17. Christmas Ornaments
Nobody wants tacky ornaments hanging on their Christmas tree. But, if you went through a box of old ornaments you found in the attic and decided to get rid of them, you may have ended up throwing tens of thousands of dollars in the trash! Yep, that’s right. Kugel ornaments, which were made in Germany from 1840 to the early 1940s, are worth a pretty penny. A pear-shaped Kugel ornament was once listed at $18,000! Even if an ornament doesn’t date back that far, it could still be worth something–anywhere from a few hundred bucks to a little over $1,000, to be exact.
Would you believe it if someone told you that the tools you threw out the other day could be worth at least $7,000? According to an article published by MSN, a Chaplin No. 1 plane recently went for $7,700. But, if you think that was something, listen to this! A rare John Deere wrench sold for $16,500 a couple of years ago! The reason may surprise you. According to MarketWatch, some people who buy them don’t just collect them, they actually use them because the old tool “can be better for a skilled job than its modern equivalent.”
15. Vintage Costume Jewelry
The next time you come across some costume jewelry, remember this: old costume jewelry from Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and others are auctioned off at up to $2,000. “Costume jewelry, depending on the maker, can be worth as much or more than real diamonds or precious stone jewelry,” Eric Silver, an appraiser for Antiques Roadshow, said in an article published by Popular Mechanics. One such maker is Miriam Haskell, whose costume jewelry often sells for thousands of dollars. Other money-making brands include Coro, Eisenberg, Hobe, and Weiss.
14. Mason Jars
You most likely have some of these in your home–unless of course you threw them out. And, while most of them probably aren’t worth much, there are few that could earn you up to $1,000. The upside down Ball mason jar from the early 1900s, for example, is worth $1,000. And, the violet Columbia mason jar that turns slightly purple when left in the sun is worth $400.
FUN FACT: The upside-down Mason jars were made that way so they could double as dispensers.