These Old Household Things Are Worth A Lot Of Money Now


You may want to spring clean your house, barn, garage, or attic, because these things could be worth money.

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Lovers of vinyl need something to lớn spin their tunes on so they could be anxious to lớn get your old turntable. “Stereo equipment has recently been selling quite well online, especially vintage turntables và stereo receivers,” says Orkin. Kiểm tra out online sources lượt thích Reverb or eBay lớn see what similar turntables have sold for if you want lớn part with yours. Learn about 6 priceless things you won’t believe sold on eBay.

1980s & 1990s furniture

We’ve seen the return of mid-century modern in interior thiết kế but it could be on its way out. “What is starting lớn come into favor is furniture from the 1980s và 1990s,” says Hirsch. “Styles we remember from our childhood are the first things we gravitate when we go lớn furnish our own homes. It’s all about nostalgia,” says Hirsch. Here are some other hidden treasures that could be in your garage right now.

Depression glass

Also known as American Sweetheart, depression glass is something to be happy about. Some patterns and colors are more desirable than others, so if you have a rare màu sắc or pattern it could be very valuable; the American Sweetheart pattern is especially valuable in ruby red or cobalt blue, says Hirsch. You can expect to lớn fetch around $30 to lớn $75 dollars a piece. Full sets, like the American Sweetheart eight-piece tea set, sold on eBay for $405, says Reyne. Here’s what you should know about your vintage Pyrex—including how much it’s worth.

Cookie jars

That old cookie jar on your countertop is a hot collectible right now, Hirsch says, if it’s from the ’40s or ’50s. An Uncle Mistletoe Marshall Fields cookie jar from the 1950s sold for $1,200. But you don’t have khổng lồ have a Marshall Fields version to reap the cash: Hirsch says that cookie jars in the shape of a popular figure, like an iconic cartoon figure, go for $200 khổng lồ $500.

Fender & Gibson guitars

You may have given up your ambitions of being in a rock band, but that Gibson you plunked down cash for in high school is probably worth some serious bread today. “Vintage guitars from Fender và Gibson have remained popular over the years because they’re easily the two most recognizable guitar brands,” says Orkin. The price range is incredibly vast, but on Reverb, Orkin notes, Gibson guitars are consistently being bought và sold. A Gibson Les Paul from the 1950s can claim prices in the hundreds of thousands, Orkin says, while less sought-after brands and models may fetch hundreds.


“Watches are a lot lượt thích fancy cars—the big names are what you’re looking for,” says Dietrich. But it’s the men’s watches that people collect. Women’s watches are jewelry and fashion và just not as desirable, she points out. Và the more complex the men’s watch, the more valuable it could be. “Hand wound, gold or platinum, more jewels, moon phases, stopwatch functionality, day and time, etc., are what buyers are looking for,” notes Dietrich. You’ll vì chưng even better if you have a Rolex, Patek Philippe, LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, or Movado. If you prize your old watches and wouldn’t give them up for love or money, protect them by stashing them away in one of the genius secret hiding places in your home.


“Books are one of the biggest antique goldmines,” says John Linden, lead designer at MirrorCoop whose work includes interior thiết kế with vintage và antique decor. “Collectors pay a lot of money for first-edition copies of certain books. A first-edition copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, for example, is valued at around $8,000; while there were only 1,000 copies printed, those books pop up all the time, says Linden. If you own one of these rare books, you’re sitting on a gold mine.

Costumes and masks

“Vintage Halloween masks và costumes are fun & collectible, but not worth a ton of money,” says Gary Germer, owner và appraiser with Gary Germer & Associates. A Darth Vader mask sold for $47 on the estate sales website EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE (EBTH)—EBTH. Com; a phối of Star Trek shirts sold for $91. Vintage holiday decorations can also be pretty valuable.

Old microphones

Some of us sang into hairbrushes while others used a real microphone. If you have a vintage microphone laying around, you could find a musician or music producer who would be willing to lớn spend for it. Rare finds like the Neumann U-47 from the 1940s are worth tens of thousands of dollars online, Orkin says. But the vintage microphones most people are likely khổng lồ find stashed away in a box is from a maker called Shure, which could probably fetch around $50, Orkin says.

Vintage cookbooks

Take a closer look at the old cookbooks that have been handed down to you; even if they have been lovingly used in the kitchen, they could be worth some scratch. Linden says cookbooks that have gone out-of-print are highly valuable. & celebrity chefs like the beloved Julia Child are always in demand—Linden mentions that a 1961 first edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking sold on AbeBooks for $2,000.

Pedal cars

You hung onto your grandpa’s pedal car for nostalgic reasons, but depending on the age và condition, it could be a goldmine. Even with a little rust on it, a 1930 Lincoln pedal oto is worth about $1,000, Germer says. These are the most valuable finds in Antiques Roadshow history.

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Germer says his nephew calls these “antique mechanical” He adds that anything with gears, push buttons, & tubes are especially fascinating to the younger generation who have grown up in a wireless world. “Old typewriters need khổng lồ be in working condition & will sell for $20 khổng lồ $100; fully restored, in the low hundreds,” says Germer. Can you guess what these antique objects were used for?

Auto parts

You might want to check under the tarps or in the rafters of your garage—there could be some dusty gems. “Hood ornaments, oto vases, và hubcaps are the most collected for themselves because of decorative value. Headlamps and other body toàn thân parts are often repurposed for the industrial design look,” notes Germer. A hood ornament in decent condition, for example, can draw $20, but if you discover a rare one, it could collect a tidy sum of up $2,500.


Maybe not the one you stepped on in the middle of the night, but specific LEGOs are worth their weight in gold. For example, the 2010 mini-figure Jessie from Toy Story 2 in like-new condition is selling for around $10 on A LEGO Harry Potter & the of the Phoenix Hogwarts Castle mix sold for $450. However, some of the most coveted LEGOs are the missing parts from valued sets—like a window, steering wheel, or rare color brick—and can bring up to lớn hundreds. Here are 11 more childhood toys that are worth thousands.


Magazines, newspapers, programs, and the like are in a category called “ephemera,” Jacquie Denny, cofounder of EBTH, says. That’s collector lingo for any printed matter that wasn’t made to last. “The value of items in this category is related lớn rarity, condition, và the number of issues,” notes Denny. Surprisingly enough, they don’t have to be ancient. A special edition Life magazine from 1969 featuring the Woodstock musical festival sold for $113 on EBTH. You may be richer than you think—if you have any of these items in your attic.

Not-so-old cookbooks

You don’t have to lớn have an out-of-print Julia Child cookbook lớn earn some extra bread. Betty Crocker cookbooks that were mass-produced và widely used can be worth $10 to $500, depending on their condition (ideally, not too many fingerprint stains on the pages). But signed cookbooks by a famous chef can sell like hotcakes. “Cookbooks published by a celebrity chef will generally perform better if signed và sold while their market is current. If they’re sold after the chef has lost popularity, the value will be greatly diminished,” Denny says.

Vintage handbags

OK, answer honestly: How many posh handbags have you accumulated over the years? and how many are piled in a dark corner of your closet? Fashion history is fun to look at & to collect, & such a collection could earn you a sizable chunk of change. “Vintage Chanel in good condition will retail on a secondary market for $2,000 to $3,000—or even $400 if it is in poor condition,” says Marie Dietrich, an appraiser at Gary Germer & Associates. Prada, on the other hand usually sells for much less, says Dietrich, though the nicer ones still go for $500 lớn $800. Here’s where you can sell posh handbags & other specialty items online.

Almost everyone has random old lying around in a drawer. A single can sell for $2 or as much as a few hundred dollars, depending on a few factors. lớn auctioneers Warwick và Warwick, the age, rarity, condition, và subject matter all play a role. If the is signed by someone noteworthy, has a message of historical significance, or has a sought-after postage stamp or postal markings, it will bring in more. Some of the more popular collectible can be Art Nouveau và Art Deco style, or feature social history, street scenes, or transportation.

TV Guides

Speaking of nostalgia, the April 9-15, 1983 issue of TV Guide featuring Elvis Presley on the cover sold for $36 on EBTH. Although TV Guides are easy to lớn find at garage sales and flea markets, what people seem lớn desire is the subject matter on the cover—especially if it fits into their collection. Fans of Elvis Presley cosplay a big portion of the market for TV Guides featuring him.

Polaroid camera

There are plenty of people willing to pay a pretty penny for your Polaroid. Taking a picture và watching it develop before your eyes has always been cool. Plus, once a Polaroid shot develops, it looks lượt thích the vintage filter on Instagram. A Polaroid instant camera with film sold on EBTH for $152; a fancier Polaroid with a gold- và leather-bound case was snapped up for $553 on EBTH. Buy these items now và stash them for safekeeping because they will be worth a lot of moola down the road.

Retro video games

Maybe it’s because of the fascination with gaming, the vintage artwork, or the fact that as adults, the games people were denied as children are to them now—and desirable. “Retro đoạn phim games are currently enjoying a renaissance in popularity,” says Denny. What that means for you if you have them stacked away in a closet is extra moola. In June 2019, EBTH auctioned off a collection of vintage Sega games for $2,382, but single titles bởi vì very well on their own, lượt thích a 2001 Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo GameCube that sold for about $37 on eBay. Be sure to check your kitchen after this for these vintage kitchen items worth more than you think.


Lisa Marie Conklin is a Baltimore-based writer who writes regularly about pets and trang chủ improvement for Reader's Digest. Her work has also been published in The Healthy, HealthiNation, The Family Handyman, Taste of Home, and, among other outlets. She's also a certified personal trainer & walking coach for a local senior center. Follow her on Instagram

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