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These Common Household Items Are Worth A Fortune

Ever bought an item years ago and time passed and it lost usefulness?

Many of us have these items we no longer make use of. Ranging from gifts we got from events to stuff given from friends. Some we touched or used for a while. Others were rarely opened and ended up in a place we now call basement or storage for some.

What we don’t know is these items — gadgets, appliances, toys have accumulated in value. Contrary to the belief of depreciation when an item isn’t used, nostalgia for electronics has made these products rank up in value.

And these items can fetch us a few bucks. You’ll surely be amazed you own a few of the products on the list.

Old Cell Phones

When we were young, whenever we bought new products, old and previously existing products would be relegated and won’t be used again. 

Or who still remembers what happened to their small sized Motorola or Sony Ericsson? Because they’re rare in the market, collectors have interest in them and could cough out a few hundreds for them. 

Valuable models that could interest collectors include the Motorola Lazer, the Ericsson GH 337, the Nokia 8850 Hiptop Sidekick and the Ericsson T39m.

Your First iPod

It’s on record the iPod was first released in 2001, more than 18 years ago. Yet, people who still own the first iPod releases are making a huge return selling them off.

Most of the first editions of iPods have fetched up to $20,000. While you might not have yours in the box it came with, there’s still a chance you can make a profit off it.

These iPods might seem old, but there are people who find them useful.

Video Games

Vintage video games are beginning to be of huge demand in the video game world.

Especially early or first versions of these games. Someone for example sold a copy of Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) for about $30,000

Why? 

The game was packaged differently, meaning it was sold separately from the NES when it was released.

Not long after, Nintendo and Super Mario Bros was sold together. With this, the older versions of the game became extinct.

Pyrex Bowls

First introduced in 1915, Pyrex bowls was unique because of its usefulness as it helped serve and preserve food.

People use this bowl for a variety of functions including to mix, cook and bake.  The most significant feature was its borosilicate glass.

With its value, it’s been speculated to cost a lot. People who still have these Pyrex bowls especially the rare designed ones—floral, geometric, or colored solid can sell it off for a few hundreds.

Rare Legos

Our childhood was littered with Legos toys as we had fun times playing with them. But what if we told you these toys could fetch a few bucks for those who still possess them.

Yes. The earlier made products of Legos are being searched for in the market for various reasons and collectors are specially interested in the Legos Star Wars Cloud City edition. This particular one might fetch those who own it about $660 on average. 

Others like the minifigs e.g the White Bobba Fett are worth around $130 to $175 if it’s available in the original packaging.

Vintage Toasters 

Many grandparents like to keep stuff like this in their basement. Of course, tech advancements has made sure we’ve moved on from those earlier made toasters.

These vintage toasters are however worth a lot more these days. One of them, the Sweet Heart toaster was sold in the 1930. The toaster has exposed sides that toast one side of the bread at a time. For this, a seller could get up to $650.

Most families might still be in possession of this special toaster since it has a button that flips the bread around, toasting its other side. The reason why it’s so valuable.

Typewriters 

People are selling old collections of typewriters for as high as $27,000 on the foremost e-commerce site, eBay.

For people in possession of a typewriter even before the introduction of a computer, or you got one from a relative, you could make money off it.

There’s a chance you might not have one that old, but these typewriters are sold in the range of $50 to $500. 

There are ones being sold for less than $400 since typewriters are still all over the place these days.

Record Players 

Now that we stream music, CDs and vinyl players are mostly not used any longer.

But collectors are however interested in this as vinyls are still being played by old people in some countries thus eliciting a demand for record players.

The Technics SL-1200 was recently sold on eBay for around $5,000. If you’re in possession of old editions of record players, you can determine the price by checking it on eBay.

Regardless of the model, record players can generate up to $150. It’s a good sale after all.

Vacuum Cleaners

Surprised? Anyone will be since vacuum cleaners are a staple in most households. However, collectors are interested in vintage vacuum cleaners.

Who knows. You could discover one in your grandmother’s basement and it can just fetch you a few thousands.

Recently, a 1945 Kirby upright vacuum cleaner got sold for $2,500. With a polish and thorough cleaning, you could make that 90s Vacuum cleaner new again.

First Edition Books

If you’ve had no luck in all the previously mentioned goods, you should have with this. Usually, book publishers release a first edition of a book before revised editions are released few years later.

It’s this first editions collectors want. For example, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is worth thousands of dollars in the market.

If you have the first edition of this book, you could get up to $63,000 for it.

Old Apple Computers 

With earlier made Apple products being in demand, vintage Apple computers are being searched for as well.

For example, one of Apple’s first computers, Apple I which was released in 1976 is worth around $40,000. This is because it’s a limited version as only 575 were sold around that period.

The next Apple computer, Apple II had over six million sales thus it has not worth as much.

For those who still have these vintage Apple products, good news is it’s in demand and it can get you between $700 to $2,500 in return.

1980s Boomboxes

Way back then, this was a trend in the streets. It was cool and everyone longed to have one. They had features like buttons, dials, switches with the exceptional feature of being loud. 

Many might still possess these old sets of Boomboxes and they’re worth thousands of dollars on eBay.

Vintage Lunchbox 

Who would have thought lunch boxes which were a common sight when we were young could now be worth a lot of dollars?

In an episode of Pawn Stars, an authentic Jetsons lunch box was sold off for $400. It could have been more expensive if it had matching thermos.

Being that modern versions exist, collectors want this old, vintage lunch boxes because they are rare. And one could gain a few hundreds in return.

Rare Gameboy Games

Handheld gaming devices such as the Nintendo Gameboy made guys go crazy the year they were released. Because they had some cool games. For those who still have it, they’re going off for a fortune.

Some like the Shantae, a cult classic for the Gameboy color ($300 to $760), Trip World, a proto-Kirby game for the Gameboy ($280 to $1,200), or Spud’s Adventure, a Gameboy classic about potatoes ($190 to $1,520).

American Girl Dolls

Dolls were a thing to most little girls in the 90s and perhaps they’re still a thing. But it’s quite known that they cost a whole lot.

For instance, the Molly McIntire is valued at $1,250 and there are famous ones like the Samantha Parkington which sells for the same amount.

Perhaps the most expensive doll is the Kanani Akina, which was released as a limited edition. Those who have this can sell it for $2,500.

VHS Tapes

Disney films released in the past are worth a fortune these days. For instance, the Beauty and the Beast edition VHS is worth over $10,000.

Others like The Godfather trilogy or the Beatles documentation “Let It Be” can recoup a few hundreds as well.

Classic Guitars

Remember those old guitars you saw in grandpa’s living room, just lying down there with no use, how about you cash in on them?

Or your parents had this guitar passed down to them but now useless or being dumped down in your store, a few thousands can be generated from the sale of these instruments.

Classic guitars form the 1950s and 60s from brands like Fender or Gibson can bring you like $10,000 or even more.

Sony Walkmans

Long before the advent of latest gadgets, the Sony Walkman was the go-to tool for listening to music.

One of the earlier versions of the Walkman, the TPS-L2 was valued at $450 back then in 1979 when it was released.

It’s possible you might not have this model, there are others that might interest collectors. The DD Quartz and the WM EX808 HG can generate some funds as well. 

Collectors could also part with a huge sum if you have a Walkman unopened.

Vintage Cameras 

Years have gone by and they’ve been an upgrade in cameras in the past decades.

Features that came with old cameras have been discarded for new ones and thus, some film makers are in need for these vintage cameras.

For example, it’s difficult to create feeling of using a dark room but this can be easier if there’s a vintage camera. If you have a vintage Leica, you could recoup a few thousands in exchange for it.

The Leica M3 goes for $900 to $1200, making it one of the most demanded cameras out there.

Vintage Coca – Cola ads

Coca Cola brands are always known for their story telling ads which are usually fascinating. 

Just a glimpse at a past Coca Cola ad might make you hunger for it. 

These vintage ads interest collectors. Just like the one seen above, collectors are paying hundreds for some of these vintage items that advertise Coca Cola. One metal tray with a painting by Norman Rockwell got sold for $1,610 in 2010.

One must however be careful as some of these ads might be a reproduction.

Polly Pocket Sets

If you still got any of those Polly Pocket sets still in good condition, perhaps this is the best time to cash in on them.

Valued around $500, one would wonder why they are demanded.

In the 90s, the company that made them, Mattel stopped production. Since they were rare, they were being sought for in the market. However, a fan club began to collect the remaining pieces by buying them from those who still have them.

Recently, a Peter Pan playset was sold off for £1,044 in the UK. Whilst in America, there’s not a high demand for these toys due to the availability here. 

Yet, this would be a good time to trade off these Polly Pocket sets as they are are in high demand now.

Great Depression Glassware

During the times of the Great Depression, people bought these sets of  glassware to preserve food. Cheap at the time, they came in bright translucent colors as they sold by food distributors like Quaker Oats.

Then, they were not of high value because of the cheap prices they were sold and hence they could be easily replaced.

But now, there seems to be this nostalgia for these glassware as people are now longing to have one. With this, value for these items has risen up with much emphasis for those that came in pink, cobalt blue and green.

Autographed Sports Memorabilia

Two decades ago, it was a regular sight for children to bring their cards, shirt, caps or any other item to get it signed by their sporting idols.

While that might not be common now, since already autographed outfits are sold online, if you have a Mickey Mantle autographed baseball for instance, you can get $$$ for that.

Disney Theme Park Souvenirs

Remember those times we went on vacation to Disneyland and were given souvenirs or bought one at the stores? Those theme park souvenirs can be redeemed for some huge bucks.

For staunch Disneyana (a word that explains the Disney ephemera and collectibles) fans, theme park souvenirs are highly sought after as they are the best of their collections, particularly the vintage items from the ancient years of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. 

If you have any of these items, you could trade them off for a few hundreds on eBay.

Trading Cards

Trading cards have been known to be worth a fortune and their worth keeps rising. Recently, a LeBron James card got sold for about $1.8 million.

It’s not only sports cards that are worth a huge amount, some old Pokémon cards from the 90s are valued highly.

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The Amazingly Odd Things Americans Do

Renee Yates

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The U.S. as a nation literally represents a melting pot of cultures, behaviors, norms, beliefs and people. As a result, it is quite possible to travel a couple hundred miles or even just a few city blocks and be surrounded by an entirely different aspect of life, people and practices. However, there are still quirks and behaviorisms that, despite centuries of immigration into the country, make Americans extremely unique compared to the rest of the world. And those are not automatically led by the automatic zeal of democratic freedom and similar grand statements either. In fact, many are very mundane but stand out immediately when seen in other countries as Americans travel. Here are 30 unique habits, behaviors, norms or ideas we take for granted, but raise eyebrows elsewhere:

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New Discovery Reveals Old People Are Now Stronger When Compared To Those Who Lived In 1990

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A new study from Finland has looked into the probability of older people of this current time being more stronger and vibrant compared to people of the same age 30 years ago.

Quite strange, given that life expectancy becomes lower each year yet this finding was made possible from a study carried out at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

The research looked into the mental and physical abilities of Finnish people between the age of 75 and 80 to people of the same age in the 1990s.

“Performance-based measurements describe how older people manage in their daily life, and at the same time, the measurements reflect one’s functional age,” says the principal investigator of the study, Professor Taina Rantanen, in a statement.

It was discovered men and women that fell into these ages had faster walking pace, improved reasoning and muscle strength plus their working memory are much better than people of the same age born earlier.

These differences were not however noticeable in lung function tests.

“Higher physical activity and increased body size explained the better walking speed and muscle strength among the later-born cohort,” says doctoral student Kaisa Koivunen, “whereas the most important underlying factor behind the cohort differences in cognitive performance was longer education.”

Postdoctoral researcher Matti Munukka added, “The cohort of 75- and 80-year-olds born later has grown up and lived in a different world than did their counterparts born three decades ago. There have been many favorable changes.

“These include better nutrition and hygiene, improvements in health care and the school system, better accessibility to education and improved working life.”

The findings revealed longevity is supported by an increased number of years in lived with satisfactory functional strength in old age. This could justify why there’s been a slower rate of change as we advance in age.

“This research is unique because there are only a few studies in the world that have compared performance-based maximum measures between people of the same age in different historical times,” says Rantanen.

“The results suggest that our understanding of older age is old-fashioned. From an aging researcher’s point of view, more years are added to midlife, and not so much to the utmost end of life. That’s hopeful news for us all.”

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10-year-old metal detectorist discovers ancient sword on his first trip

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On trying out his metal detector, a gift for his 10th birthday, Fionntan has discovered a rusty sword that is believed to be centuries old.

The boy from Ulster, Northern Ireland found the sword on his very first try of the metal detector, and antique experts believe that the sword is from the 18th century- about 300 years old. 

“What a fine thing to find,” said Philip Spooner, a veteran antique dealer of 30 years. 

“The sword is a basket hilt-type sword as used by English officers and dragoons from about 1720 to 1780, or it could be a Scottish basket hilt of about 1700 to 1850.”

Mark and David Hawkins are brother antique experts with more than 55 years of experience between them, and they claimed that results from assessing the sword from pictures may not all that be correct because the sword was so rusty. 

In their assessment, they said, “We think it is likely an English basket-hilted broadsword, with flattened bars and large, plum pudding pommel- typical of the early types.”

Fionntan’s Dad has made contact with Dr. Greer Ramsey, a curator of archaeology at National Museums Northern Ireland to help in solving the mystery of the sword’s origin and exactly how old it is. 

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Copenhagen becomes the site of the world’s first ever “Museum of Happiness”

Renee Yates

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There are a lot of words that describe the year 2020, but “happiness” is probably not one of them. The wave of the Coronavirus pandemic came with a lot of tension, fear, anxiety, death, and restrictions. The year also saw the rise of many societal, security, and political issues that further aggravated the pain and bad ambience that had enveloped the world. Even though the situation is getting a lot better than it used to be, the year 2020 is still not a year to be remembered for jolly and merry. 

Denmark is often regarded as one of the happiest countries in the world, so it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Copenhagen, capital of Denmark is home to the world’s first ever museum of happiness. The opening of this grand museum established by The Happiness Research Institute was not so grand- it was done as a low-key thing most likely in accordance with social distancing regulations in July. 

The institute lives to carry out findings about positive mental health and quality of life, and the museum is just a piece of their jigsaw. 

“Our hope is guests will leave a little wiser, a little happier, and a little more motivated to make the world a better place,” says Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute. “We think Denmark is an obvious home for a museum that focuses on how we create a better framework for good lives.”

Happiness is an abstract, subjective, and quite complex feeling, which makes it difficult to represent in a glass case. However, the museum’s eight rooms does the trick by using interactive pieces that explore happiness from various angles and in different contexts. This covers a wide range of perspectives that satisfies the criteria for which the site was created- to make people happy and feel better about themselves. 

The Politics of Happiness room takes a deep dive into the misconception of an inseparable connection between wealth and happiness, with a speech from John F. Kennedy playing a pivotal role in that- while the Happiness Around the World room is covered in scribbles of happy memories of visitors. 

Sometimes, the pieces take a bold approach by asking sensitive emotional and ethical questions. “Can you and would you buy happiness?” “And would you actually return a lost wallet you found on the floor?” These questions have a way of making people reflect on their inner selves, and even discover aspects that they didn’t even know existed before. At the end of the day, people feel better about themselves, and feel more in control of their situations and actions. 

Other rooms in this one-of-a-kind museum include the science, history, and geography of happiness, which “retrofits” everything happy and exciting about these disciplines including emotionally intelligent AI and a world map displaying the world’s happiest countries by rank. 

Just like every other establishment in the world, the museum has a very strict Covid-19 protocol, so only 50 guests are allowed to be in the museum at once. 

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“Superhero of the homeless!” Chants in Santiago describe real-life Batman that gives food to the homeless

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Unlike the fictional city of Gotham, the streets of Santiago are very real, but running in the dark, and fighting hunger is a true life superhero with the face of the Dark Knight, Batman. 

Now he doesn’t ride a Batmobil or know the first thing about Brazilian jujitsu, but he does his best in making life better for the homeless on the streets of Santiago by bringing them food on a regular basis. He doesn’t solve crime or own any special combat gadgets, but he protects the homeless civilians from the villain of hunger and malnutrition.  

With his Batmobil-esque SUV, he rides around the city distributing hot meals in his impressive costume- a cape and two masks, one with the typical bat ears and eye slots, and other for protection from the Coronavirus (even the fictional batman wasn’t immune to viral diseases. So yeah, this one had to protect himself.)

The self-proclaimed “Solidarity Batman” is contributing his quota in making lockdown and the wave of the pandemic less agonizing for individuals on the streets, and we must say that he is doing a hell of a job. Many of his beneficiaries have only good things to say about him, and are super grateful for his selfless acts of benevolence.  

Just like Bruce Wayne, this Batman knows his way around words, and he sure drops a few words of motivation, humor, and affection to people alongside giving them food. 

What a guy! 

He fills their stomachs, and gives them words of hope? If we didn’t know better, we would be clamoring for the Avengers to consider him joining their team- Captain America certainly needs some real competition in motivational speaking. 

According to him, Batman was the perfect superhero for his mission, as he represents community unity, and is loved by the people. 

“Look around you, see if you can dedicate a little time, a little food, a little shelter, a word sometimes of encouragement to those who need it,” he said in an interview. 

Just like most masked superheroes, Santiago’s Caped Crusader prefers to keep his identity unknown. But his face doesn’t matter, does it? His good works already paint him as a beacon of hope and the world would be a better place if there were more of him running around.  

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