THEY’RE carefully put away in every loft, garage and storage unit in the country in the belief that one day they’ll be listed on eBay and will realise huge amounts of cash. Well, they won’t.
How many have you got?
1: Star Wars toy in original packaging that, unbeknown to you, was not a rare toy. In any way.
2: Small stack of assorted 1980s comics, some first issues, all of which would be unwanted even if they weren’t in absolutely terrible condition.
3: All three parts of a 1990s three-part CD single digipak by a boyband that sunk without trace. Not even their mums want it.
4: Autographed book by a terrible author who turns out to be something of a compulsive autographer.
5: Original cassettes of rare punk albums that would get mangled immediately in a cassette player if anyone still had a cassette player.
6: Collection of those exorbitantly-priced souvenir tour programmes you buy at gigs that contain nothing except adverts and a few photographs. And you thought you were so clever.
7: Limited-edition DVDs and Blu-Rays of which the manufacturers philosophically thought, “Truly, isn’t any material object limited in edition by its very nature? So we can make 30,000,000 of these and not lie?”
8: Outdated digital cameras, iPods, smartphones and games consoles that cost you a lot of money at the time so must be worth something. Somebody collects them, right? No.
9: Collection of Nike trainers in various vile and repellent colours. Give them to charity, you utter fool.
10: Pottery-based memorabilia of at least three failed Royal marriages. Perhaps you could sell them to an insane person?
11: Panini 1986 World Cup sticker album with most of the stickers. Not all. And all stuck in, but badly because you were ten years old, and anyone who might want them now will sneer at your childlike joy.