If you think your attic or garage… or storage unit is filled with junk, you’ll want to check this post. Before you give it all away, you might want to know it could be worth a lot of money.
Here are 10 pieces of nostalgia that are highly collectible and in demand now.
1. Football Programs
Early Harvard vs Yale sports programs are highly collectible. The year 1897 is especially in demand, however, many early turn-of-the-century items are also valuable.
2. Soda Crates
In the early 1900s, the burgeoning soda industry was made up of local drugstores who mixed and bottled small-batch recipes and delivered them in hand-stenciled crates. The 1950s and 60s soda crates are worth about $20.
Value: up to $200 (early 20th century)
3. Luggage Set
1950s green marble luggage sets are highly collectible. This set was made by J.C. Penny’s brand, “Towncraft” in the 1950s. Luggage sets in good condition are sought after.
Value: $175/ set
4. Upside Down Ball Mason Jar
Made between 1900 and 1910, this rare find is worth a lot!
5. Ball Jug
Sold in limited quantities in the 1940s by Anchor Hocking, these pitches are now the most coveted single pieces of jadeite. Even damaged specimens (they’re prone to stress cracks around the neck and handle) go for $150.
6. Violet Columbia Mason Jar
Manganese added to the jars created a purple tint when exposed to the sun. The color was initially an error, but manufacturers began selling the popular shade in 1905.
7. Sterling Silver Belt Buckle
Marked, “R. Schaezlein & Son,” a San Francisco silversmith founded in 1882 was renowned for its western wear. This buckle is from the 1990s.
8. 1960s Stetson Hat
In 1865, John Batterson Stetson created the first cowboy hat. His unique design shielded a rider’s neck and eyes from the weather and the crown was designed to hold water. This 1960s design with original hat box is valuable.
9. Yo-Yo Quilt
Popular in the 1930s, this vintage quilted pieced together from hundreds of hand-sewn pieces of fabric is a keeper.
10. Vintage Trunk
This stunning item dates back to the 1870s, when luggage had to withstand wagon travel. The interior has multiple storage compartments and is fully lined with its original lithographed paper.
For a list of 15 more valuable items that might be hiding in your attic, visit House Beautiful for more information.