Could you have a small fortune sitting in your loft?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 March 2018

Do you have any of these items in your loft? Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Do you have any of these items in your loft? Picture: MATTHEW USHER


From old books to stuffed toys, old clutter can be a potential gold mine if you know what to look out for.

A complete set of original Harry Potter books could be worth hundreds. Picture: BILL SMITHA complete set of original Harry Potter books could be worth hundreds. Picture: BILL SMITH

Before you start spring cleaning and de-cluttering your home, take a look at these items which could be worth a small fortune.

To help you make money from your old unused clutter, storage expert, Vlatka Lake, has revealed the old items you should look out for in your loft.

Beanie Babies

Sold for: up to £350,000

Pretty much everyone will have at least one of these stuffed toys hanging around their home or loft.

These toys which were very popular in the nineties and are regularly sold for four figure sums online.

Ones to look out for in particular are Peanut the Elephant, Peace Garcia, and the 1997 bear commemorating Princess Dianna.

The Princess Dianna bear once sold for £350,000.

Harry Potter Books

Sold for: up to £40,000

If you are thinking about getting rid of your Harry Potter books you might want to think again.

According to a list of criteria from Abe Books, original versions of the wizardry books can sell for between £200 and £40,000.


Sold for: up to £7,000

As one of the most popular children’s toys across the world, households are bound to have boxes of Lego.

There is a big demand for rare individual Lego blocks, however, old Lego sets can also sell for a lot more now than when they were new.

The 2007 edition of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon is available on Amazon for more than £7,000, 20 times its original value.


Sold for: up to £500

Blow off the dust from your old record players and games consoles as they could be worth hundreds of pounds.

Tech to look out for are record players, old games consoles such as the SNES or Nintendo 64 and old Apple products.

An iPod Classic in mint condition can be sold for more than £200.

Old Money

Sold for: up to £300

Coins always show up in the most random places but next time you find some make sure you take a closer look.

The ones to look out for are 20 pence pieces with no date on them and two pence coins from 1983 with the words ‘New Pence’ on them, they can sell for hundreds of pounds.

Where do I sell these items?

eBay and Amazon are great places to sell your old stuff as they give you access to thousands of potential buyers from all over the world.

There are also websites that specialise in buying specific items, such as books and coins.

If you are selling online, it’s important to do your research and compare various sites to ensure you get the best price.

What should I keep hold of for potential future fortunes?

If you don’t have any items that could potentially get you hundreds of pounds in today’s market, look out for items that are predicted to increase in value in the future.

First edition versions of modern books are a good thing to keep an eye out for, with the likes of The Da Vinci Code and Game of Thrones tipped to increase in value over the coming years.

Original versions of tech like the Amazon Echo could get you a fortune in years too as well as first edition Play Stations and Xboxes.


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