When you’re trying to find things to resell at garage sales, you need to ask yourself what the buyer’s motivation might be. With toys, it’s very clear. Buyers want to pay for nostalgia. Maybe they always wanted a certain toy when they were a kid, and now they are an adult and can finally afford it. Or, maybe they are starting to have kids, and they realize that they want their own children to have certain toys that they grew up with. With that being said, they don’t want to buy a heavily used, dirty version of that toy. They’re looking for toys that are in like-new condition, or still brand new in the box. Obviously, it’s hard to come across toys like that when kids have played with them multiple kids in the same family, or multiple generations.
Any time you find vintage games or toys in like-new condition, it’s always worth the time to do a quick search on the eBay app. For example, Lite-Brites are no longer in production. So if you find one, you can get $300. And then there are rare antique lead and tin toys which fetch $50 to $100. The most expensive toys of them all are the ultra-rare items. For example, rare G.I. Joe action figures regularly sell for nearly $2,000 each, and one even sold for $2 million.