When it comes to decluttering your house by having a yard sale or selling items online, the effort isn’t necessarily worth the return. Children’s items can be an especially hard sell because they are used for such a short period of time, so the market is saturated with good quality resales. Certain toys, though, will always earn you a profit on the secondhand market, especially these five.
1. Disney DVDs
Because Disney releases its titles for only a short time before they go out of print, classics can be valuable on the resale market once your kids outgrow their collection. According to savings blog the Penny Hoarder, Disney animated features that have been relegated to “the vault” sell for an average of $25 online.
2. Bikes and Ride-on Toys
For families on a tight budget or those who simply prefer to be frugal, these expensive items are a great bargain when purchased from yard sales. When your kids are too big for that tricycle, post it on your local online garage sale site for a decent return.
3. Vintage Fisher Price Items
All vintage toys in good condition tend to sell well online and at yard sales, with Fisher Price items a particularly hot choice that plays on parental nostalgia. As a bonus, these toys can often be found for just a few dollars at thrift stores, so keep an eye out for items you can resell if you’re a bargain hunter.
4. Matchbox Cars
According to Insider Monkey, there’s a good resell market both for rare, collectible Matchbox cars and larger lots of cars that are in relatively good condition but less rare. Accessory sets such as ramps are also a coup.
As with Matchbox cars, there are two primary resale markets for Legos, a popular toy that has been around for generations. Full Lego sets in the original box can sell for as much as 60 percent of their original value at yard sales or online, with rare sets going for several times their sticker price. If you have mixed bricks, you can often sell them in lots for about $5 to $10 a pound, a testament to the lasting value of this versatile toy.
If your children are getting older, make some extra money by purging their old toys and reselling them for a profit, especially if you happen to be in possession of any of these five items.