3 Things that Could Fetch Big $$ from Your Hoarding Parent's Home

3 Things that Could Fetch Big $$ from Your Hoarding Parent's Home

If your parents are like mine, they are hoarders. Yes it drives me nuts whenever I go visit them. But believe me. THERE IS GOLD IN THERE! Ok not real gold. But think about it. If they’ve kept things from the 80s and 90s, that stuff is now VINTAGE and could be worth some serious cash.

So here is my situation. My parents have a nice house and with all my siblings gone with their own homes, my parents empty nest has turned into the ultimate indoor flea market. God bless them. They come from humble beginnings so I don’t blame them for their craziness. I did find a way to find one positive out of it. A lot of that crap is now vintage, collectable and valuable to someone out there willing to pay.

Going thru this “treasure trove” not only did I take a stroll down memory lane but I also found somethings that are worth some real money. If you want the quick sale, put it up on craigslist but for specialty items, I suggest ebay. You’d be surprised at the the going rate for some of this stuff.

1. Original 128k Macintosh

I remember the first time I saw one was at my friend’s house in 1993 and even though by then is was already old, I still thought it looked cool. In 1984, Apple released their original Macintosh to great fanfare. For the exorbitant price of $2,495 (over $5,000 in today’s money), the cute all-in-one computer could be yours. Today, you can buy one for less than that, but you’ll still shell out around $1,000 for one in decent working condition — or more. In 2014, one was sold on eBay for $1,598. And here’s a fun bonus fact: all early Macs have the signatures of the Apple team embossed on the inside of the case.

2. Sony Walkman

If you were alive in the 1980s, the Sony Walkman was probably a big part of your life. The first model of this groundbreaking technology was the TPS-L2, and it allowed people to play their own personal soundtrack anywhere and anytime; I bet at least one of your siblings had one of these. They still look cool!. These days, of course, we carry thousands of songs in our pockets, but back then, we had to deal with cassettes. If you’re hoping to go for a more retro sound, working Sony TPS-L2 Walkman models can be found on eBay, but they cost quite a bit. Average asking price is around $350, with some sellers wanting at least $700 for devices in pristine condition.

3. Vintage 80s and 90s toys!

Here’s a few toys that may be buried in your old closet and worth a lot more than you expect.

  1. Transformers Dinobot Swoop: $90 - $1400
  2. He-Man action figures: up to $300
  3. Star Wars Micro Collection Millennium Falcon: $60 - $300
  4. ( a personal favorite) The Real Ghostbusters Proton Pack: up to $500
  5. Polly Pocket : up to $500
  6. Pokemon Cards: Complete first-edition card sets can cost $4600 to $8700.
  7. Magic the Gathering Cards: The Gathering debuted in 1993, and some of the earliest cards produced can fetch several thousand dollars from collectors. A sealed Alpha starter deck has sold for more than $8700, while a single Black Lotus alpha-deck card—one of only 1100 ever printed, considered the “holy grail” of Magic cards—is worth more than $27,000.

These are just a few items that can fetch big bucks that are probably laying around in your parents house. Can you imagine what’s hiding in those old closets? You could be sitting on a fortune. Not only will you be helping your parents get rid of old junk, you could be putting a nice chunk of change in your pocket. I challenge you! Do it! Brave the wilderness of your parents cluttered home. You never know what you might find. Throw it up on ebay or craigslist see what you could get for your old junk!


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