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.
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.
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.
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.
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.