How much is that thing worth?

Did you see the recent story about a little white bowl purchased for a minimal amount and discovered to be worth a couple of hundred thousand dollars?  Makes you want to scope out garage sales and your attic or that crammed closet, right?

Well, I have been doing just that.  I’m going through my belongings to eliminate the things I no longer want or need.  In the process I found a Zippo lighter that had belonged to my late husband.  He had it when we met and carried it his whole life.  I happened to see an article about collectors interested in Zippo lighters.  The article stated that some could be worth from $2000-$5000.  Others just a few dollars.  That got my attention.

I found a site online which listed all the Zippo lighters beginning with the first produced in 1933 and going to the present.  So I contacted them and asked about my Zippo which had a design of Reddy Kilowatt on the front.  I had the date of its production, 1949-1955 and the patent # and clearly described it.  The response came back rather quickly, $175, if it was in mint condition and in the original box.  That wasn’t true of my husband’s Zippo.  He used it.

So I am not going to sell his treasured possession.  It will go to one of my children, none of whom smoke, but love the memories of their father.  And I’ll keep looking for my “little white bowl”.