If you live in a home with an attic, garage or even a basement, chances are you have a lot of items stashed away in boxes. What you may not realize is what resembles clutter may be worth a ton of money at an auction. Take that old Apple Computer that your father brought in 1977 that somehow found its way to your attic in a box. A first edition Apple computer sold a couple of years ago for $900,000. Just because it isn’t considered an antique doesn’t mean that it can’t be worth a lot of money!
Uncommon Household or Valuable Items Found in Attics that are Worth a Lot of Money
Antique Musical Instruments: According to the experienced professionals at Brigitte Kruse Appraisal Services, guitars can sell for a lot of money. It doesn’t even have to be an antique; it can be something used in your grandfather’s time, say the last 60 to 70 years especially a guitar that has some history.
Old Perfume Bottles: You might be surprised to find out that it’s not the perfume in the bottle that matters; it’s the bottle the perfume was stored in! Some perfumes were produced in rare, custom-made bottles or you may have a bottle that was given to you by a relative that is made of a very specific type of glass by a famous glass designer. Perfume bottles are so coveted that entire auctions are devoted to the sale of them!
Signed Yearbooks: Stop and think about who your parents or grandparents went to school with. If it is someone famous, check into the possibility of them having signed the yearbook. Even if they were not famous at the time, one of the people who signed might just add a great deal of value to the price of the yearbook you previously had stashed away in a box.
Lamp Bases: As amazing as it sounds, lamp bases can bring in big money at an auction. It’s not uncommon for someone to purchase an item at a garage sale for pennies on the dollar, only to find out it was worth a lot more. Tiffany lamps for example could be worth as much as $25,000. Even if you don’t have the lampshade, the base alone could be worth a lot of money.
Antique Christmas Ornaments: Many of us have literally dozens of boxes of ornaments in the attic, some of which have been passed down through the generations. What you may not realize is that Christmas ornaments can be worth a lot of money. It depends on what they are made of; a hand blown-glass ornament made in Germany from 1840 to early 1940s called a Kugel can be worth as much as $18,000.
Vintage Toasters: Vintage toasters in pastel colors are very popular on today’s market. Never discard any vintage appliances that were left behind by relatives, chances are there is an association somewhere who collects the old appliances that you are trying to sell and who will gladly pay premium prices at an auction.
Louis Vuitton Trunks: If your grandparents immigrated to American and you have their travel trunk, there is a good chance it might be worth some money, especially if it is a Louis Vuitton trunk. Louis Vuitton trunks can be worth thousands of dollars and they are especially popular with collectors if they still have the original labels from the ship and point of origin.