South African Garden and Home - - Collectables -

Novice col­lec­tors can pick up vin­tage tof­fee tins in fair con­di­tion from as lit­tle as R50 at flea mar­kets and on­line auc­tion sites like Bi­dor­buy and eBay.

“Large shop dis­play tins with pa­per la­bels in­tact are the rarest and hard­est to come by. Tins like these in good con­di­tion can fetch over R1 000. Cor­ro­sion-free tins are dif­fi­cult to find at the coast and the best are usu­ally found in dry cli­mates like Jo’burg and the Free State,” says Tony Pop­ple­stone from Kalk Bay Trad­ing Post.

New spe­cial­ity tins in un­usual shapes like cars and trea­sure chests are also col­lectable and should in­crease in value in a few years. Large depart­ment stores of­ten bring out spe­cial edi­tion con­fec­tionery tins at Christ­mas.

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