Typewriters were once delegated to dusty attics and the backs of closets, but antique dealers have a big eye for these old pieces of word processing power. They’re important relics that used to clack away in every office and house, long before the smartphone or computer existed. There wasn’t even a delete key! They’re starting to give vinyl records a run for their money, and have started to command large sums.
Branford House Antiques sells items like these, and while one went for around $7,500, that’s not even close to the highest price one of them can command. The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, known as the “Rolls Royce of typewriters,” can be worth up to $100,000!
As high as $36 million Oh baby, now we're getting into the good stuff! But don't pull your hair out if you gifted your mom's china set to a friend – that eye-popping number was for a one-of-a-kind Ming Dynasty teacup, used by an emperor sometime in the fifteenth century. If you really had one of those lying around, pull away.
Most vintage China teacups go for reasonable prices, usually not more than a hundred dollars, but there are plenty if they're old enough and in good enough condition, that can get closer to that lofty number. A little closer.
1980s boom boxes
Another piece of outdated technology, one even further back than CDs. Even if you're a bit older, you may have missed this fad, but boomboxes where the musical item of the decade during the eighties. But a recent thirst for vintage items have boosted the prices here just like they boost the bass. According to Metro, a retro Boombox Ghetto Blaster can sell up to $1,600.
While most people don't need an item like this, there was a time when these players took up every street corner and bedroom, and if you still have one, it could be worth it to dig it out.
Yes, these items are becoming such a hot commodity that they appear on the list twice. Again, it's dependent on the brand and model – for example, a rare, vintage black Chanel alligator evening handbag is listed on eBay for $15,995. Any space in your yearly budget for that kind of item? We didn't think so.
The bag is even pre-owned and was made between the years 1984-1986. If you're trying to save, an authentic vintage Gucci handbag is selling for only $12,000. As you can tell, the thing that brings in the most cash is the designer name – it can't just be any old bag.
Vintage Apple Computers
Apple computers were the hot processing item of the '80s and '90s, and the company is still putting out some of the best items on the market. But one of the original Apple II computers, one of the first successful personal computers on the market, was sold from 1977 to 1993, and as one of the first mass-produced computers, it became an important cultural object.
Make sure you know what that old tech is worth – a woman once donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm, not knowing it was worth $200,000.