You probably had one of these fine friends from one brand or another when you were a kid, something to hold during the dark nights and keep the monsters under the bed at bay. If you stayed as loyal to this toy as it did to you – and it’s a specific brand – it may have one last, monetary gift for you.
Steiff bears are known as the original teddy, and plenty of them have reached a vintage status, which means cash. A fluffy Louis Vuitton-clad Steiff Bear, for instance, sold for a record $182,550 at a charity auction.
You may have had one of these toys, and you may have found yourself getting bored with it after a few days of taking care of a small, annoying, electronic creature. It landed stateside in 1997 and sold for between $15 and $18 at retail. But now an original Tamagotchi has a listing price of $4,000 (colors are red and white if you are interested) on eBay.
A few others have been sold for $2,000 (white and green colors), and an ultra-rare white is selling for $1,629.99. Exorbitant prices for a bunch of beeping and digital poop. Good thing now you can just download an app.
Milk Glass Easter Eggs
These delicate novelty glass eggs were originally sold blank so that Victorian ladies could embellish them with spring greetings and pictures. Sounds like quite a wholesome pastime if you ask us. Eventually, the sentiments were often damaged by washing or handling, as is the case with many other handmade crafts.
These eggs were also quite useful at the turn of the century. While the item was only egg-shaped and not an actual egg, the resemblance was good enough to fool actual hens. If hens were not laying eggs, one could put these eggs under the hen, encouraging her to produce.
We doubt you have one of these hanging around in your home since most of the singing we do is in the car or the shower. But if you happen to have a real retro microphone, you could be sitting on some sudden cash. Exceptionally rare pieces such as the Neumann U-47 from the 1940s can, in fact, be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Much to our surprise, one on eBay recently sold for $9,999. Of course, a microphone in poor condition – or the wrong model – is probably not even worth a hundred dollars, but there's always a chance.
Vintage Bands Tees
If there's a market for old beer cans and cereal boxes, you can bet vintage band shirts command a high price. They serve as bookmarks in the annals of music history, such as The Beatles' 1966 “Butcher” album cover, which was immediately withdrawn, which made it to a t-shirt in the 1970s, eventually selling on eBay for $595.
An original 1987 Guns N' Roses t-shirt from their Appetite for Destruction European tour sold for over a thousand dollars and the most valuable item is a Nirvana In Utero tour shirt given to crew members who helped, which went for almost seven thousand big ones.