Now, more than ever before, everyone is looking for ways to make extra money to support their responsibilities and lifestyles. This is in part due to the cost-of-living crisis which is not only making people in this country tighten their belts, but many people across the world.
If you are lucky enough to own your home (or else rent your property and there is copious storage space above), then continue reading to learn how to find hidden gems in your attic to make some extra cash in time for the holidays.
Look Through Your Book Collection
It may well be that you and the rest of your family are ardent book-readers and as a result, you own a plethora of books under different genres which have been stored safely in your attic.
It is highly suggested that you spend some time going through each and every box of books and search for first edition copies and special, limited-edition releases as these are likely to fetch at auction significantly more than they were bought for.
Never Assume You Know What an Item Is Worth!
For some people, especially those who hold a deep-seated passion for antiques and turning junk into profit, you will likely feel somewhat educated in what is ‘worth something’ and what is not.
However, if you discover an object, for example, that you believe to be an accurate imitation of a famous range of paintings, be sure to have your thoughts verified or proven to be incorrect by an independent expert. Additionally, you should also check out Antique’s Roadshows most expensive items, as this will help you to ascertain what items you possess that could be worth an extortionate amount of money.
Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane
Another exceedingly beneficial task to set yourself in your pursuit of old nick-nacks and antiques in your possession that could be worth a dollar or to is to go through the entirety of your childhood items.
Not only will this wave of nostalgia evoke forgotten memories and happy times in your mind but more than often than not childhood games and toys (which at the time cost little more than a dollar) can be worth an impressive amount of money. Comic books, for example, are exceedingly valuable to collectors, with one comic featuring the very first appearance of the superhero Spiderman reaching over three million dollars at auction in 2021.
Finally, the last section of belongings you should certainly be paying close attention to is that of sentimental and possible family heirlooms which have been passed down from generation to generation.
Naturally, it is highly likely that you simply could not bear to part with some valuables, whether indeed they are actually worth a significant amount of money or not, due to emotional connection you feel to the family member. However, whether you intend to actually sell any old jewelry, or indeed anything else, it is always both useful and helpful to know what you are dealing with.