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Basic Considerations for Collecting Coffee Tins

November 25th, 2010

coffee-tin-collection.JPGMany of us who were born more than a generation ago remember seeing coffee tins on the shelves of the grocery store every time we went. For the most part we also remember throwing them away or giving them a new career once they were empty, but now those old Brim and Folgers cans have become collectors’ items.

In 1878 a group called Chase and Sanborn packaged the first coffee in tins. So understandably these tins would be some of the most expensive and rare ones that you will attempt to find. This little company was established in 1862 and the brand is still in existence today under the mother company, the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group.

There are a few basic pointers that should be considered when deciding if coffee tins are for you. First of all, do you actually like or love coffee? If so, this would be a great way to take something you drink every day and bring back the memories of the past. Many of us may recall a brand of coffee our parents drank when we were kids that has since been taken off the market. Wouldn’t it be great to look up on a shelf and see a tin from that brand looking back at you and reminding you of the first time you surprised them with coffee you had made?

Another factor in deciding if this is for you is the cost. There is a minimal cost involved with this type of collecting. For the most part though you should be able to go into a relative’s garage or attic and find some old tins or maybe even some that you already own. Many a tin was saved from the garbage when someone realized they needed a container for some loose nails or rags. So for the most part people will just give you a strange look and have you haul them away. You might even want to take a new container with you for the nails or other items that may be currently contained in the desired tin. Many people will have forgotten about such small items or containers, and may not mind giving you the tin if they are not collectors themselves.

The last factor to consider with coffee tins is where you are going to display them. While they are decorative not many of us want a bunch of coffee cans lying around the house because they can look like clutter if their numbers grow too large. Take the time to decide how you want to set up your collection and make sure you take the time to clean your tins thoroughly.

This article was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.

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