You may be sitting on a fortune at home collecting dust. eBay has been a marketplace powerhouse for a few decades, and with the influx of Facebook Marketplace, it's even easier to gauge whether or not those items may be worth some cash without you even realizing it. Most of these items are antiques, and the older the item, the rarer and more expensive it can be.


Typewriters are outdated but are fascinating pieces of history for collectors who will pay good money for a rare item. A unique old typewriter can fetch up to $475.00, to give you an idea of the value of a historical piece in good condition.

Older typewriters have been known to go for even higher prices on the open market. When the piece in your possession is in good condition, the prospect of attracting buyers improves greatly.

Woman using typewriter on floor Emmanuel Faure / Getty Images



If you were a kid back in the 1980s and 1990s, then you're probably familiar with the popular toys during those days. American Girl dolls evoke nostalgic memories among children born at that time, while for boys, action figures were must-haves. If you held on to those toys, you are sitting on a fortune.

It's possible to sell an American Girl doll in pristine condition for thousands of dollars, especially if it has all the original accessories and packaging. Action figures are also a gold mine. These toys can fetch top dollar even without packaging. The Star Wars trilogy toys are now more valuable than ever if you can find a buyer interested enough.

star wars action figure toy


China sets

China sets dating back to the 1900s can earn you thousands of dollars. The manufacturers made these sets from fine porcelain material, which were hand-painted, resulting in their exquisite beauty and rarity. You should note that there are many fake sets on the market, so do not assume that it is valuable until an expert confirms their value.

You can visit an antique dealer who will determine whether your China set meets the minimum quality expectations.

beautiful old vintage retro style porcelain ceramics bone china tableware luxury tea set with golden colour rim on round dish for asian style tea time


Video games

Some of the games of your childhood which you have long outgrown could now turn out to be of significant value at online auctions. A mint-condition cartridge of Chrono Tiger can sell for up to $600.00, while Mega Man X3 can fetch up to $400.00.

Another rare game that earns a fortune is Little Samson, which goes for around $1000.

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In 2005, Kansas quarters were minted with the motto, "In God We Rust." The motto was an error since the minters misspelled "trust," so the coins did not stay in circulation for a long time. These quarters are now scarce, also making them very valuable. Prices for Kansas coins with errors now sell for between $100.00 and $200.00. If you have some of these quarters lying around in boxes in your home, they're definitely worth more than a quarter.

United States Vintage Coins. American Dollars Collectible Coin. Closeup Photo.


Perfume bottles

While perfume from the good old days may not be worth a dime, the bottles they were sold in can cost a fortune. In good condition, a century-old perfume bottle can earn you up to $4,000.00 on an online auction site.

Another interesting fact is that there are auctions outside of eBay that focus only on perfume bottle sales. The rare custom-made perfume bottles can bring in good prices if you find the right buyers.

vintage perfume bottle with decoratres old book formula with rope on wood table in corner of victorian interior yanukit / Getty Images


Boy Scout items

If you were a boy scout, you may have items that could sell at a reasonable price. Badges and medals are priced online from $240.00 to prices in excess of $1,170.00. You can sell off your boy scout memorabilia for the right amount of cash if you are willing to part with good old memories.



Pokémon cards

A complete set of Pokémon cards can go for hundreds of dollars online. The ultra-rare cards attract prices that are in the region of thousands of dollars on the other hand. A good example is a holograph Charizard Pokémon card that sold for $12,499.99 on eBay. It would be best if you were extra careful when handling Pokémon cards because you could be holding more value in your hands than you realize.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 19: A contestant looks at cards as he competes during the 2016 Pokemon World Championships on August 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Over 1,600 contestants from more than 30 countries are competing in tournaments of the Pokemon video game, Pokken and Trading Card Game events during the 2016 Pokemon World Championships. $500,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded to winners. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images


Apple anything

Some Apple products contain historic value, such as those designed and sold during the reign of Apple's founder, Steve Jobs. The sentimental value attached to the Steve Jobs legacy by some consumers makes these products even more valuable. Although not yet regarded as vintage or antique, they're treasured because they are rare and sought after.

A mint condition first-generation iPod can be sold online for as much as $2,200.00. Other Apple devices, such as a Lisa, can fetch tens of thousands of dollars, which can be confirmed by a quick visit to various auction sites.

UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 31: 1st Apple Macintosh (Mac) 128K computer, released january 24, 1984 by Steve Jobs Apic / Getty Images


Vintage pyrex

Vintage pyrex cookware offer quality to owners because they can withstand extreme temperatures without shattering. Something as small as a brand new Pyrex lid can fetch you $50 on eBay. On the other hand, a full set of dishes is a gold mine because you can attract thousands of dollars for one that is in good condition.

Two vintage milk-glass one-pint casserole dishes stacked on top of each other. One is aqua blue with an Amish pattern.

Identify all the items you have in the home; throw away the trash, and sell the valuable items. Learn to cherish the items you have in the home today because they may be more valuable, rare collectible items for your grandchildren one day.


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