Odds are there's a treasure trove waiting to be unearthed inside your home. Hidden among the hand-me-downs, knick-knacks, old toys and discarded electronics gathering dust in your attic, garage, basement or closet are valuable items that might be worth hundreds, often even thousands, of dollars—if you can figure out how to identify them.

With a collector out there for almost any type of item, from your mom's old casserole dish to that Nintendo you haven't touched in 30 years, the trick lies in distinguishing what's truly worth the effort and time to resell and what's better off in the donation pile.

To help, Newsweek surveyed appraisers and antique experts to help you assess what's valuable and what's not and to get their advice about how to get top price.

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