Vintage Lunch Box – not so rare or valuable

- Updated May 13, 2020

Vintage Lunch Box

Digging thru the garage or attic you find your vintage lunch box from when you where a kid. Happy childhood memories make you smile. Now you wonder how much is it worth. The value of your vintage lunch box depends on the condition, year manufactured and availability.

The condition is usually based on a grade of 1 (worst) to 10 (best). A 1 is usually rusted and broken and has no value, where as a 9 or 10 is in mint condition, with no dents or scratches and may be the original packaging. A detailed grading guide can be found here. Most lunch boxes have a rating of a 5 or 6 with some dents, scratches, minor rust and some color fading.

Performing a examination of the lunch box will allow you to determine the grade. Keep an eye out for broken latches and hinges. If you still have the thermos bottle, verify the top, cup and inside are not broken.

The year manufactured is the easiest thing to determine. Since it should be printed along with the copyright along the bottom of the lid. Is your lunch box is a fake? If the manufacture date, art credits and copyright statement are missing, your vintage lunch box could be a knock off.

Is My Lunch Box Rare?

The easiest way to determine if your lunch is rare is go to Etsy or Ebay and do a search. A detailed search will get you the best results, i.e. “Raggedy Ann and Andy – 1973 Lunch Box”. This will give you a good idea of the number of similar lunch boxes available and the range of prices.

Don’t be discouraged by some of the lower prices, if you’re not in a rush, you should be able to get what your lunch box is worth. Of course, if your lunch box is in mint condition, you should only sell it to a collector and not online.

Not sure how to sell or list your lunch box, please contact us. As an online consignment shop, we have the experience and know how to get you the best price.  

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