Are you doing some spring cleaning and finding old stuff you might throw out? Well, don’t put it in the trash just yet! First, check to see if it’s one of the many antique finds that can earn you some serious cash…
Video Game Consoles
Old video game consoles bring a lot more than nostalgia – they can also bring in quite a bit of money! In fact, they are some of the most highly sought-after electronics on the market, so it might be time to check the attic. Most of the time, as long as it works, gamers are willing to pay for it. For instance, an early PlayStation or Nintendo 64 can earn one hundreds of dollars. Meanwhile, a first-run Playstation prototype earned one collector $360,000 in cold hard cash. That’s pretty impressive! Meanwhile, old video games themselves can go for hundreds, even thousands.
Although it might not seem obvious, antique, handmade rugs can sometimes go for far more than anyone would expect. There are even people who collect nothing but hand-woven Persian rugs. Sometimes these rugs, often handed down in families, can be over 100-years-old and fetch more than one million dollars. Recently, the most expensive Persian rug ever, a beautiful 400-year-old piece, sold for just over $2.5 million. We can guarantee they’re not laying that down in the living room any time soon!
Of course, everyone knows that old bottles of unopened wine can earn sellers thousands. However, few know that there are some alcohols worth even more. The most sought-after antique alcohol? Old Cognac. Recently, a man discovered a 1762 Gautier Cognac, forgotten by the previous owner, in his cellar. After taking it to auction, the man earned more than $150,000. That’s right. So, while we don’t recommend drinking any old alcohol you find in your basement or attic, it might be worth a little something to the right collector.
Some of the world’s biggest rock stars and actors are vinyl records, which explains why collecting and selling them can make one a millionaire, if done right. Now, given the explosion of vinyl collecting by regular people in the past decade, it’s easier than ever to find a buyer for your old records. Especially if you have rare vinyls or one-offs. In 2015, Ringo Star’s personal copy of the “White Album” sold for $790,000! It’s not just popular bands like Queen or Led Zeppelin, either. Records from musicals go for high prices as well.
These days, most people prefer to buy their comics online, instantly, and read them on their tablets. However, there are still many collectors searching for these colorful relics from the era of printed superheroes. Of course, while extreme rarities, like the first Superman comic, earn millions of dollars, even more common old comics can still fetch a fair price, depending on the condition. The most popular picks are American comics that introduce new heroes or villains.
Items that seem like garbage can turn out as antique finds in the long run. Always make sure to check what you want to throw out in advance!