For those who enjoy making a quick buck flipping items from Facebook Marketplace, yard sales, thrift stores, and more can be a great side hustle. On Reddit, the subreddit /r/flipping is dedicated to learning how to resell second-hand items for a profit. Most sales are only for small gains. However, now and again, someone finds a very rare or unique thing that can pull in the big bucks. Whether it’s an antique model of a microphone or an incredibly rare production defect Disney plushy, some of these finds bring thousands.
Keep in mind that items from the 1970s are dated more than 50 years now. Also, the early 2000s was over 20 years ago. That means your everyday items are more vintage than you imagine. As always, the rarer, the better. Read on for 20 unusual items that netted Redditors’ small fortunes.
20. Cast Iron
Cast iron is a trend that comes and goes with the years. Home chefs and foodies often adopt the seasoned metal cookware for fine dining experiences. However, cast iron was once used for far more than just cookware. Many vintage cast iron pieces can be worth a tidy sum, as many Redditors shared on /r/flipping. One Redditor made some money off cast iron Christmas ornaments. Of all things, the user said their best score was, “Pair of cast iron Christmas ornaments. Got ’em both for $3, sold BIN the next day for $125.”
Other Redditors chimed in with their cast iron finds, with /u/pzer0. The user said, “My cast iron steal is a Le Creuset cast iron skillet with grill lines that I picked up for $1 at a yard sale. I could flip it for probably like $40-50 easily, but man, that skillet makes a mean burger.” Another Redditor responded with, “I got a seven qt (I think) Le Creuset from Salvation Army once. It was marked $7. However, when I checked out, the cashier said, ‘”All brick-a-brack is half-off today!”‘ It seems the most challenging part of making a profit off of cast iron can get yourself to part with it!