It is now time to take a little peek in Grandma’s closet! Vintage clothing and accessories, such as jackets, scarves, shawls, boots, and belts, can bring value in the thousands, and even tens of thousands if they carry a designer name such as Paco Rabanne, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, or Chanel.
It might be difficult to part with such special items, but when you think of the fact that they can cover an unexpected portion of your rent, it makes things a little easier. While the less-famous name-brand items can still be sold, their condition is key to how much they would bring in.
Vintage Levi’s Jeans
Just pants, you might say, but not so. A vintage pair of Levi's are a hot collector's item that is likely only going to increase in value as time goes on, but for the right pair, of course — pairs manufactured before 1980, especially Levi's 501s, are the big seller, though older pairs also might end up making your bank account happy.
A pair of 1950 Anniversary Levi's jeans sold on eBay for $8,000. While the jeans, being old, are pretty brittle and probably uncomfortable, they are still a classic piece of American style to add to your special outfits.
These furry guys did not last too long inside their boxes if you got one as a kid, but an original 1998 edition of the walking, talking friend still in its original packaging has an asking price of $1,000 on eBay as of May 2019. While many parents found this toy unbelievably annoying, they were not cheap back in the day.
The demand drove up the price to around a hundred dollars. Tiger Electronics revamped the toy in 2012, renewing interest, which likely gave a quick start to the prices you'll see on eBay and elsewhere for a simple toy.
Folk art and equestrian paintings reached mainstream popularity in 19th-century England, but horses and their riders have added proper flair to gallery walls all over the globe for hundreds of years. This category is popular for experts and art lovers alike, from formal jockey portraits to action-filled depictions of traditional fox-hunting excursions.
While it can't be just an obscure painting of a horse done by an unknown artist, the right kind of equestrian painting may fetch some good money. Large oil paintings with original ornate frames garner much higher values, while smaller examples in simpler, more primitive frames bring less.
When it comes to nostalgia, nothing beats an original concert poster, and the bigger the name, the better. Appraiser Helaine Fendelman advises that framed posters are more desirable and bring in the higher end of the $100-$1,000 range, although those of bigger headliners may bring much more at an auction.
For example, a poster for a 1966 Shea Stadium Beatles concert sold for $137,000! This makes you wonder if maybe you should snag yourself a poster from whatever live concert you're going to next. Who knows? Maybe a couple of decades from now it could pay for a new kitchen!