I finally opened the box today.
Inside, I found old prom dresses, cards from my high school graduation (some from people I don't even remember), softball trophies, grammar school yearbooks and the scrapbooks my mom put together for me as a way to preserve my childhood works of art.
Most of it has little to no value to anyone but me. I tossed out the cards and trophies, and set aside a few of the dresses for donation. The most precious items, such as my scrapbooks, have been saved in a much smaller box.
Then my eyes fell on my old comic book collection. Most were purchased with my older brother at a local comic book shop when we were kids living in Southern California. But there are a few vintage comic books that I picked up at a flea market when I was a little girl. And they've been sitting in plastic sleeves in a box ever since.
I was about to add them all to the donation pile, but couldn't help but wonder if they're worth anything. Both the Simple Kate comic and the Bullwinkle comic aren't in top condition, but perhaps there aren't too many of them left out there. My copy of Rocky and His Fiendish Friends in Hollywood is actually in pretty good condition.
A quick search on the internet revealed several online comic book auction houses. I've already sent off one inquiry and plan to send out a few more.
Who knows? Maybe I'll make some money off of something I probably paid $2 for over 20 years ago.