Much of that is, of course, thanks to the popularity of the show, but it's also because consumers are bypassing banks and getting back in the habit of putting up personal possessions for a short-term loan. "There are a lot of weird things you might find in your basement or your attic that may have a lot of value," says Rick Harrison, co-owner of the shop. Whether you're looking to pawn or sell some items for fast cash, Harrison says take note of these common household items, which may
have some hidden worth:
An older relative's refillable metal lighter from the 1950s may be worth hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars, says Harrison. "Every guy in the 1950s and 1960s had one.
They ended up getting thrown away, but I've literally sold them for thousands of dollars if you have the right one." The highest bids go to Zippo lighters created in 1932, the year the company was founded.
A mass-produced baseball card is not going to get you any high bidders, but an original Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio card that's in good condition has great potential value.
Archie, Captain America, Batman, Superman. The value of a comic book depends heavily on its age (the older the better), the number of copies in print (the fewer the
better), condition and print number (the earlier the printing you own, the more valuable your copy).
Old clocks and other time pieces may have significant value if they're mechanically complex, designed by
a well-known clockmaker, are beautiful and still function.
"That hideous jewelry is sometimes made
out of gold," says Harrison. And for sellers, that means instant cash. With gold prices soaring more than 20 percent in the past year, it's worth rummaging through your old jewelry boxes and heirloom pieces.
This article is part of a series related to being Financially Fit
By: Farnoosh Torabi