Kirsty McLuckie: Radical dumping of possessions could mean throwing away a small fortune


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Whether it’s the start of a new year, or the first hints of spring and its association with a thorough house cleaning, there’s an urge in the air to get off the couch and tackle the attic, utility room, or wherever. to put things. “to fix later”.

A visit to the cow with broken furniture is never a bad thing, but radically dumping your belongings without looking at the alternatives could mean you’re throwing away a small fortune.

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Space Station storage expert Vlatka Lake says there are old items you should be aware of before you throw them away or donate them, as they can sell for impressive sums.

Your company warns you that you’re better off looking for windfall profits, not in your art collection or treasured family heirlooms, but in your children’s waste.

Apparently Beanie Babies, which were all the rage with then-little ones in the 1990s, still command a hefty price tag. The stuffed toys were deliberately made in small batches, and the rarest ones can sell for hundreds of pounds. A 1997 Beanie Baby commemorating Princess Diana once sold for £350,000.

There can’t be many homes in the UK without at least one Harry Potter book on the shelves, but according to Abe Books, if you have the original versions, they could be worth between £200 and more than £40,000.

Lego, the scourge of barefoot parents the world over, can now sell for more than it did when it was new.

The 2007 edition of Star Wars Millennium Falcon is available on Amazon for over £7,000, 20 times its original value. Even individual blocks, if rare enough, are in demand.

While you’re rummaging under your children’s beds for a retirement fund, you might also want to check your piggy banks: undated 20 pence coins and 1983 2 pence coins with the words “New Pence” can now be sold for hundreds of pounds.

We ran out of coins just after Christmas, and got no rare coins, but £16.53 in sterling, not to be sniffed at.

But the real windfall came in collecting 20 years of spare change in foreign currency. Rummaging through various drawers and strange pots around the house, we’ve managed to amass an impressive collection of financial shrapnel plus some cash from faraway countries, some of which we can’t remember ever visiting.

Checking a currency converter, our stock is worth more than £50 at today’s rates, but actually converting each denomination is out of the question, as banks don’t exchange currencies.

So what to do with them? I’m too superstitious to literally throw money away; surely the gods of feng shui or something like that would get very angry and take out their terrible revenge. Perhaps something you wouldn’t want to court when the UK is already facing a cost of living crisis.

Fortunately, some charities will accept donations in foreign currency, including coins. Forgive me if I only double-check that there are no extremely rare and valuable examples before handing them over to you.

– Kirsty McLuckie is property editor at The Scotsman


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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