Are you just about to open up and sort out items from a storage unit you’ve left untouched for many years? Or, perhaps you’re considering buying an old storage unit and its contents at an auction? Storage units can be home to unexpected treasures, valuable vintage pieces, or unique collectibles.
Especially with climate-controlled storage units, where expensive items can be kept in pristine condition for many years. Remember, something that might seem like trash to you can be the missing piece to someone else’s puzzle. Before you start tossing items in the trash, take a look at our list of 7 items that could potentially turn out to be worth much more than you’d expect.
If you have some old comic books that are in good shape from the 1930s-1970s, they could be pretty rare and worth a lot today. It may be a good idea to get them appraised, and if you decide to sell, find a collector who is willing to pay what it’s worth. If your comic is from the Golden Age and makes historical reference, it could be a rarity amongst collectors.
Antiques and Collectibles
Collectible and antique cards, dolls, games, china and more can all bring in a lot of money. Even old bottles can bring in a nice profit. If your antique is culturally significant and comes from a distinguishable period in history, it can be worth a lot more.
The older it is, the more valuable, unless your item is severely damaged or unrecognizable. Some items inevitably have wear and tear, such as shipwreck artifacts and wartime antiques.
Vintage Designer Labels
Who doesn’t love some vintage Chanel, Gucci, or Louis Vuitton? Many collectors actively seek vintage designer handbags, shoes, and discontinued items.
Once again, clothing items that are historically significant or indicative of a certain period in fashion will be worth more. High-end pieces such as real fur and leather will go for more, especially when in good condition.
Old books — especially first editions — can be worth quite a bit. If you have a rare first edition or a book signed by the author, you might be pretty lucky. If you have the first edition of a classic, you’ll want to get in contact with a book appraiser to confirm before you sell.
Beanie Babies, Furbys, action figures and Polly Pocket compacts from the ‘90s might now be worth a lot more than you ever thought. There are even some rare Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that are selling on eBay for thousands of dollars. Who knew these childhood toys that you grew out of would eventually be worth so much? Bet you wish you kept them now!
If you find a lost piece of art or an undiscovered piece by a famous artist, you’ve just won the jackpot. Even if it’s a sketch of a famous piece by the artist, it will be a rare and valuable find. If you decide not to sell it (which would be a difficult decision), you can hang it up at home, and it could make for a unique conversation starter.
High-quality gold, expensive metals, watches, and gemstones will quite obviously be worth something. Many people today buy these items to pass onto their children and future generations. They can easily be investments.
If you find these items unexpectedly in your storage unit, you will want to take them to a jeweller to have them appraised and make sure they are real and authentic, not just costume jewellery. Old gold pieces can usually be melted and used to make new custom jewellery if you decide you don’t want to sell it.
Pop Culture Memorabilia
Like with most historically significant artifacts, pop culture memorabilia can make you money if you find these items hidden away in your storage unit. This could include signed photographs, personal items or letters from celebrities, and even movie posters, theatre playbills, props and more. The items signed by or from a deceased celebrity will usually be more rare and worth a lot more.
If you are already an owner of some of these valuable items, then you know the importance of making sure your storage unit is climate controlled. This ensures that your pieces don’t end up damaged or badly aged when you retrieve them.
At Jiffy Self-Storage, we offer premium fine art storage with climate control and a high level of security for your heirlooms, antiques, and vintage items.
To learn more about the items in your storage unit that could make you money, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.