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The items in your house that could be worth a small fortune

Abigail Fenton
·3 min read
Old Lego is often worth more than when it was new. (Vlad Hilitanu/Unsplash)
Old Lego is often worth more than when it was new. Photo: Vlad Hilitanu/Unsplash

From old books to stuffed toys to ancient tech, old clutter could earn you thousands of pounds — if you know what to look out for.

With the end of winter in sight, many Brits will be turning their attention to a spring clean of their home.

Decluttering unwanted items is a great place to start, but could you be throwing away a small fortune?

Storage expert Vlatka Lake from Space Station revealed the old items you should look out for in your loft as they regularly sell for up to six-figure sums.

1. Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies were all the rage back in the nineties, but if you still have a few hanging around in your loft, don’t throw them out.

A whole host of the stuffed toys, including Peanut the Elephant and Peace Garcia, regularly go for four figure sums online, while a 1997 bear commemorating Princess Dianna once sold for £350,000 ($477,643), according to Lake.

2. Harry Potter

Meanwhile, if you have a complete set of the Harry Potter series, make sure you hold onto them just in case.

According to a list of criteria from Abe Books, original versions can sell from as little as £200 to over £40,000.

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3. Old money

It’s well worth examining old copper jars for rare coins, according to the expert.

Twenty pence pieces with no date on them and two pence coins from 1983 with the words “New Pence” on them, can sell for hundreds of pounds.

The old £10 note is due to go out of circulation on 1 March too, so it’s worth searching to see if you have any old notes lying around, Lake added.

4. Lego

As one of the most popular children’s toys across the world, plenty of households are bound to have old boxes of Lego.

“There is a big demand for rare individual Lego blocks, however, old Lego sets can also sell for a lot more now than when they were new,” the expert said.

The 2007 edition of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon is available on Amazon for more than £7,000 — 20 times its original value.

5. Old tech

Although many people believe tech loses value as it gets older, many classic games consoles and music devices hold their worth and sometimes sell for big money.

The resurgence in popularity of record players has seen their price rocket, and old games consoles such as the SNES or Nintendo 64 can now sell for several hundreds of pounds.

Old Apple (AAPL) products are also worth looking for — an iPod Classic in mint condition can be sold for more than £200.

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If you don’t have any items that could potentially net you hundreds of pounds in today’s market, look out for items that are predicted to increase in value in the future, Lake advised.

First edition versions of modern books are a good thing to keep an eye out for, with The Da Vinci Code and Game of Thrones tipped to increase in value over the coming years.

Meanwhile, original versions of tech like the Amazon Echo could net you a fortune in years to come if you hold onto it, according to the expert.

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