When my mother-in-law started collecting toothpick holders several years ago, I have to admit, I didnâ€™t really get it. Then I bought her a collectorâ€™s guide and my jaw about hit the floor when I saw all the different holders. Literally thousands â€” and that’s just pressed glass. There’s also toothpick holders made of metal (silver, pewter) and porcelain.
Although toothpick holders are no longer considered part of a well-set table, they come in handy for other uses. Filling out the front of a bookshelf, holding a miniature bouquet or keeping your rings safe, to name a few.
Toothpick holders have sold for as much as $10,000 at auction (that’s not a typo). I usually find good ones to gift for well under $20 but have occasionally paid more. With a lot of collectibles, however, there are recent reproductions so if you’re spending a lot, check out some of the collector’s guides first. Theyâ€™ll help you identify the difference between old and new. You can also find information and links on The National Toothpick Society website. â€” Sarah L.