What is the Most Valuable Thing You Have Thrown Away?

Have you ever thrown something away and later realized that it was much more valuable than you initially thought? For example, maybe you had an original Barbie doll or other toy as a child that is worth a lot today. Or, the value could be sentimental, such something that reminds you of a loved one who may no longer be with us.  Comment below on this week's Throwback Thursday with an item that always causes you to say "I should have kept that."

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PR July 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Perfect condition original Nintendo and and Super Nintendo let go at a yardsale with 20+ games for $25 because I hadn't played it in years. I hope I used the $25 to do something worth while 😛


Christine July 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I had my diamond necklace cleaned and the jeweler gave it back to me in a tiny envelope. In a rush, I put it in my bedside drawer and forgot about it. The day after I decided to do some spring cleaning, unfortunately I had threw out the necklace and realized too late!!!


Cyndi July 17, 2014 at 10:45 am



Christine July 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Good one Cyndi!! that's the most valuable of them all!!!


Dee July 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

A 1975 mustang (my first car), powder blue with Navy leather interior. I loved that car


Paul Schley July 17, 2014 at 9:44 am

I used to own a Beatles butcher cover album (Google: butcher cover). Bought it at a yard sale for 50 cents, later sold it for $200.00, the going rate at that time. Today, I've seen them sell for 10 to 15 thousand, in the same condition. ...it's only money.


Minke July 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

My family business used to get all kinds of promotional ads, from Coke or beer signs etc. My brother and I would tear them apart and play with them. I've seen similar items on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW go for outrageous prices. RATS!


Melinda Thomas July 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

My very first umbrella my mom got me as a kid. I can still remember it and remember the occasion when I forgot it on the bus, on the was to visit family. With that memory and loss, when I finally had a daughter I bought her her first umbrella. It's the little things...As an adult, I accidentally tossed a month's rent in the dumpster... You live and you learn.


b2 July 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

I regret selling my 1967 Firebird convertible. I was living with my boyfriend and needed money for college. I should have kept the car and got rid of the boyfriend 😉


Lori July 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

All my Barbie dolls from the 60's!


Rebecca Scholz July 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

I brought an unusual Bedouin mat home from Mauritania in the 80's. It was made of match-stick thin pieces of wood woven together with red-dyed strips of leather. Perfect for a Bedouin tent because the sand fell though it. It was about 6'x8'. I moved this week and could not find it when packing up. I have no idea where I put it or how it disappeared.


Victoria July 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

My dolls I had as a little girl. There was a Chrissy and Velvet doll that had a knob in their backs to adjust their hair length, a Flip Wilson/Geraldine Jones doll, and a Cabbage Patch doll. Not only are they rare, but would have been a great investment.


Karen Vleck July 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

An entire collection of Beatles trading cards


Paul Schley July 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

I have a bunch you can have, at a reasonable cost.


TSchmidt July 17, 2014 at 8:32 am

The Holy Grail of V W busses...1966 21 window converitble...sighs. (it was no where near this picture's condition)


Joanne July 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

Two Penny Brite dolls with tons of accessories!


Lorraine July 17, 2014 at 8:03 am

My Blood Group Serology book by Issitt and Immune Hemolytic Anemia book by Petz & Garraty. Both no longer in print.


Lisa Morris July 17, 2014 at 7:20 am

In my early 20's my mother gave me a box full of beautiful aprons; different lengths, fabrics...etc. and although I never used them much, I kept them for many years (or so I thought). After a few moves, and several years later, I discovered that I can not find the box of aprons! I mentioned it to my mom, and she told me that some of those aprons were passed to her from her mother, who is still alive at 102 yrs old! I am almost certain that they were shifted to the Goodwill my mistake! Argh...


Gloria Scroggins July 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

A MIchael Jackson in prime condition in the orginal box. a 18kt gold bracelet.


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