Out with the old and in with the new? Don’t be so fast to throw away your old gear when cleaning out your home. You never know how much of that “trash” could really be treasure. With a little knowledge on what you should keep—and how to store collectibles—you can turn "old stuff" into valued vintage finds. To help you identify a few of those hidden gems, we’ve compiled a list of items that you should consider saving for later.
1. Rare Records
Vinyls are back, in a big way—they top the list of popular collectibles that are gaining in value. In the vinyl record world, the rarer the record, the more valuable it is. A promotional record with the misspelling of Paul McCartney’s name sold for $10,974 on eBay! So, think twice when cleaning out your old vinyls, because there may be a hidden treasure in the mix.
2. Comic Books
In today's market, nerds rule, and comic books are proving to be another high-demand collectible. Yes, you read that right: your childhood love of comic books just may prove to be more than a childish trinket. Keep your collection in pristine condition by considering using a climate-controlled storage unit.
3. Action Figures
Like comic books, action figures are among today's most popular collectibles—especially Star Wars. A $3 Star Wars action figure bought in 1985 could be worth thousands more today! One of the first versions of a Darth Vader action figure sold for $30,000 on eBay. Hold on to your childhood collectibles.
4. Vintage Bikes
Bicycles may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of collectible items that are worth money. But think again—believe it or not, vintage bikes can sell for huge sums. One vintage 1897 bicycle made of hickory wood sold for $16,600 on eBay!
5. Prints from emerging artists
Image via Banksy.co.uk
Banksy’s visit to New York in 2013 sparked an intense amount of attention, with one of his pieces racking up $615,000 at an auction. Earlier in the year, the secretive graffiti artist sold eight canvases worth thousands for only $60 each! A decade ago, a collector paid $250 for a Banksy piece, only to sell it for $15,859. So, if you are a budding art collector or are looking to decorate your walls, remember to hold onto your collection (and learn about protecting collectibles), because it might be worth much more someday.