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Do you ever wonder if those items stored away in your attic or basement are worth any money? Most people assume that their antique furniture and family heirlooms couldn't be worth the trouble of finding out their value. However, there are some items that are currently taking up storage space that you could get quite a lot of money for. In this article, we'll cover some of the items you're likely to have that are worth a lot of money and how to find out just how much they're worth.

Collectibles

Some collectible items gain value as the years pass. Sometimes a craze becomes so popular (i.e., Pokemon cards) that people snatch up every item they can find hoping that someday they'll be worth thousands. In reality, it's hard to know what items will be worth something decades down the road. However, there are many items that are currently very valuable that you might have laying around in your attic (hopefully still in the original packaging!).
  • Rare vinyl records Your mom's stack of dusty Kenny Rogers records might not be worth much, but you should dig through and old records and look them up online to see how much they're going for. Some editions of Bob Dylan and The Beatles sell for tens of thousands of dollars. You never know...
  • Comics Just like rare records, rare comic books can sell for thousands to serious collectors. Condition is key, but if you find any comics in the attic you should ask an expert how much they go for.
  • Musical instruments Antique guitars, violins, and pianos are highly sought after by collectors. Four things make an antique instrument valuable: the person who made it, the person who played it, the condition it's in, and the quality of the instrument.
  • Designer fashion If grandma used to have a taste for high fashion, it might be a good idea to look into who made her old purses and jewelry. Similarly, if there is an old wrist watch or pocket watch in the attic, see if you can find any details about it online.
  • First edition books There's a good chance your grand parents or great grandparents were book readers. They didn't have the internet or video games so what else could they be doing all day? If they happened to collect some first editions of the classics, you're in luck--The Great Gatsby with the original dust jacket recently sold for an incredible $194,000.

Artwork

You can probably guess that paintings by prominent artists are some of the most valuable collectibles in the world. However, it doesn't take a van Gogh to turn a profit off of some old paintings and sculptures that might be sitting in your basement. When we say art, we also include things like movie posters and old signs and advertisements. An original Star Wars movie poster can go for up to $100,000.

Antique wooden furniture

You've probably seen old furniture selling for thousands on television. The important things to look out for when it comes to valuing your old furniture are: is it made of all original parts? What time period is it from? Why type of wood is it made of? Which company crafted it? Only an expert can answer these questions for you.


11 Baker Way, Westborough, MA 01581

Single-Family

$299,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Fabulous in-town location! Walk to downtown, restaurants, retail, coffee, banking and more! Quick access to major routes ~ Rte 9, Mass Pike and 495. Located on a dead-end street, this property has a terrific yard; it is large, level and private. While this home needs some tlc, it does have hardwood floors, pine floors on the second level, a large basement with a concrete floor, newer water heater/gas, a detached garage w a porch, 2004 listing said new furnace/oil and lots of natural light. There is both natural gas and oil at this property. This home offers a fabulous opportunity to get into Westborough, reside in an incredible location and make this home your own! Being sold 'as is'. Open house Sunday Noon - 1:30pm.
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Sunday
October 15 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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11 Baker Way, Westborough, MA 01581

Single-Family

$299,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Fabulous in-town location! Walk to downtown, restaurants, retail, coffee, banking and more! Quick access to major routes ~ Rte 9, Mass Pike and 495. Located on a dead-end street, this property has a terrific yard; it is large, level and private. While this home needs some tlc, it does have hardwood floors, pine floors on the second level, a large basement with a concrete floor, newer water heater/gas, a detached garage w a porch, 2004 listing said new furnace/oil and lots of natural light. There is both natural gas and oil at this property. This home offers a fabulous opportunity to get into Westborough, reside in an incredible location and make this home your own! Being sold 'as is'. Open house Sunday Noon - 1:30pm.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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58 Walden Way, Milford, MA 01757

Condo

$464,900
Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Impeccable, maintenance free, stunning home in highly desirable Walden Woods. Located in a very convenient location w/ quick access to Rte 495 & the commuter rail, restaurants & retail, this townhome also abuts conservation land offering privacy & tranquility. This is a ‘special unit’ w/ approx. $60,000 in upgrades when first built, gleaming hardwoods throughout both the 1st & 2nd floors, a gas FP, convenient mudroom, 2nd floor loft serving as a cozy reading nook or quiet office space, a convenient 2nd floor laundry ‘room’, a W/O finished lower level w/ a full bathroom, generous storage & a custom kitchen w/ warm, cherry cabinets, granite, SS & hardwood flooring. This unit boasts being one of ‘the’ only townhomes in Walden Woods offering both a screened porch & deck. Fabulous for grilling & entertaining. A 2 car garage, communal garden, community clubhouse, low assoc. fee & quick access to the popular bike trail complete the tremendous experience found living at 58 Walden Way.
Open House
Sunday
October 15 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Location: 58 Walden Way, Milford, MA 01757    Get Directions

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The App Store is saturated with tools for helping you keep track of your budget, spending, income, credit score, and more. However, each app is different, offering varying levels of user-friendliness, security, and helpful features. We've built a list of the most useful apps for keeping track of your finances--from budgeting and paying bills, to learning about investing and credit, these apps have you covered.

Mint

Mint is the juggernaut of budgeting apps. You can securely sync all of your bank accounts, loan accounts (credit card, student loans, etc.) and even income accounts like PayPal. Once you've logged in, Mint does most of the work for you. In fact, just yesterday I got a notification from Mint that I was charged extra for my gym membership. In the app or from the website you can design your own personalized budget that includes things like food, shopping, groceries, gas, etc. When you make a purchase with one of your linked cards, Mint automatically sorts the purchase into the correct category. Aside from budgets, Mint also helps you set up a timeline for paying your debts. It shows you how long it will take at your current monthly payment amount and tells you how much you would save in interest by paying it off faster.

PocketGuard

PocketGuard is like a sleek, minimal version of Mint. However, its main strength, as the name suggests, is security. It boasts several barriers to identity theft and complicated and technical security measures that we won't get into here (we're talking 128-BIT SSL encryption). PocketGuard is also simpler than Mint, both in terms of content and display. Plus, you won't see as many advertisements for credit cards that Mint so slyly sneaks into just about every screen you view.

Home Budget with Sync

The name's a little awkward, we know. But they added that "with Sync" in there for a reason. Home Budget's most redeeming feature is that it allows you to sync up with other budgets in your household (your spouse, roommate, etc.). This makes it much easier for couples who are splitting bills to keep track of their expenses and savings. One piece of advice is to choose what you share wisely. Not everyone wants to share all of their personal finance information with others.

You Need a Budget

You Need a budget, or as its many happy customers call it, YNAB, is a whole lot more than just a way to keep track of your money. It boasts several learning resources that empowers you with financial knowledge. Where other apps just let you plug in numbers, YNAB teaches you what all of those numbers mean and helps you make more informed decisions with your money. YNAB is created with the intention of reducing your financial stress. It has simple videos, instructables, and more to help you learn the ins and outs of budgeting. Then it helps you build your own budget and stick to it with many of the same features as Mint or PocketGuard.

Personal Capital

If you're ready for the big leagues of finance and want to start investing and tracking your assets, Personal Capital will help you get there. This app is designed for managing and analyzing assets. The app's main features are broken into categories: cashflow, retirement, investing, and net worth. The outstanding feature here is investing. It simplifies investing, checks up on your investments, and gives you useful tips that will help you get your toes wet in the investment world.



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