How Cool Were You With Your Elementary School Lunchbox?
Back in elementary school, you were either a brown bagger or you had a cool and now potentially collectible lunchbox. It was considered a symbol of social status to have a cool one to fit in with the in-crowd.
At an early age, I had the chance to choose my own cool-kid lunchbox so I went with a safe choice: the Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang lunchbox. It came with a glass thermos that would hold chocolate milk or even soup. However, they tended to not last long, as the glass inside always found a way to end up breaking. Nothing is worse to a third-grader, or their parents than tomato soup with shards of glass!
Next up was an Evel Knievel lunchbox. This choice set me apart in the fourth grade as being “cool”. My fame was short-lived, however, as it was considered so cool that it ended up being stolen. My favorite lunchbox was the Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine one. There has been a market for original lunchboxes for some time and still is with many old-school lunchboxes being collectable. Some of them can even pull in the big bucks!
Melodies and Memories in Eastpoint, Michigan, actually has the largest collection of lunchboxes I have ever seen… some of the lunchbox designs include The Beatles, The Six Million Dollar Man, Holly Hobbie, Star Wars, Speed Buggy, and PLENTY more. Check your attic or garage, as you could be sitting on some decent dough!
Owner Dan Z from Melodies & Memories was featured on the Food Network as having among one of the largest collections of vintage lunchboxes in the United States at over 2,000 in his personal collection. One of the Superman lunchboxes within his collection is valued at close to $20,000 dollars!
Like most things from your childhood, those lunchboxes carry a whole lot of sentimental value. There are all different types of collectors of lunchboxes. Metal, plastic, vintage, new lunchboxes, and more. However, if you enjoy the hobby of collecting them it can sure bring back some core memories!
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