When Trash Is Actually Treasure
We’ve all been in the position of needing to get rid of loads of junk from either an attic, basement or garage. The stuff in there has probably been gathering dust for who knows how many years, and hasn’t been touched by anyone since forever. So typically what happens is one of the following: Either you look at the stuff, throw only some of it away as you think the rest may be useful or valuable (yet you put it back and there is sits again), or you throw out everything, lock, stock and barrel. Neither is actually a very good option.
Why? Because very often we actually do have something that is of some value, but it doesn’t do very much good continuing to collect dust in the basement, or being thrown in the trash. But the trick is to know what is valuable and what isn’t.
You could look up EVERY item you find, but that will take a lot of time. Instead, try following these loose guidelines:
- The older, the more potential value it has.
- If it’s broken, best throw it out (again, unless very old).
- If it was worth a lot when first bought and still in good condition, it may have value still.
There are actually niche markets for virtually anything. From old dolls to vintage stereo equipment. There is often a very eager buyer for something you may have lying around.
If you are in possession of something you are going to sell, be sure to clean it up first before posting it online (makes for better photos). Also, if you decide you don’t want to wait for a buyer to come along, take it to a pawn shop, but bring with you the information that proves its worth.