361 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
We take consignments on all types of advertising trays from small tip trays to regular serving trays to large display chargers for any advertising type from soda, beer, whiskey, or others. Most trays will date to the early 1900s to 1940s though some valuable trays date to outside this period. Most trays are lithographed metal, though we also deal with porcelain trays and occasionally engraved brass or other similar trays as well. If you believe you have trays or advertising items that we might be interested in, then please contact us via email, phone, or use our contact form. dfenton@ManifestAuctions.com
Entry Level Advertising Trays usually sell for less than $30 each and many can be found for as low as a few dollars. Almost all entry level trays are very common and easily available on ebay to anyone interested or may be less common but were made in the 60’s or later. I also include in this category, lower condition trays of mid level rarity trays.
Mid Level Advertising Trays usually sell for $30-100 and include trays that are somewhat scarce, have moderate demand, or for whatever reason collectors are willing to pay elevated prices for. Mid level trays tend to be pre-pro trays that are common stock trays or damaged, and popular trays produced in the 30’s and 40’s. Many of the later and more common Coca-Cola trays will also fall in this range. There are exceptions but the majority of trays in this price range will meet one of those criteria.
High End Collectible advertising trays are those that advanced and experienced collectors are actively looking for. This usually means that these trays are fairly rare and don’t come up for sale often and almost all of them will be pre-prohibition trays with custom designs, although some stock trays can be quite valuable as well. This combination of rarity and demand drives prices up into the hundreds and sometimes even the thousands of dollars. To bring top prices trays need to be in good condition without areas of the lithography scraped off, without fading, rust, dents, nail holes or other defects and preferably with a nice shine to the finish of the tray.
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