Friday 17 March 2023

16 old toys that are worth money

tamagotchi, furby and pokemon cards

A large chunk of the country's population have stuffed their parents' attics with their old toys, predicting they'll be worth a fortune in the near future.

While not all childhood toys and games will be valuable, there's no denying that certain gems are worth £100s. This is especially true for rarer and older toys. So, how do you tell the treasure from the trash?

Let us show you some of the best old toys that are worth money, and how much you could expect to make from them...

Find out how one savvy student bought Pokémon cards and sold them on for 10 times the amount they'd spent.

Which old toys are worth money?

If you're faced with a mountain of childhood toys that your parents are pressuring you to get rid of, don't throw them all out straight away. Take some time to work out which old toys are worth keeping and selling.

This article is a good starting place, but do some further research based on what you have and what toys could be considered rare and valuable in the future.

And, if you're taking this really seriously, you could even seek advice from an expert to see how your collection is faring.

Don't forget to take a look through any collections your parents might have too. You never know what sort of cash you could unwittingly be storing in the attic.

Most valuable toys from the 1990s and 2000s

These 90s and 00s toys could be worth money:

  1. Beanie Babies

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    To start off, we're going to address what is often portrayed as the Holy Grail of valuable childhood toys: the Beanie Baby.

    Over the years, a number of viral articles have proclaimed these stuffed animals are worth thousands. But are they actually worth anything?

    How much are Beanie Babies worth?

    If you're lucky enough to own a rare Beanie Baby, you could be looking at a few hundred pounds on eBay. But don't forget that the vast majority of Beanie Babies are worth very little.

    Even the Princess Diana memorial bear, often hailed as one of the rarest, fails to attract much attention on eBay these days.

    There are a couple of gems which can fetch upwards of £1,000 – the Employee Beanie Baby being one of them. However, only 300 of these were made (exclusively for Ty employees). So, getting your hands on one won't be easy.

    This list gives you a good idea of which Beanie Baby bears are the rarest and will be worth the most money.

    If you've got a Humphrey the Camel or (Royal Blue) Peanut Elephant, for example, you might be in with a chance of selling them for a couple of hundred pounds.

    But watch out for stuff like tags and whether the bear is a first or second generation, as these will affect the price you can expect.

  2. Polly Pockets

    What you're looking for here is pre-1998 Polly Pockets. This is when they were really tiny (and probably a choking hazard).

    As with a lot of things, exactly how much you could make by selling Polly Pockets depends on what condition the items are in.

    How much are Polly Pockets worth?

    Two Polly Pocket sets (The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland) have previously sold on eBay for £1,421. But they were in mint condition and still fully packaged.

    Assuming that you didn't keep all your toys unopened in their original boxes, jewel cases can still fetch between £10 – £30, but rarer ones can sell for up to £450!

    When selling your vintage Polly Pockets, try bundling a few together to make a bit more money (and save on postage).

  3. Pokémon Cards

    Long before Pokémon Go, there were Pokémon cards.

    The most expensive cards include ones won by competitors at official Pokémon competitions. For example, the 1997 Trophy Pikachu Trainer Card sold for nearly £60,000 in an auction in Japan in 2020! But there are still lots of other (old) cards that could be worth quite a bit of cash.

    How much are Pokémon cards worth?

    There are some other rare cards to look out for that could be worth a few quid. A first edition Holographic Shadowless Charizard is worth £15,000+, and a first edition Shining Charizard can fetch around £1,000.

    However, these cards are incredibly rare and the vast majority of Pokémon cards aren't worth a lot. The first edition cards (printed 1999–2000) are definitely the ones to look out for.

    Here's a quick list of some key features which could suggest if your Pokémon card is valuable:

    • Rarity symbol – This will be in the bottom right corner. Circles and diamonds are common, but a star, star H or three stars mean the card is extra rare.
    • Holograms – Holographic cards tend to be worth more, as are 'reverse holo' cards (ones that are shiny around the picture, but not on the picture itself).
    • Errors – Pokémon cards with mistakes are the rarest and most valuable. Look out for 'shadowless' cards (ones where the shadow around the picture box is missing).
    • Extra symbols or words – Look out for extra words after the card name – things like 'ex', a star or 'LEGEND' tend to mean the card is more valuable.
    • First edition cards – These are good money-makers. Keep an eye out for a number one inside a circle.
    • Collector number – This is in the bottom right of the card. A collector number which is higher than the number in the set overall, 65/64 for example, suggests the card is a special edition.

    If your Pokémon cards don't have any of these special features, try selling them online as a bulk set instead to maximise your profits.

  4. Furbies

    Furby eyes
    Remember those super annoying furry creatures that used to talk in gibberish (before you inevitably removed the batteries to shut them up)? Turns out they could be worth keeping after all.

    How much are Furbies worth?

    If you've got an original 1998 Furby it could be worth a fair bit, especially if it's a limited edition or in its original packaging.

    Most sell for between £10 – £30 on eBay, but we've seen a rare multicoloured version go for £200.

    Fish yours out, check if it's still working and take a look on eBay for an idea of how much yours could be worth.

  5. Super Soakers

    Yep, your old water pistols could be worth some actual cash.

    How much are Super Soakers worth?

    Certain models of Super Soaker sell for some serious money. The mighty Monster XL can sell for a couple of hundred pounds, while the classic Super Soaker 50 is worth around £30 – £50.

    More common models probably won't get you much, but it's also worth checking out eBay for any new trends or demands.

  6. Tamagotchis

    If you've still got an original Tamagotchi (from 1996–1997), certain versions can sell for quite good money online.

    How much are Tamagotchis worth?

    Unfortunately, the big bucks are reserved for those unopened, still-in-their-box Tamagotchis. These sell for around £50 – £100. Most opened ones will only be worth around £10 – £20.

    However, look out for special or rare Tamagotchis, as these can still fetch £80 – £100 in some online auctions! Look out for white and red ones, or themed ones.

    The slightly less well known Digimon Tamagotchis are also worth a fair bit. These typically sell for £30 – £60 on eBay, and up to £100 for rare editions.

  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! cards

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    As with Pokémon, some of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are worth a fair bit these days.

    How much are Yu-Gi-Oh! cards worth?

    A quick way of establishing whether your card is worth anything is by using Card Mavin. This is a price guide site for collector cards like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

    Since there are normally various versions of the same card, you're better off typing in the unique card number which can be found in the bottom right corner of the card. This will bring up a list of similar cards and an average selling price.

    Narrow this down by selecting the cards most like yours (holographic ones, for example), and the card value will adjust accordingly.

  8. Lego

    There are two ways to go about selling your old Lego. If you have large amounts of random mismatched pieces, you can make money by selling these per kilo. Or, if you have collections of particular sets/ranges of Lego, you can sell these together in a bundle.

    How much is Lego worth?

    Music Magpie will pay £1.50 per half a kilo. The pieces need to be clean and in good condition, and they need to be genuine Lego blocks as opposed to Megablocks or Knex. But complete sets are irrelevant here.

    If you've got a bundle of parts from a specific set or range, you can expect a bit more than Music Magpie by selling them through other sites like eBay (up to £50 for a decent amount).

    You can also expect to get around £50 for a large bundle of mini Lego figures.

    However, complete sets are where the real money lies. Some of the Star Wars Lego sets can sell for thousands. The Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon, for instance, has previously sold for £3,800 (originally bought for £342).

    The Taj Mahal set could also get you a few hundred pounds, while the Café Corner is apparently worth between £500 – £1,500.

    These sets aren't even that old either – many of them are from the mid-noughties. If you are lucky enough to own one of these valuable Lego sets, you might want to think about using a specialist site like Brick Picker as opposed to eBay. This helps make sure you're getting the best deal.

  9. Happy Meal toys

    McDonald's Happy Meal toys are never as good these days as they were back in the day, right? But did you know that these Mcdonald's toys could be worth money?

    Some of the most popular and collectable sets can fetch you some cash today (but we're not talking loads, unfortunately).

    How much are Happy Meal toys worth?

    A complete set of the 101 Dalmatians toys from 1996 could get you around £50 – or more, if you've also got the fold-out display box.

    Toys like the Teenie Beanie Babies from 1997 or the McFurbies from 1999 won't get you much more than a few quid, but larger sets can sell for a bit more money.

  10. Disney VHS tapes

    Disney VHS tapes

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    Loads of VHS tapes are quite valuable but these days, but most are probably from your parents' era rather than yours.

    Have a raid of their video stash and see if they have any rare ones. Films which never made it to DVD are usually the most valuable.

    How much are Disney videotapes worth?

    You'll often hear lots of hype around Disney VHS tapes – particularly the Black Diamond Editions. But while people often ask for hundreds on eBay, they rarely fetch more than a couple of quid.

    Even the infamous edition of The Little Mermaid (which was banned because one of the castle turrets looked a bit too similar to a certain male body part) has been known to only sell for a few quid on eBay.

    Your best bet is to sell your Disney VHS tapes as a set, but don't expect huge amounts of money for them!

    And while you're at it, why not try flogging some of your old CDs, games and DVDs for extra cash? Or check out info on the top-secret Disney Vault in our guide to making money.

  11. Harry Potter books

    If you've got one of the first edition Harry Potter books at home, you could be sat on a small fortune.

    How much are Harry Potter books worth?

    The Holy Grail of HP books is a first edition hardcover copy of the very first book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – from 1997.

    Only 500 were published, 300 of which went to libraries. But they're easy to spot as they're credited to Joanne Rowling, as opposed to J.K. Rowling. They could sell for £30,000+!

    Advance proof copies of the first Harry Potter book can also sell for £5,000+ and first editions of the deluxe version from 1999 are also priced between £300 – £1,800. Paperback copies of the first edition also reach four figures.

    First editions of the next couple of books in the series are also worth quite large sums of money (we're talking £6,500 for The Chamber of Secrets). But once you hit the fourth or fifth books, only copies signed by Rowling herself have much value.

  12. Game Boy

    If you're old enough to remember handheld gaming before it was in colour, you might just have a classic Nintendo Game Boy lying around. And these 90s toys are worth some money!

    How much are Game Boys worth?

    Game Boys from the early nineties can make £50 – £100 on eBay these days, and maybe a bit more if you've got some games to sell as well.

    Those that are still in their sealed boxes make the most – up to around £250!

    Even your Game Boy Colour from 1998 could get you £50 – £80, or a little bit more if you've got a rare version.

  13. Mario Kart 64

    Mario Kart 64

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    The Nintendo 64 was a staple pastime for anyone growing up in the late nineties.

    How much is Mario Kart 64 worth?

    Your old game cartridges could be worth a fair bit now, especially the rarer games.

    However, even one of the most common games, Mario Kart 64, can earn you around £30 on eBay. This rises to £40 – £50 if you still have the original box.

  14. iPod Classic

    iPods may no longer be the essential gadgets they once were, but some of the first-generation devices are worth a pretty penny now. Especially since Apple has officially stopped making iPods, the value may increase even more.

    How much are iPod Classics worth?

    If you have a first-generation iPod classic from 2001, you could sell it for anywhere between £100 – £200 on eBay, depending on its condition.

    Even second-generation iPod classics can sell online for between £50 – £100, so it's worth hunting them out.

  15. My Little Pony

    My Little Pony was first launched in the 1980s and is still an enduring childhood classic to this day.

    A rare 'Firefly' pony from 1983 has previously sold for £786 on eBay, but others are worth a fair bit too!

    How much are My Little Ponies worth?

    Like with most of these toys, what you're looking for is first editions or rare breeds. These often have a date of issue on their hooves, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

    Mimic the Twinkle Eye Unicorn pony is said to be the most valuable as it had a really small production run. One in good condition could earn you as much as £150.

    Mail order ponies are also pretty valuable. These were ponies that you could send off for with proofs of purchase from your other ponies, making them much rarer.

  16. Barbie

    Barbie dolls have been around since the 1950s, and millions of children grew up collecting dolls, clothes and pink Barbie cars.

    The problem is that most of the 'collector' Barbie dolls were expensive to buy originally and were most often bought as investments by collectors, rather than as toys for kids.

    But that doesn't mean your set is completely worthless.

    How much are Barbies worth?

    As you might expect, the most valuable Barbie dolls are the oldest ones. Ones from the 1950s and 60s can sell for tens of thousands of pounds!

    Limited edition, special occasion Barbies are also a solid bet. The Pink Jubilee Barbie doll to celebrate the brand's 30th anniversary, or the Karl Lagerfeld doll to celebrate the iconic fashion designer are listed as two of the most valuable.

    Basically, any Barbie dolls which aren't your bog-standard could earn you money if you sell them online. And don't forget that people pay for Barbie clothes too.

Thursday 2 March 2023

31 Vintage Items Worth Money: Do You Have Any of These?


31 Vintage Items Worth Money: Do You Have Any of These?

There’s a hot market for antique and vintage items in good, working condition. Remember that Singer sewing machine Grandma held on to all those years, only to pass it on to you? It could sell for as much as $1000 today.


Marie Kondo convinced many a pack-rat that parting with unnecessary material possessions can spark joy. You know what sparks even more joy? Learning some of those vintage items you’ve been hanging on to may be worth a decent amount of money.

There’s a hot market for antique and vintage items in good, working condition. Remember that Singer sewing machine Grandma held on to all those years, only to pass it on to you? It could sell for as much as $1000 today.

You may not have enough to pay for a trip to Hawaii, but then again, maybe you do!

How Many of These 31 Vintage Items Do You Have Tucked Away?


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If your grandparents passed down a working, pre-1940s model typewriter, it could be worth as much as $800 today. When it comes to typewriters, the older it is, the more value it has.


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Did your Mom keep her polished silverware ready for holiday use? If she inherited a set from her parents or grandparents, it could be worth a lot. A complete antique set of real silverware can be worth hundreds of dollars today.

Rotary Phones

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Chances are your parents held on to one of these, just in case they needed it. If they gave you one of the rarer models, hang on to it! It could be worth several hundred dollars nowadays. 

Beanie Babies

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If you’ve saved yours all these years thinking it was worth thousands, you’re probably going to be disappointed. However, if you get your hands on any of these Beanie Babies, you could sell them and make a small fortune.

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Vinyl Records

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You don’t need an excuse to dig out old vinyl records and enjoy great music. Just know that some of the records you’re listening to could be worth thousands if you choose to sell them.

Vintage Wedding Dress

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If your Mom held on to her wedding dress hoping to pass it down to future generations, it could be worth more than she originally paid. Not your style of dress? You could offer to sell it for her and make $250 or more.

Record Player

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If you have a working, vintage turntable, you may want to polish it up and sell it. Good ones sell for $500-$600, but great ones can sell for up to $3,500.

Original Fiestaware

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Many people owned a set, but did your family have a real set or a knock-off? Some of the original Fiestaware made in the ’30s have been discontinued and now sell for hundreds. Have a complete vintage set? It can go for as much as $1500.

Retro Video Games

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Remember all that time you spend playing video games? If you kept any of them, they might just pay off. Games like Mario Cart 64 sell for hundreds now, and if you never opened the package, it could be worth several thousand.

Boy Scout Memorabilia

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Was your dad a Boy Scout? If he earned any merit badges, collectors will pay hundreds of dollars for them. If he never used the patches, they’ll be worth even more.

Crayola Crayons

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Did Grandma keep a set of crayons in her cabinet to entertain the grandkids? If passed down a box with vintage colors, it could be worth as much as $500 today.

Old Magazines

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It may be worth hundreds of dollars if you have a limited-edition magazine. Depending on the issue date, current events (at the time), and other important factors, you may want to get it appraised first.


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Have you taken a close look at your Mom’s jewelry box? If she collected necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and earrings, some could be worth thousands. It could be worth taking them to an appraiser to find out.

Signed Yearbook

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Did you go to school with someone who later became famous? If they signed your yearbook, it could be worth a lot of money. Consider taking it to an appraiser to find out.

Vintage Cookbooks

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As if we didn’t already love Julia Child enough, there’s a chance she could make you some money. If your parents kept a copy of her original cookbook published by Knopf in 1961, it could be worth several hundred now.

Antique Tools

Old woodworking tools were built better then than they are now. That means they may be worth more money than modern tools are. If you have any vintage hand drills, saws, or wrenches, collectors will pay hundreds for tools in good working order.

Antique Lunchboxes

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Did you keep your vintage, metal lunchbox from your childhood school days? Who knew it could be worth a hundred dollars or more? If you kept the Thermos, it’s worth even more!

Vintage Purses

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Does your Mom have a vintage Chanel purse in her closet that she no longers uses? Don’t let it grow old alone! Used handbags can be worth more than twice their original price.

Pyrex and Tupperware

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Almost every mid-century kitchen had a set of Tupperware, and if your Mom kept hers, it could be worth upwards of a thousand dollars. Pyrex bowls are also in hot demand. Depending on the year and style, some Pyrex dishes fetch up to a thousand dollars by themselves.

Antique Quilts

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Does Grandma’s quilt line the back of your couch? You may be holding on to a rare find. Some of the most sought-after patchwork quilts sell for thousands today. Consult an appraiser to see what yours is worth.

Porcelain Dolls

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Do you have any vintage or antique dolls tucked away in a box somewhere? If it’s in perfect condition, there’s a serious market for it. Some of the most valuable porcelain dolls go for $1000 to $3000 or more.

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Remember that fancy wall clock at Grandma’s house? If you inherited it, you might want to take it for an appraisal. Antique clocks are especially valuable if they have a trademark and can sell for several thousand dollars if they’re in perfect working condition.

Vintage Toys

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It may surprise you which vintage toys are valuable these days. If you kept any name-brand dolls (think Cabbage Patch) or figurines (think Barbie or Star Wars characters), you could be holding on to a small fortune. Some vintage toys can be worth hundreds to several thousand dollars.

Mid-Century Small Appliances

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Who knew your Mom’s old toaster could be worth hundreds of dollars? And that Oster blender she’s had for decades? If it’s been fully restored, it’s worth several times what she paid for it back then.

Vintage Advertising Signs

Farm fresh chives onion harvest rusty metal plate. Kitchen herbs market food product, shop or grocery store retro banner, price signboard with chives onion green stalks, typography and rust texture

Replicas of vintage advertising signs are all the rage now, but if your parents happen to have kept an original sign, it could be worth some money. Vintage metal signs from name-brand companies can go for several hundred dollars. 

VHS Tapes

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Believe it or not, some of those VHS tapes you were tempted to toss could be worth serious money. Be glad you hung on to them because some collectors will pay hundreds of dollars for certain videos.

Rocking Chair

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Windsor rockers are especially popular, and if the one in your house was passed down through the generations, you could be sitting on a small treasure—quite literally. Some vintage rockers are worth hundreds of dollars.


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Many treasures have been discovered in attic boxes, so if you’ve got old artwork stored in yours, take it to an appraiser. You could be holding on to the next unknown masterpiece that could be worth thousands.

Cookie Jars

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Talk about a sweet deal! If you’re the proud owner of an antique cookie, it may be worth up to $300. Better yet, a truly rare vintage cookie jar from the 1940s-1960s can go for a few thousand.

Vintage Luggage

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Most people have ditched their old luggage for new, modern versions with wheels. If your family kept their mid-century set and it’s in good condition, it could be worth hundreds now.

Fine China

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While porcelain dinnerwear is usually inexpensive, a set of fine china could be worth quite a bit. Take Grandma’s collection to an antique appraiser to get an expert opinion.

Final Thoughts

Did any of these 32 vintage items have you excited to scour your attic for treasures? You never know how much extra money could be hiding there!

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