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Believe it or not, there's much more wealth in your home than you realize. From old toys to humble Christmas ornaments, here are 20 household things that could be worth a fortune now.
Those coins you have buried at the bottom of your purse can be worth a pretty penny now. In 2007, Jeff Bidelman, a former dealer at Rare Collectibles, uncovered a stash of 200-year-old coins that were worth $200,000. Even if you don't stumble upon ancient coins, you could have a special Kansas state quarter on your hands. In 2005, a lot of these quarters were misprinted with "In God, We Rust” instead of "In God, We Trust,” and today, the mistake is said to be worth around $100 a coin.
The seemingly ordinary dishes in your kitchen may be worth more than you expected, and here is the proof. A chip and dip set is valued at $100 on eBay, and a butter dish goes for $225. Some bowl sets are even listed at more than $300. Wow! That's a really good price!
Today, many canning jars sell for less than $15. However, there are a few ones that could be worth a fortune. A rare Willoughby Stopple jar can sell for $500, while an upside-down Ball Mason Jar made between 1900 and 1910 is valued at about $1,000. So, if you're using the mason jars your grandma left you, check their value now!
These high-end toys became a kids' favorite in the 1990s, and today you can sell them for a pretty good chunk of change. In August 2019, full sets of Polly Pocket toys were priced at around $1,900. Even the Polly Pocket's accessories are also valuable now. In fact, a Polly Pocket pencil case sold for $810 on eBay in July 2019.
Even to this day, you may still be using a piggy bank to save money. But if your coin bank has a certain mechanical feature, you can sell it for a large sum of money. The Mechanical Bank Collectors of America has been searching for these appliances since 1958. Guess how much they offer? $2,500!
Who'd have ever thought that one day old cookie jars can be worth a serious dough? Reyne Hirsch, a PBS' Antiques Roadshow evaluator, claims that a cookie jar from the 1950s sold for a whopping $1,200 in 2018. According to Hirsch, jars in the style of any famous cartoon figure can reap even more. For example, a Little Audrey cookie jar sold on eBay for $3,400 in 2019. Woah!
The humble dinner sets that are gathering dust in your kitchen cabinets might bring you thousands of dollars online. Such porcelain antiques became a hit at the end of the 18th century, and vintage sets coming from the early 1900s have been sold on eBay for a stunning $5,000. Is there anyone else planning to clean around the house now?
Produced in the 1700s, rocking chairs were mainly used as a tool to help babies sleep. Such furnishings, if made between the 1950s to the 1970s, can sell for nearly $5,000. Sounds pretty good, right?
In August 2019, a SharpGF-999 Stereo Boombox sold on eBay for $3,000, while a 1988 VTG 2 Lasonic TRC-975 Ghetto Blaster Boombox went for $8,250. So, for those who still have an old boom box stashed somewhere, it might be worth putting it on sale.
It may surprise you, but Olivia Newton-John's original Xanadu soundtrack album is still coveted even today. It can fetch an amazing $9,100, as there are only 31 copies in existance today.
You just became rich if you have any of the following CDs stored somewhere in your house. The track of the 1993 signature series by Michael Jackson and the 1998 protection EP by Coldplay are reportedly worth nearly $1,500 these days. Paris Hilton's 2006 album, "Paris,” replaced by Banksy with a redesigned sleeve and an added mash-up with DJ Dangermouse, is listed on eBay for roughly $12,134.19.
Still holding on to your old lunch box? Congratulations, as they can score you a lot of cash now! Fox News has stated that the 1963 Jetsons lunch box costs anywhere between $1,000 and $1,650, whereas the 1962 Dudley Do-Right lunch box sold for more than $2,200. What is even more surprising is that lunch box museum owner Allen Woodall claims the Superman lunch box from 1954 is valued at $13,000. Now just take out your lunch box and check its value online!
Despite being relatively new, the original Apple products designed by Steve Jobs are worth a whole bunch of money now. In July 2019, a seller on eBay called videoaudiostudios sold an Apple iPod for almost $2,200. Well, the next month, many other new or successful first-generation versions were listed for $15,999. So before you decide to toss out any old Apple electronics, first take a glance at what they're selling for.
Perhaps you also have a grandma who used to collect silverware. Who says it was just a waste of time? An 84-piece Tiffany set from 1905 goes for $4,975 on eBay. If that doesn't surprise you, just wait! A silver flatware service (297 ounces of weighable silver) produced in 1927 was auctioned for $17,500 in 2011. Wow!
It may surprise you, but Antique appraiser Eric Silver said vantage sleds can sell for $100 and blown glass ornaments can fetch as much as $1,700. Yet those who have Kugel ornaments from Germany between 1840 and the early 1940s are the real jackpot winners, as these pieces can go for an incredible $18,000! Now it's time to rummage through your garage to search for these treasures!
Good news for Harry Potter collectors! If you have a hardcover edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” then check the print line. If it reads "10 9 8 7 6 5 43 2 1," you just hit the jackpot. The book is now worth up to $55,000. If it reads 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02, it can be sold for up to $6,500.
The Tiffany lamp might not seem to match with your home's modern aesthetic, but they can be a real moneymaker. According to Invaluable, one of the world's largest online markets for antiques and fine art, this old household item could fetch you anywhere from $4,000 to over $1 million. The most sought-after Tiffany lamps in today's market are those with vibrant colored and floral motifs. Moreover, even just the foundations of such light fixtures can be worth a lot.
Many may have long forgotten their VHS collection, as we're now living in a world of online streaming. However, these items are worth a fortune now. Old volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Walt Disney VHS tapes are listed on eBay for a staggering $1,499,999.99 by the seller jinelle0317. Moreover, movies that were never changed into DVD or digital, especially those deemed controversial and therefore banned, sell for the highest price.
Attention! Guitar fans! If you have an old Fender or Gibson guitar around your house, you really can become rich overnight. A 1953 Fender Telecaster was valued up to $10,000 in 2002, and the John Lennon's Gibson J-160E Acoustic-Electric guitar sold for more than $2 million in 2014, $2,266,970 to be exact. So what are you waiting for? Go and have your guitar appraised!
Remember all those comic books you collected like crazy as a kid? It's best to get them appraised, as they may be worth something now! The Incredible Hulk's first comic book was auctioned for $320,000 in 2014, while a 1938 Action Comics No. 1 is said to be worth $3.2 million. Pretty crazy, isn't it?
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