Do You Own These Vintage Toys? They Might Be Worth A Fortune

It was only a few years ago that our toys were physical objects that didn’t survive within a phone or tablet. Whereas now children play on apps and online communities, there were whole generations that stored tangible nuggets of nostalgia on bookshelves and cupboards.

If you’re lucky, you might still have them today.

The value of vintage and iconic toys from as early as the 1980s have started soaring – with some racking up to hundreds of thousands of dollars today. Do you have any of these classic toys in your attic? If so, you might just be owed a payday. Let the games begin…

Rainbow Brite Doll


Average Original Price: $7
Potential Earnings: $100

This little girl was the main competition for the Strawberry Shortcake Dolls in the 1980s. They make an appearance a bit later on and are worth a lot more than these. Still, if you have a Rainbow Brite Doll you could earn $100.

Bids on eBay have been pretty generous so far for these dolls. So you might want to head up to your attic and see if you have any lying around.


Average Original Price: $12.89
Potential Earnings: $120

These infamous items were brought to the limelight after screening adverts for them in schools in Illinois. Kids everywhere ran, jumped, and skipped into stores to pick up these swerving toys as soon as they could.

Today, kids are more excited by their iPads than to get any form of exercise. These toys, if in their original boxes, can be sold for north of $120. Would you like to use one of these again?

Lite Brite

Average Original Price: $9.97
Potential Earnings: $130-150

These bright lights were LIT for kids in the 1990s. Their calming and magical designs led the device to be named by TIME Magazine as one of the top 100 toys of all time.

Following its release in 1967, it enjoyed continued success for 30 years. Today, they can fetch a solid $150 in online auctions. Today, these things are still sold in stores like Best Buy, but it’s the OG devices which will garner the largest financial reward.

Sky Dancer

Average Original Price: $9.99
Potential Earnings: $80

Twin brothers John and Anthony Gentile are the masterminds behind one of the most dangerous toys on the list. They worked with an aviation expert to help create a toy which could soar into the sky at the pull of a string. Initially rejected by many toy makers, the Sky Dancer became incredibly popular.

Over time, many of the toys were recalled due to safety concerns (too many kids were shooting them at their siblings) but this only raised their value.

Sit ‘N’ Spin

Average Original Price: $12.99
Potential Earnings: $90

These things were a treat for toddlers and a gift for parents! Sitting and spinning on one of these could entertain a young child for hours, using much of their afternoon energy on the toy.

Today, they can go on eBay for $90 – meaning it’s fairly easy to track one down and invest in a solid way of tiring out your baby! If you have one and your child is now too big for it, you can always sell it to the next generation.

“You know you’re getting older when your childhood toys are now collectibles and antiques.”