Boys will be boys and reap the rewards
In the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carrel’s character collects Star Wars figures and displays them around his apartment as if they were works of Picasso. After falling for a woman who owns an eBay re-sell store, he realizes that if he wants the girl maybe he should keep the Star Wars quotes to himself and cash in on his childhood collection. Perhaps your own better half has been nagging you to dump your cherished collection of baseball cards, matchbox cars, or Star Wars‘ figures. Well they might change their tune when they discover what they might be worth. “There’s very little you can trash in life these days as there is a collector for everything,” explains Jacquie Denny, co-founder and chief development officer of Everything But The House (EBTH), the premiere online estate sale marketplace where all items start at $1. “Vintage baseball cards that boys traded with their friends and any items related to a movie we loved as a kid—like Star Wars—hold their value.” Denny recently sold a He-Man figurine for $170. And, sorry ladies: when it comes to childhood memorabilia, boy’s collections are more sought after and subsequently more lucrative to sell.
Don’t bank on your doll collection
It’s time to ditch that trunk filled with baby dolls or Barbies even if they conjure up fond memories from your pigtail days. Unless you are a Barbie doll history junkie, keeping a closet full of dolls is taking up precious storage space. “We have an affinity to dolls because we grew up with them, but girls today are not playing with dolls as much nor do they want to collect them,” says Denny. “With the exception of collecting Barbies from the 1950s and 1960s, it is an older generation who is buying those collections.” No need to fill a landfill with old Barbies though. If your dolls are in good condition consider donating them to a children’s charity or a preschool.