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Cleaning Out The Attic? Look To See If You Have These Valuable Items

Most households in the U.S. have a collection of stuff that’s been bought over the years, whether it’s music, clothing, toys or books and just about everything else. However, something happens after an item reaches 30 years from when it was first sold. A couple of those products actually become extremely valuable. Call it nostalgia or collectability or plain old silliness, Americans have a serious connection to their past with things, and this list of valuable throwaways proves the case. You might even find one or two you had yourself growing up.

Metal Lunchboxes

Up until the 1980s, little school went to school with a metal lunchbox kit. This was a simple tin unit with a handle and a clip-securing lid. It had a matching thermos for hot liquid and enough space for two sandwiches, chips, a small snack and napkins. Today, most reusable lunch bags are Velcro, but if you grew up in the 1970s, not only was your box metal it was also usually your favorite superhero or cartoon character. Well guess what? They are now worth hundreds of dollars in good condition.

Old Microphones

People recognize the vintage stage microphones from the 1940s and 1930 because they were metal, vented, and had an odd boxy shape to them, as well as being seen in movies a lot. However, for anyone who is a serious audio tech or collector of microphones, there are a lot of other units that can catch a good dollar too. Some do come from the 1940s but other models showed up later in the 1970s. A Neuman U-47 can easily be worth close to $10,000, but there are plenty of other models worth a cool couple of hundred too. They do need to be in very good condition though.

Old Cellular Phones

When the term “old cell phone” is used, we’re not talking about your small flip phone from the 2000s. A really valuable old cell phone involves one of those units when mobile phone use first started in the 1980s. These things were the side of a brick with an antennae sticking out of one side. Lots of phones from those days show CEOs using one that they would carry in a briefcase it was so big. Today, they can run anywhere from $500 to as much as $10,000 simply because of the history they represent.

Da Boom Box

Yes, before there was Sony Walkmans and iPods there was the Boom Box. Essentially, this was a mobile tape playing music system that had two big speakers integrated in a plastic box with a tape player. Later models had the CD player instead, but they were already going out of fashion. It’s hard to find anything close to a Boom Box today, but some of the hardware store versions for construction sites still look like the original ghetto blaster from the 1980s. The original units, if still in good condition, can get well over $1,500.

Vintage Boogie Boards

Is there such as thing as retro boogie board? Yes, there is. These beach boards were very well made for their time, and they still function better than some of the units sold today. Vintage boards can easily command as much as $10,000 due to rarity, especially for one in good condition without cracks or dinks.

Original Polaroid Cameras

If one of your parents had one of these gems from the 1970s and early 1980s, you might be in luck. Working units can fetch over $400 in retro collectability. These things have become so interesting for later generations, Polaroid actually came up with a new version of the camera for today’s generations. It was the first camera to give a user an “instant” image, and lots of family photobooks have the unique prints in them.

Barbie Dolls

Not just any kids toy, the Barbie doll was the quintessential American girl’s toy. A lot of the collectability has been driven by adults wanting to find that one particular doll they grew up with or being fascinated by how many were made and are now rare to find. There are probably hundreds of Barbie versions at least count, but some will command at least $20,000 in value if not more. The original Barbie, for example, was made in 1959 and, if complete, commands as much as $24,000. One collector has 17,000 of them to her credit. Hope her kids have a good Roth IRA to stick all that money into when its passed on.

Vintage Chests

While they typically won’t qualify as a pirate’s booty, vintage chests are actually very much in demand. In particular, the old chests that show a lot of handcraft work in their construction tend to get top dollar. Now, in most cases people aren’t likely to have Louis Vuitton chest hidden away in the family closet, but many a soda crate from the early 20th century still gets a couple hundred dollars in buyers.

Cookie Jars

Don’t ask why these things are so popular, but they are. Almost all were made of ceramic and painted in glossy colors. They typically were crafted in the shape of an animal. Some of the rarest of this product can command as much as $1,200, and the cookie jars from the 1950s tend to be the most in demand.

Action Comics #1

We would be remiss not to include comic books. Action Comics #1 seems to have had enough prints distributed that one pops up every now and then producing a nice windfall for the owner. Why is it so special? This particular issue and comic book introduced the world to Superman, one of the first big superheroes in American cartoon lore. It was written in June 1938, just before World War II started.

Tamagotchi

Tamawhat? Yes, we hard a hard time saying it too. Tamagotchi was a late 1980s Japanese electronic toy where the child had to take care of a digital critter and keep it alive. They got points and happiness doing so. Ignoring their digital pet, and the critter got sick and then died. Bad juju. While these toys are not that old, most being made in the late 1990s, they have so much cuteness demand, some have been sold for as much as $4,000.

Pins

Designed to be a simple way to have some nostalgia or decorate one’s jacket, pins have been around for decades, and the simple round ones with a tin or aluminum plate are the most common. Rare ones date back to the beginning of the 20th century with commemorative versions reflecting the 1912 World Series or various cartoon characters. They aren’t cheap either. The 1912 one goes for $57,000 for collectors.

McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

For generation X people who grew up with happy meals in their diet, the rinky dinky toys they included were pretty pathetic. However, once in a while there was a really good one that every kid wanted to get, driving their parents nuts to go to the fast-food restaurant again and again. Some of them are worth big bucks, well over thousands of dollars because the toy itself is so rare, especially if it is still in its original protective wrapper.

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Stroke Survivor Launches Pandemic Pet Project, Draws Adorable Portraits For Rescue Groups!

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At the beginning of 2020, we really didn’t know what the world had waiting for us. By the time that March rolled around, the entirety of the planet was consumed by discussions surrounding the coronavirus as well as its impact. Over a full year later, with almost 90 million confirmed infections, the pandemic has become part and parcel of our daily life’s experience. With that being said, one resident from California did his best to make the pandemic as productive and pleasant as possible for rescue animals around California.

Ed Attanasio was the owner and operator of a small advertising agency in San Jose. As a local artist, Ed had seen his work featured at the Kaleid Gallery where he performed as an artist-in-residence. Ed was known at the time for his eclectic drawings and unique caricature work, something that would put him on the radar of a family friend during the quarantine. 

At the time that the pandemic shut everything down, Ed recognized that he was pretty much going to be locked down and furloughed for the remainder of quarantine. After sitting on his hands for a while, Ed would receive a phone call from a friend that changed everything. The family friend had been quarantining with their own family while struggling to keep their kids entertained. Ed offered to send some artwork over and the friend was more than happy to take him up on the offer. 

It didn’t take long for Ed to find his muse at the other end of his pen. Ed began doodling and before he knew it, Ed was drawing unique cartoonish portraits of pets belonging to his friend. Attanasio sent the pictures over whereupon they were received quite well by the family. One of the children said, “This is abstract art. Ed is like Picasso!”

And that was that.

Word quickly began to spread about Ed’s affinity and talent for caricature work. Soon Ed was thinking of using the momentum and attention to help others. Ed said, “I should turn this into a charity model. Why not?” Ed went on to say that he had always believed in supporting children and pets as they are among our most vulnerable. Ed said, “Kids and pets have always been my causes.”

After finding a receptive crowd for his work, Ed would go on to launch the Pandemic Pet Project on Facebook as a charity initiative. Ed would offer to compose Post-it Note Portraits of pets for customers from anywhere in the world. Ed asked for donations in lieu of payments and he has since drawn more than 900 portraits. Through his work, Ed has created llamas, blind raccoons, ferrets, birds, snakes, cats, and dogs. Ed said, “There was supposed to be a two-pet limit but I am a pushover.” 

Of course, Ed has been well rewarded for his efforts. At the time of this writing, Ed has personally helped to raise more than $40k for the Pandemic Pet Project to help shelters and at-risk pets all around the country. His work was well received and warmly embraced by a man from Bend, OR, who was so satisfied with his pet’s portrait that he donated $1,000 to the Pandemic Pet Project. 

As Ed continues to work on amazing portraits for his happy clients, the Pandemic Pet Project is pushing forward and into the future as one of the brightest spots of 2020. Ed says of his portraits, “I am always thinking that I want them to look different. Different color (combinations) shapes, different ears, different noses — It’s original art.”

Ed had previously worked as a journalist and stand-up comedian until he was afflicted by a stroke in 2009 at the age of 50. Ed weighed 350lbs at the time and has since focused on turning his health around, too. Since 2009, Ed has lost more than 120lbs and his new mindset was matching his rejuvenated body.

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Honest Man Bikes 3 miles to Return Lost Wallet

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Losing a wallet can be absolutely anxiety-ridden and frustrating. Most people don’t realize their wallet is gone until long after it has been lost, usually hours after the fact. By then, the imagine, every credit card in the wallet has been used and they will be lucky to head off the damage if they can get a hold of their financial accounts services beforehand. However, for one mother in Hawaii, that was not the case. Instead, her wallet was personally returned to her.

Chloe Marino was a having a typical challenging day, trying to manage her 5-month old as well as get groceries in a hurry when she was at her local market in Kahului. The Foodland grocery provides their shoppers grocery carts like most markets, and Chloe had stuffed hers in the cart as she was loading food and goods to purchase and take home. Unfortunately, while she was unloading the cart to her car, she forgot her wallet in the process. However, the sharp eye of the local security guard, Aina Townsend, saved the day.

Townsend happened to see the wallet in the shopping cart left behind before anyone was able grab it. He protected it until his workday was over, and then he got on his bike. The wallet had Chloe’s information and home address, and he knew where the location was based on her data. So, traveling on his personal bike, he covered 3 miles to get to her home. He knew what it was like to lose a wallet himself, so Townsend wanted to make sure this one got back to its owner safe and sound. As he told the news later on, it just felt like the right thing to do.

When Chloe and her husband answered the door and realized what Townsend had done for them, they were floored. The effort in travel and just making sure everything was protected completely surprised them. Chloe still had no idea her wallet had been missing earlier in the day until Townsend showed up and handed it back to her. She had never met him before, had no connection to the security guard, and has noted repeatedly how Townsend went more than the extra mile for a total stranger.

Chloe’s husband, Gray, was so moved by it, he put the story on Facebook, giving full credit to Townsend for his bike ride and how it embodied an Aloha spirit Hawaiians espouse as an ideal. The local community was so amazed and impressed by Townsend’s efforts and behavior, they triggered a GoFundMe account to give the young guard a really big Christmas present, a car of his own. Townsend was completely humbled by the efforts and the fund drive. For him, a car would be like scoring the big winning touchdown at the Super Bowl. Beyond just transportation for himself, a car would mean wheels to help is family out as well. Yet even with all the thanks, Townsend’s humility still comes through. He doesn’t believe he did anything special aside from just doing right by the owner of the wallet getting it back to her safe and sound.

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One Twin Went To Space For a Year, When He Came Back The Changes Were Compelling

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Science loves twins. The ability to take one twin as a placebo and the other as the change factor works incredibly well since the twins are practically identical physically. No surprise, science goes bananas studying all the differences that can occur. That’s what happened with the Kelly twins, when Scott and Mark both became astronauts. Scientists decided to send one into space to study what physical changes happened — they were not disappointed with their findings…

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Dominique Rousselle: A Guardian Angel for Thai Stray Dogs

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Dominique Rousselle, a Canadian tourist, travels to Thailand to help stray dogs. Rousselle rides his green bicycle through Rama IV Road and small alleys to feed stray dogs. He carries two large bags of dog food on his bicycle to feed Thai Strays in the Lumpini Park area. 

People who do not know Rousselle or have not seen him before often see him as a tourist who loves feeding homeless dogs. However, for those who live in the Lumpini Park area and near Rama IV Road think of him as a guardian angel for dogs. Most people also call him the leader of the pack. 

According to Sunee Saetae, a housewife who lives near Rama IV Road said that Rousselle is a compassionate man. His love for homeless dogs is unprecedented – said Saetae.  She has also been taking care of stray dogs for nearly two decades – and had never seen a foreigner so dedicated and devoted to caring for animals. 

Who is Dominque Rousselle? 

Dominque Rousselle was born in 1957 in Paris, France. He moved to Toronto with his mother around in 1995. He is 63 years old retired teacher who travels to Thailand every year for one month to shelter and feed stray dogs. 

Although he is a Canadian citizen, he loves dogs and takes care of them. He has volunteered for the Toronto Human Society in Canada where he provides shelter to sick dogs. In simple words, he helps find dogs a new home. In Thailand, he works as a volunteer to help stray dogs and educate people to take care of homeless dogs. 

Rousselle is caring for Thai dogs for a decade now. He started rescuing dogs in Toronto and provided them with shelter and food. Over time, his love, fondness, and compassion for stray dogs grew, and that’s why he devotes his free time to help abandoned dogs. 

Rousselle Pays from His own Pocket 

For nearly a decade, Dominique Rousselle has been spending money from his own pocket to help poor dogs. He would even pay for the food, medicine, and other essential when he would bring dogs to the organization where he volunteered.

In Thailand, people often see him bringing chicken and cutting it into smaller pieces to feed hungry stray dogs. He takes care of dogs in bad condition, but most often, he realizes that feeding is not enough. That’s why he also buys medicine for dogs to treat their health conditions. Rousselle said that he treats at least 40 dogs daily. 

Dogs are in better health when they receive primary care. Rousselle takes sick dogs to the veterinarian, buys medicine, and other stuff from his own pocket. If a dog needs proper treatment, he takes it to Sukhumvit Veterinarians, a dog clinic located on Sukhumvit SOI 51. 

Moreover, Rousselle pays around $270 that equates 10,000 baht for the stray dogs to travel with him on the plane. Rousselle said that he spends $5,000 on each trip to Thailand to shelter, feed, and neuter, and treat stray dogs. 

Final Words 

Taking care of dogs and other animals is a great act, and everyone needs to learn from Dominique Rousselle who at the age of 63 pays from his own pocket to shelter, feed, and treat stray dogs in Thailand. Rousselle is indeed an inspiration for all those who love animals, but ignore these poor animals when they need them the most. 

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Indian School Charges Students in Plastic for Education

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Plastic is a harmful material to human health and ecosystem wellbeing. Human bodies absorb chemicals added to plastic products, and some of these toxic compounds can cause hormonal changes, leading to potential health effects. Marine animals often ingest plastic debris that can injure or poison them. 

The UV rays of the sun and burning cause the plastic to release several greenhouse gases, leading to global warming and climate change. As a result, the earth gets is getting hotter every day because of human practices. Research shows that plastic waste breaks down into ethylene and methane, which increase the rate of global warming. 

While many countries are making substantial efforts to save the planet, Akshar, an untraditional school in Assam, India charges student in a plastic waste instead of money for education. 

The Incredible Story of Akshar

According to Mazin Mukhtar, the co-founder of Akshar, the idea was developed by him and his wife. The couple had dreamed about starting a new kind of educational institution for children in poverty. 

Mukhtar said that most parents were not cooperating with him when he first started a recycling center in the school. That’s why he came up with the idea of “Plastic School Fees” to encourage parents and children to recycle. 

The school was providing free education to poor children before Mukhtar came up with the recycling policy. Mukhtar said that recycling plastic is like mandatory homework than fees. However, he calls it plastic fees to remind the parents. 

Although education is free, Mukhtar wants parents of students to help clean, dry plastic waste from their homes. The purpose is to reduce the intensity of plastic waste and lower the damage caused by it. Mukhtar is making efforts to aware students and parents of global warming and climate change. 

The school likewise teaches students and parents about the adverse effects of plastic waste. Many households used to burn plastic material to warm their homes – said Parmita. After the school started educating students and parents, they were shocked to learn about the harmful effects of plastic and how it affected their health. 

Besides working in the recycling center of the school, children learn Science, English, and Math. However, the secondary school curriculum also incorporates photography, carpentry, embroidery, and solar technician course. Mukhtar said that the school is focusing on developing career-based curriculums that will help the poor students find jobs or start businesses. 

Final Words 

Akshar is a school in Assam, India, and it has got admiration from all over India and other countries. The school’s focus on recycling plastic waste has grabbed the attention of numerous environmental enthusiasts who are now willing to help the school financially. 

Every student brings around 20-25 pieces of plastic waste a week as their contribution to the ecosystem and the local community. Students are now earning money in school by educating smaller children about recycling plastic waste and by working in the recycling center. 

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