Okay, so you don’t need to be a genius to guess that a good guitar is worth a lot of money. The new thing can be pricy enough as it is, let alone a functioning vintage piece. Vintage guitars made by Fender and Gibson, the two biggest ax brands, are worth quite a bit. The more vintage the guitar, the more it’s worth it.
A nostalgic item is a good item – a Gibson Les Paul made in the ’50s can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Famous guitars are worth even more; like John Lennon’s Gibson J-160 Acoustic-Electric guitar sold in 2014 for the biggest number on this entire list: $2,266,970.
Rare Cookie Jars
Cookie jars used to be a common sight in many of America's kitchens, though it's clear their time has passed. Now we simply keep our cookies in the box they came in. Plenty of us still have memories of reaching in and finding a fresh cookie for an afternoon snack. But if you still have one of these lying around, keep reading.
According to Reader's Digest, a number of these classic items from the 1950s sold for around $1,200 (an “Uncle Mistletoe Marshall Fields” cookie jar). Other jars, usually in the shape of a widely recognized character, can reach prices of several hundred dollars.
At almost 6 feet wide, this circa 1924 Tudor was the biggest ever built by the venerable British toymaker Lines Bros. In those sizes, it could also house a small family pet, not just dolls. Expertly designed by carpenters and engineers, this grand dollhouse features shrunken versions of then-contemporary flowery wallpaper, stucco walls, and mullioned glass windowpanes.
Vintage toy collectors and aficionados with a flair for classics would be willing to pay some serious money to get their hands on an original in good condition. Similar, smaller dollhouses by Lines Bros. and other makers are worth much less but still appeal to collectors.
Morton Pottery made these mini vases. They are just one example of the earthy, swirled pottery popularized by Midwestern and Ozark-area makers like Niloak and Nemadji in the 1920s and '30s. Even though they only measure four inches tall, these pretty cases pack quite the decorative punch.
Often sold as roadside souvenirs, these colorful vessels are widely known as "tourist pottery." This means that there are loads of unoriginal pieces out there, so be aware of that when you buy one or offer one for sale. Larger vases (12-plus inches tall) with maker's marks can be worth upward of $300.
While duck decoys are no longer used today because of advances in decoy materials and technology, these wooden duck decoys are now considered highly collectible. There are entire auction houses dedicated to buying and selling vintage duck decoys, known as magnificent works of folk art.
Duck decoys became highly collectible in the mid-20th century, and prices have never been higher for these items. If you've inherited one, you could earn up to hundreds of thousands of dollars at an auction. It's an oddly specific item to collect, but hey, if people are willing to pay, we wouldn't miss the opportunity to sell one.