10 Collectible Antiques That Could Make You Some Extra Money

- by Isla Williams

Do you have old Collectible Antiques in your house that you have no use for? Find out how to get rid of them with Cashfloat, and make money at the same time…

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Antique collectibles

In this article we will be looking at:
  • The kinds of valuables that could be worth money in your home
  • Reasons why people will spend money on second-hand items
  • Some examples of valuable items that you may unknowingly possess
  • How you can get these items valued
  • Where to store these expensive things
  • What are valuable items to pawn or sell?
  • FAQs you may have

You may be very surprised at a number of everyday objects that you may have around your home that could be worth a substantial amount of money. It can be things that you may never have considered to be valuable. Let’s examine how you can find out if you possess any collector’s items in your home. Let’s find out where the best places are to get them valued. You may make some easy money which can save you having to take out a quick short term loan in the future.

Who would have thought, years ago, that typical collector’s items such as stamps, coins and BT phone cards would not be as popular or as valuable as a rare video cassette or a vinyl album? An ugly 70’s painting tossed in the loft, or a ceramic statue that may once have belonged to your grandmother could now be worth a fortune! From personal belongings to family heirlooms, the things that can be found around the home or in a box in the attic or garage can be worth money. Even more so with items that are rare or in limited supply.

Antique collectors

Are people really prepared to pay for these kinds of rare items?

Indeed they are. You would be amazed at the things that people are prepared to pay money for. People will buy collectible antiques that can provide them with emotional links to their childhood. This could be toys, favourite video cassettes and the first gadgets that they owned. These collectible antiques can invoke those happy feelings that connect them to that particular time and place when everything was good. Other people buy things that link them to loved ones or family members. Many people will buy collectible antiques that brought them a lot of joy as children and pay hundreds to see them restored to their former glory.

Here are 10 examples of how to find valuable items that may be in your home

  1. Money makes Money
  2. Coins have always been favourite collector’s items. Don’t worry if you do not possess a fine coin collection handed down to you as a family heirloom. Modern coins, that you may have in the form of pocket change, can be worth a lot of money. It is time to check any coin collecting vessels that you and your family may have in the home for some hidden treasure in plain view.

    The Royal Mint occasionally makes errors on minted coins and it can be some time before these errors are found and corrected. Recently, rare 50p coins have been changing hands for a few hundred pounds. Kew Gardens, Olympic Games and EC commemorative 50p’s, a 20p piece without a date on and the 2p printed with “New Pence” from 1983 are all coins to watch out for.

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  3. Vinyl records
  4. Vinyl records could be amongst the most expensive things in your home. Most of us got rid of our vinyl record collections and rushed to embrace technology back in the Eighties when CD’s became the ultimate new way to listen to music. Today vinyl records are making a huge come back. Many performing artists releasing their new albums on vinyl as well as in the usual ways. The most valuable vinyl records are changing hands for astronomical amounts of money. You can check online lists for some of the most popular. The family record player could also be worth a fortune to somebody who wants a similar player to play their vinyl on.

    Did you know that Ringo Star’s personal copy of the “White Album” sold for $790,000 in December 2015?

  5. Vintage toys
  6. Check your home for valuable, vintage toys. Vintage toys may be sold for huge profits when boxed and in good condition, but even much loved used ones are still sought after. Lego sets are especially popular with sets selling up to a few times their original buying price. Cars are another popular collector’s item, especially Hot Wheels and Tonka toys. Porcelain collectible dolls, especially early American ones, can command high prices as well as Sindy, Barbie dolls and Star Wars toys, whatever their condition.

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  7. Tea and dining sets
  8. Tea and dining sets can be some of the most expensive things that you possess. Family crockery is usually kept unused and passed down from generation to generation. Some of these collectible antiques can be worth a surprising amount of money. It is important that there is no damage and that the set is complete. These kind of items are a classic example of something that may be useless to you, packed away in a box in the attic. However, it could provide you with some extra money and avoid you having to take no guarantor loans and also be enjoyed by someone who would make use of it.

  9. Ceramics and silverware
  10. Silverware is always clearly hallmarked allowing you to see the maker, age and where it was manufactured. Although not very popular at the moment, silver can still be sold for its value in weight to bring in a few extra pounds. Ceramics of any value have a clear stamp on the base that allows you to easily check online and find out when and where they were made and what kind of value they have. Royal Dalton, Royal Worcester and Staffordshire potteries are all worth looking out for.

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  11. Furniture and light fittings
  12. It is not just collectible antiques from previous centuries that is valuable. With Art Deco items becoming hugely popular in home design, an old table or light fitting from the 20’s or 30’s could be quite valuable without you realising it. Old Ikea furniture from the 70’s is selling for up to ten times the price paid for it when it was originally purchased. Many of these items were not popular at the time that they were manufactured which led to the line being dropped and not as many being made, which makes them rare and sought after today.

  13. Books and comics
  14. Old comics that were originally bought for a few pence can be worth tens of thousands of pounds, millions in fact in the case of the 1st edition Superman comics. The comics that are typically more valuable are the ones where a new hero or villain was introduced, especially those who are famous in today’s action films which make them more relevant to many collectors. It is not just antique books that could earn you some money, some childhood books that you may have including The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web and The Secret Garden are all highly collectable. Harry Potter books can command large sums of money and do not necessarily have to be in pristine condition. Savethestudent is a great site to help you work out how much you can earn from your old items.

    Did you know that the first Beano edition from 1938 would sell for up to 20,000 today?

  15. Electronics
  16. Electronics can be highly sought after rare items. Some of the first gaming consoles are selling online for thousands of pounds with avid collectors waiting to snap them up. Retro walkmans are exchanging hands for hundreds, and the first iPods are worth almost seven hundred pounds. Old mobile phones are all worth money, especially some of the earlier models as well as old computers.

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  17. Clothing and accessories
  18. Clothing and accessories can be very valuable. Stop before you take a bag of clothes to the charity shop and take a closer look at what you are throwing away. Vintage clothing left in attics from the 60’s and 70’s can be worth a fortune. Even more modern designer items can be worth more now that what you paid for them. It is not only the famous designers who have produced valuable clothes. Also the lesser known designers are becoming more popular now than they were when they produced their ranges. You can check online to see what is currently selling.

  19. Paintings and drawings
  20. Try to look at any paintings and drawings that could be surprisingly valuable. Cheap prints that were available for sale in Boots in the 70’s, such as The Chinese Lady, can now sell online for as much as a hundred pounds. Some of these paintings still adorn walls in sitting rooms across the UK or are hidden away in attics. Paintings and drawings, that may be hanging in your home by lesser known artists who’s works are becoming popular today, can be auctioned and sold for a good sum of money. You could be extremely lucky and find a rare collectible antique painting that could make you a fortune.

What have we learned so far?
  • You may have valuable items in your home that you are unaware of
  • Items that are not replaceable or were produced in a limited supply are more collectable
  • People are prepared to pay a lot of money for things that provide emotional comfort and evoke fond memories
  • It is not only collectable items such as antiques or expensive jewellery that are valuable
  • Did you know that almost two in five British people own collectible antiques. They may also own vintage treasures and as many of those are unaware of the fact?

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    Here is how to get a valuation:

    If you suspect that you have found something of value in your home, the quickest way to find out if they have any value is to check auction sites such as eBay and see if similar items are on sale there. Once you have established that it is sell-able, you may want to seek out a finer evaluation from an expert. There are plenty of appraisers online. They specialise in giving advice on how to store and get the best price for your particular item. It is worth seeking out advice before putting it on eBay or another site and not receiving its true worth.

    You can find a reputable collectible antiques dealers through the online database of The British Antique Dealers Association. You can also contact auction houses for appraisals or watch out for free appraisal days in your area. There are numerous websites that will give you an evaluation. If you suspect something has some value you send them photographs. This is a great idea. It could save you a lot of money compared to having to drive to and spend a day out at an auction house.

    FAQs about buying and selling antiques

    Before buying or selling antiques, its important to make yourself knowledgeable about the subject and get answers to all your questions. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

    Where should valuable items be stored?

    If you do discover valuable items at home and decide that you do not want to sell them at the present time, then you will have to think about how you plan to store them. If you intend to keep them in your home, but do not want to display them, then you may want to invest in a home safe that will keep them secure. It is advisable to buy a reliable AIS Approved safe and to have it fitted by a professional otherwise there is not much point in owning a supermarket bought safe that may not keep your valuables secure. You may also want to think about fitting a burglar alarm as 60% of burglaries in homes with alarms are unsuccessful. The last thing you’ll want to do is apply for is an online loan if your precious antiques get stolen.

    Do I need to let my home insurance company know if I buy antiques?

    Yes. You will need to let your home insurance company know and list any valuable items otherwise they may not be covered by your house insurance. Safety deposit boxes or renting secure storage from a large company is another option that you can look into, but be aware that their individual policies regarding levels of security and prices can vary significantly.

    What are the best antiques to buy?

    Depending on your budget, there are many antique items you can buy. It is best to buy something which is not too fragile and won’t break easily. The antiques which are worth the most money, are generally the antiques which come from earlier centuries.

    How old does an item have to be to be considered antique?

    100 years old. Anything about 100 years old or older is considered antique by most antique dealers. Items that are old but not as old as 100 years old are called vintage.

    What antique dealers are there near me?

    On sellingantiques.co.uk, you can get a list of over 450 antique dealers in the UK. You can sort the list by your county and find a dealer near you.


    What have we learned about collectible antiques here today?

    The most important lesson to be learned is that before you de-clutter your home and sell off objects that may be worth some money it is a good idea to check out their value and find out if you could make some extra cash. People earn a living from trawling car boot sales. Unsuspecting sellers give away hundreds of pounds worth of merchandise for next to nothing. Things that you may not have considered to be of any value can be very collectable if you can find the right buyer.

    You might want to be aware, if you sell antiques worth over £6,000 or more there is special tax to pay. Find out more on gov.uk

    Hopefully these ideas about seeling your old unwanted collectible antiques will help you avoid the assistance of payday loans lenders in the future.

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    Isla Williams
    A born writer, Isla had her first article published at age 9 in a local magazine. Isla's joy emerges when pen strikes paper, and she can tap into her creative self. "I love to share knowledge/information and help others to be in the know while being as friendly as I can.” Isla is an accountant by profession but has taken a break to do what she enjoys most - writing.
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