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Re: 30 COLLECTIBLES THAT ARE NOW WORTHLESS


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@Tinkrbl44   Thank you so much for posting this link.  It was very interesting.  I wasn't surprised that most of these collectibles aren't worth much on the market today.  

 

My husband has often said that he wishes he hadn't given away his comic book collection from when he was a kid but after reading this article I doubt that he had any that would have been very valuable.  Most of them were probably a little ragged from being well read.  

 

I often wish that I still had a few items from my childhood and teen years.  Not because they were valuable but because they were unique.  

 

I remember my parents buying me a hair dryer that sat on the table and had a swivel hood that went over your head and dried your hair after you set it in brush rollers. It was just like the hair dryers in a salon.   I had it for quite a few years and then decided that I would probably never use brush rollers again once I started using a curling iron.  I donated it to a thrift store.  

 

I've now started using velcro rollers again to avoid using so much heat on my hair.  I looked into buying another hooded dryer and the reviews on them now are pathetic. They are made so cheaply that the hood just falls down on your head. I wouldn't even consider buying one now.  Mine was so sturdy and well made that I could kick myself for ever getting rid of it.

 

I have yet to find anything that is even remotely as well made as items from the 60's and 70's.  Items made in the USA from before the 60's may not be worth anything from a monetary point of view but the quality is usually outstanding.

 

 

My sister and I had that exact same hair dryer made just like the ones in the salons. We were just talking about that the other day and wish we had it back too.

 

Totally agree~~~NOTHING today is made as well as it was in that time frame. 

 


 

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Re: 30 COLLECTIBLES THAT ARE NOW WORTHLESS

@Tinkrbl44  I think your article has been edited to delete the list that you wrote. I'm not able to read it on my iPhone or iPad. Wish I could. 

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@Tinkrbl44 - The link you provided must've been deleted before I read this thread.

 

However, I googled the subject, so I was able to see what "30 Collectibles" are deemed worthless.

 

The only things I have from that list are Beanie Babies and vinyl records.

 

When Beanie Babies were a craze, I sold some of mine and paid for DH's and my airfares on a trip (UK to USA).  So at least I got some money out of them and DH figured it cancelled out what I'd spent.

 

My vinyl records I bought because I wanted them and played them.  So I don't expect to make any money from those, but I'm not getting rid of them either.

 

Oh, I do have one Longaberger basket!  I didn't buy it to be a collectible; I bought it to hold magazines next to my recliner, which is exactly what it's doing.

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Sold most of my Hummels before the market on those fell. The few I saved were gifts from the children

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After having a Hallmark gift shop for many years I collected a lot of things..Things I liked at the time not for collector value..I admit I went overboard with some things.Fenton and old colored glass..Precious Moments.

I have said this before..My kids will have dumpsters lined up in the driveway one day!

 

My DIL's are allowed to pick a few things they like each time the visit..They love "shopping" here.

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I used to collect things because they appealed to me, never that I considered "one day" they'd be valuable. I have no children so anything I have will go to one of our giving agencies in hopes someone else will love the stuff as I did. I had a neighbor who collected Beanie Babies, wouldn't take off the tags, and kept them boxed up in a spare room. She just knew they'd aid in her retirement one day. Never could understand that. As soon as she brought one home, into the box it would go. She is now retired, no help from the Beanie Babies. 

 

My aunt collected Hummels she bought in Germany, where she lived a good part of her adult life. When she passed, her kids didn't want any of them and they all were donated. I hope someone got joy out of them.

 

Now that I'm in my 70s, if someone visits and really likes something I have, I eventually make sure they get it.

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That was an interesting article.  The link was deleted by the mods, but I just Googled the title of the post and found it easily.

 

I did collect cookie jars for a while and loved them (not a lot.)  I got rid of all but a couple of them a long time ago.  I also have a few Lladros (that the article didn't mention but I don't think are worth much now.). I don't really collect anything or have any collectibles.

 

I do still have my record albums but I didn't collect them.  I just haven't gotten rid of them yet.


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I never bought anything as an ‘investment’. I do have a nice lead crystal collection because it is beautiful, lots of jewelry (I collected estate jewelry to wear for awhile) and that is about it. I still have my vinyl albums and I have about 100 or so Firm workouts on VCR that I use every week.
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Longaberger, for sure!  I was a big time collector - tons of baskets and loads of pottery, in three different motifs.  In fact, collecting Longaberger was my motivation for returning to the workforce, so I could finance my habit.  MAJOR REGRETS, now.  I sold off the lion's share of the baskets to an auctioneer in Ohio many years ago, at a significant loss, just to get rid of them.  The everyday dishes and matching baking & serving pieces eventually became too heavy and took up too much cabinet space.  I sold some at a garage sale last fall and will try once more in the spring.  Whatever is left will be donated. I thought I'd make nice sets for our kids to eventually inherit but they don't want any of it.  Young people nowadays do not have the emotion attachment to things the way we used to.  If I don't get rid of it sooner than later, someday they'll be swearing about me and my dish collections, when it'll be up to them to deal with it.  It's on my list of things to tackle so they won't have to.