If you’re like most people, chances are you threw away something of value without realizing its worth. Here are 20 valuable things you probably threw away but shouldn’t have.
20. Harry Potter Books
If you haven’t already thrown them out, you might want to hang on to those Harry Potter books of yours. Nigel Reynolds, the first journalist to ever interview Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, made that mistake. As a “thank you” for the interview, Rowling gave Reynolds a first edition copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. Unfortunately for Reynolds, he threw it out because he thought it would be a flop. What he didn’t know is that first edition copies of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone are worth £56,000!
19. Your Childhood Toys
If you’ve ever thrown out your old board games, dollhouses, LEGOs, video games or even Happy Meal toys, you should be kicking yourself right now. An original 1974 Dungeons & Dragons board game recently went for $6,000. A vintage Nintendo video game cartridge still in its original packaging went for $20,000. And, an old Asteroids game for the Atari system is worth about $1,000. McDonald’s Happy Meal toys like Beanie Babies, Furbies, Power Rangers and 101 Dalmatians are also worth quite a bit.
18. Old Perfume Bottles
We’ve all been there. A family member passes away and we decide to go over to their house to clean it up. While there, you decide to toss out those smelly old perfume bottles of your grandmother’s. Well, chances are you threw away a fortune. Believe it or not, old perfume bottles are quite valuable. Sometimes it’s because the glass or the glass maker is important. At other times it’s because the bottles are custom-made and rare. Either way, if the bottles are in pristine condition, they’re worth even more.
FUN FACT: Bottles from companies like New England Glass Company, founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1818, and the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, founded in Sandwich, Massachusetts in 1825, could be worth up to $1,000!