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If You Have These Antiques at Home, You Could Be in for Some Cash

Before you toss that box of hand-me-downs, donate the trunk of family heirlooms or get rid of your favorite childhood toys in a garage sale, be sure that none of those antiques are ones that could fetch a pretty penny. Here are some that may still have value if you can find a collector who'll pay the price.

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Precious Moments Figurines

Those cute little Precious Moments figurines were all the rage 30 to 40 years ago and if you have some in good shape, they may be worth something. One figurine called “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver,” which featured a little girl giving away puppies, sold on eBay for $250.

Learn how to politely turn down heirlooms you don’t want.

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Old Video Games

If you were a gamer back in the day, check to see if you still have your favorites around as they may be considered antiques. The Atari 2600 game E.T. is considered one of the worst video games in history, according to Mental Floss. It was so bad, hundreds of copies were buried in the New Mexico desert years ago. They were recently dug up and one copy sold for $1,537. Some vintage cartridges of Mario Kart 64 for Nintendo also sell for hundreds of dollars.

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Old Signs

Vintage signs are often worth some money. According to eBay, vintage Old Milwaukee Beer signs are often listed for more than $600. The larger the sign the more people will pay. These 15 vintage home trends are making a comeback.

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There may be something in that old postcard collection that is worth something. It all depends on how rare it is, how old it is and its condition. At a London auction in 2002, a postcard from 1840 sold for $50,000.

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Boy Scout Memorabilia

Were you a Boy Scout growing up? If you have any of that old memorabilia, it could fetch you some money. Collectors Weekly reports some Boy Scout items were going for up to $1,178 in the spring of 2018 on eBay. Your should definitely think twice before donating these 10 items.

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VHS Tapes

Your kids may not know what a VCR and VHS tapes are, but collectors sure do. Some classics on VHS, such as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, are listed for $500 on eBay. Classic horror films and some complete television series may also fetch quite a bit of cash. Convert your old VHS tapes to DVDs.

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Old Cell Phones

Believe it or not, that old cell phone may be worth something. Some of the first cell phone models sell for much more than you’d expect.

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Your grandmother’s old typewriter may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some value. Some vintage typewriter models go for a few hundred dollars, depending on the make, model and what kind of shape it’s in.

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Christmas Ornaments

Don’t toss those old family Christmas ornaments! A couple of years ago, according to Eric Silver, an appraiser for Antiques Roadshow, one blown-glass ornament was listed at $1,700 and a German ornament was listed at $18,000.

If you’d rather make some new Christmas ornaments, check out these 5 easy-to-make options.

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If you have a doll collection put away in the attic, you better check to see what’s there before you get rid of it or give it away. Some rare American Girl dolls go for thousands of dollars on eBay (not the ones pictured here). Some Cabbage Patch Kid dolls are also worth a lot to some collectors. These are some of the 25 craziest toy fads in history.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.