We all have things that we know we can part with. It’s so hard to look around and know that you don’t need something, but you just can’t bring yourself to part with it. There comes a time when you just know you are drowning in your stuff and you need to finally make peace with your possessions and reclaim your home.
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.
-Richard L. Evans
So take a look around and think of these 3 great reasons that sorting and clearing the clutter can help both you and others.
Raid Your Attic for Lost Treasure.
Do you have old signs or other advertising items laying around in your attic? People are willing to pay top dollar for vintage items to decorate their spaces. Signs from the 60’s and 70’s can be worth $100s, as can be posters and other decorative items from the era. Even vintage photos of family members that you personally have no idea how they are related to you (now why couldn’t someone have written it on the back?) can be worth money to collectors. Early photos from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s can be worth hundreds, especially those that show landmarks or other iconic cultural areas or events. So even a picture of your great-great grandpa driving a Model T may be worth money to the right buyer.
While you are up there, make sure you keep an eye out for those old illustrated books that your grandparents collected for the little ones. Older books with etching or vintage photos (think coffee table books) and even children’s books can be worth $100s if they are still in great condition. Found something that you think is great? Find the ISBN number and use Biblio.com to see just how much it may be worth.
Cash in on Kitchenware
Pyrex, especially the rare vintage clear pieces, are in high demand to collectors. These pieces are rare and an important part of Pyrex history. Interestingly enough, the same high prices are being paid for the colorful patterned pieces too. These were mostly manufactured in the early 1950’s through the 1970’s. The pinks and primary colored patterns seem to be going for the highest prices, but any pattern fetches a good price if it’s in mint condition.
How about cast iron pans and iron utensils? Have any vintage pieces? These are also in high demand, especially rare utensils like egg beaters and Griswold pieces. Make sure you clean and properly care for the item before posting it for sale or taking it to a local antique store. As with all things, the condition and care impact the price you will fetch.
Make Money From Your Music
Got a first generation iPod laying around unused? Maybe an old 8-track player? These can go for big money on Ebay if they are still in working order and undamaged.
Have an old collection of music you inherited? Those old vinyl records of the greats (think Elvis, The Beatles, and other iconic musicians) can go for a decent price to the right collector.
Even vintage posters of unknown bands and music festivals or concerts can go for a great price. And face it, any money at all is worth the storage fee you are absorbing currently!
Have some of these items but no idea where to list it? The go to place for collectors is eBay. With over 159 million users, you will get your listing in front of the right people here. Have homemade crafts or vintage decor? Try listing on Etsy.
Other items that have been going for high prices lately?