There is still treasure out there to be found and no I am not talking about finding an old pirate map and going off to a deserted isle in the middle of nowhere to dig up a chest of pirate booty. Although, that would be cool. You know it would. It would really spike your adrenaline to dig up something rare, cool, and priceless wouldn’t it? Yeah it would. But alas no, I am not talking about sunken treasure either, or really any gold or silver. I am talking about items of significant monetary value that people find at garage sales, rummages, goodwill stores, attics and basements of deceased relatives, etc. That is the kind of thing I am talking about. Tell me more you say, what is this? Well I’ll tell you then.
There exist, lost items of historical, collector, and monetary value hidden away all over the world that people overlook until someone takes chance and buys it, then does the research to find out what it is worth. I am not saying that these things are relatively available, but I am saying they exist. Case in point, this woman in North Carolina who bought the two paintings for ten bucks each and was going to paint, probably bad cat pictures, over them. Turns out one of the paintings is by Ilya Bolotowsky and is valued at upwards of $20,000 by Sothebys. Well damn, she lucked into that. Yes, she indeed did, but it is more than just the luck of one person. There are many, many people who find stuff like this all over. Rick Norsigian bought two boxes of old photographs, envelopes, and glass negative plates at a yard sale in 2000. He spent $45 on what turned out to be a collection of rare Ansel Adams prints with an estimated value of over one hundred million dollars. Then there was Karl Kissner who was cleaning out his grandfather’s attic. There he found a collection of 700 pristine baseball cards from 1910. In it were something like 30-40 ultra rare cards, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Cy Young. Experts think the collection is worth about $3 million and Heritage Auctions is just about all set to get them out the door for the family. Unbelievable, right. It’ll never happen to a regular guy. Well, the odds are against you and it probably isn’t the best retirement strategy you could come up with for the future. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t revel in the thrill of the hunt. I mean, surely there are those of you who frequent yard sales looking for good deals, or antiquing, or just like to attend estate auctions.
I get that there is something in most of us that yearns for a bit of adventure, good luck, and monetary gain, while we poke through seemingly worthless piles of doo-doo. But sometimes it does pay off, it doesn’t even have to be a big pay out. I have a friend who buys all the bags of costume jewelry from the goodwill stores in the area. Why? Because he sorts through it all and picks out the actual silver and gold jewelry that gets mixed in. He doesn’t find loads of it, sometimes he doesn’t find any in a bag. But he does find enough to turn a profit on the bags he does buy, and that keeps him looking. There is history and money out there if you are willing to look, it won’t take much effort, stopping by the church rummage sale on a Saturday, or wandering out to attend some yard sales. It really can make for a good time, and who knows maybe you will hit the jackpot.