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70 Surprising Things to Sell on eBay (and Make Real Money)

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You'd be surprised by what will sell on eBay!

You'd be surprised by what will sell on eBay!

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eBay is a great place to sell pretty much anything that you want in an online marketplace. You can make some extra money by cleaning out your garage or even building a business as an online reseller. However, eBay is saturated with sellers, and it can be challenging to make a profit with all of the competition.

It used to be significantly easier to build a business on eBay. However, even today, there are plenty of opportunities to make some extra cash with this online marketplace. I've sold quite a few things on eBay over the years. I am by no means a power seller; however, I've gotten lucky on many occasions by selling rare yard sale finds, goods purchased from thrift stores, or collectibles that I retained from my childhood. Moreover, I have also sold many odd or weird things that you wouldn't think someone would actually buy.

What should you or can you sell on eBay? If you need ideas for what to sell, here are 70 surprising things that I've either personally sold on eBay (and made a profit on) or that I have seen others do very well with.

Also, I've saved the most surprising things you can sell on eBay for the latter half of this article, so be sure to scroll to the bottom.

1. 1980s and 1990s Toys

Unopened toys from the 1980s and 1990s can sell really well on eBay. In many cases, buyers are trying to re-live their childhood or are seeking to complete a collection. I have sold several unopened Hotwheels cars from this era for anywhere from $2 to $8 each, depending on the specific car. This is an amazing price considering that you could buy many of the same Hotwheels cars in a store today for about 98 cents. In the not-too-distant future, I expect that toys from the early 2000s will start becoming more valuable as well.

2. Old Puzzles

People love puzzles, especially those that are hard to find. The good news is that puzzles are very easy to find at yard sales and thrift stores. The challenge with puzzles is making sure that all the pieces are there. You could solve the puzzle yourself or at least count them all to verify that the number of pieces is correct.

3. Vintage Electronics (Japanese Brands, Sansui, and Panasonic)

Vintage electronics can sell well on eBay, but you have to be selective about the brands that you choose. Pretty much anything of Japanese origin is going to potentially sell for a lot of money. Some top brands include Sony, Sansui, and Panasonic. Also, it's very important to test any old electronics to make sure they still work. If they don't, you still may be able to sell it—however, you won't make as much money.

People will pay big bucks for Legos by the pound.

People will pay big bucks for Legos by the pound.

4. Anything Lego

Among toys of all kinds, Lego is one of the most recognized and desired brands out there. Lego building blocks hold their value really well. If you have (or can find) old, unopened Lego sets, you stand to potentially make a lot of money. I once sold an old 10-piece Lego pirate set for almost $25. It probably only cost $3 when I got it decades ago. If you're looking to buy or sell Lego toys, make sure that a set is not "contaminated" with any off-brand building toys. Mega Blocks or other brand bricks will not sell well (unless they are new, unopened sets).

5. Anything Bose

Bose is known for making high-quality products. This brand is also very desirable, so anything that has the famous Bose name on it will have a good chance of selling well on eBay. For any electronics, be sure to test them and make sure that they still work.

6. Anything Sony

Sony is another popular brand whose products hold value really well. Sony is iconic and has created many innovative products over the years. If you can score an original walkman (even if it's a later model), you could potentially stand to make a pretty good profit when you sell it on eBay.

7. Anything Disney

Authentic Disney merchandise is very popular all over the world. In fact, the older the merchandise is, the more valuable it tends to be. There are a lot of Disney fanatics out there just waiting to buy the next piece for their collection.

These earbuds sold quickly and had multiple bids in my eBay listing.

These earbuds sold quickly and had multiple bids in my eBay listing.

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8. Anything Apple

Another company that tends to make great products that hold their value is Apple. In fact, anything with the Apple name or logo on it can be very valuable. I've sold Apple headphones and old apple iPods for a decent profit.

9. Brand-Name Tool Battery Chargers

People are always looking for brand-name battery chargers for their tools. Any thrift store is likely to have a stack of old chargers. I would recommend going through them to look for any brand-name chargers. Popular brands include Craftsman, Worx, Bostitch, and Dewalt. In some cases, Ryobi chargers may also be a good find. Be sure to test everything to make sure it works before you list it for sale.

10. Obsolete Blank Media (VHS, VHS-C, Etc.)

Any blank media that can be used for recording video or audio can be a fast seller on eBay. Millions of people still have old camcorders and other devices that they use to make home movies. In addition to this, a lot of blank media ends up going overseas to buyers in countries where more modern technologies have not caught on yet.

11. MP3 Players

Even though you can get music through your phone and many other devices, old MP3 players still seem to sell well on eBay. Stick with brand-name products and be sure to test them for listing them for sale.

12. Stuffed Animals (Especially New, Vintage, or Brand Name)

Do you remember the beanie baby craze of the late 1990s? Most of these old toys don't have much value anymore; however, other stuffed animals from the 1980s and 1990s have increased in value over time. Obviously, make sure any stuffed animal you put up for sale is clean and odor-free.

13. Old Luggage

Old luggage tends to be of a higher quality than many modern alternatives. Although vintage luggage will lack wheels and the 28 extra zipper pockets that many people like, they were likely stitched by hand using natural materials. Because of this, they hold their value well and remain desirable today. However, be careful of the shipping expenses, as old luggage is both big and heavy.

14. Rotary Phones

Believe it or not, rotary phones can sell for big bucks on eBay. I am not sure why someone would buy one of these unless they were attempting to decorate a room in their home like an antique museum. Nonetheless, rotary phones, especially working ones, are hard to find.

15. Walkie-Talkies

If they are found in good working order, old walkie-talkies can sell well online. Be sure to test them to make sure they work. Broken walkie-talkies don't have much value.

16. Old GPS Units (1990s: Garmin, Magellan, Etc.)

Would you believe that people in this day and age are still interested in old GPS units? It's true! Some people don't like the idea of having to use their smartphone for navigation in addition to everything else that it does. However, others simply don't want to pay for the data plan needed to use smartphone-based GPS navigation. If you come across old GPS units to sell on eBay, make sure to test them out. It would also be a good idea to see if the maps can be updated by connecting the unit to your computer and uploading maps to it.

This old copy of "Final Fantasy VII" was once worth over $90.  Although it's worth less today, it could still bring in some decent money.

This old copy of "Final Fantasy VII" was once worth over $90. Although it's worth less today, it could still bring in some decent money.

17. Old, Unopened Computer Games

Old computer games for early versions of Windows (or even MS-DOS) have sold for high prices in the past. If you can find an unopened vintage computer game, there is a good chance you will be able to sell it for a good profit. However, it is important to take really good photos of the box and disk. Also, make sure that the operating system and other requirements to play the game are clearly posted in your online listing.

18. Pocket Computer Dictionaries and Translators

These hand devices are very popular online and will sell quickly if they are in great working condition. I am not sure why they sell well when anyone could easily just pull out a smartphone to do the same thing as these pocket dictionaries and translators do. Be sure to test the devices with fresh batteries as well.

19. Old 35 mm Cameras

There's just something about old film cameras that makes them very desirable. Old film cameras, especially 35 mms, are popular both with collectors and photographers. It's interesting to know that even cameras from 20 years ago can produce better quality images than many of the smartphones and digital cameras that we have today. In addition, nothing beats a good old vintage-style photograph or the surprise of seeing your pictures for the first time after they’ve been developed in the photo lab. Always test the cameras if you can. However, broken cameras can still sell online depending on the brand.

20. Vintage Headphones

Vintage headphones are very popular both with collectors, music aficionados, and people that are looking for some quality vintage sound. Just as vinyl records have made a big comeback in recent years, so too has the demand for sound and music technology from that same era. If you can find a vintage pair of headphones, buy them quickly because you'll surely be able to sell them online for a pretty penny.

21. Sealed Water Filters (Pur, Brita)

Home water filtration systems are very popular these days. The problem with this technology, however, is that the filters are very expensive. If you can find some sealed filters for a system such as Pur and Brita, you may be able to score a big profit if you can get them for the right price. In any case, they will sell well online.

Side mirror from my old 1993 Mazda.  I didn't have much trouble selling most of the parts from this car online.

Side mirror from my old 1993 Mazda. I didn't have much trouble selling most of the parts from this car online.

22. Car Parts

There's always a good market to sell your car parts online. When a car breaks down, people often try to solve the problem as inexpensively as possible, so they look to find cheap parts in online marketplaces. Car parts can be very expensive for the average consumer, so they are willing to look around online to find a good deal. Years ago, I had an old Mazda that stopped running. Instead of investing thousands in fixing it, I decided to part it out and sell the individual parts online. It took years to sell everything. But in the end, I made significantly more money than I would have made by trading the car in for a new one or selling it to the junkyard. And once the car was down to the chassis, I called a local junkyard who came and removed it for free!

If you're going to sell used car parts online, I highly recommend cleaning the parts well and taking many high-quality photos of them. Shipping costs can be high for heavy items, so be sure to consider that when creating your eBay listing. It's always important to disclose the source of the part and the year, make, and model of the vehicle that it came from. Finally, if you do decide to part out a car like I once did, be sure to note in your listing that you are parting out a car.

23. Music Memorabilia

Any music memorabilia from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and in some cases, the '90s will have a decent chance to sell well online. People are always looking for concert merchandise such as hats, t-shirts, and even ticket stubs for their favorite band. The items don't need to be autographed to have value. Many concert items are limited production items, and people want to complete a collection or decorate a room with their favorite band's merchandise.

24. TV Remote Controls

Old TV remote controls that are brand specific (not the universal kind) may sell well online. I have sold a few dozen Sony, Sharp, and Samsung TV remotes online for anywhere from $4 to $10. The interesting thing is that TV remotes can be easily found at thrift stores. However, stay away from off-brand remotes, universal remotes, remote controls without back covers, those with faded buttons, and those for really old (CRT style) TV sets.

25. TV Stands/Bases for LCD, LED TVs

Want to hear something funny? When some people hang their nice flat-screen TV on the wall of their living or bedroom, they end up throwing away the metal/plastic stand that came with the TV. Eventually, they will regret this decision when they attempt to sell the TV or put it somewhere else in the house. This is where eBay sellers like you and I can step in to help. People will buy a TV stand to replace the one that they threw away when they bought the TV. Be sure to look up the TV brand and model number for your specific stand so that you can note it in the listing.

XBOX controllers are still in demand online.

XBOX controllers are still in demand online.

26. Video Game Controllers (Current Gaming Consoles)

Video game console controllers are very expensive, so people are willing to look around for a deal online. If you can find brand-name controllers for any of the current consoles that people are playing, you may be able to make a profit by selling them online.

27. Cake Pans (Clean, Vintage Style, or Wilton Brand)

A good quality cake pan is sometimes hard to find. Do you know how many cake pans I had to buy before I finally decided to spend the money on a good one? Eight. My family went through eight cake pans in only 12 years before I did some research and found out the Wilton makes some of the best cake pans around. In fact, Wilton has been around for a very long time, and even their old, vintage pans can sell for big money online these days. By the way, my Wilton pan is still holding up well after two years of heavy use.

28. Voice Recorders/Tape Recorders

Portable, battery-operated voice/tape recorders that still work can sell well online. I have never found any portable audio recording devices to sell for myself, however, this advice comes from some friends of mine. It goes without saying—be sure to test the device and disclose any problems in your listing.

29. Polaroid Cameras

Polaroid's instant print cameras are still very popular, even today. If you can find old or vintage Polaroid cameras, it's possible that you are looking at a potential gold mine. Many photographers and camera gurus won't buy anything other than a Polaroid. These cameras are good quality and have a great brand name behind them.

30. External CD/DVD Drives

These days, physical media is slowly disappearing, and the new laptop computers aren't even being manufactured with internal CD/DVD drives anymore. However, many consumers still have CD-ROMs or DVDs that they would like to use on their computers. This is where the external drives come in. If you come across any working external drives at a thrift store or computer parts store, be sure to snatch them up, as you have a good chance of selling them online.

31. Old Digital Cameras

I mentioned film-based cameras earlier; however, old digital cameras may also sell well online too. Make sure they work and stick to brand-name cameras like Canon, Kodak, Polaroid, Pentax, and Sony. In addition, digital cameras that have less than 4 to 5 megapixels of resolution may not sell well online.

Any products for a popular sports team will likely sell well online.

Any products for a popular sports team will likely sell well online.

32. Sports Memorabilia

Anything related to famous or nationally recognized teams of organized sports is going to be desirable. If you come across authentic merchandise for a good price, be sure to snatch it up. I've sold a few things in this category over the years, but my favorite had to have been a set of Arizona Diamondbacks World Series Pilsner Glasses. I recall doing very well selling these.

33. New or Gently Used Sports Jerseys, Shirts, Socks, NFL

Sports jerseys and league-endorsed sports clothing are very popular and can sell for big money online. Be sure items are clean and in great condition before attempting to sell them online.

34. Electric/Battery Pencil Sharpeners (Panasonic, Exacto, Etc.)

Believe it or not, electric pencil sharpeners can sell very well online—assuming they are in good working order and are brand-name items. For example, sharpeners made by Panasonic or Exacto stand a good chance of selling well online.

35. Prescription Glasses

When you get new prescription glasses, what do you do with the old ones? Sell them online, of course! People looking to buy prescription glasses on eBay aren't usually looking to find something to fix their vision. Instead, they are more interested in the frames. Frames, especially designer ones, can be very expensive. So people look on eBay to see if they can find some inexpensive, brand-name frames.

A Van Heusen shirt that I sold on eBay.

A Van Heusen shirt that I sold on eBay.

36. Brand Name Clothing (Tommy Hilfiger, The North Face, Etc.)

Brand-name clothing can sell well online depending on the time of year and the brand itself. I don't personally sell a lot of clothing online (I really don't know much about brand names); however, I have had good luck with Van Heusen, Tommy Hilfiger, and The North Face. Make sure the items are in new or like-new condition. It helps to hang the items on a mannequin or lay them out nicely on a white background. Also, give size and measurement information in your listing as well to reduce the chances of the customer asking for a refund.

37. Broken Crayons

One thing that kids are good at is breaking every crayon in the Crayola box. Instead of throwing them out, try listing the broken crayons on eBay. People buy broken crayons by the pound because they looking to use the wax for crafts and art projects. There's a debate on whether or not the paper should be removed from the crayons. Check the recent listing to see what is doing better.

38. Egg Cartons (Paper)

Paper egg cartons are great for crafts and can be the perfect place to start growing plants indoors before they can be transferred to a larger pot or placed in the garden. In my experience, the one dozen sized cartons tend to sell better, however, the 18-count will sell as well. Just start saving up the cartons and place a new listing every time you reach at least 12 of them.

39. Empty Bathroom Tissue Rolls

Much like egg cartons, the small cardboard tubes at the end of a toilet paper roll are in demand for craft and art projects. Save up the empty rolls and sell them in large lots to make some decent money.

Bottle caps from a previous eBay listing of mine.

Bottle caps from a previous eBay listing of mine.

40. Bottle Caps (Soda, Water, Etc.)

Over the years, I have sold several thousand plastic bottle caps on eBay. I usually sell them in lots of 100; however, you can try 250 or even 500. Smaller lots don't seem to sell as well (and you will have a smaller profit margin). That being said, I have also sold lots of 50 in the past. I can usually earn profits averaging around $2 for every 100 bottle caps sold. The market is also saturated with certain types of bottle caps (like Diet Coke or Dasani), so you may not make as much money on these. Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry the caps before packing them up and listing them for sale.

41. Old Cables/Cords

Almost everyone I know has a box of old cords lying around collecting dust. Some of those cords may actually still have some retail value depending on the size, type, and brand. USB cords, for example, will likely not sell unless you have a high-end cord that's at least 12 ft long. Good quality HDMI cords, heavy gauge extension cords, as well as cords for video game consoles can sell well too. In addition, sometimes old cords like serial and parallel port cords can sell as well. It never hurts to go through that box of cords and to check previous eBay listings for what is selling online today.

42. Old Shopping Catalogs

If you have old mail-order catalogs lying around, they might just be worth some money. I have heard of people selling vintage Sears catalogs before, but they may be hard to find. Any catalog that is directed towards fashion or clothing may also sell well online. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've had good luck selling bundles of 10 or more Victoria's Secret and other similar catalogs on eBay. One of the cool things about this is that many catalogs can be acquired for free, which means you will have higher profit margins. Catalogs are also easy to ship.

Empty iPhone boxes from a previous eBay listing of mine.

Empty iPhone boxes from a previous eBay listing of mine.

43. Empty Phone/Electronics Boxes

Would you believe that someone would buy empty iPhone Boxes? Yes, it's true! I once sold two empty iPhone 6S boxes for a profit of almost $5. I took a chance by listing it, thinking that no one would buy it. However, I actually ended up with multiple bids. And yes, I clearly stated in the title and the description (as well as the photos) that the listing was for two empty boxes only. Although I haven't tried this yet, I suspect that any box from other expensive or high-end electronics might actually sell well on eBay.

44. Paper Shopping Bags

These days, plastic has a bad reputation, and many people are looking for alternatives. This is one of the reasons that paper shopping bags are starting to make a comeback. In addition, sturdy paper bags are great for crafting or for the temporary storage of small items. Start asking for paper bags at your local grocery store (if they have them) and save them up. Once you have a good stack, you will have a decent chance of selling them online in lots of 25 or more. Be sure that the bags are sturdy, thick, and made from high-quality paper. If the paper bags are small, thin, or cheap, you likely won't be able to sell them. Be sure to also list the bag's dimensions clearly in your listing.

45. Holiday/Birthday Gift Bags

Gift bags are a highly convenient way to give gifts to people. However, the problem is that they are really expensive. Some gift bags at the local big box store can cost more than $10! Herein lies the opportunity to resell the gift backs that you and your family receive for a profit online. I've been collecting bags for years and can easily sell them at $1 to $2 apiece. You can try selling similar sized or themed bags as a lot as well.

A broken 3DS XL sold for nearly $75 in as-is condition.

A broken 3DS XL sold for nearly $75 in as-is condition.

46. Broken Game Consoles

Believe it or not, there's a big market for broken game consoles. They are popular because people either need them for parts to fix other broken gaming systems or because they plan to try to fix and resell them. If you find an old gaming console for an amazing price, you can buy it with the intention of selling it as-is or for parts only. I've sold a number of broken game consoles over the years. For example, my son's 3DS XL stopped working one day. After trying (and failing) to fix it myself, I sold it on eBay for more than $75 in an as-is, broken condition. Be very clear and state that the console was broken and describe the specific issues that it was having.

47. Pine Cones

Selling pine cones is easy, as people just can't get enough of them for their home decor or art projects. When picking pine cones, be sure to avoid small ones (anything less than 2" wide may be hard to sell) and make sure they are not crushed or broken. It's also a good idea to clean them well with an air compressor before photographing and packing them up in a box.

48. Wine Corks

Wine corks sell well online. People are looking for them to make artwork and decorate their homes. Sure, you can buy wine corks in bulk at some craft stores. However, these are not authentic, used corks. I've had mixed luck with these, so I recommend checking recent listings before listing your own.

49. Software Installation Discs

Do you have old software installation discs just lying around? If so, you may be able to sell them online! It may be possible to sell discs for old printers and other devices as well. Make sure the disc is readable and that you have the serial key (if applicable) before you list them online.

This old, partially used bottle of perfume sold for more than $23 on eBay.

This old, partially used bottle of perfume sold for more than $23 on eBay.

50. Empty or Partially Used Perfume Bottles

Partially used or even empty perfume bottles can sell very well on eBay. In my experience, I've sold about 15 of them, with the highest price reaching over $23 for a partially used bottle of Caesars Woman perfume. The best thing about this is that I received most of these bottles for free! In any case, shipping these can be a challenge. The USPS will ship them via ground methods only, and the bottles need to be double- or even triple-sealed to prevent leakage. High-end perfume bottles are fragile and can break easily, so you'll need lots of bubble wrap as well.

51. Junk Drawer Contents and Knick Knacks

I once sold a "Box of Old Junk" and made a profit of almost $9. However, this may have just been good luck. Many of my junk drawer listings never even get a view, but every once in a while, someone will come along and make a bid. When you clean out your junk drawer, try listing those items on eBay instead of just throwing them away.

52. Mystery Boxes

Along the same lines as the junk drawer listing, mystery boxes can sell well too. I'd recommend doing a bigger listing aiming for a value of $10 to $25 dollars. You may get maximum bids of around 50% of the box's estimated value. In the listing, you'll show a picture of the box while giving clues to its contents. You can give the box's weight, the number of items inside, approximate retail value, or even offer an item category/theme in order to entice people to make a bid. The trick with a mystery box listing is in the marketing and in the presentation. You have to make people want to know what's in the box. Great pictures and clever clues will go a long way to getting bids on a mystery box. Also, it helps to use a nice quality box as well and to actually have decent, useful items inside (like toys, puzzles, books, office supplies, etc.).

53. Empty Makeup Containers (High-End Brands, MAC, Etc.)

Just like empty perfume bottles, empty makeup containers can sell well online as well. However, make sure the container is completely empty and clean before you list it. Only high-end brands, like MAC, tend to sell well. People are looking to find containers to organize their stuff, or they want to find something that they can transfer their cheaper makeup into.

54. Old Cell Phones (Maybe Sell as a Lot)

I've had mixed luck with old cell phones. These are normally purchased only for their parts. You can also try selling a large lot of phones as well. If you can't sell them on eBay, you can always donate them to any number of organizations that attempt to put phones in the hands of veterans, foster kids, etc.

55. Missing Board Game Pieces

Nothing is worse than going to play a game of Monopoly only to find out that the coveted car game piece has been stolen! Kids (and I suppose parents too) are always losing board game pieces. In some cases, you can make some decent profit just by selling game pieces as standalone items. Try hunting thrift stores to look for board games in order to get inventory for your eBay listing. If you can find a game that is missing pieces itself, you may be able to purchase it for an extremely low price. In any case, metal and wood game pieces will sell better than plastic ones. In addition, the older the version of the game is, the more likely it will sell as well.

Gotta Catch 'em All!

Gotta Catch 'em All!

56. Pokémon Code Cards

If your kids collect Pokémon cards, then I am sure that you also have a bunch of the code cards that come in those packs as well. My kids weren't interested in doing the online game, so once I reached 50 code cards, I placed a listing on eBay. I don't know how much money I made. However, I had a good profit margin because I didn't need to physically ship the item to the buyer. Since then, I've sold several more lots of Pokémon code cards on eBay.

57. Scrap Wood (Hardwoods, Exotics)

Scrap wood can actually fetch a pretty penny online. A lot of people are looking for small pieces of dimensional wood for art, craft, and even home improvement projects. However, a lot of people don't have the means to obtain, store, and work with large pieces of lumber, especially if they only need a small amount. Whenever I do woodworking projects, I save all the scrap I can. When I accumulate plenty of cuttings, I will group them together by wood type and scrap type (e.g., long pieces, 2" squares, etc.) and list them for sale. Hardwood and exotic wood can be desirable, whereas common wood (like pine) and plywood cutoffs usually won't sell. You may not make a lot of money doing this, but it's better than just throwing the wood away.

58. Christmas Gift Tags/Stickers

If you have a bunch of to/from gift tags lying around, you may be able to sell them online for a profit. People are looking for high-quality tags/stickers, such as foil ones or vintage-style tags. You probably won't be able to design your own and print them out for sale, but you can certainly try.

59. Guitar Picks Made out of Credit Cards and Gift Cards (in Large Lots)

I've never tried this myself, but I have heard of people who have made money doing this. They use a guitar pick punch to make the picks out of old credit cards and gift cards. I'll usually see these items listed in lots of 100 or more. I'm not sure who would buy 100 credit card guitar picks, but apparently, there is a market for it.

60. Soda/Energy Drink Tabs

Just like bottle caps, you can save and eventually sell the tabs that come off of aluminum cans. People are looking to buy these in bulk for art projects, fundraisers, or to decorate their wall. I haven't personally sold any soda tabs yet. However, when I get to 100, I will create my first listing.

61. Tools, Especially Brand-Name or Specialty

Tools are a hot seller online because they are always in demand, and people are looking to find a deal on eBay. You can try power tools; however, I have had good luck with brand-name (Craftsman, Mac, Snap-On, etc.) hand tools. Individual sockets and specialty tools can sell well. I once sold a compression tester for $15 that I got for only $2.50 at a local Goodwill.

62. Mason Jars, Especially Old Ones

Vintage mason jars tend to sell well on eBay. One reason for this is that they are usually constructed out of high-quality, heat-treated glass and were actually designed for canning food. Many modern mason jars are not heat-treated and are mass-produced for decorative purposes. Old mason jars also come in many unique styles and are perfect both for people seeking home decor as well as actual canning equipment.

63. Old Yearbooks, Especially From the '60s, '70s, and '80s

Would you believe that people would buy old yearbooks from your younger years? It's true. However, this does come with some caveats. People searching for a specific yearbook may be looking for their school or may be looking for one that has a celebrity or well-known person in it. If you have a yearbook that contains famous people or politicians, it will have some value. It's ok to list these people in the description of your eBay listing as well.

64. Old Electronic Handheld Games

In this day and age, with advanced computer graphics and in-depth video games, you wouldn't believe the interest there is in vintage handheld electronic games. Other than a person trying to re-live their childhood, I am not sure why people would buy these old games. However, they do seem to sell well if they are in good working condition.

65. Vintage Tennis Shoes From the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s

There is just something about older shoes that makes them so desirable. Whether it's a shoe collector or someone just trying to maintain an "old school" look, old sneakers or tennis shoes from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s seem to be popular purchases on eBay.

66. Old Painting Kits

Do you remember when you could buy those kits that would help you paint a beautiful work of art on a canvas? Of course, they still make these, but there is a big demand for old, vintage art and painting kits. The key here is to find a kit that is still intact with all of the pieces. The paint may have dried out, but many can be reconstituted with water or some kind of paint base material.

67. Old Knitting, Needlework, and Craft Kits

Much like the vintage paint kits, craft and needleworking kits from decades past also tend to sell well on eBay. There's just something about these old designs and craft projects that make them desirable.

68. Vintage Photos and Post Cards

If you can find vintage photos and postcards, you might have a gold mine on your hands. People are searching for authentic vintage photos to complete a collection, decorate their homes, or use for a project. You can try "making" your vintage cards with photoshop and commercial-grade printing. However, I have not had too much luck with this. But if your great-grandmother had a shoebox of photos under her bed, you may be able to sell some of those on eBay for a pretty penny if you can part with them.

69. Vintage Magazines

Can you see a theme developing now? Vintage magazines can make you a great profit; however, not all magazines are created equal. My recommendation is to look for magazines on obscure or specialty topics. These seem to sell better online. If you pick a popular magazine such as Time or National Geographic, you probably won't be able to sell them since so many people already have them.

70. Anything New and Still In the Box

And to complete this list, I will state what may appear to be obvious here. Anything that is new and still in its original, undamaged box has a good chance of selling on eBay. Instead of re-gifting things that you don't like, you can just sell them on eBay instead. I've sold duplicate appliances, electronics, and other things in this fashion and made some pretty good money in the process.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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Question: Do wedding hats sell well on eBay?

Answer: I suspect that anything wedding related, including hats, would do well on eBay. People are often willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on their wedding. Even so, people still are on the lookout for deals on unique items to go with their wedding theme. I haven't personally sold any wedding specific items on eBay but I would say it's definitely worth a try. The market for wedding-related items is still strong.

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Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 03, 2019:

What a surprising number of items that can be sold on Ebay. I am drawn to the idea of selling scrap wood. I have a lot of scrap wood from trees I have cut down, and until I read your article, I had not thought about selling the scraps on Ebay. Thank you for that crazy but excellent idea.

Betty Ford on January 16, 2019:

Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on September 11, 2018:

I've never thought about selling on eBay, but you've inspired me to consider it. I have a house (and garage and basement) full of stuff my wife wants me to get rid of, and now I'm wondering if eBay might be part of the solution.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 04, 2018:

It's amazing what people will buy on Ebay. I've sold soft toys I've got from charity shops before now.

Stephanie Launiu from Hawai'i on September 03, 2018:

Great list! I've sold on eBay too, and some other things that sell (surprisingly) are old political campaign stuff, ashtrays and cigarette advertising, old sewing buttons, thimbles, etc. It made me look at everything twice before I threw it away or gave it away. Thanks!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 03, 2018:

Some of these make me say, “You are kidding!” But I’m sure there’s a market for nearly everything.

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