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i have two little Vess soda bottle salt and pepper

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i have two little Vess soda bottle salt and pepper is green glass and the other is clear.they have a white cap and a red cap,about 6 inches in height. bottles are marked on bottom ;Vess on top then 9 and a 2 with some symbol inbetween them. painted labelsnsays Vess Billion Bubble beverage all spelled using one big letter "B". are these antiques? and are they worth anything?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  S. August Abbott replied 5 years ago.
-- These are neat little vintage promotional items for Vess Soda Co. from probably the 1960's, but possibly as early as 1950's. Vess was a soda maker in the St. Louis area beginning in the early 1900's (approx. 1916 with flavors added to manufacture in the late 20's).

-- They are collected by both salt&pepper shaker afficiandos and old pop advertising fans. They turn up pretty regularly in online sales so would probably bring more if sold at an antique show or fair, or in an actual shop where they'd stand out and probably be the only ones there.

--- Current value is in the $25-35.00 range

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
where do i find these collectors and fans
Expert:  S. August Abbott replied 5 years ago.
Antique shops in your area may sell them for you 'on consignment' (they get a percentage of the sale price which motivates them to make an effort and price it higher); you could put together a collection of your other items (and those of friends and family) and rent a table at an antique fair or something like it - just about every city, town and village has an event like this once a year, at least.

--- Don't rule out pawn shops or thrift stores. Again, on the consignment level or perhaps one will buy them outright at a lesser price (usually 25% or so of the actual estimated value) and you won't have to play the waiting game or deal with buyers dickering.

Finally, try eBay - the most obvious, but also and are popular re sale sites with similar finds and memorabelia

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