Ice coolers are not for cooling ice, but to maintain a lower interior temperature to cool food and beverages without the use of an external power source. An ice cooler might be ideal for transporting foods, drinks, and perishable items while traveling. Most often you will see these coolers in use while traveling to areas where electrical devices are not practical such as to a picnic area, out on a boat fishing, or travelling in an auto.
One of the neatest things about the internet is the buying opportunities it offers to those of us who love shopping for a great deal on an antique ice chest. And whether you are a collector or a dealer, great deals can be found every day, as long as you are carefully watching for them. While you probably have your own favorite types, all of these great ice chests are fun, collectible, and not too hard to find a good deal on. If you are paying due attention.
Coke and Pepsi-Cola Ice Chests
Vintage Coke and Pepsi Cola items are always in demand, and they are no different. Made out of metal and built to last, these ice chests recall a time past, full of fun memories for those who experienced them. When shopping for an antique name brand ice chests, watch for the ones that have their original inserts. These are more authentic, which is great for the collectors, and are worth more, which is great for dealers.
Solid Wood Ice Chests
If your tastes lean more toward older ice chests, like those from the late 1800s and early 1900s, you will probably have to pay a bit more than you would for the retro 1950s Cola chests. But, of course, if you are a collector or dealer, it should be okay with you, especially if you get a great deal. For example, you can find listings for antique oak ice chest on eBay and Amazon for sale. An antique ice chest with the original finish from this era would be a nice purchase for a collector.
Accessories No matter what type of antique ice chest you collect, you don’t want to forget the accessories. Catalogues, ads, and original hardware and accessories can often be picked up for a song. These make great additions to the ice chests you already have, and can complete the ones you already have that are missing pieces. And of course, it is always fun to collect and hold onto accessories for the antique ice chests that you don’t have yet, but are on your wish list.