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Old Coca Cola Bottles: Junk or Not Junk?

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Coca Cola is one of the biggest brands in the world with a product that’s recognized in countries across the globe, and the bottle is part of its celebrated image.

Old Coca Cola Bottles

When deciding what items to keep and which to discard from your home, considering the worth and storage of your possessions is an important step before throwing out the worthless parts.

What’s Special about the Coca Cola Bottle?

In 1915, Coca Cola held a competition where contenders would design a bottle that’s so unique, it would be recognizable when held in the dark. If you have ever noticed that you could identify part of a broken glass bottle, that was an intentional choice since it was part of the requirements of the design contest.

Ultimately, the design was inspired by the cocoa pod, which is gourd shaped, and the patent was developed.

As with any collectible item, there has to be something special about the version in your possession. Whether it’s a notable defect or a limited edition, find out what makes your bottle special.

As you’ll discover, there are many different types of Coca Cola bottles, such as the 200mL Chinese Coke bottle which has the Chinese characters printed directly onto the glass. In addition, several fashion designers have created limited runs with their take on the classic bottle, including:

  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Alberta Ferretti
  • Blumarine
  • Etro
  • Fendi
  • Marni
  • Missoni
  • Moschino
  • Versace

Determining the Value of your Bottle

After identifying what makes your bottle valuable, it’s time to look at things that a collector would consider significant to the value of the bottle. An unopened bottle is usually worth more, but even opened bottles carry value.

Cracks or defects that were not a direct result of manufacturer error is going to diminish your bottle’s worth, and broken bottles are often worth little to nothing. Collectors will generally the glass bottles as the most worthwhile, however aluminum bottles from special events are also interesting.

My Bottles are Worthless – Now What?

It’s a difficult realization as at one time it seemed like you were holding onto something valuable and special. The good news is that you have salvaged the good parts of your collection that you can now treasure and store safely. Luckily, Junk It! can help with loads of junk that’s heavy and fragile. We even recycle your junk free of charge!

Written January 16, 2015 by Christopher Luciano

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