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I have a 9 ft tall x 2.5 ft round cooler made by bevador around 1938. It has a top shaped like a steinie bottle with a cap.  It has round revolving shelves and a light inside. I would like to sell it but I don't know the value nor the terminology. I have had it for 18 years. The compressor went bad about 4 years ago. The repairs would cost about $500. I decide not to have it repaired.Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Paul,

I'm familiar with those old Bevadors...very cool and retro.

That said, I don't really think they have as much value as "beer collectibles," as they do antiques. As a collector of all things, my advice would be to market it as an antique.

My research shows that the value of these, from non-working to mint condition, can rage from less than $50, all the way up to $30,000...a broad range for sure. The average seemed to be about $5000, and that was several years ago.

But the only way you're really going to know for sure, is to try to sell it...Craigslist and eBay are obviously good marketplace indicators for these types of items. At least scan them to see if others have sold recently.

Since you're not willing to fully restore it, you'll likely have to settle for the lower end of the going market, but since they're relatively rare, I'm sure you'll do just fine, monetarily.

Either way, good luck and please report back on your experience and success!

Best Regards,



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