5. VHS Tapes
Go to any recycling center, thrift store, or any other place people leave their unwanted stuff and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find a VHS tape or two. You can purchase them for a few bucks–maybe even a few cents depending on where you shop–but some of them are worth far more than that. WARNING: The following information may upset you. According to an MSN article, the out-of-print “Black Diamond Edition” of 101 Dalmatians is estimated to be worth $750. The “Black Diamond Edition” of The Fox and the Hound is estimated at $1,495. Now, don’t you just feel awful for throwing out those old videotapes? Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Architectural designer Eric Teschke stumbled upon some very important blueprints when he was clearing out an old office as his place of employment was preparing to move to a new one. What he found was blueprints to the World Trade Center Twin Towers. That was in 2003. In 2014, Teschke decided to sell some of them on eBay. He sold some of them for a few bucks, but wondered if they were worth more than what he got for them. He was right to wonder. According to The Detroit News, just one lot had an estimated worth of $30,000-$50,000!
3. Retro T-Shirts
Just because you can’t fit into them anymore doesn’t mean you should toss them out. If you do, you just might regret it. According to an article published by Reader’s Digest, a 1990s Mario Brothers Nintendo 64 Game T-shirt sold for $150 on Poshmark while a Prince T-shirt sold for $380. So, what type of retro tees can you make the most money from? “Concert, advertising, and shirts with a cool scene are all the rage,” Reyne Hirsch, long-time appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, told Reader’s Digest.
2. Cookie Jars
That cookie jar that was taking up space on your kitchen counter was perhaps more than just a place to stash your favorite sweet treats–it could have been a cash cow, so to speak. Cookie jars from the 1940s and 1950s are hot collector’s items. In fact, an Uncle Mistletoe Marshall Fields cookie jar from the 1950s recently sold for $1,200. Even cookie jars in the shape of cartoon characters or other popular figures can go for a few hundred bucks.
Every women has at least 20 different handbags in her closet, right? And, if you’re like most women, when your handbags start looking outdated, you toss them in the garbage. But, according to Reader’s Digest, Marie Dietrich, an appraiser at Gary Germer and Associates, says that a “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.” A Prada handbag will sell for about $500 to $800, Dietrich added.
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