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5 Reasons Collectibles Sell for Big Money

Check your attic: Can you cash in?

Recently, experts on the PBS series Antique Roadshow estimated that a Tiffany lamp purchased in the 1960s for $125 could be worth up to $300,000. Makes you want to investigate some dusty boxes, doesn’t it?

Before you do, a warning: Even cherished items often disappoint. “You will get nothing for 19th-century porcelain dinnerware,” says Terry Kovel, publisher of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2017. “A complete set is worth only about $150.” 

But some junk really is treasure. These five factors, experts say, can create value in your collectibles.