A Round of Applause ~ 2014 Findlay Bottle Show Photo Album

The 2014 Findlay Bottle Show was a huge success. 

The new location was wonderful. It was great to have so much space! Wide aisles + great lighting + lotsa bottles = collector heaven!

We had 80+ dealer tables, with such a great variety of merchandise. That's several more dealers than last year, with just about the same number of paid admissions as last year, plus some serious Early Bird hunters. And the crowd stayed around longer, too, since a large dining area came with all our extra space, with plenty of comfortable seating, so everyone could grab a snack, rest a little, and then get back to shopping. And visiting, of course! It's about the friends as much as the bottles, right?!

We couldn't have done it without all the hard-working dealers, and hard-shopping collectors who came and made it such fun! A big Thank You to all who were there!

Our hard-working show chairman Fred Curtis deserves credit for pulling it all together and tweaking all the logistics and tiny details required of this great new location. Of course, so do all the club members, whose time and efforts brought the show off without a hitch. 

I'm sure the dealers and attendees join me in appreciating the club's efforts to grow and improve the Findlay Bottle Show.

A big round of applause for everyone!

We have already booked the Findlay Senior Center for the October 18, 2015 show, so mark your calendars now. It's going to be even bigger. Prediction: at least 100 tables, as we had so many people ask us about setting up. 

As always, we will ''release'' the contracts in May at the Mansfield Bottle Show. Info and contracts will be available here on the website after that show. Sign up for our newsletter so you will be in the know.

Here are some photos from the 2014 Findlay Bottle Show

My, how we've grown!

You can see how the Findlay Bottle Show was so much bigger than previous years. The showrooms were roomy, and well lit. We have room for many more tables, so think about setting up next year. It's so much fun during Saturday's dealer-only set-up and dinner. 

Whether you want to sell, or come to shop, we sure hope to see you on October 18, 2015!

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Devilishly Hot Stuff: Spicy History of Tabasco Sauce Bottles #Antiques

[Another rerun post in keeping with today's Halloween theme.]

To read: Cecil Munsey's article on the History of Tabasco (search his index for article #1283) with lots of info, photos of antique pepper sauce bottles, and great vintage advertising. Give it a read, and while you're there check out his many other bottle/history articles. Hot stuff!

Here's another article on the 


Learn more about pepper sauce, condiments, and other food bottles here: http://www.sha.org/bottle/food.htm#Sauces & Condiments
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Happy Halloween 2014 from the Devil ~ #Antiques #bottles #advertising #vintage

Happy Halloween!

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Poison Skull Bottles ~ Collecting Antique Poison Bottles Info Resource

[Thought I'd rerun this 2009 post for Halloween.]

It's always good news when bottles and bottle collecting are the focus of the Antique Week paper's cover story. It is so great to see our wonderful hobby front and center.

It is an article about English Poison Bottles, written by David McCormick. [Read the article here.] It has several colorful photos of bottles on the front page, and the back page of the 1st section of the paper.

There is no way that anyone will miss the nice big pix. And hopefully will think "Hey -- another bottle article -- this must be a happening category -- I want to know more!"

Mr. McCormick put down the AntiqueBottles.com website down as a reference for his article -- here's the link to the site's POISON page -- http://www.antiquebottles.com/poison/

Check out their Poison Bottle Hall of Fame for pix of some really cool Poison bottles -- skulls, cobalts, and more -- http://www.antiquebottles.com/poison/fame.html

Here's their American Poison Bottle book link -- http://poisonbottleclub.org/otherpages/bottlebook.html

Thanks to Antique Week, David McCormick, and all the hobbyists, collectors, and dealers who take the time to share and support this fantastic hobby.

And Happy Halloween to all you bottle collectors!

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Findlay Bottle Show NEW LOCATION Sunday Oct. 26, 2014 Almost Sold Out!

Announcing THE 2014 

339 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay Ohio 45840
(approx. 1mile North of Findlay College then 1/2mi. East off Main St. @ corner of Melrose and Blanchard).

We're pleased to announce that the 2014 Findlay Bottle Show will be held in a new location, at the beautiful 
Findlay Senior Center Reception Hall.

It's a new facility with all kinds of features that make for a great bottle show:

  • Room for many more dealer tables
  • Wide aisles, new tables, padded chairs
  • Excellent lighting, heating and air conditioning
  • Multiple modern restrooms
  • Covered entryway w/automatic doors
  • Huge paved parking lot
  • Handicapped accessability
  • Food concession inside w/ample seating
  • Dining area for our dealer dinner
Of course, the Findlay Bottle Show will retain its best features:
  • Great dealers selling and wonderful collectors shopping.
  • Dealer-only set-up on Saturday w/our famous FREE buffet supper.
  • Complimentary donuts and coffee during Sunday morning set-up.
Come to the Best Little NEW and IMPROVED, BIGGER and BETTER Bottle Show in the MidWest!

We are excited to have all our bottle friends join us in this wonderful new show venue. Mark your calendars now for​ Sunday October 26, 2014 for a great day of shopping, learning more about our collections, making new friends and visiting with other folks who "speak bottle-ese". 

Read the details below, and hope to see you there!

Update 10/14/14:


This is a wonderful new location for us, and is so much larger and much much nicer than our old location. In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations. This year we have room for many more dealer tables.

We have already sold more tables than would have put us at ''sold out'' in the old smaller venue. And dealers are calling every day, so we may sell out our new larger showroom any minute now. Better give the show chairman a call now to reserve your space.

  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 4.
  • This new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. 
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis.
  • Contract Link - you can print out a contract, and mail in your check, but call Fred first to confirm table availability.

  • Sunday October ​26, 2014
  • The show is held at Findlay Senior Center Reception Hall 
    339 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay Ohio 45840

    Approx. 1mile North of Findlay College then 1/2mi. East off Main St. @ corner of Melrose and Blanchard

    See the detailed directions and map below.

  • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
  • Admission is $2.00
  • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
  • Free appraisals w/paid admission
  • Plenty of FREE parking in a huge paved parking lot.
  • Show is in a heated building, w/tons of restrooms, and a food concession inside with lots of comfy seating.

  • Early Bird Hours: 7-9am – Tickets are only $10 and include complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.
  • Early Bird Session is Sunday only, not Saturday.

  • Early Bird Buyers Admission on Sunday morning,​ from 7-9am​, is​ just $10​. You'll get first pick when the dealers are still setting up​, and free donuts and coffee while they last!​ 

  • There are several SUNDAY ONLY dealers inside who do NOT set up on Saturday, PLUS the outside dealers​ only set up on S​unday morning, so there's plenty of fresh merch to choose from for Sunday's Early Bird buyers!

  • Saturday Oct. ​25 is for dealers only, with our famous pot-luck dinner -- we serve yummy beef brisket and pulled pork BBQ, fried chicken, and enough side dishes and desserts to over-fill every tummy!
  • Sorry, no ​public ​early bird adm​ission on Saturday.​ You must have a ​​dealer contract.

  • There are always plenty of outside spaces available​ (weather permitting​)​.​ Most years the day is nice enough, and we have several outside dealers. Even if it's cold, there are always a few hardy souls who set up out there. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for sunshine this year.
  • Contact Show Chairman, Fred Curtis​ (419-424-0486​) for more info​.​

  •  Contract Link - you can print out a contract, and mail in your check, but call Fred first to confirm table availability.

  • Construction status update as of 10/06/14 [Source]:

    • There is road construction on I-75, which currently has the State Route 224 exits OPEN. 
  • Both the northbound and southbound lanes are currently narrowed and shifted approaching the U.S. 224 interchange.
    - Lane restrictions will continue both northbound and southbound for overhead work at the bridge. Restrictions will occur between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m.
    U.S. 224
    -All ramps at the interchange are now open and will remain open for the duration of the project.
    -Traffic on the bridge is one lane in each direction with a turn lane and is traveling on the south side of the bridge.
    -Short-term, daytime lane closures should be expected throughout the week. Traffic maintained at times with flaggers.
    -Motorists are cautioned to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting at various locations throughout the work zone on U.S. 224 and along the interchange ramps.
  • For alternate routes, see the map above.
Directions from I-75:

  1. From the North, use the TWP. RD. 99 exit / go East to Main St., then South on Main to Melrose / Head East on Melrose approx. .3 mile to the show
  2. From the South use the St. Rt. 224 exit / go east on 12 to Main St., then North on Main to Melrose / Head East on Melrose approx. .3 mile to the show

Note: Hotel names and phone numbers may not be current.

  • St Rt 224 is open to traffic, so you can easily get to and from the hotels area and the bottle show. It's about a 5-min. drive. 

For all reservation and contract questions, contact Show Chairman:
FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486

Contract Link - you can print out a contract, and mail in your check, but call Fred first to confirm table availability.
  • 8' Dealer tables are $35.00 each. Limit 4.
  • Full payment must accompany each contract.
  • Checks may be held until the show. Cancellations w/full refund accepted until Oct. 1st. Confirmations will be mailed.
  • Final table assignments will not be made until after October 1st, since this new location will allow us to arrange the show layout as will best accommodate the number of tables needed. BUT...
  • Tables will still be assigned on a first-paid basis, so get your PAID contracts to Fred Curtis right away. 

Some pix from previous shows: 

See more photos: 2012 -- 2011 -- 2010

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