These Old Items in Your House Are Worth a Fortune Now

If you've managed to salvage these from clutter purges, you're lucky.
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Old items that survived the great clutter purges in your house could now be worth a fortune. An old doll, a piece of arm from an action figure you’ve been holding on to, or an old comic book lying around could be worth thousands of pesos today. The following are just some items that are worth a small fortune now.


’80s and ’90s Video Games


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There is a rare gaming market for geeks and nerds who are looking for vintage titles such as Mega Man X3, Harvest Moon, Chrono Trigger, and Super Mario RPG. To the right buyer, you could sell your Mega Man and Chrono Trigger games for P30,000 each. Little Samson, which is a rare title on the original Nintendo, regularly gets bids as high as P50,000 on eBay.

Charcoal-Heated Iron

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If you have one of these old cast-iron irons in your home, you’d be surprised to know that they now fetch for at least P2,000 on eBay. The antique appliance was used in the 18th to 19th centuries in the Philippines. People used to put heated charcoal in the metal to iron clothes.



Old Comic Books

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The old comic books market is an infamous place known for tough competition when buying and selling. There are many factors that determine the prices of old comic books, such as condition and the significance of the volume. Most valuable are comic books that have been made into movies. 

When Black Panther came out in 2018, its vintage comic book prices began to fetch for as high as P50,000 on eBay.


G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Transformers Action Figures


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If you are one of the lucky ones who managed to salvage these toys from the purging of your mother, you’d be happy to know that these vintage toys are now worth a fortune, as long as they came from the original manufacturer.

In 2018, the G.I. Joe Dreadnock Thunder Machine fetched for $495, while any major Transformers character fetched for around $200 to $300. Skeletor from He-Man could go as high as $250, even without a box.

Don’t worry if all you have left of your collection are a couple of misplaced arms or parts because to the right collector who needs them, you can still earn a good sum.


Polly Pocket


Polly Pocket was all the rage in the ’90s, and the dream of every little girl. On eBay, Polly Pocket searches easily fetch for $250 to $300, but only if these are from the pre-Mattel product line.




Voltes V Action Figure


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A quick search on eBay yields jaw-dropping prices for Voltes V. A 60-cm vintage costs P10,000, and the prices just go up from there. A vintage panzer part from 1977 is listed at P10,122. Another listing of a Voltes V 52-cm big-scale alloy with soft vinyl maize has a price of P55,000.


Old Typewriters

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Collectors looking for old typewriters on eBay are willing to pay as high as P10,000 for a vintage model. The most sought after models are Remington, Olympia, Mercedes, and Underwood.

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