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.
Steiff Teddy Bears
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.
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.
These items are becoming a hot commodity. Again, it's dependent on the brand and model – for example, a rare, vintage black Chanel alligator evening handbag is listed on eBay for $15,995. Is there any space in your yearly budget for that kind of item? We didn't think so.
The bag is even pre-owned and was made between the years 1984 and 1986. If you're trying to save, an authentic vintage Gucci handbag is selling for only $12,000. As you can tell, the thing that brings in the most cash is the designer name – it can't just be any old bag.
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!