Bottles Found in a Thrift Shop
Thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls and junk shops can be fun to visit and even more fun when you find something valuable. Sometimes it is hard to know if you should spend your money to buy an item that looks like it might be valuable. Most bottles and jars found in these places are of little or no value to collectors. It would be easy to spend hundreds of dollars and end up with 'junk' no one want to buy. Here are some of the items you might come across and It is up to you to decide why you should or should not part with your money. You will find the answers at the end of this article so you and I can compare notes.
First bottle up is a beautiful shaped decanter with blue decorations of Holland Windmill, Dutch ocean scene, blue and white liquor bottle. Bottle is 58.75 oz in white milk glass. Blue scenes are baked on. Lid is a screw on lid in the shape of a tulip. (Lid has a few scratches on one side, but does not detract from beauty of bottle) Excellent Dutch scene details of windmills, sailboats, farmhouse etc. Bottle is 11 1/4" high including the stopper and 3x3" in diameter. No other markings are visible and the bottle is empty.
Suppose the price was $5.00 Should you buy it? How do you decide?
Next up you come across a blue decorated stoneware jug marked: HENRY MCKENNA HAND MADE KENTUCKY WHISKEY. FAIRFIELD, NELSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY.
Whiskey Distilled by H. McKenna. Not surprisingly, the jug is empty but looks like it might have its original cork.
It has a beautiful cobalt blue flower decoration and even a date, 1855. After examining it you find no cracks or chips. you've heard that decorated stoneware can be worth many hundreds of dollars to collectors.
Suppose the price tag was $15. should you invest?
Next you notice a fancy rather ornate decorated clear glass bottle with a handle attached at the neck and a matching glass stopper.
The item no chips, or cracks. There are no paper labels, has no markings except, around the shoulder there is embossing as shown that reads: FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS THE REUSE OR RESALE OF THIS BOTTLE.
The item is marked $3.00 Should you take a chance and put up the paltry sum or let it ride?
The next item for your consideration is unusual looking for certain. Upon close inspection it is not one bottle but seems to be four separate bottles stuck together. The mouth of the bottle has four holes each with a hard plastic stopper and cork. The base of the bottle is marked 'Made in France'. It appears to be crudely made and each panel has a label reading Bols.
If the bottle were marked $10.00 should you whip the spiderwebs off your wallet and whip out your cash then quickly stash the bottle in your car's truck for safety or Leave for the next sucker?
The last treasure is actually two bottles. these bottles appear to have ancient Greek or Roman characters and look much like a Grecian urn. Both are powder blue with matching stoppers. If the store had them marked 2 for $10 would this be a good deal?
Other Bottles You Might Come Across
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