I always get a kick outta seeing some highbrow appraiser astound a fourth-grade teacher from Wisconsin with news that her great-great-great uncle’s dentures, carefully preserved in a jelly jar, are worth somewhere around fifty grand.
On the other hand, some people on the program discover that the crap in their garage really is just crap.
The Street.com recently listed eight so-called “collectibles” that, well, certainly won’t make you rich, despite what you might’ve hoped.
— Hummel figurines
— Cabbage Patch Kids
— Baseball cards
— Beanie Babies
— Norman Rockwell plates
— Lladró figurines
— Franklin Mint collectibles
— Thomas Kinkade prints
So what’s the deal? Why have these once-popular mementos dramatically lost their value?
Well, there are a lot of reasons — the economy, overproduction, changing public tastes, eBay…
But the lesson seems to be this:
Invest in things you love, not in things you think might someday be of financial value.
Which reminds me…
Are you investing your time in what you love to do? In what excites you?
Or are your hopes and dreams still tied to the old 9-to-5 treadmill, with you thinking there might be a big payday at the end of the road?