Some people know their way around a sewing machine and have stacks of old patterns. A pattern for dresses, or any item of clothing, is printed on a large piece of tissue paper and kept around for when the creator wants to make more of that garment. A pattern is basically instructions to make clothing.
Sewing patterns are still for sale at craft or fabric stores. And though they may be valuable to use again, patterns do not hold much value. Except for a famous designer, which can bring in up to $50, as long as it’s in an unopened envelope. But who has unopened sewing patterns? Pretty much nobody.
Julia Child’s Cookbook
Julia Child was America’s chef. She spent her time stationed in France with her husband learning how to cook. She went to the best chefs and developed her passion into a career. As the first of the celebrity chefs, she cooked for us on television, and it was wonderfully entertaining too.
The cookbook she put together while studying cuisine in Paris is called “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” No matter how tattered and well-used, this book is a treasure. And not only for the exquisite recipes it holds. A copy with the original jacket is worth $2,000 or more.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids was a full-blown 80s thing. When the shelves emptied right before the holiday season in 1983, moms and grandmas would pay any sum to be able to deliver one of those freakish-looking dolls to their little one. Shockingly, Black Friday-like scuffles marred the holiday spirit at several major department stores.
Now, no one wants a Cabbage Patch Kid, and no one cares if it comes with a birth certificate. Once a treasure, that dingy doll at the bottom of the toy box is more suitably relegated to the trash bin. You can buy a new one at any retailer.
Garden gnomes have been with us for a long time. First found in Germany and Switzerland in the 1800s, folklore propelled the popularity of these bearded little fellas. They were considered to bring good luck to gardens and farms. After Disney’s 1930 “Snow White in the Seven Dwarfs,” the gnome craze took off in earnest.
Are gnomes worth anything financially? Not really. The first-ever known garden gnome that remains is named Lampy. It was made in Germany in 1847 and is now living in Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire, in the U.K. This rare treasure (unlike the one in your backyard) is worth £2 million.
If you think that old calendars are worthless, you may be on to something. After all, all they do is hold dates that have already passed. What is anyone going to do with a used one? Not much, it seems. But what about one featuring photos of Marilyn Monroe or a vintage “Star Wars” 1978 calendar?
Doing the research brings some bad news. Even a Marilyn pinup from 1956 sold for just under 50 bucks. And that “Star Wars” original? Well, eBay is asking for $12. Feel free to toss last year’s calendar if it’s still sitting around collecting dust.