Many of us might be sitting on a small fortune in unused or unloved items cluttering our homes and attics.
Last year, when millions of Britons spent most of their time at home buying items online that ended up in the attic or guest room after just a few months, we reportedly hoarded possessions worth over £ 80 billion new data.
With the value of many hoarded items soaring, new research has revealed what items to look out for in your home and where a thorough search in the attic or garage could mean you can get a pretty penny for what you envision have nothing more than bulky clutter.
The research of luxury designer radiator specialist, BestHeating, looked at five items you may have in your home that are great value in case you want to sell and cash in online.
Tea sets – worth £ 4,500
There are far more people than you think who are interested in vintage tea sets who believe that each one has a story to tell. Selling teacups on its own may not add much to prices above £ 5 or £ 10, but if you have a full matching set with no chips, you can make a large sum of money. Some 19th century tea sets sell for up to £ 4,500 on ancient sites.
Cast iron radiator – Value £ 3,000
Cast iron radiators, popular in the cottage core trend, can be worth a lot of money. Prices vary depending on the make, model and condition. Authenticity and originality are the biggest factors in driving the ratings up on these radiators rather than making them functional.
If you know if repairs or problems have ever occurred, you can sell them to people who want a working cooler but are careful for age-related internal damage or buildup of rust. Some models are listed on auction sites for fees in excess of £ 3,000, with the original Victorian radiator covers also fetching high bids.
Sideboards – worth £ 2,400
A stylish and practical vintage sideboard will prove to be popular with someone trying to add a retro flair to their interior. Before removing any of these, the best thing to do is figure out what type of sideboard you have and look for any identifying markings like names or dates that are likely to be on the back or below. Those designed by Florence Knoll from the 1950s or 60s are some of the most popular ones available online.
In the absence of screws, the sideboard was likely made before the 19th century when a tongue and groove method was used which gives good value if in decent condition. When it comes to selling an old sideboard, you could try making over £ 2,400 on a sideboard.
Watches – Value £ 4,695
If you have a watch with historic significance it could turn out to be worth a lot of money, especially if it’s rare. Many vintage timepieces have been few and far between, and even those that are not particularly rare are hard to see in the market as collectors want to keep them. There are so many different types of vintage clocks out there, but if you can verify the time period from that time, an antique clock can make you hundreds or thousands of pounds. Online sites value grandfather clocks most for the craftsmanship they associate with eighteenth and nineteenth century clocks listed for up to £ 4,695.
Front doors – worth £ 1,500
Vintage stained glass front doors can cost over £ 1,500 on auction sites depending on the era, size of the glass, wood, condition and whether they are suitable for internal or external use. Victorian wooden doors, which ensure the highest value, are particularly popular. The Art Nouveau stained glass doors average £ 800 and the Edwardian £ 700.
BestHeating’s John Lawless commented, “It is always worth checking which old items may be of value as you walk through your loft or guest room, as despite many items originally stored for sentimental value, their true value may have risen sharply over the years.
“In many areas there are a lot of collectors trying to expand their sets but make sure you have done your research beforehand to get the best price from anyone who approaches you as people are always trying be haggling with the cost of some old china tea cups or those cast iron radiators. “