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Junk - may be worth more than you think


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Junk - may be worth more than you think

14 Jul 2010 12:33PM   Views : 5351 Unique : 478

We all no doubt have stuff we no longer want...even if we don't realise it. I was having a sort out in the garage the other day. I'm not very good at it. I usually just rearrange things! I believe most men are the same.

I came across my box of toys from when I was about 8 (the box is the case from a vintage reel to reel tape player) I took out the reel to reel inners and was left with a case with latches. At eight it was a great gift to hold my toy cars. I kept the cars...battered but they hold memories. Amongst the cars is a wooden cat, a wooden elephant, a couple of lead soldiers, a few other bits and bobs including this blue owl.


I used to use this as a hiding place for my soldiers when I was playing. It has a catch the flips the egg shaped back down. It was like the Trojan Owl. I had hours of fun hiding things in it. It still has my grubby chocolate finger marks on it (I hope that's what they are)

Anyway I was considering chucking this out as it didn't quite fit with the soldiers and cars that may be worth something. But I thought I'd just check on the Internet. I looked up blue owl and eventually stumbled on what it was... a Bakelite perfume bottle holder. My mum would have used the perfume and given me the owl to play with.

Now I have in my hands an item that's valuable from a Bakelite collectors point of view and also from someone who collects perfume items or someone who collects owls.

It seems with perfume these are selling for up to $180 on auction sites. So I stuck it on eBay and by the end it had 37 watchers and a sale price of 70.

I'm off into the garage again later to see what I can find out about that wooden cat!


ripleysalien Plus
11 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2010 1:07PM
Cool find, one mans junk eh....

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JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
14 Jul 2010 10:39PM
Well I would not call it junk as such, but my Tri-Ang Railway which I have had since the Christmas in which I was 4 years old is still in the attic.
My dad keeps hinting that I should get it out, clean it and set it up..... think he wants to have a play ( Well it was Father Christmas that bought it Wink )
conrad 13 10.9k 116
30 Nov 2010 3:49PM
Well, there's not just cash to be found in the attic, as we can see on TV, but in the garage as well!

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