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The Kovels.com Top 20 list indicates the interests of collectors who visit the website. It is an indication of the most popular areas of interest among collectors.

Judith Leiber cupcake purseIn March, No. 7 was Purses. We have noticed at shows, shops, and auctions that designer purses made since the 1950s are big sellers. It's probably because the very top of the market includes bags, like the famous Hermes Birkin bag, that retail for thousands of dollars. At auction, they sell for less and a little wear is expected. Thirteen of the 20 categories are types of pottery and porcelain, the most popular antique or collectible wanted today. Makers of the most well-known soft drink brands, Coca-Cola (No. 3) and Pepsi-Cola (No. 14), are still making collectibles, and thousands of different things can be found. The large trays, signs, and advertising pieces that date from 1886 to about 1914 are scarce and very valuable. And Toys (No. 10) of any age bring back fond memories. The price of anything is set by age, condition, and rarity, plus the remembered emotions of a childhood event or character.



  1. Bottle
  2. Occupied Japan
  3. Coca-Cola
  4. Bavaria
  5. Stoves
  6. Fenton
  7. Purses
  8. Capo-di-Monte
  9. Red Wing
  10. Toy
  11. Dresden
  12. Collector plates
  13. Shawnee pottery
  14. Pepsi-Cola
  15. Copeland-Spode
  16. Harker
  17. Wedgwood
  18. Cobalt blue
  19. Royal Doulton
  20. Cookie Jars

Photo: Judith Leiber Cupcake Handbag, Mashkulture.net


#7 Occupied Japanspotmom 2013-05-05 17:43
I have a full set of china service that was given to my Aunt by my Uncle while serving in one of the wars. It's in perfect condition.I dont use china really not a fan &was thinking someone else really could appreciate more than I do. It's service for 6, I believe. Any idea of its value?
#6 occupied japancsdunn 2013-04-17 22:02
I have 3 different sizes of dancing colonial figures[man and woman] , a small[2 inches high] bud vase and a small white porcelin piano all marked occupied japan. What do I have? and what do I do with them? They were in a box of things from my late Grandmothers home.
#5 Top searchesnagymama2 2013-04-17 14:40
Having been an collectibles dealer for 25 years, I suspect that at least the top two searches reflect something that may be the opposite of what some people may think. The current low values and sheer abundance of old bottles and items marked Occupied Japan are causing large numbers of people to try to find out the values of what they found in Grandma's attic and basement ... not because they are interested in collecting them. Their location at the top of this list could be somewhat misleading.
#4 Pepsi and also Kraft Cheesedixiedoxie 2013-04-17 14:31
I have a Pepsi bottle about 2 inches high and it opens up to be a cigarette lighter. It is about 55 years old.It is from an uncle who was a Pepsi salesman.

Also, I have a wooden 2 lbs.net Kraft American Proccess cheese container. It is about 8 inches long by 3 inches wide and about 2-3 inches deep. It is about 60 years old.
Thank you for a reply.
W. Sawicki
#3 occupied japanlonnieg56 2013-04-17 13:56
I have occupied japan items. How do you find out the worth
#2 Vintage Handbag use on the RiseVINTAGEREPAIRSBYLINDA 2013-04-17 13:22
I have been restoring vintage and fashion handbags for over 17 years and vintage and fashion jewelry for over 35 years. During this past year - the balance (from doing more vintage jewelry repairs than jewelry) has shifted. To add to Kovel's article about vintage and fashion handbags - I am finding that my clients have begun digging up their relatives' handbags (rather than having to purchase anew) and have purchased many "as is" bags and spending a minor amount of money to restore these finds (as compared to the cost to purchase new or "perfect).
#1 Fascinating!DGehman 2013-04-17 12:45
This is really interesting information - have you published similar lists in past years? It would be even more interesting to see what changes there have been in year-to-year (or even decade-to-decad e) trends.

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