Those seemingly ordinary items from the 70s never felt valuable, but due to a lack of production, nostalgic significance, and collectors’ interest, you really can make a serious profit from turning some of these items to the right hands. Let’s check 16 such items – do you have a secret goldmine on your hands?
Pet Rocks – Up to $100
These inanimate buddies, especially with their original packaging, are now fetching quite impressive sums. It’s both hilarious and bewildering to think that a rock you might have acquired for a few bucks could now be a collector’s gem.
Mood Rings – Up to $250
Cold fingers meant one color, sweaty palms another. Now, these funky pieces of jewelry have become sought-after items. It’s time to dig through your jewelry box and see if your emotions—captured in a ring—are worth a fortune.
Star Wars Action Figures – Up to $10,000
If you were savvy enough to not let your dog chew on them or bury them in the backyard, you’re in luck. Vintage Star Wars memorabilia has always been a collector’s favorite, but the prices these little figures fetch might just transport you to another galaxy.
Lava Lamps – Up to $500
Lava lamps were the must-have décor items, offering a trippy light show right in your living room. If you still have one, don’t relegate it to the garage sale just yet—it might illuminate your bank account.
Bell Bottom Jeans – Up to $400
Brands like Levi’s or Wrangler that dabbled in bell bottoms now find their vintage pairs sought after. Originals, especially those with iconic patterns or patches, are trading for sums that might just make you want to dance a disco!
Rotary Phones – Up to $300
Rotary phones, especially the more ornate or unusual designs, harken back to a simpler time before instant messaging and speed dial. A fun color or design for one of these might just get you a call from an eager collector ready to pay up.
Original Platform Shoes – Up to $600
Before sneaker culture took over, platforms were the rage. The chunkier and more outrageous, the better. Today, vintage pairs, especially designer ones or those with unique patterns, are stepping up the ranks in collector’s items.
Vintage Concert Tees – Up to $2,000
From rocking out at a Zeppelin concert to swaying at a Stones gig, if you’ve got a t-shirt to prove it, you’re in luck. So if you still have a relic from Woodstock or any major ’70s band tour, flaunt it, and maybe flaunt the hefty price tag it could command too!
Atari Game Systems – Up to $800
In a world where high-def graphics and VR dominate, there’s something nostalgic about the pixelated charm of Atari. Nowadays, these consoles, especially with their original joysticks and a collection of games, are fetching impressive prices among gaming enthusiasts and collectors.
Vinyl Records – Up to $5,000
Albums from legends like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, or Fleetwood Mac in pristine condition can be worth a small fortune. It’s time to flip through that old record collection; you might be sitting on an auditory gold mine.
Shag Carpets – Up to $700
While wall-to-wall shag might not be making a comeback, vintage rugs in unique colors or patterns are a collector’s dream. Turns out, the deep recesses of these carpets might just be hiding some serious cash.
Bean Bag Chairs – Up to $350
Today, vintage ones, especially those in unique shapes or psychedelic patterns, are bouncing back into favor. They’re not just for basement rec rooms anymore but might secure a spot as a collector’s comfy treasure.
Fisher-Price Little People Playsets – Up to $450
These playsets were the dream toys of many children. Now, they’re dream collectibles for adults. That little plastic farm or schoolhouse isn’t just a plaything but might just teach you a thing or two about investments.
Lunch Boxes with TV Themes – Up to $400
Metal boxes with vibrant graphics of popular TV shows or characters were all the rage, so if you’ve held onto one, especially in good condition, you’ve got more than just a lunch container—you’ve got a ticket to a delicious payday.
Rubik’s Cubes – Up to $2,500
If by some miracle, you’ve kept yours in mint condition (and didn’t peel off the stickers in frustration), you’re in for a treat. Original cubes, especially those promotional or limited-edition ones, are turning the financial tables for many.
8-Track Tapes – Up to $150
While their audio quality might be debated, their collectible quality isn’t. Especially if you have a rare album or a collection in good condition, these tapes are seriously fast-forwarding profits.
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