One of the most common mistakes made by individuals when cleaning out an estate is throwing away items that are old stuff to them, but can be valuable to someone else. An example is kitchen utensils. Almost all old kitchen utensils have value. Collectors look for old cheese boxes, milk bottles, wood handled biscuit cutters, potato mashers, metal spatulas, metal cookie cutters….all those things that you think no one would want. Visit an antique mall today and you will see old Valentine cards, postcards, greeting cards, maps, calendars and don’t forget stamps. Yes there are still collectors for stamps. Campaign collectibles are still being looked for by collectors. Pin back buttons, cards, banners, and medals are saleable. Perfume bottles, especially small ones even if they are empty can have value.
In this day of everyone hoping for a “find” don’t over look the obvious.