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Dianna Chelf, of Spokane’s Two Women Vintage Goods, said colored Pyrex mixing bowls are an example. Nested sets of these bowls, which typically came in primary colors, can sell for $50 or even $100.
“Whoever would have thought as we were putting them in the dishwasher — ruining them — that someday they’d be worth something?” she said.
Joshua Scott specializes in vintage toys at Spokane’s Time Bomb store. He said toys based on Hanna-Barbera cartoons sell well, such as “The Flintstones,” “Yogi Bear” and “The Jetsons.” Toys based on 1960s TV series such as “The Addams Family” and “The Munsters” are so popular “that stuff is getting harder and harder to find,” he said.
Marks wonders what will happen to the boomer collector market over the next few years.
“There’s a lot of this stuff in people’s garages, closets and attics, and it’s only a matter of time before all this stuff starts getting released,” he said.
But maybe it doesn’t matter, he said.
“That’s the thing that’s cool about stuff,” Marks said. “It’d be nice to get the extra $50 because you find something in your garage, but to me what’s really interesting is what these things tell us about what we are and where we came from.”
Staff writer Jeff Strickler contributed to this report.