If you're like us, you've probably got plenty of old stuff lying around your house. But don't head to the garbage with it just yet. Your trash could be someone else's treasure — and a veritable goldmine for you! — if you'll take the time to list those precious items online.
If your , you could convert them to some serious cash. According to eBay's sold listings, a U.K. first pressing copy of the Beatles' "Please Please Me" sold in January for $6,500.
Even if the artist is obscure or you doubt the record is worth anything, posting it doesn't hurt. There's often a collector out there who may be looking for that rare item — and even $20 is better than nothing.
But before you ditch them, remember to !
When it comes to tech, "vintage" can mean just a couple years old. Case in point: the classic iPod. According to , there are two types of iPods that sell well on eBay: Rare ones include limited-editions and unopened first-editions ($300-$1,125), and in-demand ones are typically the now-discontinued iPod Classics, preferably with storage sizes of 80GB and above ($400-$1400).
Even broken iPods can earn up to $100 because people need replacement parts to keep their old gadgets running. Or, if you happen to be a collector like user "theappleipodbay," you can sell a set of seven unopened 4th generation iPod Classics for $50,000!
And if you're not sure what your mp3 player asking price should be, check out eBay's . (The site also has a guide for phones, so dig up that flip phone and see !)
Fun fact: The last VHS tape was manufactured in 2005. In the last decade, entertainment technology has transitioned through DVDs, Blu-ray, digital downloads and streaming. But those VHS tapes in the garage are still worth a pretty penny.
The most consistent top sellers are horror films, surprisingly. But vintage Disney and pre-1996 Star Wars are also good bets, according to . Black Diamond Disney films like The Great Mouse Detective have sold for $250, and a set of six Disney releases from 1986 went for $2,500. Collections are always a good idea to list, too.
Good news: Comic book fans often see their stacks as an investment.
On the site, a Superman #1 , and an Amazing Fantasy #15 . Other important issues regularly bring in more than $10,000. Even if you don't have a key issue, collections can still net hundreds to thousands of dollars. A couple tips: The older the comic and the more pristine the condition, the more money it will net. That means anything newer than 20 years old is probably worth holding on to for a little longer.
. Rare beanie babies are still bringing in up to $3,000. In 2006, a 1982 Pez dispenser sold for $32,000. Right now, vintage Star Wars action figures are some of the hottest items. A 1978 Luke Skywalker figurine (pictured) netted $45,000 at a , but similar items rake it in on eBay, too. Even if your toys have been played with, a collection of Lego or rare Hot Wheels cars can still earn some major dough.