New Year clear out: these items in your house could be worth a small fortune

Check your items before your New Year clear out and you could make some money

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New Year clear outs are always popular as we enter January and start to look ahead at the coming months. With Christmas over, many of us will be turning our attention to giving our homes an early spring clean. Decluttering unwanted items is always a brilliant place to start your New Year clear out. But it seems that it could pay to be a bit more cautious when it comes to throwing certain items away.

Whether it’s an old book, a once-beloved stuffed toy or even tech items, your old clutter has the potential to make you some serious money. You just have to be aware of what to look out for. 

To help you out when it comes to making money from unused clutter, storage expert, Vlatka Lake from Space Station, has revealed the old items you should look out for in your loft. These could sell for three, four, five and even six figure sums. 

But do you have any of these items in your home?

What to look out for 

Beanie Babies 

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Potential value: up to £350,000 

These were incredibly popular back in the 90s. But if you still have some hanging around in your loft, don’t throw them away! A whole variety of the stuffed toys, including Peanut the Elephant and Peace Garcia, regularly go for four figure sums online. A 1997 bear commemorating Princess Diana once reportedly sold for a staggering £350,000.  

Harry Potter Books 

Copies of British author J.K. Rowlings latest book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, on display at a bookstore in New York

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Potential value: up to £40,000 

With so many people owning a complete set of the popular series, it’s worth holding on to them just in case. According to a list of criteria from Abe Books, original versions can sell from as little as £200 to over £40,000. 

Old money 

British notes and coins

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Potential value: up to £300 

It’s well worth examining old copper jars for rare coins as 20 pence pieces with no date on them and two pence coins from 1983 with the words ‘New Pence’ on them, can sell for hundreds of pounds. The old £10 note is due to go out of circulation on 1st March too, so it’s worth searching to see if you have any old notes lying around as well.

Lego

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Potential value: up to £7,000 

Lego is one of the most popular children’s toys across the world and plenty of households are bound to have old boxes of it. There is a big demand for rare individual Lego blocks. However, old Lego sets can also sell for a lot more now than when they were new. The 2007 edition of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon has been available on Amazon for more than £7,000 which is 20 times its original value. 

Tech

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Potential value: up to £500 

Though some may believe tech loses value as it gets older, many classic games consoles and music devices hold their worth. They can also sometimes sell for big money. The resurgence in popularity of record players has seen their price rocket, and old games consoles such as the SNES or Nintendo 64 can now sell for several hundreds of pounds. Old Apple products are also worth looking for – an iPod Classic in mint condition can be sold for more than £200. 

Where could you sell old items? 

There are plenty of places to sell your old items and sites such as eBay and Amazon give sellers access to thousands of potential buyers from all over the world. Some websites also specialise in buying certain specific items such as coins or books. Above all, it’s important to do your research and compare various sites to ensure you get the best price if you’re selling online. 

What should you keep hold of?

If you don’t have any items that could potentially make you some money in today’s market, it’s also worth looking out for items that are predicted to increase in value in the future. First edition versions of modern books are a good thing to keep an eye out for. 

The all-new Echo (4th generation) comes complete with premium sound, smart home hub and Alexa. 

The all-new Echo (4th generation) comes complete with premium sound, smart home hub and Alexa. 

The Da Vinci Code and Game of Thrones are tipped to increase in value over the coming years. Original versions of tech like the Amazon Echo could also possibly make you money in years to come if you hold on to it, as might first edition PlayStations and Xboxes.

So if you’re thinking of doing your own New Year clear out, remember to keep an eye out!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!