What’s Trash & What’s Treasure?
4 Ways to Find the High Value Items in Your Home
Have you taken a look around your home lately, and realized you have some items that would be better off in the garbage? How can you tell the difference between trash, and treasure? How do you know if something is an antique, and what valuable items are hiding in front of you. Take a look at this post to find out what items are worth keeping and what’s not.
Whether you want to tackle your whole house, or just go room by room, de-cluttering your home every now and then is an important household task. Some items may be hard for you to part with, there’s probably a story behind every item, consider whether or not it’s the story you want to save or the item itself, is knowing the story enough that you can let the item go?
Take a look at these tips to identify those old items that may be worth money hiding in your home.
Stamps, Labels or Other Antique Indicators
The first step to deciding whether or not an item is trash or treasure is to do your research. Many high value items are considered to be anything having to do with the following:
- Precious metals
Keep in mind what you think is worth a lot may not be as valuable as you think. We recommend researching items that have marks or labels on them first. Find a company name or artist, do a search for replicas, and see if the items in question are still in circulation. Check your artwork thoroughly for a signature, make sure you make note of the condition, as well as any aging that may have occurred. If you find an item that has value, consider selling it to resale shops, antique shops, and private art dealers.
Find an Appraiser
Before you go and sell your items, you should go and get them appraised. Find a professional appraiser to get a better idea of the approximate value or your items. Keep in mind if you’re planning on selling, make sure you get a fair price. You don’t want to undersell an item that could have grown in value.
Go Research Pricing
Take a look at eBay, Amazon and other sites that can be used as tools for finding other people who are selling items that are similar to yours. From there you should get a general impression of what your own items will sell for, as well as whether or not you have actual treasure on your hands, or just another piece of trash.
Ask Yourself Questions
Even though you may not be looking to sell, consider the following before you choose to hold onto an item:
- When was the last time you’ve used this item?
- Is this item worth the storage space?
- What’s the value in keeping this item?
If you can’t answer those questions, then why hold onto what could potentially be junk after all. Don’t worry, you can find joy in getting rid of junk, as de-cluttering is one of the greatest ways to alleviate stress! Now that you know how to tell the difference from trash and treasure, you’ll be better equipped when you take the step and go through your home.
We hope you’ve found this post helpful, remember when de-cluttering your home you may find yourself with more trash than you imagined. Call us at Waste Solutions 123 for an affordable roll off dumpster. Our dumpster rentals are perfect for household clean outs and junk removal projects! Call us today for a free quote and start sorting through the trash and treasures in your home!