Here’s a quick question: can you tell me what’s wrong with the shaker in the picture above?
I hate to say it, but it has a nasty chip underneath the lid. The chip is just way too big to buff out.
I saw an article many years ago that stated that when there is damage to a piece of glassware like a chip or a crack, it’s only worth 20 percent of its original value.
Keeping that in mind, you need to check the item out very thoroughly before you commit to buy. This was one of the first lessons that I learned when I first started out. Check for chips on the edges and underneath a lid, and even look through the item to see if you can find any cracks. If it has an applied handle, check to see if there are any cracks where the handle and the body of the item meet.
If you happen to get home and find some damage, don’t fret. You can repurpose the item into a make shift vase, or something else completely (like a pencil holder).