A Fortune in Your Attic?
Your attic, garage or basement could be your ticket to a financial windfall. That is, if any of the family junk that you boxed up and put away long ago is now sought after by collectors. The old lamp, mismatched china or child's old toy chest - still stuffed with playthings - that has been siting in your way, accumulating dust for years, could have a lot more than sentimental value - it could be your source of some cold, hard cash.
There was a time when, in order for an old item to have any value it had to achieve 'antique' status - that is, specifically, over one hundred years old. This is no longer true today. Hundreds of millions of people, from all over the world collect 'something' - and 'age' is not as relevant as 'rarity' and 'desirability'. Collecting - as a hobby is big, and it's getting bigger everyday. This is probably true, in large part, due to the advent of the internet and the success of eBay and other auction type sites. Glance over this list of some of the hottest collectibles being actively sought after by enthusiasts today.
Action figures, Old advertising pieces, Animation art, Art deco pieces, Art pottery, Autographs, Automobilia, Banks, Barbie Dolls, professional Baseball and Basketball, Batman, Battery-operated toys, Beanie Babies, anything Beatles, old bicycles, Big Little Books, Black Americana, Board games, Bobble Head dolls, Breweriana, old Calendars, California Raisins, Carnival Glass, Ceramic Figurines, Cereal Premiums, old Cereal boxes with popular heroes on them, Christmas and Santa items, Circus memorabilia, Coca-Cola, Coins and medallions, Comic Books, makeup Compacts, Cookie Jars, Costume jewelry, Country Store Collectibles, Cowboy Heroes, Cracker Jacks, Depression Glass, Disney, Dolls - both new and modern era, all things to do with Elvis, Fast food toys and premiums, Fiestaware, Fire King, Fisher-Price, Fishing lures, rods and reels, professional and collegiate Football, G.I Joe, old Golf clubs and balls, guitars, Hallmark ornaments, Halloween items, Hammered aluminum, Hanna-Barbera, Harley Davidson, Hot Wheels, Hunting items, small Kitchen appliances, Limited-edition anything, Little Golden Books, Lunch Boxes, old Magazines, Magic, Military items, Model Cars, Model Trains, Monsters, Movie and Film memorabilia, Musical instruments, Native Americans, Paperweights, petroliana, Pez, Political campaign memorabilia, Postcards, Purses, Radios, Railroad collectibles, old Records, Ruby Glass, Salt and Pepper Shakers, SciFi Toys, Sewing collectibles, Skiing, Stamps, Star Wars, Stoneware, Superman, Teddy Bears, Thermometers, Tin Toys, Tobacco, old Tools, TV Toys, Vintage clothing, Warner Bros., Western Americana, World's Fairs, Wrestling, YoYos
This list is just a start, I could go on and on - but you get the point.
Are there some collecting areas on that list that you didn't know other people were interested in? Do you see anything there that might be in your attic, or basement? Do you remember having a particular item in one of the collecting areas? If so - read on.
Yard sales are NOT the way to clean out your attic!!!
Have you ever had a yard sale, or observed a neighbor's sale? At six-thirty or seven A.M. there is already five or six 'shoppers' driving up. Just who are these early birds, and why, are they leaving home before the sun is up?
They are eBay sellers and collectors - and they are hoping that YOU do not know what your old 'junk' may actually be worth. Glance again at the 'collectibles' list above. Something from one of the areas on that list can be found at thousands of yard sales every weekend in the US. And the people showing up first at yard sales are the ones that get these 'treasures'. Books, toys, art, glassware, kitchenware, military pieces, records, celebrity memorabilia, sporting goods, ceramics, and old magazines are just a few of the things that savvy eBay sellers and collectors are profiting on. Stories abound of people that have picked up priceless items for a few pennies at yard sales. They win - you lose.
eBay - a much better way to do it.
Never assume an object isn't worth anything. What if you are wrong? There is a much better way to access the value of and profit from the treasure in your attic - and that is to look it up yourself on eBay.
Here are some eBay truths:
- You can sell just about anything on eBay
- You will get far more for your stuff on eBay than you would from a yard sale
- When you list something at eBay, it is seen by millions of people all over the world.
- The best things to sell on eBay are common used household items.
- You often see collectibles going for incredible prices on eBay.
- The mechanics of selling your stuff on eBay are really very simple.
- Caution should be taken, once you get started, selling on eBay can be addictive!
So - How much is it worth?
One of the easiest ways to find out if your particular item is collectible and get an idea of how much it may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to EBAY HERE and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your item description, such as "RCA transistor radio" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all items that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for. (PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it HERE). Give it a try - you might be pleasantly surprised.