Lottery wins, promotions and side hustles are all well and good when it comes to making a little extra money – but according to new research from Gumtree, you could already be growing a nest egg at home without even realising it.
The buying and selling community asked Tracy Martin, an expert in 21st Century Collectables, to list the most valuable items that have been produced in recent years, and predict how much they might be worth in the future. And it’s good news if you’ve been buying Radley handbags, Pandora charms or Emma Bridgewater mugs…
Commenting on her round-up, Tracy explained: ‘Many of the items might already be in your home, attic or are easily found online, so it’s time to get searching for those unassuming gems as they could be worth a small fortune in future. Statement pieces or items typical of the era likely to evoke nostalgia in years to come are often the safest bets.’
So, are you sitting on a surprise pot of gold? Here are the items that Tracey says you should keep hold of – for now, at least.
10 items that will be worth a lot in the future
Radley Signature Handbags
Top buy: The A/W 07 ‘Walk in the Woods’ is already a collector’s piece commanding a premium, so invest wisely in the new Radley signature bags such as ‘Radley and Friends’ collections.
Current price: £249 for a Radley & Friends Grab Bag
Predicted price: £350-£450
Kids’ trading game cards
Top buy: Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!
Current price: Pokémon blind bags start at £3.99 with special trading sets £13.49 upwards.
Predicted price: It all depends on the cards – some can sell for hundreds or even thousands of pounds each. In 2016 the ‘Pikachu Illustrator’ card sold for $54,970 – approximately £45,000! Obviously, First Editions are rare, but it’s still worth investing in new cards as you might discover you have a real gem.
Top buy: Limited edition designed consoles like Pokémon and the 32GB Grey Joy-Con and Fortnite.
Current price: £279.99 for Fortnite Bundle (incl. 1000 V-Bucks & Double Helix Bundle)
Predicted price: £800
Moschino for H&M 2018 collection
Top buy: The thigh-high boots (pictured on Gigi Hadid) and biker jacket.
Current price: When the collection was released in 2018, the cropped leather biker jacket was £229.994, and the thigh-high boots were £399.
Predicted price: Both the jacket and boots could retail for between £400-£500. Such collections are valuable as supply and demand means prices rise as people vie to get hold of limited pieces.
Limited edition food packaging
Top buy: the 2018 Marmite jars with gold plated lids.
Current price: Various – gold-topped Marmite jar retailed at £145 originally
Predicted price: Currently selling for £200-£250
Vintage and limited-edition bracelet charms
Top buy: brands such as Thomas Sabo, Pandora and Links of London, and vintage Horn of Plenty and Eagle Claw charms.
Current price: Pandora Disney charms from £40, Thomas Sabo from £24
Predicted price: Double or treble, depending on design – £80-£200
Special edition shoes
Top buy: Dr Martens and Converse plus Irregular Choice licensed designs such as Star Wars, Toy Story, Muppets, Disney Bambi.
Current price: Irregular Choice shoes from £110, Dr. Martens glitter from £120 for adults
Predicted price: Double in price – £250
Top buy: Dennis Chinaworks, who also has a great fashion range at the moment worth investing in, Moorcroft and Emma Bridgewater.
Current price: Emma Bridgewater mugs from £14.95 Dennis Chinaworks varied but a 10” Spill Double D dress vase £180
Predicted price: Double in price for Bridgewater – £40. Dennis Chinaworks and Moorcroft probably around 50% more, so £250 for Double D dress vase. These types of British, hand-crafted pieces are sure to hold and increase their value in years to come.
Alessi kitchen gadgets
Top buy: items from their special range e.g. the Bulla bottle opener, Furbo bowl and Michael Graves kettle and from The Alessi Circle range by Marcel Wanders)
Current price: Michael Graves Kettle Tea Rex – £115, Kitchen Box Circus collection from £26
Predicted price: Kettle – £200-£250, Circus set – £40 each upwards
Corgi die-cast collectors model cars
Top buy: the Harry Potter range
Current price: the Harry Potter range starts at £27.99
Predicted price: Ford Anglia – £100, Purple Triple Decker Knight Bus – £100-£150
Tracy’s tips for first time collectors
1. Buy into reputable brands – a designer name or well-known manufacturer will always stand the test of time
2. Go for quality over quantity – investing in quality pieces is a good start as these are more likely to increase in value
3. Tap into nostalgia – search for items which represent the era in which we’re living in. Memories play a big part in making something appealing, especially when it comes to toys and games
4. Maintain mint condition as much as possible – store possessions safely to avoid unnecessary damage. Keep original packaging – and ideally paperwork and receipts showing original price paid – as being able to prove provenance will only add value
5. Hunt down items from your home – sites like Gumtree offer a great way to simply search for items without having to spend time trawling vintage and charity shops. Use key words such as ‘original’ and ‘limited edition’ and you could find a winner right on your doorstep
6. Buy it because you love it – this is my fundamental rule of thumb. Never buy an item if it’s something that you cannot live with and gain enjoyment from. That way, if it increases in value, it’s a bonus.