There may be money hiding in your kitchen cabinets and junk drawers, and we’re not referring to the coins you keep stored in Mason jars. Baby boomers, we have good news for you! If you’ve been looking around your kitchen lately wondering if those knick-knacks, gadgets, and old wedding gifts from decades ago are worth keeping around, the answer is yes.
Turns out, certain vintage items in your kitchen will yield a high return on your investment. For seasoned collectors, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that others who are searching for precious pieces from their childhood are willing to shell out a lot of cash. In fact, the rarer the pattern, shape, or design, the more valuable it is. From Pyrex dishes to tin metal cookie cutters, here are five vintage items, according to Delish.com, that are worth hundreds of dollars.
Before bakers and home cooks had the luxury of stand mixers, they were mixing and whipping use hand-cranked mixers. If you still have yours from the ‘50s or ‘60s, it could fetch as much as $75 on eBay and online auction sites.
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These Southern favorites will always be in style, whether used for storage, crafting, or wedding decor. But the ever-popular clear jars aren’t the draw for collectors. It’s actually the hard-to-find green and amber jars that will sell up to $800.
The metal cookie cutters, as opposed to the plastic varieties we see in most kitchens today, can generate a lot of money. Again, the more unique the shape, the more valuable the cookie cutter is. Per Delish, the “heart-in-hand design is usually worth at least $100, but mint-condition versions can sell for more than $1,000!”
Ah, no wonder Mama is still holding on to her set of these classic baking dishes. Similar to the Ball jars, the more colorful, patterned dishes will bring in more bucks than the clear glass ones. A set of antique Pyrex dishes could earn up to $500 or more.
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Vintage cocktail shakers, particularly those with recipes emblazoned on the front, are a hot-ticketed item on eBay, selling anywhere from $200 to $300.