Let’s face it, nothing makes your kitchen look more cool than a nice collection of vintage bottles sitting on the counter. Maybe some people don’t quite understand why we like collecting dusty old bottles. That works for us though; it means there will be plenty more to go around for us. Maybe it’s the sheer history that draws us to the bottles. Holding an antique Coca-Cola bottle and wondering who has held it before. Imagining the stories that they would tell about the day they drank the contents.
Glass bottles are one of our best selling items, and as collectors, we understand why. We have accumulated many soda and beer bottles over the years, ranging from decades to centuries in age. Each one has a story to tell. Every bottle has a history. We are going to discuss some of the things that we look for when we purchase our inventory.
We have all heard of the classics. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7-Up, etc. These are by far the most popular and best selling. They even make a significant portion of revenue by selling branded merchandise. This is due to the sheer name recognition of these companies. If you are purchasing bottles for your collection, the big names will always be the easiest to sell. Exceptional quality bottles from the big manufacturers will also command the highest price. This does not discount the value on smaller companies, however.
Some of the smaller manufacturers will hold large value with many consumers. Perhaps the soda company was located in a geographic area close to the customer. Maybe they knew someone that worked at the factory. Someone may have fond memories of drinking out of the same bottle in their youth. Any of these factors could contribute to the value and collectibility of a bottle.
The age of a bottle will have a significant impact on the collectibility and value of it. A more recent, common bottle, such as a new Mexican Coca-Cola bottle is worth little more than the recyclable value. If, however, you come into a vintage bottle that has the manufacturer’s logo cast directly into the glass, you can command a higher price. Turn of the century pieces tend to be highly collectible, and hold much value due to a finite supply. Perhaps the bottle was made by a company that only existed for a short period of time. This contributes to the rarity and short supply of the item, and in turn raises the value of the piece.
The condition and quality of the bottle will have a great impact on the value of the piece. Some wear and tear is expected when dealing with vintage and antique bottles, but cracks and deep scratches can make many collectors shy away from purchasing. Sometimes, if the glass is brown, a close inspection with a small flashlight will be needed to ensure that the quality hasn’t been greatly impacted. Sometimes buyers will appreciate the rustic characteristics of a well used bottle, but most want the condition to be pristine or close to it. Digging up a bottle out of your back yard will make it worth less than if it was carefully stored over the past several decades.
It is no secret that we love antique bottles. If you have read this entire article, you probably do too. We hope that this has helped you gain some insight for when you go out hunting. Check out our Shop to see if we have anything that catches your eye.