Attics are great places for finding antiques.
Especially in old homes that have been in the family for generations.
When you think of attic antiques, the first thing to come to mind might be an old vase, table or painting. But in fact, all sorts of things, including toys, books and even postcards, can have significant value.
Take a look at our guide to finding antiques to see how valuable your attic treasure could be.
General antique advice
Items gain value depending on how rare they are. Those that are harder to get hold of are usually the most valuable.
However, mass produced items can be worth a lot. Once common items can end up rare and sought after as people don’t keep onto them.
Could your attic antiques have personal meaning to somebody? People may be willing to pay lots to reminisce over a favourite toy or the first record they bought.
Are your attic finds over 100 years old? If not, they do not qualify as antiques.
Antique advice - a guide to attic antiques
Our antique advice can help you decipher whether or not your attic findings are of any value.
Sleeves add value to records. Even if a certain record is a known collectable, the value of your copy will depend on the edition.
First editions are more valuable than later editions. First novels of well known novelists are also worth more.
The better a book’s condition, the higher its value. However, even tatty books can have high value if they are really rare. Be warned: any handwritten markings in your book will greatly reduce its worth.
Toys should be in good condition to be of value. Original packaging also makes a difference.
If the toy in your attic was not the main character of the film or show it appeared in, but a sidekick or enemy, you could be in luck. Fewer of these characters were made, increasing their rarity and value.
Your old toy could increase in value if featured in a new TV show or film.
If your attic antiques collection consists of old car guides, you might just have what the punters are after. Interesting manufacturers’ handbooks, workshop manuals and spare parts for prestige pre-war cars are all worth money to collectors.
Sporting items, comics, movie posters and shed tools can all be good finds. So don't give up hope...even postcards can be worth more than their weight in gold - especially those featuring one-off events in small villages.
Find out how much your attic antiques are worth. Many people lose money through fire and theft because their antiques have not been protected for their true value.