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10 cheap items to buy today that could make you a fortune

As interest rates on savings continue to shrink, and with household income falling, people are considering other means of making extra cash - including snapping up collectibles.
While it can be difficult to know what items today could become collectible – and highly valuable – in future, vintage fashion, jewellery, art, classic cars, vinyl records, coins, comics and childhood toys are some safe bets.
But to save you guessing what items now to buy to boost your future nest egg, Gumtree has teamed up with collectibles and antiques expert Tracy Martin to predict which everyday items are likely to be worth a small fortune in years to come.
Items on her list include first-edition modern books, high street clothing collaborations and certain electronic devices.

1. First-edition modern books


Topping Ms Martin's list of collectibles that could grow in value in future is first-edition modern books, with The Da Vinci Code, Twilight and Game of Thrones her top three titles to hunt down online if you are a budding book collector.
10 cheap items to buy today that could make you a fortune

The Da Vinci Code is a worldwide bestseller and could become a collector's item in future - but this charity bookshop in Swansea has asked people to stop donating the novel after being inundated with copies

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Wales news service

2. Toys and figurines


Books are followed by licensed toys and figures, such as Power Rangers Dino Charge, Harry Potter Lego, Star Wars Lego and Bratz. "Toys always do extremely well in the collectibles market as many people want to recapture their youth by re-buying toys they had as children,” Ms Martin said.

3. Fashion collaborations


When scouring the shelves for fashion finds that will provide funds in the future, Ms Martin advises tracking down high-street collaborations – such as Kate Moss for Topshop and Balmain for H&M – as she claims “they have all the right ingredients to make them highly prized possessions in the future”, thanks to a “good designer name,” their “original affordable price” and “unique style that epitomises the era”.
10 cheap items to buy today that could make you a fortune

The Balmain x H&M collaboration launched in 2015 and was hugely popular with shoppers. The collection was designed by Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing (centre) and modeled by Jourdan Dunn (left) and Kendall Jenner (right)

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H&M

4. First Generation Apple iPod Shuffle


Technology doesn’t always increase in value over time, but there are a few gadgets worth keeping an eye out for, advises Ms Martin, including the First Generation Apple iPod shuffle.
While you can no longer buy this iPod directly from Apple or other high street retailers, they can be picked up on eBay for around ?25.

5. Amazon Echo (first release)


The more recently launched voice-activated home audio speaker system Amazon Echo Voice (first release) is also likely to be a money-maker, she says.
While at its heart the Echo is a wireless speaker, it can also set alarms, play music, check the weather, read the news, check the football scores or answer factual questions. Buying one today would cost you just shy of ?150.
10 cheap items to buy today that could make you a fortune

An Amazon Echo will set you back just under ?150 - but could it be worth far more in future?

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6. Dyson Supersonic hairdryer


The Dyson Supersonic hairdryer was a first of its kind when it launched last year, with controlled air flow, heat which does not exceed 150 degrees (current models can reach a damaging 230 degrees) and clever magnetic nozzle attachments.
More than 100 engineers tested the hairdryer on 1,010 miles of human hair and created 600 prototypes. 
Ms Martin says that when looking for collectibles, "think about searching for items that epitomise the era you live in and that have a strong design concept, as they’re more likely to make their way onto collectors’ radars in the future."
10 cheap items to buy today that could make you a fortune

This distinctly weird-looking Dyson hairdryer earns its price tag by being six times smaller and three times lighter than traditional models

7. Emma Bridgewater home accessories


Ms Martin says that certain ceramic goods and furniture will remain highly desirable with collectors in future years, and modern designers to look for include Emma Bridgewater, who creates distinctively patterned homeware.
One particular item to look out for in her collection is the portable radio, currently on sale for ?130.

8. Cath Kidston furniture


Cath Kidston is another modern designer that could be popular with collectors in future, thanks to her distinctive patterns and prints. Ms Martin points to her shabby chic chairs as potentially the most profitable of all her products. 
10 cheap items to buy today that could make you a fortune

Cath Kidston products could be popular with collectors in future, thanks to their distinctive patterns and prints

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Nick Ansell/PA Wire

9. First edition board games


If you come across an original version of a board game, such as Perfection, Crossfire, Jamanji or Omega Virus, it could be highly valuable in future – but make sure it’s in pristine condition before purchasing as this will enhance its value.
Ms Martin recommends that collectors do their best to take care of their possessions, as their future value is always dependent on their condition. "Keep them in waterproof and mould resistant storage containers where possible... and in a room with a controlled temperature," she said. 
"If they are stashed away in a loft or garage, then they could become damaged due to the varying hot and cold temperatures."

10. Nintendo DS


Another potential money spinner is the original Nintendo DS, which launched in 2004. 
All Nintendo DS models combined have sold more than 154 million units, making it the best selling handheld game console to date.
While you can pick up an original Nintendo today for around ?20 online, it could be worth significantly more in future, Ms Martin suggests.
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