Findlay Ohio Bottle Show - Sunday Oct. 20, 2024 - New Location

  • We're pleased to announce our 47th annual show!
  • Always welcoming new dealers, so...

  • Sunday October 20, 2024

    • Show hours: from 9am - 2pm
    • Admission is $5.00
    • Kids under 12 are free (w/adults)​
    • Free appraisals w/paid admission
    • FREE parking
    • Heated building, restrooms & food concession inside.

    • (See Early Bird & Dealer info below)

  • We're excited to be moving to a new location (yes, again). The show will be on the Owens Community College Findlay campus, in their Education and Wellness Center building.
  • The address is 3200 Bright Road, Findlay Ohio.
  • Google maps will take you the longer route to the front of the campus on Bright Road, then you enter the campus and take the beltway road around to the venue.
  • But if you get Google maps driving directions from your location once you're in Findlay, they'll give you the more direct route to the back of the campus, taking you in from Crystal Rd., where the building is.
  • (This link is an example -- )
  • Hotel and restaurant suggestions remain as in previous years, at the I75 / Rt 224 / exit 159 area.
  • Screen shots of campus layout:

  • Sunday October ​20, 2024

  • Early Bird Hours Sunday only: 7-9am – Tickets are only $20 and includes complimentary Coffee and Donuts until 9am.

    There are always several SUNDAY ONLY dealers 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!

For all reservation and contract questions, contact Show Chairman:
FRED CURTIS 419-424-0486
  • In past years we have always sold out of dealer tables, and had a waiting list for cancellations.
  • Contracts will be available mid May, at the Mansfield Bottle Show, or call Fred to have one mailed you. 
  • 8' Dealer tables are $40.00 each. 
  • Full payment must accompany each contract.
  • Checks may be held until after the show.
  • Cancellations w/full refund accepted until Oct. 1st
  • 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. 
    • Dealer-only set up is on Saturday October 19, 2024 ; 2-6pm. (You may bring boxes in starting at 1pm, but not set merchandise out until 2pm.)
    • The club will NOT be serving dinner on Saturday.
    • Complimentary donuts and coffee for Early Birds and Dealers during Sunday morning set-up.
  • OUTSIDE SPACE FOR SELLERS -- We always have spaces outside, as long as the weather's good, so give Fred a call if you want to set up outside on SUNDAY ONLY! (Contracts & payment when you get here Sunday morning.)
  • These details are subject to change until the contracts are released.
  • No tables will be reserved until the printed contracts become available in May.
  • There is a selection of hotels and restaurants are at I-75 exit #159 / Rt 224
  • Google link to Findlay hotels listings: here
  • Call the hotel for your reservation asap.
Note: Hotel names and phone numbers may not be current.

Some pix from previous shows: 


Click to enlarge pix.


See more photos: 2012 -- 2011 -- 2010

Lou McFadden Milk Bottle Collection Auction September 2022

Lou McFadden Milk Bottle Collection Auction September 2022

Lou and wife Sue were members of our bottle club. Sue writes to tell us about the upcoming auction of some of their huge dairy collection.

"Lou was a long-time milk bottle collector and loved being a part of the Findlay Club Bottle Show each Fall!  We're planning an online auction of the remainder of Lou's collection, and wonder if you could post the attached ad for the auction to be held in September, 2022.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Thanks!  Sue"

Bottle Auction Urbana Ohio Fairgrounds November 28

Huge Antique, Bottle, Jar & Advertising Auction

Sun Nov 28 - 11:00AM


384 Park Ave, Urbana, OH Click to Map

View Full Photo Gallery
  • 1/2 Pt. Zanesville Flask

    1/2 Pt. Zanesville Flask

  • Washington crossing Delaware Milk Bottle

    Washington crossing Delaware Milk Bottle

  • Lot M1

    Lot M1

  • lot F1

    lot F1

    Attached Files    
Fruit Jar Listing  (DOCX)
Milk Bottle Listing  (DOCX)
Outstanding and important live and in person Antique Bottle Fruit Jar & Advertising Auction at the Champaign County Fairgrounds Featuring:

160 lots of Good Fruit Jars from a lifelong Northwest Pennsylvania collection. Includes Amber Globe, Lightning, Tobacco Jars, Millville Atmospheric, Colored 1858's, Wax Seal jars, Lot's of sets of pints, quarts & HG's. Colored Atlas including EZ seals and Masons, 15 midget Mason's, Woodbury, Protector, Dandy, Rare 1 Gallon HWP Lightning, Jumbo Peanut Butter Jars with lids, product jars, stoneware, early wax sealers and more. Nice jar lids. A great selection of jars! See attached listing & Photo gallery!   

The Ohio Milk Bottle Collection of the late Larry Johnson of Columbus featuring 225 scarce to rare Ohio milk bottle lots. All areas of Ohio included. Includes Ohio Baby Face, Cop The Top, Hoppy, War, Ohio 1 Gallon jugs. Lots of Ohio milk caps. Nursing bottles and early dairy containers. Miniature Sheffield Bottles and metal carrier. Large lot of miniature milks including Borden's. Embossed creamers. Ohio Opener collection. Lots of dairy related paper advertising and letterheads. See attached Listing for Larry's Ohio bottle collection. 

Special consignment of milk bottles from the Ohio Bottle Club including Washington Crossing the Delaware Malec and Marek Quart from Cleveland. Nice amber California Bordens, Also nice bottles from Texas, Oklahoma, Idaho & more. See photo gallery & listing.  

Other Antique Bottles to include early medicines, historical flasks including amber 1/2 pint double eagle, black glass Hostetter's bitters, Dutch onions, case gins, sodas, beer, Storage jars & lots of other early bottles. Local bottles of all types to Clark, Montgomery, Logan, Miami, Champaign counties. See photo gallery for lots of pictures!

Advertising & Antiques including advertising tins, signs, nice large selection of advertising wood boxes and crates including local. Collection of 20 original Frank Leslie Civil War prints to be sold in 1 lot. Early labels including Temperance labels from Springfield. Large lot of advertising nail aprons, Early cast iron dog, Mickey Mouse Insulators, early Wooden Shoe Minster Ohio Serving Tray. Nice marble collection. Nice Victorian Art Glass. Early tin Coleman Cooler. Early glass candy containers. Nice selection of handled milk bottle carriers. Paper Store Display piece. Oil Bottles with spouts and carrier. #40 Dazey Churn. 

Early primitives and tools including large doll house, hay saws, single tress, early hand tools, cast iron, early gas stove and more.

Lots of stoneware including jar of over 100 turn of the century stoneware mini jugs excavated at the Robinson Clay Pottery in Akron Ohio. Mini stoneware collection, lots of misc. jugs and jars.   

Listing and pictures will be updated weekly. 

Special preview available Saturday November 27th from 10am-4pm. I would plan on bringing boxes as I will have some available but not enough for all. 

Food By John's Kettle Korn 

Auctioneers - Joe Hardin
              Ken Ludington 
Licensed & Bonded By the Ohio Dept. Of Agriculture

All announcements day of sale to take precedent. Not responsible for accidents. Local absentee bids accepted, pickup day of sale only. No Buyers Premium. Local sales tax of 7.25% applies. 

Terms: Cash, local checks, credit cards with 5% fee.

Findlay Bottle Show 2021 Major Success!

We had a great show! Lots of treasures, and a lot of visiting, like a big bottle family reunion! 
The new building at the fairgrounds is perfect for a bottle show. 
Already looking forward to next year's show!

Sad News: Larry Johnson aka Larry the Bottle Guy Obituary

[See additional memorial info at bottom of the post, added 4-17-20]

Sad to report that Larry Johnson has passed away. Known to all as Larry the Bottle Guy, he was a long time collector and dealer, a fixture at bottle shows and the Springfield Extravaganza. Our condolences to Larry's Mom, family and friends. There will not be a funeral or memorial ceremony, as per Larry's wishes.

Joe Clevenger was a close friend, and shared some thoughts and memories of their years of collecting and selling at shows together:

Larry the Bottleman
 Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 16, 1948, to Homer Joseph and Alice Louise Johnson.
Larry's boyhood home was on Sinclair Road near the corner of East Lincoln Avenue. Behind their
home was the railroad and the Indianola Park. Larry would play in the park and along the railroad
 Larry's mom worked around the corner from their home at the neighborhood soda shop. After school
Larry would get off the bus at the soda shop and stay there until his mom's shift would end. Larry
would often talk about the great treats he would get there while he waited for his mom's shift to end.
 After graduating from high school he attended Ohio State University for one year. He would rather
do the field work than the book work. So he dropped out due to poor grades. 
 He then worked for a few years at a variety of jobs. Not being the 9 to 5 type. He began working in
the antique business in 1972. In the early years he specialized in vintage clothing and antique furniture.
Over the years, Larry operated two antique shops in the Columbus area.
 Larry closed the shops and moved back home to live with his parents. Larry then began to specialize
with the buying and selling of canning jars, Wheaton bottles, pictorial soda bottles and Ohio milk
bottles. Giving up the shops Larry began to set up at various flea market and antique malls.
 I met Larry at the Farmer's Merchants Days flea market in 1995. At first I think he viewed me as a
pest. He quickly put me to work thinking it would get me to go away. It didn't work. He began to see
that I would be a good helper. So I began working with him at various shows across Ohio and Indiana.
 Over the years Larry has spent a lot of time teaching me about bottles, jars and how the flea market
business works. He has also been a great source of information for dairy history. 
 In July of 2019, Larry began having painful spasms in his left arm. By August the spasms began to
become more frequent. After the Fall Extravaganza, Larry had a major seizure. He ended up in
Riverside Hospital for two weeks. At that time they found that he had a large tumor at the top of his
brain. Along with a mass on his right lung. 
 Over the fall he continued buying and selling along with short stays in the hospital and nursing
homes for various issues. Slowly over the fall Larry began to lose the use of his legs. By February he
was in a wheelchair most of the time.
 In March, Larry had another seizure and ended up in the hospital. He quickly began going downhill.
Larry passed away on April 1, 2020. Larry was a good friend and partner in the business.

Larry the Bottle Guy

Here are some links to read, and to write your own, memories of Larry Johnson the Bottle Guy. He is missed by so many people who met him over the years. The Facebook post alone was seen by almost 5000 people! RIP, Larry!

JARS-uary 2019 ~ Muncie Fruit Jar Show / Muncie IN / Big Collectors Multi-Day Event

It's that time of year again: JARS-UARY!

The 2019 Winter Muncie Fruit Jar Show 4 Day Event is Almost Here! 

SATURDAY January 12, 2019 in Muncie, Indiana

The January Muncie event, with the infamous 3-days (DAZE!) of room-hopping including the Saturday Get Together Meeting & Auction at the Baymont Inn Hotel, all followed by the big Sunday Fruit Jar & Bottle show at the Horizon Center.



Some very serious collectors will start arriving in Muncie on Wednesday, so you'd better book your hotel room NOW -- you don't want to miss a minute of the fun.

The Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club of Muncie IN is putting on their January fruit jar collectors event, the "Muncie Fruit Jar Show & Get Together", with collectors and dealers coming from all over the U.S. 

The Muncie Fruit Jar Shows are well-known for the amazing and rare items brought for sale, for the outstanding educational collector-displays exhibited during the show, as well as for the great group of fruit jar enthusiasts who treat this multi-day event like a combination convention/club meeting/reunion.

  • So, it's room-hopping at the Baymont Inn hotel on Thursday AND Friday -- call to confirm your reservation! They are SOLD OUT!
  • Overflow rooms at nearby HAMPTON INN hotel, includes hospitality suite Friday January 11th. Call Hampton Inn at 765-288-8500  OR Contact Joe Merkel on Facebook here
  • SHOW IS ON Saturday January 12, 2019. At the Horizon Center. Contact Dave Rittenhouse (see show flyer at top of post)

  • Horizon Convention Center is in downtown Muncie, at 401 South High Street. 
  • Displayers set up at 6:30 am, dealers at 7:00 am 
  • Doors open to the public at 9:00 am. Show lasts until 2:00 pm. 
  • Admission is $2. 

Join us for the world-famous "Room-Hop-Shopping" at the Baymont Inn Hotel before the show, on Thursday, Friday. The hotel is located at 3400 N Chadam Ln Muncie IN 47304 (GOOGLE MAPS LINK)

The public is welcome! You do NOT need to have a room at the hotel to come visit and room-hop-shop. We encourage new collectors to stop by and see what we're up to, and learn a little something about fruit jars.

Fruit jar collectors spend several days at the hotel before the Sunday "official" show, sharing and trading. A few tall-stories are told, too, all adding to the fun. Groups of friends, old and newly-made, often head out for lunch or dinner at area restaurants. The room-hop-shopping continues until late in the night, and starts again early each morning, after the hotel's complimentary breakfast, and lots of coffee!

On Friday morning the Jelly-Jammers Club holds their meeting, and then after a complimentary lunch there is the Midwest Club's meeting, open to all, followed by a lively open-consignment/fee-free auction. 

Then the official show set-up is early Saturday morning, at the Horizon Center in downtown Muncie, a quick drive from the hotel. The show opens to the public at 9am, ending at 2pm, when the dealers pack up and head home, weary but happily reminiscing about the good time they had being with other collectors who speak the special language of Munice, Fruit-Jar-ese!

Read my show reports on the 2011 Winter Muncie show and the 2012 Winter Event -- with lots of pix! Read this jar forum's posts about Muncie.

The Friday meeting schedule and Saturday show details are here on the Midwest Fruit Jar Club's website --

For more SHOW INFO and dealer-tables, contact Dave Rittenhouse @ 765-468-8091

For HOTEL ROOMS, contact Baymont Inn -- 765-284-4200  -- 3400 N Chadam Ln Muncie IN (hotel website)

Attention -- if you're planning on staying at the hotel, it is not called Signature Inn anymore. It is now a BAYMONT INN -- same phone number -- double check your reservations.

CONTACT: Dave Rittenhouse @ 765-468-8091 or Dick Cole @
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