How to find out how much your old bottle is worth

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How to find out how much your old bottle is worth
Note your bottle's characteristics to get an accurate valuation. (Maasik/iStock/Getty Images)

Paying close attention to detail and being able to accurately describe the bottle will be crucial to finding out how much your old bottle is worth. When attempting to find the market value of your bottle know the exact wording on the label, the colour of the bottle, its condition, style and shape. Be prepared to do some research to accurately price your old bottle.

Skill level:
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Instructions

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    Determine the type of bottle you have by inspecting the bottle's size, width, colour and thickness. For instance, the most popular antique bottles are Coke or Pepsi bottles, milk bottles, perfume bottles and fruit jars. Drinks bottles will usually have the product label designed in the glass -- also known as "raised lettering" -- milk bottles will have wide openings and may include the dairy's name, and perfume bottles can be small and square-shaped.

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    Visit an antique bottles website to get some idea of what your old bottle is worth. No detail is too small when evaluating your old bottles. For instance, old Pepsi bottles with red, white and blue labels and in perfect condition are worth around £20 each, while Pepsi bottles with only red and white labels are worth much less.

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    Determine what kind of bottle you have by working your way through the descriptions listed on the antique bottles website. Then log on to eBay and type the name of your bottle into the search field to see how much it is selling for. You can also ask a local antique dealer to check the bottle to get a fair idea of its resale price.

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