Treasure Hunting Can Bring You Cash - Here's Three Items To Search For.

By Frank W. Pandozzi

Treasure hunting at flea markets, estate and home sales, and used bookstores can be a rewarding experience. It may even put some extra cash in your pocket. However, you need to know what to look for.

There are many items to be found at the above places. But knowing which items to buy low, and sell high takes some knowledge.

Below are three items that have proven profits.

Pez Brings You Candy and Cash

That's right, those old Pez candy dispensers are bringing premium dollars to the people who are fortunate to have them.

Take a look on ebay, and see what kind of money collectors are paying for some of these dispensers.

I purchased a bag of old Pez dispensers for $5.00 at a garage sale. There were 42 different Pez characters in that bag. Donald Duck, Goofy, Star Wars figures, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and many more were hiding in that bag. Then I bought a book on collecting Pez dispensers, long story short. I sold five of those characters, which were old and collectible for $900.

Now, whenever I am treasure hunting at garage sales, flea markets and estate sales, I always keep me eyes open for those Pez dispensers.

Modern First Edition Books

Did you know that old, rare books could demand a handsome price for the owner? Collectors often pay into the thousands for a rare copy of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn", or Jules Verne, "Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea."

However, purchasing old, rare books is not that easy. There are not many around anymore, and the ones that are found, demand a high price. The key to treasure hunting like this is to buy low and sell high. However, there is another way to get in on this kind of book, treasure hunting, and that is by searching for modern, first edition books.

The books wrote recently from authors like Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, Tami Hoag, Dan Simmons, and many more are in demand by collectors. You do not need to search years for an old, rare book, start your search by looking for the modern collectibles.

A few years ago I purchased a first edition, signed, "The Davinci Code", by Dan Brown. I paid $35.00 for it, and three years later, I sold it for $650.00.

However, if you are going to buy and sell modern firsts, make sure you purchase signed, first edition copies, which are in excellent condition. They are the books that continually bring a higher price from buyers.

To begin your treasure hunting search for modern, first editions, familiarize yourself with the authors that are being collected. Buy a book on how to collect modern firsts, and study it.

Old Avon Bottles

I know of one enterprising individual who has made a living at buying old Avon bottles cheap, and then selling them at a premium to collectors. The best places to locate the old bottles are at garage sales, estate, and home sales, flea markets and auctions.

That's right, Avon, the company that has been around since 1896 selling cosmetics and perfume is a potential goldmine for collectors of the older, Avon bottles.

You can purchase books on bottle collecting to get an idea of what types of Avon bottles to search for, and what price collectors are paying for them.

© 2010 Frank W. Pandozzi

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