Surprising Kitchen Items That Could Be Worth Money

You wouldn’t toss money in the trash, so why would you throw away your home goods without checking their value? Every room of your house has the potential to make you money, but the kitchen can be especially lucrative. Do you own any of the following kitchen items? If so, you may want to cash in soon.

1. Ball mason jars

Green with amber swirls Ball jar

One of the most sought-after Ball jar styles has amber swirls. | Bonz-eye via eBay

Look for: certain colors and errors

Mason-jar collectors know a vintage Ball container from the ones you can buy these days. If you have one of the more rare styles — like the green jars with amber swirls — in the back of your cupboard, you may be able to dust them off and sell each for $400 or more on a secondhand site.

Next: Keep the cookies, sell these.

2. Cookie cutters

Heart in Hand cookie cutter

The copper Heart in Hand cookie cutter set | Pamela3stainedglass via eBay

Look for: extra-large and extra-small sizes, unusual designs, or collector’s sets

It may be worth sorting through the bag of old cookie cutters in your kitchen drawer. Baking aficionados will buy vintage and collector cookie cutters for a lot of money. Coveted ones involve the size (either extra-large or extra-small) and design. According to Delish, the most coveted antique cookie cutter is the “Heart in Hand,” which can sell for over $1,000 in mint condition. Multi-piece sets, like Martha Stewart’s copper editions, can sell for $50-$500.

Next: “Shake” the dust off and sell this item for big bucks.

3. Cocktail shakers

A Prohibition-era cocktail shaker

A Prohibition-era cocktail shaker selling for almost $600 | Reclaimed-past via eBay

Look for: chrome, silver, or Art Deco designs

Still making cocktails with a shaker from decades ago? Your drink-maker could be worth a ton. Vintage shakers of the silver-plated, Art Deco, or colorful varieties are especially valuable, as Gates Interior Design explains. The rarest cocktail shaker to date, made by International Silver Plate and perfectly preserved, is valued at $23,900!

Next: Your grandma’s mint-green kitchenware is back in style.

4. Jadeite

Jadeite dish set

A set of Fire King Jadeite dishes | Crispell42 via eBay

Look for: the McKee, Jeannette, and Fire King logos signaling original, antique jadeite

You may recognize these mint-green dishes from your grandmother. Known as jadeite, the distinctive kitchenware popped up in the 1930s, getting more popular after World War II. Beware of modern reproductions; many stores sell updated versions as the dishware complements the popular farmhouse-style home design.

Next: Certain colors are worth the resale.

5. KitchenAid stand mixers

White Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

Certain colors of Kitchenaid Stand Mixers sell for a lot of money. | Momoneypawn1 via eBay

Look for: limited-edition colors and the classic white style

Perhaps your KitchenAid stand mixer is worth reselling and you don’t even know it. If you have the classic white KitchenAid stand mixer or a limited-edition color, there are likely people online looking to pay you $100 or more. Some KitchenAid fans want a color from years ago; others seek the classic white version in good condition. Why the latter? It matches everything.

Next: Get paid for these pop-art products.

6. Michael Graves for Target collection

Michael Graves for Target Tea Kettle

The popular tea kettle by Michael Graves for Target | Mcmanteaks via eBay

Look for: the collection’s block-house logo and blue color palette

You may be familiar with Target’s partnerships with designers. One of the most sought-after kitchen collections was released from 1999 to 2012. Designer Michael Graves created modern, functional kitchenware, and fans still seek it to this day. The white Pop Art Toaster in white is worth roughly $200, according to Oprah.com. That’s about eight times more than its original price.

Next: Many families inherit these beautiful collections.

7. Antique silverware

Antique Silverware Set

An engraved English Silver Service sells for $1,277. | igi85 via eBay

Look for: brands like Tiffany, Gorham, and Oneida

Antique silver forks, knives, spoons, and serving ware can be quite valuable. The key is finding flatware that’s truly silver, which tarnishes over time and needs to be polished. True silver will also make a ringing sound when you tap it. Sellers on eBay list rare sets of silverware for thousands of dollars.

Next: Even 100 years ago people needed coffee.

8. Coffee mills

Peugeot Freres cast-iron coffee grinder

A Peugeot Freres cast-iron coffee grinder sells for $425 on eBay. | brocantestestore2013 via eBay

Look for: cast-iron, round, hardwood, or ornately designed grinders

Coffee collectibles can be lucrative, according to Collector’s Weekly, especially if you own a vintage coffee mill. Also called a coffee grinder, it can be square or round, wall-mounted or tabletop. Look for specific brands, like England’s Kenrick & Sons and France’s Peugeot Frères. Home mills lost popularity in the 1930s, so grinders before then may be especially valuable. Online resellers list vintage coffee mills for $300-$4,000.

Next: This dishware brand has a loyal following.

9. Pyrex kitchenware

Pyrex Butterprint Dish Set

Pyrex’s Mixing Bowl set in Orange Butterprint | dmrii1987 via eBay

Look for: certain patterns, including Lucky in Love, Pink Daisy, Butterprint, and Gooseberry

Visit your local thrift store and you’ll likely spot some opaque Pyrex dishware. While the brand’s clear bowls and pans are highly sought-after, certain old-school patterns and brightly colored kitchenware sell for hundreds. If you have a full set of milky white Pyrex, you can make even more money.

Next: Some people still prefer to do it by hand.

10. Hand-mixers

Miller Falls vintage egg beater

A vintage egg beater selling for $99.99 | rons_online_treasures via eBay

Look for: hand mixers from the ’50s and ’60s

Don’t pass off your old hand-mixer to your adult child. While you may prefer to beat eggs or whip batter with a stand mixer, manual styles from the mid-1900s can sell for $75 or more online, according to Delish.

Next: Do you have cookware in this discontinued color?

11. Enameled cookware

Dutch Oven by Le Creuset

Le Creuset’s Dutch Oven in the discontinued Azure Blue color | twomagnolias via eBay

Look for: vintage colors, especially Le Creuset’s Azure Blue

Iconic kitchen brands often discontinue certain colors and styles of enameled cookware. One of the most popular discontinued lines is the Azure Blue collection from Le Creuset. Not only do Le Creuset collectors want these pieces, but others simply love the specific sapphire color. An Azure Blue Dutch Oven can sell for $300 on eBay.

Next: Brew some tea and then list this on eBay.

12. Old kettles

Swedish copper tea kettle

Vintage Swedish copper tea kettle | mimicoantiques via eBay

Look for: kettles made of higher-end metals

Vintage kettles were built to last, especially in the 19th-century when they were made of copper, steel, or cast iron, according to Collector’s Weekly. These varieties, as well as early 20-century kettles, may make you a hefty profit. One copper Swedish style is selling for $150, and an 1889 sterling-silver Reed & Barton kettle is $3,999.

Next: This popular cooking item gets better with age.

13. Cast-iron skillets

Griswold Cast-Iron Skillet

A Griswold Cast-Iron Skillet selling for $1,299 | eprusa via eBay

Look for: the “Griswold” brand

The longer this beloved kitchen item is used, the more valuable it becomes (as long as it’s rust-free). If the bottom of your cast-iron skillet says “Griswold,” a sought-after brand, it could be worth up to $2,500, according to Oprah.com.

Next: Many collectors appreciate the history behind these items.

14. Depression glass

Cabbage Rose Depression Glass

This Depression Glass Covered Dish in Cabbage Rose is selling for $1,800. | fruitbasketmaniac via eBay

Look for: popular colors like pink and cobalt blue; patterns like Mayfair and Cameo

These brightly colored bowls, platters, and other dishware brought joy to Americans during a tough time. From the late ’20s to early ’40s, the mass-produced glassware wasn’t known for its high quality; frugal shoppers bought Depression glass from dime stores or received it as a freebie with a purchase elsewhere. These days, buyers love how the dishware adds cheer to kitchens. One green fish design sells for more than $2,000 online.

Next: Toasting bread is easier these days.

15. Old-fashioned toasters

Sunbeam toaster

A vintage SunBeam Art Deco toaster is selling for $129.95. |eprusa via eBay

Look for: Art Deco toasters from the ’20s and ’30s, like Ledig’s Toaster-Cooker and the Toast-O-Lator

The ability to toast bread with electricity first occurred in 1905. “Over the next 100 years, toasters became works of art,” explains Collector’s Weekly. “Made of metal, wood, porcelain, and Bakelite, beautiful and inventive toasters became the centerpieces of matching kitchen sets.” If you own a unique, vintage toaster, check the brand and style online; it could be worth hundreds.