Cash in the attic

Vintage is the watchword when it comes to buying and selling online at the moment. What you might consider to be old, out of date junk, others are paying good money for on eBay.

Vintage is the watchword when it comes to buying and selling online at the moment. What you might consider to be old, out of date junk, others are paying good money for on eBay. So pull on your gloves and get sorting – who knows, there could be a retirement fund hidden away in your attic or garage.

What is selling?
Anything from before 1990 is now known as ‘vintage’, and should be labelled as such. Doing so will get you much better results when people search on eBay. Many older objects are now back in fashion, and people are using manual typewriters, old telephones and even scientific equipment to decorate their homes. Popular items include:

  • Suitcases
  • Larger storage trunks, particularly leather
  • Clothing (especially dresses)
  • Jewellery
  • Comic books
  • Game consoles
  • Sunglasses
  • Furniture (the more obviously ‘period’ the piece is, the better)
  • Typewriters
  • Bags (especially leather satchels)
  • Wooden beds


Non-digital cameras are becoming quite a novelty for young people, and instant cameras (such as polaroids) have made a big comeback since The Impossible Project started producing instant film for old cameras again, making them a viable option. An old instant camera can also be a fantastic gift for a younger member of the family, so make sure you check whether they would like it, before you sell it.

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    15th Jun 2012
    7:42pm
    A mate gave me two boxes of old telephones (he worked as phone installer for years), and I've sold most of them on eBay. People go beserk over the old phones! Yet, when we were young, we couldn't wait to get rid of them, and get the newest and latest phones!
    normie 39
    29th Jul 2017
    6:07pm
    Beside landfill...is there any use for those large quantities of VHS Videotapes that we decided to start collecting back in the eighties?

    I don't have a lot {possibly 120} of Movies and tv shows and the occasional
    Wedding which I have had preserved on DVD, but I guess even DVD's will
    be obsolete in the near future,

    Any suggestions will be welcome.


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