Old Household Objects That Are Worth A Fortune

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G.I Joe Motorized Battle Tank

Most G.I Joe action figures will command a decent amount of money. But this particular motorized tank has gone for a lot of money. In fact, in 2003, an original 1963 prototype sold for over $200,000. That’s an actual fortune. And if you’ve got that lying around, well, maybe you should book that trip to the Bahamas already.

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VHS Tapes

VHS Tapes, yes VHS Tapes could be worth a lot of money, specifically Disney movies. Certain VHS Tapes could be worth up to $50,000. There’s currently a Little Mermaid Black Diamond Banned Cover VHS for sale on Etsy for $45,000.00.

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Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ Vinyl Record

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ vinyl record could make you a lot of money. If you still have this record from 1967, you could make up to $290,500.

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Trunks

Most people have old trunks at home. If you do have one, it may be your ticket to great fortune— but that’s only if it’s the right fit. If this trunk happens to belong to a luxury house (like a Louis Vuitton trunk for example), you can be looking to gain thousands of dollars from its sale.

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Old Polaroid Cameras

Over the last twenty years, camera quality has grown in leaps and bounds. Today, even our phones that are mere inches thick can take world-class photographs. Before these rapid technological advancements, we used to make use of Polaroid cameras. And it seems that they are now making a comeback today. A vintage Polaroid camera is guaranteed to fetch you a hundred dollars on the collectors market.

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Boy Scout Memorabilia

If you were in the boy scouts as a child, you may have just hit the jackpot. All those badges that you won may fetch you an unlikely sum in today’s money. Boy scout memorabilia is known to go for big bucks online, and yours may just be the next star to provoke a high-stakes bidding war.

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Pokémon Cards

Remember all those cards that you folded up and threw away? Well, today, they go for hundreds of dollars— especially if they are very rare. For instance, one Pokémon card sold for $11,999. Of course, before they are sold at that price, they need to be verified by experts. But even just regular old Pokémon cards can cost a huge amount of money.

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Band T-shirts

If you’ve got an older relative who uses to belong in a band, this may be your turn to make some money off of them. If they’ve got old band T-shirts that are authentic merch, you could get a decent buyer for it on the internet. Sometimes these band T-Shirts, if rare enough, could sell for thousands of dollars.

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Polly Pocket

In the 90s, there was Polly Pocket craze that made inch tall toys very popular. Today, there aren’t in the hands of kids— instead most of them are on eBay, where they are now prized collector’s items. So if you have a collection of original Polly Pocket toys, you better get them on eBay. It may just be your luckiest day. On eBay, prices currently range from $400 – $800 for certain coveted sets in mint condition

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Kansas Quarters

Some time ago, the T on a random coin pressing machine in Kansas got a smudge on it. This accidentally made a batch of the Kansas state quarters read In God We Rust instead of In God We Trust. The problem was quickly rectified, but not before the batch of coins got into public circulation. Today, those coins go for around $100 each. You should check those old coin jars in your house— maybe one holds an In God We Rust coin!

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China Sets

You probably have an old relative with a cupboard of immaculate-looking China sets. And these sets are often saved for fancy parties that always fail to roll by. If you’re really lucky, some of these sets could be synthetic rare sets from ancient times, and they could fetch you a lot of money.

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Rotary Phones

In the old days, everyone had one of these. But right now, they’ve become antiques. And like many antiques, they are becoming prized items for several collectors. If you own some of the rarer and older models, you may just have a wad of cash stashed in your basement. The wad of cash is the phone, of course, as it can be sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

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Star Wars Toys

When the first Star Wars movie was released, there was one huge oversight; there were no toys released. No one thought the franchise would gather a cult-like following— but it did, and shocked everyone. The next year, the studio rushed to get a range of toys out, and they flew off the shelves. Everyone wanted one— and today, they still do. They’ve become collector’s items that can fetch up to 25 thousand dollars, at least that was the price A 1978 Luke Skywalker toy sold for.

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Vintage Lunchboxes

Vintage Lunchboxes with pictures of cartoon characters have become high-level collector’s items on sites like eBay. Today, these boxes go for hundreds of dollars, especially if they are particularly rare.

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Pyrex

You’re probably wondering how and why. Well, don’t. People love Pyrex, and the greatest proof of this is the fact that a butter dish went for around $225 on eBay. There are many other listings too, and some go up to $500— which is a simply remarkable price for something you could have bought for a couple of bucks in its day.

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American Girl Dolls

Vintage American girl dolls, especially ones from the 80s, have suddenly become popular collector’s items on eBay. Samantha ( a girl doll from 1986) recently sold for $4200. Which shows you precisely how much people like dolls. Do you have an old doll in your basement? it may just be your turn to make a profit.

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Old Typewriters

Typewriters may be useless to you, but if you’ve got an old one hanging around your home, you may have hit the jackpot. On eBay, some old Typewriters in good condition go for more than $200. And some old and rare models could even go for half a thousand dollars. If you’ve got one in the garage, perhaps it’s time to flip it.

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Wheat Pennies

Here are the most valuable wheat pennies.

  • 1944 Steel Wheat Penny – $500,000.
  • 1943 Copper Wheat Penny – $100,000.
  • 1914 D Wheat Penny – $10,000.
  • 1922 D Wheat Penny – $6,000.
  • 1926 Wheat Penny – $4,000.

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Vintage He-Man Toys, Transformer, And G.I Joe Toys

For most people growing up in the 80s, Transformer, He-Man, and G.I Joe were the Big Three toy franchises. And it’s no suprise that they’ve become expensive collector’s items today. After all, who doesn’t want to enjoy a bit of authentic nostalgia? On eBay, original versions of these toys could go for over $250. If you’ve got any of these toys hanging around, you can probably flip them for great profit.

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THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS FIREHOUSE HEADQUARTERS

The original Ghostbusters was one of the most widely successful movies in the 80s, and it gave birth to a slew of Ghostbusters themed toys. Of those toys, the Ghostbusters firehouse became one of the most popular. Today, it’s now a huge collector favorite, and could go for up to $600. Nothing spooky about that, is there?

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Transformers; Optimum Prime

The Transformers toy range was something every kid wanted to have. A toy that could transform into a cab or a trailer was something novel when the transformers movie came out, and that made it super popular. Today, a particular series, the 1 Autobot sealed in the box, could rake in over a thousand dollars. You really could transform that Transformers toy into good money.

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Fireball Island Board Game

If you loved cardboard adventure games, you probably would have heard of Fireball Island, a game packed with Tiki gods, volcanoes, and fireballs. While the game isn’t too popular today, an original board from 1986 could fetch you at least a few hundred dollars. Better check your stack of old board games to see if you still have it.

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Thundercats Lion-O Action Figure

If you’re sitting on a ThunderCats Lion-O action figure, you may be sitting on more than two thousand dollars. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s still new or not!

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DAVID BOWIE’S DIAMOND DOGS VINYL

The worth of this peculiar vinyl album lies in the very strange story of how the album artwork came to be. The original artwork of the album showcased Bowie— but with his bottom half replaced by the bottom half of a dog (with all the attendant sexual organs). Of course, this made record label RCA rather nervous, and they canceled the artwork before the album hit the shelves. However, before they did, some copies had already been printed, and as you can imagine, some are already lost in the world. In 2003, one resurfaced and was sold for near four thousand dollars. Who knows how many of the album art made it off the printer— and who knows where they might be? Your cellar, perhaps?

Stamps

You’ve probably laughed at someone who collected stamps because it sounds like such a weird and insignificant hobby. But in reality, it’s not. Rare stamps can be worth a fortune, and some have been sold for thousands of dollars. In fact, one was sold in 2014 for about 9 million dollars— that’s an absolute fortune.

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Jumanji and Polar Express First Editions

Toys aren’t the only items that could fetch you too much money on the collectors market. Books like Jumanji and the Polar Express can also fetch you a pretty buck, especially if they are in great condition. Combined, first editions of both classics could fetch you over a thousand dollars. The great thing is that these books were really popular, so there’s a good chance that you’ve got one or both of them lying around in your library.

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Air Jordans

The Air Jordans are a cultural phenomenon. They are one of the most popular sneakers ever made, and each year thousands of them are sold. But some are just thousands of dollars more expensive than others. For example, a pair of black Air Jordans with gold accents that were originally released in 1985 could probably go for about $25,000 today. That’s because only twelve of them were ever produced!

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Jordan Air Yeezys

Air Jordans aren’t the only old sneakers that can pull in a fortune. Jordan Air Yeezys can pull in cash too, and they don’t have to be too old either. The entire sneaker line was made between 2009 and 2014, and they’ve now made a resurgence on the collectors market. These days, they are out of circulation and a single pair can pull in thousands of dollars.

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Tiffany Lamps

Today, Tiffany Lamps aren’t a regular sight in many homes. But they used to be, and now they’ve gotten a new lease of life in the hands of collectors. Some of these lamps, especially the rare and brightly colored ones, can go for anything from $4000 to a million.

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Nintendo Game Boy

When the Nintendo Game Boy hit the shelves, it was the hottest thing on the block. Everyone wanted one, and it defined the childhood of many kids. But those days are gone now, as modern console games have taken over the imagination of kids. This doesn’t mean that the original Nintendo Gameboy is now useless. So many people want it now because it’s a highly prized collector’s item. Recently, one of these Gameboys sold for about $4000.

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Cuckoo Clocks

Today, there are so many Cuckoo Clocks on the market, but none of them can stand up to the original clocks. These clock styles originated in 1700s Germany, and have since then appeared all over the world. If you manage to have an original Cuckoo Clock, you could get thousands of dollars for your trouble.

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Vintage Christmas Ornaments

If you’ve got old Christmas ornaments that are in great shape, then you may have to check them out. If the material, age, and maker fit the bill, they may fetch you a fortune on the market. Some Christmas ornaments are over a hundred years old would fetch you thousands of dollars.

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Cameo Jewelry

You may think ah! I’ve got one of those! But don’t get too pumped. The Cameo Jewelry that can fetch you big money is the authentic stuff made from shell, coral, stone, or glass. If you’ve got an authentic one that’s pretty old, you may be able to sell it at a decent price.

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Metal Advertising Signs

In the 70s and 80s, many of the signs that advertised products outside bars and restaurants were made of steel. Today, many of them have been removed from their spots, but this doesn’t mean they are now useless. These signs are nostalgic, and have gone for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. And what’s more, they may just be in a corner of your garage.

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Cookie Jars

Antique cookie jars from the 1950s are now pretty popular amongst collectors of rare items. Now, these jars aren’t all worth a fortune, even though some undoubtedly do. What determines the worth of these jars is their material, condition, and what shape they are.

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Boomboxes

There’s a huge chance that you’ve got one of these things at home. They may be relics of a long lost music scene, but they are quite valuable to collectors today. Depending on the make and age of your boombox, you may even be able to sell it for thousands of dollars.

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CDs

CDS are another relic of a long lost time in music. And some relics can be expensive— and some can be cheap as well. While some really rare and old CDs can sell for hundreds of dollars, others are worth nothing. But don’t give up. Even those may be worth a fortune in 20 years.

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VHS Tapes

When we all decided as a society to toss out VHS tapes and get a DVD player, we must have thought we were doing something smart. But we weren’t— not by a long shot. Those tapes now cost a lot of money— especially ones that never really made it to the DVD era.

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Cabbage Patch Kids

The Cabbage Patch is one of the longest-running doll franchises in America, and the dolls are just so lovable. Today, they are popular collector’s items, and original dolls can go for hundreds of dollars. If you used to be into these dolls as a kid, you may need to go searching for them in your basement.

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Video Game Cartridges

Video game cartridges are from another era and another time. In their hay days, they were pretty expensive, but these days they’ve even become more expensive than they used to be. Retro game cartridges in the right conditions today could earn you hundreds of dollars, which is most times more than double their original cost price.

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Comic Books

If you used to be a huge comic books fan, well, it may just be your turn to make huge money off of it. The demand for old and rare comic book editions these days has now increased due to the popularity of TV shows and movies based on superheroes. And it doesn’t look like that is ending soon. Rare enough comic books can fetch you thousands of dollars on the market.

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Stieff Teddy Bears

If you’ve got any of these bears at home, you may just have hit the jackpot. They are very rare and wanted by collectors all over the world. They are limited edition, and when they get on the market they can go for truly fantastic amounts. For example, one of these bears was reportedly sold for about a hundred and eighty thousand dollars.

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Old Apple Products

Today, Apple is most widely known for its shiny consumer products. They are arguably one of the biggest phone companies in the world, and they certainly have one of the most recognizable brands. That’s probably why the earliest Apple products— before the age of the iPhone and MacBook, are in great demand today. If you’ve got an old Apple product, you may be looking at a couple of hundred bucks.