Avon Price Guides
Avon was founded in 1886 in New Your City as the California Perfume Company. Avon, originally known as the California Perfume Company, produced and distributed their first color brochure in 1906. It wasn’t until 1928 that the first products were introduced under the name of Avon. In 1937 the company officially changed the name of the company to Avon Products, Inc.
Avon price guides will vary depending on the condition of the collectible and whether the Avon product is still in the original box. Avon has a list of the most popular and best selling collectibles along with an Avon price guide for figurines, dolls, plush product, collector’s plates, ornaments and steins.
Some Avon price guides will be based on whether the item is classified an “Exclusive” or “first-to-market” item. These items should also include a certificate of Avon authenticity.
Avon price guides will also list items as seasonal, sentimental, dated, numbered or designed exclusively by Avon.
Avon price guides might disappoint some people who have been collecting Avon bottles and decanters for years. The prices typically are not high, but that also makes collecting Avon bottles affordable for collectors who are just starting out.
Regardless of what the Avon price guide might list the product as being worth, if you are a collector and you enjoy the pieces you are collecting than continue to add to your collection.
Avon Cologne Bottles
Novelty Avon cologne bottles were first introduced in the late 1960’s and was filled with aftershave, perfume or lotion. The bottles came in every possible shape from old fashioned pipes to cars. Because of the wide variety of shapes and sizes, Avon cologne bottles have always been a favorite and fun collector’s item.
Not much care is needed to keep your Avon cologne bottles looking new and clean. An occasional wipe down with a damp cloth should keep the glass sparkling and in good condition. If you are planning on adding your bottle to your own collection then you can keep the contents intact. However if you are planning on selling or trading one of your Avon cologne bottles, you’re going to want to make sure that it is empty of all liquid and cleaned thoroughly. It will also increase the value of your bottle if you have the original packaging.
Because Avon is still producing new designs of cologne bottles, check an Avon catalog for the latest designs. Once a particular Avon cologne bottle design has been discontinued, it will be a little harder to find. Online auctions are one source to find Avon collectibles of all kinds. If you are willing to spend some time looking through various listings, you can probably get some pretty good deals.
Another great source to find Avon cologne bottles is at estate or yard sales. Many women kept the bottles, jars and even boxes that they purchased from Avon because they felt the items were too pretty to just throw away.
Avon Beer Steins
In 1976, Avon began producing beer steins. Steins have been used by beer and ale drinkers for over 500 years. The Avon beer steins are ceramic or metal and made in Brazil. Some of the original steins were filled with cologne and some came with just the stein themselves. The very first Avon beer steins were just a plain glass bottle that was painted with silver. The steins produced during the 1980’s and later became very ornate pieces of work.
Avon produced different series of steins which were centered on a specific theme. There were wildlife, car, Christmas, blacksmith, firefighters, and endangered species steins just to name a few. The full size Avon beer steins measure any where from 8-1/2 to 10 inches in height. The mini series measure from 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 inches. The steins usually came with a certificate of authenticity when purchased. There was a limited production for most of the designs or series which means the steins should have a serial number imprinted on the bottom.
During the 1970’s, it was popular to sell the steins at ballparks for $30-35 each. You could buy a beer and you got to keep the stein or you could just buy the stein. As with most collectibles, if you still have the original box the Avon beer stein came in, it would be worth more money if you ever decided to sell it. One of the best sources for finding Avon collectibles is estate or yard sales.
Avon Cape Cod Dishes
Avon sold their Cape Cod designs in from 1987 to 1990. The deep red glass featured lacy, intricate designs, fine background stippling and exquisite brilliance which reflected the excellent craftsmanship of its makers. The pattern for the Avon Cape Cod dishes is reminiscent of the early American pressed glass called “Sandwich Glass”.
The name for the Avon Cape Cod dishes was chosen to commemorate the spirit of the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Cape Cod, where Sandwich glass originated. Wheaton Glass was commissioned to make the dinnerware for Avon. Wheaton’s design department made some slight design modifications to the original concepts submitted by Avon for the Cape Cod dishes.
The Avon Cape Cod dishes were discontinued years ago which makes it extremely difficult to find a complete set that is in good condition without any chips. Avon specifically wanted the glass to be a dark red color with no hint of the color yellow in the glass. Because it is extremely hard to maintain a dark red color, there is a slight difference in the red color between batches of the Avon Cape Cod dishes .
The 1876 Avon Cape Cod dishes collection was first introduced in 1975. The first pieces Avon introduced were the tall candlesticks and cruet. Avon continued to add new pieces each year to their Cape Cod dish collection while at the same time some of the items were discontinued. The last year of production for the Avon Cape Cod dishes was 1993. Avon released the cup and saucer, bread and butter plate and pie plate that year. The 1986 Avon Cape Cod dishes collection was officially discontinued in 1995.
It wasn’t until the mid 1960’s that Avon began producing and marketing novelty containers and the first Glass Car Decanter was introduced in 1968. The first items that were produced and then discontinued are considered by some people to be the most valuable Avon antiques that can be collected. Surprising enough, most of these valuable Avon antiques are found when a family member cleans out the attic and discovers the hidden treasures. Estate and yard sales are an excellent source of finding Avon collectibles.
For collectors who are new to the hobby of collecting Avon items, there are several Avon Collector Clubs that can provide additional resources for you if you have a question on whether your Avon item is truly an Avon antique . You can also find information on the Internet as well as through books about the history of Avon With a little research, you can find the most up-to-date Avon price guides, so you’ll have a pretty good idea of what your Avon antique is worth. You could also speak with a knowledgeable antique appraiser to find out the value of your item.
Collecting Avon items began seriously after the first novelty decanters were introduced. These decanters covered themes from sports, planes, cars, animals, trains, pipes, guns, birds, flowers, lamps, plates, tea sets and dinnerware. Avon antiques are more valuable to collectors if the original package or box is intact and any certificate of authenticity is also included with the item.
An Avon collectible can be the latest Avon fashions or watches or it can be some of the vintage jewelry that has been produced throughout the years. A collectible is usually defined as an item that is designed and manufactured with the purpose of people wanting to collect the item. It could also be defined as an item that is no longer available or manufactured, which would increase its value.
One of the most popular Avon item to collect is the dinnerware series. The dinnerware was produced in a deep red color with an intrigue pattern stamped in the glass.
Another popular Avon collectible is their watches. You can collect delicate, rhinestone styles or bold, cuff styles. Licensed cartoon characters such as Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, The Pink Panther, etc., have also been added to the product line for something that is fun and silly.
Avon also continues to expand their clothing and fashions product lines. You can now collect sleepwear, sweaters, lingerie, shoes, man’s wear, and children’s clothing and much more. Fashions very from the very exotic animal print patterns to soft, pastels.
The nice thing about Avon collectibles is that it is fairly inexpensive to get started in the hobby. Sometimes a quick trip to your local yard sale or a peek through the attic can produce the perfect treasure.