Collecting advertising tins can be both fun and profitable, but there are some factors one should consider before embarking on the hobby.
Manufacturers of food and other products have been using packaging to advertise their products for hundreds of years. In bygone days, this packaging was often a work of art in itself. Tin containers were used for everything from cookies to coffee, and today, these containers are highly collectible.
In the early 1970s, advertising tins were readily available, and could be picked up at garage sales and flea markets for pocket change. But as the “country” look began to take hold, these tins became desirable as they complimented the down-home feel that many interior designers were trying to achieve. Magazines such as “Country Living” featured country kitchens decorated with colorful tins. As interest in these old advertising items began to build, the prices rose proportionately.Today, good quality tins can cost hundreds of dollars and offer an incredible return on investment to those people who have been holding on to them for decades. But for someone interested in starting a collection, there are still options available.
To be considered an “antique,” an item is normally one hundred years old or greater. Today’s novice collector will most likely have to settle for “collectibles,” or tins made in the mid-20th century or later. Something that was made in 1950, after all, is over fifty years old, halfway to “antique” status.
Pricing on tins depends upon three factors – condition, branding, and availability. Brands such as Coca-Cola have always been pricey, and some old trays can cost hundreds of dollars. They were not made in a large a quantity as a container that held a product. Old coffee tins, for example, were mass-produced, and can still be found tucked away in garages and basements. If a larger quantity of an item was made, the price will be lower.Collections can be built on one product or many, depending on availability. At Brothers Antique Mall, you're sure to find many hard-to-find, quality tins which will complement your collection and hold your investment for decades to come.