Items Around Your House That Could Be Worth Thousands
If you tend to keep things stored in your closets or attic, you might be in for some good news. Whether it's old childhood toys, cell phones, collectibles, or vintage items - you'd be surprised to find that this list of "clutter" lying around your house might actually be worth thousands of dollars.
If you’re ready to clear out your clutter — and maybe make some money doing it — roll up your sleeves and look for these 30 potentially valuable items as you’re sorting through the bags and boxes.
As strange as it sounds, vinyl records are popular once again. Thanks to hipsters and other people who love nostalgic items, many records are worth more now than they were when they were shiny and new — a lot more.
Vintage Lunch Boxes
They sure don’t make lunch boxes like they did in the 1950s and 1960s. These vintage collectors’ items featured cartoon characters, superheroes and popular television series characters. Once merely a vessel for kids to store their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, some of these lunch boxes are now worth more than $100.
Air Jordan Shoes
If you were a teenager in the 1990s, you probably wanted a pair of Air Jordans. You begged your parents for them, saved up your allowance and worked hard on your household chores to prove you could responsibly own the pricey pair of kicks.
Practically every young girl owned Polly Pocket toys in the 1990s. Now that you (or your children) are grown, you probably haven’t thought of them once since storing them out of sight in some dark corner, but they have some value to die-hard fans.
Did you own Pac-Man or other vintage arcade games like Donkey Kong during your childhood? It might be difficult to give these beloved treasures away for purely sentimental reasons, but some arcade games are now worth up to $2,500 if you can part with them.
You might not think cookie jars are worth that much money, but think again. An old cookie jar is a hot collectible right now, especially if it’s from the 1940s or 1950s. For example, an Uncle Mistletoe Marshall Field’s cookie jar from the ‘50s is worth about $1,200.
Fender and Gibson Guitars
Attention, musicians! Your old Fender and Gibson guitars are worth more money than you paid when you started your first rock band back in high school. Gibson guitars are consistently bought and sold online, often for $800 to $2,500.
Women’s jewelry and fashion are always desirable, but men’s watches are in high demand as well. Watches are a lot like fancy cars — collectors look for the big names. The more complex the watch, the more valuable it could be.
If you owned records, then you definitely owned a record player — also known as a turntable — for spinning all that vinyl. Stereo equipment is consistently bought and sold online, especially vintage turntables and stereo receivers.
This might be surprising, but old hardcover books are one of the biggest antique goldmines, according to lead designer John Linden at MirrorCoop. If you’re like many people, you own a lot of books you won’t ever read again.
You probably didn’t own real microphones when you were singing along to your favorite songs, but if you did and you’re lucky enough to still own a vintage microphone, you might be able to find a musician or music producer willing to spend a lot of money to own it now.
Typewriters have become valuable antique finds in recent years. Some writers like the sense of nostalgia that goes with these writing tools and want to compose their next award-winning, critically acclaimed novel the old-fashioned way — or they just want to preserve the history by proudly displaying these vintage items.
If you’re tired of stepping on LEGO pieces in the middle of the night, you can sell specific LEGO sets as well as the mini-figures included in playsets. For example, the LEGO Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Hogwarts Castle set is worth about $450.
In today’s age of digital content and social media, it’s hard to believe people used to read magazines and newspapers in droves. Vintage magazines like Look and Life are considered treasured archives for providing valuable information about history and popular culture.
Do you remember when you had to check TV Guide magazine to learn when your favorite shows would be airing? Instead of finding the network schedules online, people had to look them up the old school way. This magazine also reported celebrity and television news.
The more social media seems to invade society, the more people want to collect nostalgic items from the past, including the iconic Polaroid camera. Taking a photo and watching it develop right before your very eyes seemed like space age technology at the time.
You know exactly what these dishes look like, even if you don’t know the name. Your mother and grandmothers most likely owned Pyrex dishes, and people still love them today. In some cases, they’re willing to spend a lot of money on certain vintage dishes.
American Girl Dolls
What young girl didn’t own an American Girl doll during her childhood? These dolls looked like their owners or taught them about history. The original historical dolls, including Kirsten, Molly and Samantha, are worth thousands of dollars. The Samantha doll is listed online for as much as $4,200. However, there are some requirements for selling these dolls.
Baseball cards were popular collectibles in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. In 2019, some of the rarest cards are now worth more money than people could have possibly dreamed about in the ‘60s.
Are you ready to get rid of any autographed baseballs you have? As you can probably imagine, autographed items are worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars — if the right person signed it. For example, Babe Ruth’s 1933 All-Star Game home run ball is worth $800,000. A Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe signed baseball is on the market for $190,000.
People love to collect old coins to see how "money tokens" used to look. Coin values depend primarily on their condition and rarity. For example, a rare Kansas state quarter that has a smudge on the letter "T" in "In God We Trust" is valued at around $100.
Writing and sending postcards has turned into a forgotten tradition. Most people don’t bother when they can simply post a photo on Facebook of their travels for family and friends to see.
Fiestaware (or just Fiesta) is a popular line of ceramic glazed dinnerware that has been manufactured since 1936. The dishes are known for their Art Deco styling, featuring concentric circles and a bright range of solid colors.
You probably don’t use your china set very often — maybe not since right after you got married. That probably means your china doesn’t have any sentimental value attached to it, which makes it easier to sell.
Vintage and retro clothing has become popular again after years of being considered "out of style." If you still own your old mid-century day dresses, ‘60’s mini-dresses, bohemian chic outfits from the ‘70s, denim jackets from the ‘50s or retro concert T-shirts from the ‘80s, you’re in luck.
Old Cell Phones
It’s hard to imagine that a cell phone could even be considered an "antique" in 2019. However, the "father of the cell phone," Motorola DynaTAC from the ‘80s and ‘90s — Zack Morris’ cell phone on Saved by the Bell — is worth up to $500.
If you still own the early comic book adventures of popular superheroes like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, you could be looking at a large profit if you’re willing to sell. Currently, original copies of the Black Panther comic book series from the ‘70s are valued at about $50 per issue, largely due to the success of the 2018 Marvel action movie.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Before the 1987 release of the television series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the characters appeared as a satirical comic in 1984. Children collected action figures and other fun games based on the show. Now, these beloved ‘80s toys are worth more money than you could have imagined during your childhood.
G.I. Joe Action Figures
Maybe you or your father played with G.I. Joe toys, which were released in 1964. The action figures offered a realistic depiction of the United States’ armed forces: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. In fact, this toy coined the term "action figure" in popular culture. Now, the vintage toys are worth a large sum.
Barbies are considered a pop culture phenomenon (first released in 1959), so they’re super valuable collectibles on many marketplaces. The first Barbie doll ever sold, with her classic zebra swimsuit and blonde hair, is now priced around $8,000 if it’s in mint condition.