Buying and Selling Collectibles: Old Buckets

About the hobby of collecting, buying, and selling old and used items for fun and profit, in this case old buckets.

Buckets. Remember "The Old Oaken Bucket?" It might not have been your song, but antique farm equipment is worth money, oaken or otherwise. There are 2 kinds of antique wooden farm buckets: (a) carved out by hand from a tree section, and (b) made of wooden rails or slats held together by metal hoops. The 1st is much more valuable. Determining the age of carved buckets is very tough, as there's no "style" and there are no identifying marks. But any scooped-out bucket has to be at least 150 years old. That was the way early settlers made buckets and other farming gear. Later, professionally crafted items were available, but some diehards continued making their own in the old-fashioned way. As collectors' items they can fetch up to $100. The hooped variety brings $10-$30. That's still not bad, considering that some specimens can be found along roadsides and in ditches, there for the taking.

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