doll was sold on eBay for $4,200.
The others, however, still get you quite the dollar pile and you could market them for decades, even if they’re out without the original packaging.
Air Jordans are certainly an item that you will remember with a bit of nostalgia. If you had them then you had the coolest shoes on the schoolyard. You can look back in the past and laugh at yourself – but if you just stashed the old Air Jordans into the shelves, it is time to go and pick those bad boys up. One on-line customer forked over $18.257 for a pair of Jordan 11 shoes with Derek Jeter’s styling.
That’s not everything: other models sell for over $20,000. So clean those sneaks and measure your worth and make sure you thank Michael Jordan for being there, while you are making money.
You were once smacking the dust off your hands, knowing the right angle to blow it out, was always able to make it work somehow, but now it has been retired to a corner of your videogame stash. It is time to remove all these obsolete PlayStation and Nintendo cartridges as people are prepared to pay huge money for them.
For example, you might carry hundreds of dollars from an old Mario Kart 64 cartridge. On the market for upwards $1,000 can be found additional consoles such as games for Super Nintendo and PlayStation 4. Don’t just throw them out- sell them!
You’ll need to be a bit of a detail freak for this household gem. Considering that cell phone companies are looking to update and improve their services quickly, there are so many obsolete and outdated cellular telephone brands that only a few will pay a nice price. You would have to hide a very old cellular product from back in time when it was first developed in order to really attract buyers.
In 2014, a DynaTAC 8000X from 1983 was sold at an auction at $550 and most new phones could be purchased for the same amount unused. That is one way to get your hands on a new iPhone.
Is your dad a passionate music lover or is it maybe your grandmother? If that is the case, and if older generations are prepared to divide up their arms of choice, they can all benefit. The older the guitar the better, of course, the guitars from the sixties are certainly available at the auction at an excellent price, models from the previous decade are where the money is at.
In 2014, a case and everything of Gibson ES-175, valued at $5,500, and before then, it was estimated that a 1953 Fender telecasting company was worth up to $10,000.
Happy Meal Toys
What about the little McDonald’s Happy Meal toys that have awakened our desire to be miniaturists? Whatever it is, if you have forgotten about getting rid of your childhood of these Happy Meal toys, run and look for them. Such common household items are sold by large Internet communities.
It could look like complete nonsense, but believe or not, Happy Meal toys are uncommon enough to sell for $500 online. A gadget from 1995 could be $350, while a group of children from Potato Head can be sold for $100.
Flip Clock Radios
You have seen this kind of clock before, no matter whether you saw them in real life or in any amount of classic movies from the 1980s. As time changes, the numbers flip. The burning question is, do you still own one? If so, there are collectors dying to get there hands on one of these vintage clocks. The flip clock radio brand Panasonic was reported to be selling on eBay at an auction for approximately $300.
When you see how impossible it is to be using this clock to show you the time today, why don’t you sell it and make a nice penny?
Furbies may be seen as a toy that should be left in the past, however, collectors are keen on purchasing these toys now more than ever before. In the late 1990s, Furbies were all the rage and it would not be possible to escape their distracting noises, no matter if you were a kid or was a parent at that particular time. Here is the deal: the first Furbies set had an extremely rare and white Furby.
In fact, it can be so difficult to find that the collectors are selling a white Furby for up to $800. So get rid of the digital gremlins that you’ve have not been using for a long time, and make a couple of bucks!
Vintage Soda Crates
Have you ever found old soda crates in your garage or basement? If you were lucky enough to find these, we hope you didn’t throw them away! Wooden soda crates are actually more valuable than you know, especially if they come from a reputable brand or company. If you find wooden soda crates with a popular brand’s name on them, you might be looking at a profit of a couple of hundreds of dollars on eBay.
For example, Coca Cola crates are quite popular and tend to sell for higher amounts of money. We saw a yellow wooden crate from 1948 sell for $199 on eBay. Crazy, isn’t it?!
Retro Lunch Boxes
With so many fast food options available these days, not even kids like carrying lunch boxes with them. However, even though they are still in use, lunchboxes were quite a big deal back in the day, which gives them a higher resale value nowadays. Plain old lunchboxes aren’t worth a penny but if you have a lunch box with cartoon characters or celebrities on them, you might be looking at a valuable item. Lunchboxes with popular faces and images can be worth quite a lot of money.
We cannot forget the vintage Bonanza lunchbox by Aladdin Industries IN. that sold for $130. What’s even crazier is the Beatles lunchbox that was worth $400 even in poor condition. People who idolize celebrities and bands will pay a lot of money for these items so don’t hesitate to put them up for sale if you find any!
Cameras seem to be dying out these days. No one wants to spend a couple of thousands of dollars on a camera when they can take spotless photos with their smartphone. Well, that might make sense to some people but those who are interested in photography love spending a lot of money on gadgets, accessories, and even vintage cameras. Old polaroids are a big trend these days. They don’t only print out your photo immediately but they also make it look like you snapped an Instagram filter on it.
The older your vintage Polaroid is, the more money you can make. Some even sell for a lot of money even if they’re not functional. We know that one Polaroid 120 manufactured in 1960 sold for $430. If you find any vintage cameras, keep in mind that these collectibles are worth quite a lot of cash!
Whether you believe it or not, beer cans can be worth up to a thousand dollars or even more, depending on their condition and origin. Next time you have a few drinks with your friends, don’t forget to pay attention to the kind of beer cans you’re drinking from. Some of them might be worth fortune years from now. A great example of how much beer cans can actually be worth is Jeff Lebo’s vacation house in York Haven, Penn. Lebo collected beer cans for years and stored them in his vacation home, which he is going to convert into an eco-resort.
Today, his home has over 87 000 cans of retro beer cans that are worth roughly 1.6 million dollars. Any beer manufactured in America between 1935 and 1941 can be worth a ton of money so watch out!
Vintage Christmas Ornaments
Christmas is truly a wonderful time, not only because of the family getting together but also because of beautiful ornaments and decorations that come alive in December. You might be one of those people who receive Christmas ornaments as gifts or buys them in bulk only to store them in a box or throw them out later. We suggest you take a better look at those ornaments because they might be worth some money. If you have plenty of ornaments stuffed in a box somewhere, go through them and check if you have any unique or in any way special pieces. You can check the value of your ornaments online and even sell the ones that are considered collectibles.
Who knows, you might come across something worth hundreds of dollars. For example, an 1880s blown glass ornament shaped like a cluster of grapes is worth a staggering 1000 dollars.
Mason jars are widely used across thousands of households and restaurants as a stylish replacement for cups. While Mason jars are extremely common and very cheap nowadays, things were different back in the day. Back in the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, mason jars were used to store fruits and other perishables because, well, refrigerators weren’t invented yet. If you come across any old jars, don’t throw them away because they might just be worth some money.
Some of the most valuable mason jars are those made by popular brands between the 1840s and the 1920s, including Cork-Top Jar, the Upside Down, and Lightning Jar by Ball, E-Z Seal by Atlas, as well as the Self-Sealing Jar by Kerr, and Beaver Jar made in Canada. Maybe you have some of these in your cupboard.
Okay, we can understand how Mason jars can be worth some money, but cereal boxes? This was certainly a surprise. However, there are indeed cereal boxes that can be worth up to 1000 dollars if in good condition. By good condition, we mean preferably unopened boxes – who would want an opened one? What’s interesting is that it’s not only the older boxes that sell well. Even the Kellog’s Sugar Pops box from 2009 can sell for 1604.
However, if you’re lucky enough to have an old box of Nabisco Shredded Wheat from 1966 in your pantry, you can sell it for an impressive $1002. What are you waiting for? Go check your food supplies!
Moving on from jars and things you can find in the kitchen, another item that can be quite valuable is a VHS tape. If you don’t know what a VHS tape is, you must be too young! While some VHS tapes sold for as high as 1500$, not all of them are worth a penny. The most popular vintage tapes were definitely the Black Diamond Disney VHS tapes that sold for hundreds on eBay.
If you go to eBay’s site right now, you’ll find plenty of old VHS tapes for sale ranging from 1000$ all the way to 1500$. These include the Black Diamond VHS tapes, an Aladdin tape, and a sealed tape of Beauty & Beast. Collectors will spend quite a lot of money on sealed tapes or even those in decent condition.
We’re used to seeing branded handbags sell for over 2000$ when new but did you know that they can be worth a ton of money even if they’re years old? Collecting vintage handbags is a very common hobby. You’d be surprised to see how many people actually want to spend so much money on an old bag. You probably have a bunch of old bags stuffed in the back of your closet and you have no idea what to do with them.
Luckily, you can sell them online at a very good price, especially if they’re in good condition and come from a known brand, of course. For example, a vintage Chanel bag in good condition can be worth around 3000$. The ones in poor condition aren’t worthless either, as you can get up to 400$ for them!
If you’ve ever seen boxes of postcards on sale at auctions or garage sales, this is why. Some of these old postcards, especially the Christmas ones, are very valuable these days. Perhaps you have some unique postcards in your drawer that could be worth something. The older the postcard, the more value it has. A single vintage postcard can be worth anywhere from 10 to 50 dollars, while some special postcards signed by influential figures can sell for thousands.
For example, Christmas cards personally signed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana were sold for 4400$ at an auction. If you have a signed postcard, you’re certainly very lucky!
David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” Vinyl
David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” vinyl was banned because it was a bit too much for people to handle at that time. However, fans are dying to get their hands on the banned Bowie’s vinyl, no matter what the cost! Who knows, maybe you have one hidden in the attic and you don’t even know!
The banned cover features a cartoonish figure of Bowie with lower body parts replaced with body parts of a dog. No wonder why the label pulled it back. This controversial limited-edition cover can sell from 2500 dollars to 7500 dollars, which is quite a score if you’re looking to make some extra money on the side.
If a shirt can be worth as much as 1000 dollars, shoes can go for far more money, especially if they’re Yeezys. Sneakerheads will know that Kanye West partnered with Nike between 2009 and 2014 when they produced the legendary Nike Air Yeezy shoes.
Then they moved to Adidas and stopped producing the Nike ones, which gives them a great resale value. There is no doubt that any kind of Yeezy shoe is going to be tremendously valuable in the future. Some of them already have great resale values, especially the retro Nike Yeezys. These ones originally cost 245$ but their resale value today is 7500 dollars! What a score!
Vintage Levi’s Jeans
Levi’s clothing items are considered to be a valued collectible. Many people love Levi’s so much that they want to own as many of the vintage pairs as possible. Any type of Levi’s jeans manufactured before the 1980s are considered vintage. Of course, the older the pair is, the more money you can get. The Denim collectors are especially excited to see the vintage Levi’s 501s for sale, as these are the popular Levi’s jeans ever released.
In fact, one pair of 1950 Anniversary Levi’s Jeans sold on eBay for 8000 dollars. If you have the rare pair of Levi’s jeans that feature a big letter E, you can get about 899$ for them. Rush to the closet and check if you have any vintage pants waiting to be sold for big money!
Just like old cameras, old microphones have some value as well. In fact, the vintage ones can be sold for up to ten thousand dollars! While these mics are not good enough to be used again, they are considered to be valuable items to collect because they are a part of the music industry’s history. We know that old microphones are perhaps not the most common item to find in an ordinary household but, who knows, you might have one or two up in the attic.
Some of the most valuable vintage microphones are the Neumann U-47 microphones from the 1940s. These gems can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Even though you probably won’t find these mics lying around your home, you might get 50 to 100 dollars for any old mics you can find!
Retro Boogie Boards
Let’s get something clear, we’re not talking about the small boogie boards that kids play with at the beach. We’re talking about retro professional boogie boards that were used by professional surfers. These boards were popular all around the world, especially in Australia. Nowadays, they can be sold for quite a lot of money. Not all boogie boards are worth money but the vintage ones can get you a couple of thousands of dollars.
An anonymous boogie board collector from Australia recently put up his entire vintage collection for sale for 7 400$. It might sound like a lot of money but it’s actually a pretty good deal considering that there are 37 boards in the collection and their value will continue to grow.
Original Cracker Jack Baseball Poster
You won’t believe how much money people would give for an old Cracker Jack Baseball poster! When a Wisconsin police officer randomly found this poster in his barn, he didn’t think much of it. Later he found out that the poster was printed in 1915 and it was worth some serious money.
Little did the officer know that the amount of money the poster was worth went over 50 000$. In fact, it was sold by the Mile High Card Company for 61 000$! Who knew a piece of paper could be worth that much money. The officer is lucky he didn’t throw it away when he found it!
To be honest, Barbie dolls don’t sound like some serious collectible items but they’re actually worth a lot of money. Some special edition Barbie dolls can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars. A plain Midnight Tuxedo Barbie is worth around 1000$, whereas the Blonde Barbie released in 1959 can be sold for a staggering amount of 23 999$. The picture portrays Bettina Dorfman, the biggest fan of Barbie dolls in the world.
She lives in Germany and currently owns over 17 000 Barbie dolls, which is a collection that won her the Guinness World Record. The entire collection is worth 220 000$, which means she can purchase a house with nothing but Barbie dolls.
Rare Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Millions of people have owned this particular book, which is now known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Perhaps you have one on your bookshelf right now. Some copies of this book are actually worth a fortune if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby. Harry Potter collectors are dying for the first edition printings of the 1997 book.
These copies can be sold at the price of 40 000 dollars to 55 000 dollars. If you do have a copy of this book at home, check the print line. If it reads ” 1 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1,” congratulations, you’ve got a winner! In this book, the credit goes to Joanne Rowling and not JK.
Vintage Advertising Signs
Way before Google ads existed, people called advertisements “signs,” which were put up alongside roads and buildings, much like today’s billboards. There were many types of signs back in the day, each designed to encourage a customer to make a purchase. People could come across advertising signs in bars, restaurants, and even gas stations. Today, these signs are considered vintage collectibles and can be worth over 100 000 dollars!
Recently, an old advertisement for AAA Root Beer was sold for 1200$ on eBay. A vintage Coca Cola advertisement is worth far more, as it was sold for 117 000 dollars. Many retro signs and vintage ads are worth quite a lot of money. If you happen to have a retro ad, make sure to get it appraised before you get rid of it!
Those who were smart enough to keep their magazines in storage can now makeover 150 000 dollars selling them. We usually consider hoarding to be a bad thing but in cases like these, people who collected items such as magazines are the real winners. Ordinary copies of old magazines are worth only 20 to 30 dollars.
However, the rare versions are the ones that are worth a fortune. or example, a copy of Beeton’s Christmas Annual 1887 was sold for 156 000$ back in 2007. Old fashion magazines usually sell the best, especially to designers who like to use them as inspiration.
Steiff Teddy Bears
We’ve all had teddy bears as kids. Some people still have their teddy bears stored as valuable memories of their childhood. However, the lucky ones kept the rare teddy bears that are worth thousands of dollars these days. If you have old teddy bears somewhere in the storage, go get them and check their market value ASAP.
Steiff teddy bears are considered to be a valuable collectible, which means people will give a lot of money to own one. Limited edition Steiff bears can be worth a life-changing amount of money. For example, a Louis Vuitton-clad Steiff Bear was sold for 182 550$ at a charity auction once.
Vintage Apple Computers
Any vintage Apple product is definitely going to be worth a fortune. We recommend you to keep your old Apple phones and chargers because they might be worth hundreds in the future. Old Apple computers are quite a legendary collectible to own. No wonder why so many people would give thousands of dollars to own one.
As one of the first successful computers built by Apple, Apple II was sold between 1977 and 1993. This is not only a cool collectible but also a historical artifact. Believe it or not, one woman donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm. Little did she know that the computer was worth 200 000$.
Vintage cars have always been a popular collectible. However, you don’t need a complete car to make a lot of money. Even separate car parts can be worth tons of money if they’re in decent condition. If you have a rusty old car in your garage, you should look up its value because some of the parts can be sold for thousands of dollars. Many companies and individuals love vehicle restoration, which is why they love to spend a lot of money on old car parts.
Even a common hood ornament can be worth up to 20$. However, if you’re lucky enough to have some rare parts, you’re in for a treat. Here’s an interesting detail: the most expensive hood ornament in the entire world is the diamond-encrusted Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy. Even though it was never sold at auction, it has an estimated value of 200 000 dollars!
Action Comics No. 1
If you like collecting comic books, stick to your collection because some of those pieces can be worth millions in the future. That’s right, we went from 200 000$ to over a million in resale value. Of course, for a comic book to be worth that much money it needs to be rare and quite old. Interestingly, building contractor David Gonzales found one of the most valuable comic books ever – completely by accident!
He found the comic book while renovating a house in Elbow Lake, Minn. He accidentally found a copy of Action Comics No. 1 – featuring Superman’s debut. It was stacked among newspapers used as insulation in the walls of the copy. It had a detached book cover, which is why it was worth 175 000$, whereas a near-mint copy sold for 2.16 million in 2011!
Fender & Gibson Guitars
Last but not least, the most valuable collectibles for today are the Fender & Gibson guitars. If you had one of these guitars while growing up, we surely hope you kept it because these are worth some serious money today. Fender and Gibson are two of the most popular brands when it comes to electric guitars, which is why their old models are worth so much money. Vintage guitars are very popular collectibles these days and they tend to sell for way more money than you would expect.
These nostalgic guitars made in the 50s can really bring you a fortune. We’re talking about millions here! The John Lennon’s Gibson J-160 Acoustic-Electric guitar sold back in 2014 was worth over two million dollars or 2 266 970$ to be precise!
Mechanical Piggy Banks
Up until today, we are still using piggy banks to save some money for the near future, however, are you aware of the fact that your grandma’s coin banks might actually give you an actual fortune? Since coin banks are still present until now, you must remember that what you will find in your attic must hold some special features. Once you see this, you are absolutely in for some serious money.
If your coin bank has a certain mechanical feature, you can expect that the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America will truly exert an effort to accommodate your inquiry. Since 1958, they are in a thorough search for these exceptional appliances in exchange for a large amount of money. Guess how much? $2,500. That’s some good money for an old piggy bank!
Books From the Start of Time
If your family happened to be bookworms and it just runs in the blood, you are in luck. You might want to give your grandparents a kiss once you find even just one of their old collections of a book from the start of time. They might not be really aware but your shelves are worth thousands of dollars.
A popular first edition book can give you an amount of $15,000 or even more than that if it’s really famous, old, and in its best condition. You might be really curious if what you find in your great-grandparents’ shelf has a value, and for this, you can try and consult Biblio to know how much cash you can earn!
Artful Costume Jewelry
If you think diamonds, gold and silver are the only things that will bring you prosperity in terms of jewelry, you should definitely think again. Costume jewelry from the 1920s is also considered a treasure. Their prices can range from a thousand dollars up to over $2,000. If you happened to find costume design jewelry from the early 20th century designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Jean Clément, Jean Schlumberger, Coppola e Toppo, Salvadore Dali and Roger Jean-Pierre, you can surely look forward to earning a lot of money.
Some auctions are specially held for this specific type of jewelry. If your grandma’s old jewelry is still in shape and without any damage, it is only right to include them in an auction.
Vintage Guitars and Other Musical Instruments
If you are part of a family of musically inclined people, it’s impossible for you not to find any vintage musical instruments such as ukuleles or guitars in your attic. If you are lucky enough to find your great-great granddad’s Gibson guitar from over 116 years ago, you are in for great luck.
$33,000 is waiting for you. However, if you do not plan on displaying your family’s Martin guitar that has been passed over for generations since the 1800s, you should definitely try to check how much it is worth. You might be shocked by how it could totally change your life.
The women of the family just normally love to collect silverware like spoons, knives, and forks. No matter how the men find it a little absurd, no one can stop them.
And now, who says it was just a waste of time? They just proved again that mothers know best! A complete set of Sterling silverware can provide you with hundreds to thousands of bucks nowadays. You should be really thankful for your great-grandma’s instincts. Who would expect that this old dinnerware can be sold up to more than thousands of dollars?
Eternal Home Tools
If you think that your Papa’s old and rusty home tools all deserved to be in the trash bins, well, you are apparently wrong. You might want to visit your old guy’s shed and look for other tools because they are worth several amounts of dollars you never expected.
If you are still not convinced that they have value there are several online applications and price guides you can find on the internet. They will also let you know which of the tools really have great value. Your mouth might drop in shock once you see that their prices can reach up to $3,000.
All-Time Favorite Advertisements
There are just things from history that are worth keeping. Several companies from all sorts of industries did not fail on creating an impact and really leave a mark in the public’s heart through their amazing and heartfelt advertisements.
From a soda brand to a bakeshop and even up to gasoline companies, they just stirred up the world with their vintage and unique ads. And of course, if you happen to keep one from your childhood expect that you can get paid for up to $15,000 (especially if it’s an ad from Coca-Cola.).
Unforgettable Football Programs
Sports have always been part of our history and there are just some that cannot be forgotten. Some football memorabilia just like these can surely bring back in time when these spectacular events had happened. Surely, these collectibles are all sports and non-sports fan must-haves.
The first Harvard vs. Yale item was actually very hard to find. However, since its condition was not that good it did not reach the price it has to be. “Of your three programs, the 1897 item is the rarest but also in poor condition,” Marsha Dixey explained from the Heritage Auctions. But since 1909 and 1899 were at their best the three were sold for $700.
The Amaranthine Beauty of Dollhouses
Of course, your grandmother had also loved playing dollhouses. And if she was lucky to have one of these Tudor dollhouses, you are very lucky to inherit it too. This toy was worth $2,000, just so you know. This 1924 Tudor was almost a 6-feet wide dollhouse created by Line Bros., a British toymaker company.
Believe it or not, this doll was built with the effort of engineers and carpenters. They exert all of their effort to make it look like a real house. From its glass windows, floral wallpapers, and stucco walls, everything was done meticulously.
The Ever Useful Record Players
It was from the mouth of eBay’s Jim Griffith came from that this piece of the record player was a real treasure. “This RCA Vitor Slide-O-Matic record player is somewhat rare. This particular model dates back to the 1950s and made listening to a stack of 45s—the only kind of record it plays—pretty labor-intensive.”
Many collectors still look for this item, but because a later version was found wherein the AM radio and the record player came in one, the popularity went a little lesser. However, if you found one in your attic, do not worry because it can still be sold for $130.
The Unfading Classiness of Vintage Luggage Set
Traveling all over different countries started to become a trend in the 1950s. People get to choose if they want to cruise a ship, enjoy a long train ride or fly in the air with planes. Thus, it also resulted in great sales in luggage sets.
“Made by Towncraft, a J.C. Penney house brand, this set copies a Samsonite design, which was then one of the leaders of the industry,” explained by Helaine Fendelman as he examined every single feature of this green marbled hard-sided cases. The set was eventually sold for about $175.
Striking Red and Sporty Belly Board
Did you know? Belly boarding is recognized as one of the very first watersports existed, and also the very first form of surfing which originated in the Polynesian Islands and Hawaii? And this sporting red belly board was dated back in the 1960s. This was an invention of the same man who introduced Ugg boots to us.
As records show that Shane Stedman was actually connected with this belly board’s history, Marsha Dixey from Heritage Auctions claims that this is definitely valuable. Today, it costs around $500.
Exquisite Upside-Down Ball Mason Jar
People up until today are still fascinated by these upside-down Ball Mason Jars. However, as it was only produced for a really short time there are only a few people who were able to collect and have these exquisite glasses. If you are one of them, you should definitely check it out, clean it, and take a good look if it’s still in its best condition because you’ll surely get a lot from it.
These mason jars which were made in the 1850s by John Landis Mason can provide several dollars up to $1,000. This type of jars was only issued from 1900 to 1910 so, expect that it really costs a lot.
Timeless Milk Glass Banana Stand
Victorians really do have a lot of interest in things connected to beauty, art, and styles. Thus, it is really not impossible that they were able to come up with something like this too. This was a Milk Glass Banana Stand which is basically something created as a dish to put your banana into.
This timeless Milk Glass Banana Stand was dated way back from the 1950s. A reproduced version like this can give you up to $45 these days. However, instead of using it for bananas, people have found a new way to use it as a flower display. If you have an older version of this banana stand from the early 1900s, you can expect up to $100.
Persistent Cast-Iron Mailbox
This specific type of mailbox was created and produced by Griswold. And the reason why a lot of collectors value this thing is mainly because it was made from cast iron. Griswold was originally focused on producing cookware between 1865 and 1957, but it seems like collectors are just so much interested in cast-iron made things.
This mailbox known as No. 3 was dated back in 1910 was some of the collector’s dreams and although painted, this can be sold up to $125. For the unpainted and the original ones, you can expect $350 in exchange for it.
Circular and Cute Ball Jug
There are truly a lot of jars and jugs which became a trend in the early 1900s. And now they just hold a lot of value far from our expectations. This circular and cute ball jar was only produced limitedly in the 1940s. Anchor Hocking introduced these pitches and people just could not just get enough with it since then.
With its jade color, even damaged pieces of these can cost up to $150. Collectors themselves knew how delicate this piece is, this jar is naturally prone to cracks especially on some parts such as handles and necks. If you happen to find one in perfect condition you can expect an instant $400 in your pockets.
Lovely Violet Columbia Mason Jar
Mason Jars became really popular right after it’s released. However, in the early 1900s people accidentally discovered an unexpected phenomenon from these jars. Once exposed to the sun, this plain mason jars changes into purple color because of the glass’ manganese content.
And people had fallen in love with it out of context. This resulted in the production of the purposely purple-colored jar in 1905. And as expected it became a huge trend. Nowadays, if you still happen to found one, assume that you automatically have 400 bucks.
The Dateless Sheet Music Cabinet
This vintage music cabinet dates back from the late 19th century. With its Classical Revival-style, this music cabinet absolutely looks like the one we see on the old musical movies. According to the collector and appraiser, Helaine Fendelman, it is safe to conclude that this cupboard was actually from England.
“The upper shelves and vertical separations enclosed by the door originally held sheet music organized by category, size, or type,” And mind you, this old cupboard’s price nowadays is no joke. This sheet music cabinet can cost up to $2,500.
Deathless Rocking Chair
If you happen to remember having fun with your grandma’s rocking chair you should definitely ask her where is it now. If you are lucky enough to find it in good condition, you can definitely sell it for a good $200. According to Marsha Dixey from Heritage Auction, since this item is a bit famous, only the highest quality and unique costs much, “Whether you call this chair Arts and Crafts, Mission, or Craftsman, it’s really cute.
However I don’t believe Stickley made chairs with the type of design features—the cutouts, for instance—of your rocker, so I wouldn’t expect there to be a maker mark embossed in the wood.”
Classic Lounge Chair
Milo Baughman known to be one of the pioneers of modern design collaborated with Thayer Coggin, a furniture maker from North Carolina in the 1950s to create exceptional furniture sets. Some of Milo Baughman’s works were very artistic; the Whitney Museum of American Art did not miss the chance to display some of them.
According to the antique expert and collector Helaine Fendelman, Baughman’s work still inspired some midcentury to the modern classic style of furniture up until today. But if you happened to own an authentic set like this, you will be looking forward to a real $1,500.
Durable Circa 1900 Dining Chairs
Aside from jars and glasses, woods that test the length of time also on this list too. This Circa 1900 Dining Chair is absolutely proving its durability. Thus, if you were able to found one in your house’s storage room, expect that you can be rewarded with $600 per set.
This dining chair is made up of English oak, built with fine and authentic leather seats. Its barley twist legs serve as one of its unique features. According to Marsha Dixey of Heritage Auctions, this original feature was a Gothic Revival design, and the costs, of course, vary based on the chair’s condition.
Chic and Posh Pearl and Cameo Bracelet
One of the most iconic jewelry trends back in the 19th century was the chic and posh Pearl and Cameo bracelets. Even Heritage Auctions’ Marsha Dixey called the help of Jill Burgum about the real worth of this jewelry. Burgum stated that these intricately carved cameos were actually from the Victorian age.
When mourning became a trend and people happened to wear black clothing. This jewelry became a great combination of these clothes. This specific bracelet looked like two pendants but was later transformed into bracelets.
Authentic Sterling Silver Belt Buckle
According to Marsha Dixey of Heritage Auctions, concluded that this belt dates back to the 1990s. Of course, it’s not only crafts, woods, and jewelry can stand the tough times, even original leather made belts like this can also prove its durability. This buckle was an original creation of “R. Schaezlein & Son,” a known silversmith founded way back 1882 in San Francisco.
If you thoroughly search in your attic, you might actually found one from your great-great-grandfather’s stuff. If so, $500 will be just there, waiting for you.
Stylistic 1960s Stetson Hat
Whose gentleman in the late 1800s does not dream to look like a cowboy with a Stetson Cowboy hat? John Batterson Stetson released the very first cowboy hat in 1865. His design just really created an impact to everyone. Helaine Fendelman, a dedicated appraiser, explained that the hat was really designed to shade the neck and the eyes.
And it is specially made for cowboys in the sense that when the hat is turned upside down, the crown has to serve its use as a water holder for the rider and the horse. If you can remember your grandpa having those, even it already has stains, as long as it still has its original packaging, you can earn up to $175 out of it.
Never Fading Yo-Yo Quilt
Yo-Yo quilt according to American history became famous because of the popularity of the toy with the same name between the 1930s and 1940s. It is believed that these toys were originally from the Philippines. But soon enough as the Filipino toy company was bought by an American the Yo-Yo quilt also came into life.
This became a popular style of creating a quilt. This Yo-yo as Marsha Bemko of Antiques Roadshow explained with Deborah Miller, “Hundreds of cotton circles were cut and hand-sewn together to make this coverlet,” And if you luckily stumbled upon this on your topic, it’s an easy $275 for you.
Eternal Loving Cup
Loving cups are known for being a symbol of celebration from two different parties. This cup was typically used for banquets and weddings were sharing a celebratory drinks serves a deep meaning. This specific cup was recorded to be created by Peter L. Krider in 1899.
Krider was a Philadelphian silversmith for several companies such as Crump & Low and Shreve. Helaine Fendelman pointed out that its unique handles made of horns were actually recognition of the end of the hunting century. Today, if you found it in your attic you can sell it up to $700.
Literally Rugs to Riches
Yankees enterprising also built a sewing industry in the early 1800s which specializes in creating fabric scraps into rag rugs. And who would have thought that these rugs will bring them to riches? Soon enough, these rugs evolve into hand-hooked versions. Helaine Fendelman also said that the hand-hooked wool runner from the early-20th-century was actually a descendant of the original ones in New England.
If you found this stuff just in your storage room, don’t ignore it just because it’s a rug! It can absolutely also give you riches too! This hooked rug can be sold today for $750.
Dashing Milk Glass Easter Eggs
You will definitely get the new life you have been wishing for if you found these dashing Milk Glass Easter Eggs in your attic. This was sold in the Victorian era as blank and unpainted eggs and the Victorian ladies could paint the eggs by themselves. Being handblown and personalized with greetings and designs, the paint usually washes out in time.
But for a good conditioned set of eggs, Marsha Dixey of Heritage Auctions, claims that it can actually be sold for $775 for the set.
Cute and Curly Cabbage Patch Dolls
If you are looking for one of the longest-running doll franchises in America since the 1980s, you might be shocked by how much it really costs nowadays. The cute and curly Cabbage Patch Dolls popularity even produced third-party products such as board games and a lot more. Record albums and even animated cartoons were also made inspired by them. No doubt it was one of the most iconic collector’s items today.
As of now Pat and Joe Prosey hold the most expensive Cabbage Patch Dolls collection. They have built a Maryland museum especially for their 5,000 dolls which cost $360,000 in total.
The Irresistible ‘80s PEZ Dispensers
With its cube body and cute cartoon character head, who did not dream of having their very own PEZ Dispensers? Although these toys were being made until today, there’s just something about the older ones that attract the collectors. The very first PEZ was released in 1927 at Vienna, Austria by Eduard Haas III. And you might not know, these PEZ dispensers were created with the purpose of persuading people to quit smoking. They even have come up with the slogan, “Smoking prohibited, PEZing allowed”.
It was 1952 when PEZ was first introduced in America, however, due to its strong peppermint taste; they have to come up with a hit marketing technique. And they were successful with it, the new dispensers were made with different shapes, flavor and cartoon character heads. And this very first release was every collectibles dream. Recently, a 1982 Astronaut B PEZ Dispenser was sold on eBay for $32,000. Indeed, it was old, but gold.
The Authentic First Edition Pound Puppies Plush
The very first Pound Puppies Plush was invented by Michael Bowling in 1984 by the Tonka Company. This toy had inspired a film, two animated TV Series, and an animated TV Special. It is not surprising to know that within just five years of existence in the market, Tonka had already generated an estimated sale of $300 million in over 35 countries. And today, if you plan to purchase an authentic one for your kid, good luck to you.
If you have a first edition Pound Puppy in your storage room or treasure box, expect that you can exchange it for those who need it at a good price. It actually has a value of $5,000.
The Nasty Garbage Pail Kids Cards Real Worth
This card might not really be appealing for some parents because of its, hmm, ‘unique’ concept, but some people such as kids and kids at heart are willing to spend hundreds of bucks for a single card. The Garbage Pail Kids Cards was released in 1985 by the Topps Company. Each card represents one character created by the award-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman. Because of the character’s exceptional humor, it became a trend all throughout the United States.
If you are one of those lucky ones who bought the cards even without your parent’s consent, you are really lucky today. These Garbage Pail Kids Cards are now worth hundreds and thousands of bucks based on its condition, its production date, and the specific character featured in the card. The most amazing fact, someone was able to sell a card for a good $300 and one man just got a total of $4,000 for the complete 1985 Garbage Pail Kids Series One. And all of this exchange became possible thanks to eBay!
Famous Hundred Dollar Original Monopoly
There are actually a lot of issues regarding the history of the Original Monopoly. However, one thing’s for sure, this is one of America’s most famous board games. Known as the Landlord’s game before, it is impossible if you never had experience playing these games in the classroom. Some people claim that the monopoly was a creation of Elizabeth Maggie in 1906, some people state that Charles Darrow came up with it in 1933.
However, the most important thing is, if you have an authentic version of the game from the early 1900s, you are on for a great sum of money. Just last 2015, the authentic hand-drawn monopoly created by Charles Darrow himself in 1933 was sold for $146,500. If I were you, if you have a memory of playing the game in the past, it’s time to spend some time in the attic to search for that treasure!
Burning Hot Wheels
With Mattel’s released of the iconic die-cast toy cars, Hot Wheels in 1968, there were already about 4,000,000,000 consumers who were lucky enough to have one of them. The very first Hot Wheels toy cars were made by Elliot Handler. The first production line in 1968 was a first from the Redline series and it became known as the Original Sweet 16.
However, no matter how many hot wheels cars there might be out there today, only a few of them hold value. Some hot wheels were only made as prototypes and that’s why they are much more important. For example, if you have the “Volkswagen Beach Bomb” prototype released in 1969, you can surely expect a $125,000 in your pockets.
Sega Genesis Console
If you were really a fan of game consoles when you were young, you might happen to have a Sega Genesis Console. And if you have one, do not dare to throw it away, if you do, you just literally let $2,000 dollars slip away from your hands! Sega Genesis Console was the very first game console to have a 16-bit operating system.
Although they had Nintendo as their greatest competitor, they still did not fail on creating an impact on our childhood, if you think you have one in your attic, better try if it’s still working and thousands of bucks surely await you.
Fisher-Price Push Cart Pete was Only 50 Cents Before But Now?
This is one of those very low-cost toys back in the days. The Fisher-Price Push Cart Pete was released in 1936 and collectors could only hope that their parents saved one for them because its prize today is totally no joke. With Pushcart Pete’s discontented face, you cannot really see its value today.
If you think that your parents’ toy still actually looks fine, time to let it out on the internet. Because the 5 centavo Fisher Price Push Cart Pete in 1936- 1937 now costs a jaw-dropping amount of $3,000.
The 1982 Iconic Skeletor Action Figure
The action figure from the 1982 Masters of the Universe media franchise made by Mattel definitely shook the world with its little creepy face. The villain is absolutely fun to check out. The Skeletor action figure has a height of 5 ½ inches.
Earning the title of “Lord of Destruction”, many people loved this character and collectors are dying to have one of this Master of the Universe’ action figure. If you happen to have one, you should definitely let it out on the internet as it now costs almost $2000.
Light Up Your Wallets with Lite Brite
Lite Brite was released by Hasbro in 1967 and since then, the young ones became seriously attached to the colorful toy. As to attract more kids, Hasbro used different cartoon characters images such as Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, Darth Vader, and Scooby-Doo.
However, the well-loved toy before was definitely leveled up in terms of price. If you have one in your old treasure box, you might want to sell it online. If you ask your parents how much they paid for it back in the days, they most probably answer you with $20. Not bad if you resell it today since you can put it up at a good price of $100.
The Real Talkboy
Who would have thought that those Talkboys would actually be on this list? Tape recorders really became popular in the 1990s. Aside from its very fun to play with, it was actually useful too. But with the release of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, talk boys was suddenly the talk of the town. The talk boys, however, were only made before as nothing but a prop for the movie in 1992.
It’s actually not really working and just built for the main character, Kevin Mccalister aka Macaulay Culkin. Due to huge public demand, Tiger Electronics manufactured real portable variable-speed cassette players in the shape of the talk boys used in the movie. And yes, if you still have one in your home today, you can be looking up to an instant $200 in your pockets.
1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure In Today’s Generation
Star Wars is one of the most famous sci-fi franchises in history. From its creator George Lucas, the American movie series produced a lot of books, video games, comics, animated shows, and of course, toys. With the huge Star Wars craze all over the world, you can assume that almost everyone had dreamed of becoming a Jedi, But not only lightsabers were on top of the toy market, collectors were also in search for the 1978 edition of Luke Skywalker Action Figure.
With the massive fan base since the first release of the movie, many people are quick to collect all Star Wars memorabilia. However, as time pass by, even high-tech action figures and lightsabers are released, many Star Wars fans are still searching for the very first release of Star Wars toy. Thus, when one collector had heard of the existence of the 1978 edition of Luke Skywalker Action Figure, he quickly bought it for $25,000. Yes, this old toy can actually change your life within just a snap.
Cutie and Expensive Beanie Babies
Whose 90s kids out there, did not fall in love with the cuteness of these little creatures? Beanie Babies was actually released by Ty Warner in 1993 and since then, the line of plush toys stuffed animal was well-loved by the masses. Warner used beans rather than regular plush foams which made them more unique.
Being the very first Internet sensation in 1995, you can look forward to a great sum of money if you still have one stuffed beanie Babies today. The rarer plush you have, the larger money awaits you. According to some, a sum of $12,000 is a sure jackpot for a box-closed 1997 1st Edition Beanie Bear Princess Diana.
Fun and Exciting Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set
Whose kid out there was not fascinated with trains? However, toy collectors nowadays really know how to express their love with this classic stuff. If you are some of those lucky kids in the 1930s who might happen to have the chance to play with this 1934 Standard Gauge version train set, your middle name must be ‘Lucky’.
This is definitely your lucky day if you have found this great stuff in your attic because you are really in for a big amount of money. Toy collectors are very willing to spend up to $250,000 for this toy. Easy money!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980s Action Figures is Still Alive and Kicking
Who doesn’t know Michael Angelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo? This brothers’ squad has been everyone’s favorite since the release of the comic books of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984 by Mirage Studios in New Hampshire. After the popularity of the comic books and television series, its action figures were quickly found in the market.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures were released by the Playmates Toy in 1988. And now, if you have the Mint condition action figures, except that it can provide you a minimum of $600 per figure, if you are lucky enough to found a rarer one in your treasure chest, you can totally kick an amount of $5,000.
Vinyl Caped Jawa’s Real Price
Yes, it’s not only Luke Skywalker who was well-loved by the many. Another Star Wars character in the persona of Jawa wanted to prove its real value. The very first Jawa action figure was introduced on the toy shelves in 1978. Its cape was truly made of vinyl like Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi’s capes.
However, as time passed by it was replaced by cloth by the Kenner Company. So if you remembered playing with one of this Vinyl Caped Jawa in your childhood, you should definitely search for it now. Its rarity will automatically reward you with a minimum of $5,000.
Transformers to Literally Transform Your Wallet
It’s not only the boys who got addicted to this phenomenal animated series. However, before it even becomes a hit in the television and movie screens in 1986, the action figures were first released in 1984. The toy line was created with the cooperation of a Japanese company, Takara, and an American company, Hasbro.
Surely, millions of kids around the world were able to purchase one of these transformers action figures. You are just very lucky if you still happened to store yours because it now costs around $2000.
Jurassic Park Figures Roars With Price
With the release of Jurassic Park film in 1993, it was impossible for every toymaker to slip this chance to create a phenomenal toy. And Kenner succeeded to get a deal with Amblin Entertainment. He originally created 5 action figures designed with a black background.
However, what made the most impact was its second release which includes a jungle background. If you happen to remember one of them from your childhood, pray that it’s still on your attic or storage room because it’s worth $1,200 today.
Vintage Super Soaker Gun is On Fire Again
No one can argue that water guns are one of the all-time favorite toys on earth. The original and vintage Super Soaker Gun was first introduced by engineer Lonnie Johnson in 1982. Its prototype was an amazing combination of an empty soda bottle, acrylic glass, and a PVC pipe.
There are many low-class and imitations you can find today at a very cheap price. However, if you are looking for an authentic one for your collection better prepare up to a thousand dollars.
Stretch Armstrong Stretches Up to Thousands of Dollars
Another ultimate creation from Kenner, Stretch Armstrong was one of the well-loved toys since 1976. A unique action figure filled with gel is truly one of the most unique and entertaining toys that deserve a comeback.
Hasbro announced in the 2016 New York Toy Fair that they will produce the very first design of Stretch Armstrong again. That was great news for everyone but toy collectors seemed to could not get enough with the authentic one. Some reports said that the vintage Stretch Armstrong doll was sold for $10,000 in an auction!
Mario Cart 64 Racing Through the Prices
Every 90s kids surely still miss Super Mario until now. But if you badly needed a huge amount of money in an instant and you remember playing this game back in the days, your attic is absolutely worth a check. The Mario Cart 64 in mint-condition can be sold nowadays at $750.
As one of the most memorable and worldwide popular games, this is not quite shocking. Mario Cart 64 is every collector’s dream. It was first released in 1997 and up until now, people are still craving for this amazing game. Super Mario is the real legend!
G.I. Joe Circa 1964 is Still in Action
We could not hide it anymore, Hasbro did complete most of our childhood. The G.I. Joe line of action figures was first released by the toy company in 1964. The toys were the male counterpart of every little girl’s favorite Barbie. As you know, the G.I Joe toys were meant to represent the Action Marine (Marine Corps), Action Pilot (Air Force), Action Sailor (U.S. Navy), Action Soldier (U.S. Army) and later on followed by the Action Nurse.
The toy evolved over the years and of course, every toy collector wants the very first version. And for your information, it can cost up to $10,000.
Playmobil Adventures Up Until Today
Playmobil is a German toy line from Brandstätter Group also known as Geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co KG based in Germany. Many children from the 1970s to 1990s loved to have an indoor adventure with this toy set. The toy allows a kid to create a scene with the parts given in the box and start their own adventure.
Some kids even love to use their other toys to come up with an original plot. If you want to find one of these sets today for your kids, you need a little more than $800.