Look into most garages and you’ll see walls filled with boxes and boxes of old items. Most of the time, these items are junk. But it’s worth it to take a second look.
You see, people have been able to find some incredible things in their own garages, or at yard sales, that are surprisingly worth some serious money. So if you’re looking for strategies to make a quick buck, you might want to look into reselling your old things!
Some of these items are small and commonplace.
So small, you might miss them. Items like golf balls don’t cost much on their own, but since 100,000,000 per year go missing, they can amass a a lot of money. If you go golf ball hunting around the golf course, you will be able to easily find many all at once, and then resell them to all the golfers looking for new balls! Some people who do this earn up to $50,000 a year.
There are some species of flower that you may not know are pretty special. The Elizabeth Harrison Snowdrop is a rare and beautiful flower and once auctioned for £725.
Most of these items are really special to collectors.
Like rare items that are important to specific cultures. In China and Japan, stones that are carved to look like pieces of meat are highly prized. This art practice goes back centuries and you can find pieces featured in museums. If you find a meat-looking stone while walking around outside, it could earn you thousands of dollars.
There are other collector’s items that you might have laying around. If you have pristine and sealed versions of old Furbies, Lego collections, or Pokémon cards that you’re willing to part with, you could make tens of thousands of dollars.
You might find a piece of history in your bookshelves or kitchen.
Twentieth-century history, that is. Take a look in your kitchen cabinets and you will probably see some Pyrex dishes. Their longtime popularity in the kitchen is due to their durability and ability to hold up even in the oven. Some of the most beautiful iterations of Pyrex dishware, the opaque and designed dishes from between the 1910s and 1970s, can resell for thousands of dollars.
Additionally, the first editions of many classic books have a high resell value. First editions are the very first batch of a book that was ever printed, and many of your favorite books can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. The highest-earning first editions are The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and The Great Gatsby.
The rarest items can make some serious cash.
In the reselling game, rarity is a huge advantage. While many items you find can earn you a couple of extra bucks, the most money will come from items that are not made anymore or came out as limited editions.
One of the most striking examples of this is in the world of Super Mario Brothers video games. Even though most households has some version of this beloved game, most of them are commonplace. But, unused, sealed versions can make a pretty penny. The most expensive Super Mario video game was a first edition, pristine condition game that sold for $100,150.
Find these items, then resell them on eBay or auctions.
By cleaning out your closet or visiting a neighborhood yard sale, you can find some really special items. While some of these things may have more sentimental value than anything, there are lots of cool finds that can become a serious side hustle.
It’s important to know how to resell your belongings. Vintage stores and apps like Poshmark are good for reselling clothing and pieces of furniture. You could even make your own Shopify site. But, the best place to resell collector’s items like the ones on this list is eBay, where some sellers make between $700 and $3,000 a month by reselling things they find. If you keep your eyes peeled and you know exactly what objects to look for, this could be you as well.
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