The Polaroid has made its way back into popular culture, which means that vintage Polaroid cameras have jumped up the worth-it market. These items are cool throwbacks to having to wait a little bit longer — you didn’t have to get them developed, but you still shook it just like the song says.
Some have gone for a few hundred dollars, and a Polaroid 120, made in 1960, has recently sold for $420. As the digital age moves on to bigger and better things, sometimes something as retro as a flash of light and a printed picture are worth something after all.
A Rare Edition of "Harry Potter"
The Harry Potter series has delighted millions of kids and adults the world over, and plenty of us have a copy of one book – or all seven – on their shelves. But it turns out some of the original copies of the first book are worth more than their weight in galleons.
Hardcover first edition printings of the 1997 book have become the biggest prize to Harry Potter collectors, worth anywhere between $40,000 and $55,000, but how can you tell? Look for a print line that reads “1 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1,” and for one “Joanne Rowling,” not J.K. Rowling.
Vintage Soda Crates
Sure to be the most surprising item on this list, old wooden soda crates can command a pretty penny. You won't be buying a Mercedes with the earnings, but some Coca-Cola crates top out at almost two hundred bucks, with a yellow wooden crate from 1948 going that much on eBay.
But even the weather-beaten offerings can bring in a hundred. There's even a crate from the 1920s that has been listed at $125! Is it just for the rarity? The retro style? We can't be sure for now. It couldn't be too hard to make one of your own.
We're reaching a little higher up the pay scale with this entry. Lunch boxes have been classy collector's items for years now, since they are a perfect snapshot of the culture at the time of their release, featuring TV shows, rock bands, and celebrities, and they can turn out to be worth something wild if they are in good condition.
A vintage Bonanza lunch box brings in $130, and even a battered Beatles box can be worth about $400. Maybe keep some of your kids' plastic lunch boxes around, because who knows – one of them might be worth something.
Antique dealers have a big eye for these old pieces of word processing power. These important relics used to clack away in every office and house, long before smartphones or computers. There wasn't even a delete key! These are starting to give vinyl records a run for their money, and have started to command large sums.
Branford House Antiques sells items like these, and while one went for around $7,500, that's not even close to the highest price one of them can command. The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, known as the “Rolls Royce of typewriters,” can be worth up to $100,000!