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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vintage Bottles



I worked an auction yesterday. I did pick through the trash at the end and got a few little things.  But the most exciting thing I got I actually bid on!  I collect vintage bottles and there were lots of them there today!  I bid on and won every single box of old bottles there!  Thirteen boxes to be exact for a total of $64 in all.  They are dirty, dusty and some have dead bugs in them.  I can't wait to wash them up and see what I actually have!  I'll have to take some 'after' photos of them clean and sparkly.  And I'll have to see if any of them are worth any serious money.  See the green soda bottle on the bottom far left?  It says 'soda' on this side and "CC" on the other. 
 Vintage Coca Cola?  That would be fun.  I'll investigate and let you know.  
 Now you know what I'll be doing today and tomorrow!
OK...now where's the Dawn detergent..... 


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83 comments:

  1. very cool...i def like the ones with texture...and the colored ones...the greens and blues...very nice...and best wishes on that investigation....

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  2. I like the blue ones. Our house sits next to the site of the old city dump. My boys dig bottles like these out of our "back 40" all the time. Fun!

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    1. Oh, that sounds like fun! I'd be out there digging all the time! ha.

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  3. Look kind of germy as you say
    But when you wash them up for display
    I'm sure they'll be grand
    And that is a TON of bottles for you land
    Back at my old place
    We found hundreds of them in the open field space
    It was a regular bottle graveyard there
    Last I saw of them they were still at that lair

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    1. Gee, another thing in common for me and that place
      I guess with cats and bottles we have the same taste.
      ha.
      Not sure I need to keep them all.
      But they have to be clean if they remain at my stall.
      lol.
      How was your day?
      A little different, I would say! :)

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    2. pat i have to say Jac made a nice work. lol

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    3. haha I guess so
      Although you win in bottles at your show
      Cats pretty soon too
      If another batch or two comes due..haha
      Don't even go there
      Very different at my lair
      Germs everywhere
      Glad these days are rare..haha

      Yes that she did indeed
      She did the cat proud at his feed

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    4. i know you are the king of your show
      but she made the best of her own
      ha!

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    5. Gloria, you're making me blush!! I guess my inner rhyme has been exposed :) haha

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    6. haha inner rhyme has sure come out
      Which you proved today without a doubt

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  4. ah Betsy i love them, like a crazy collect Im (boxes,seashell,vintages things etc) i love vintage bottles

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    1. me, too...obviously. And I collect shells, too and boxes, like you!

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    2. and vintages plates, ....and ceramic little houses???

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    3. yes to the plates but I don't have the little ceramic houses! Put a picture on your sidebar! I want to see one or two! :)

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    4. ok tomorroe I will cause my cel is better with natural light:)

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    5. OK. Fun! :)

      How are you today?

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    6. a little tired, esperanza had pain in her theets agsin:(

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    7. I'm tired, too...and hot. It's hot here today like summer! Hope Esperanza's mouth feels better soon!

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    8. thanks Betsy im in the kitchen snd write you with my cel!
      so finally behin hot tomr there:)

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    1. Now I'm washing them up...the funnest part! ha.

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  6. What a buy! Can't wait to see what they look like when clean - and if you have any great finds!

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    1. Why does there have to be a dead spider in each one? lol.

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    2. esperanza have terror to spider:(

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    3. Oh yuck, if there is anything worse than a live spider it's a dead one.

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    4. I hate them, too. But I'd rather they were dead. lol.

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    5. rebecca in the summer always find spiders at home:(

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    6. Taylor squished a huge one in the kitchen for me already this week! Sometimes I get bitten....so awful!

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    7. well with dead. spiders i dont have problem lol

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    8. yes,...ugly but harmless. lol.

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  7. I love the blue ones. Do you have to wash them by hand? Can they be out in the dishwasher on the china setting? I have seen coloured bottles melted down and then they can be hung. Very pretty.

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    1. The ones with the larger mouths are going in the dishwasher I think but the narrow necked ones probably have to be done by hand. I don't think the inside will get clean in the dishwasher.
      The ones I've done look so much better! :)

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  8. My kids used to find old bottles buried in the mud out at the edge of the woods. Old dumping grounds probably. I have a small collection lining the upper windows of my living room, but I'm never quite sure how to feel about those old blue Milk of Magnesia bottles they brought home.

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    1. Dishwasher detergent, water, and a trip through the microwave and then a good brushing with an old toothbrush or bottle brush worked wonders for us. (We didn't have a dishwasher.)

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    2. I've seen yours on your window sill...lovely! So far a rinse to get out the bugs and then a soak in the kitchen sink with soapy hot water has done the trick. I have a stuborn one, though that I'll put in the microwave...good idea!

      I have a couple of those blue magnesia bottles. haha.

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    3. Oh yeah, I bet they would be!

      I did find a magnesia bottle last night that is lighter blue with the words embossed into the glass. ..a little different than the big dark blue ones...prettier, actually!

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    4. Betsy my favorite is magnesia bottle,always love this blue!
      and coke bottles, Ditto have someones! he collect too lol

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  9. You're a woman on a mission! Can't wait to hear how that one turns out :)

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    1. Stay tuned! lol. Lots of icky bugs right now, Jax...probably even some dead fleas. lol. Sorry...it had to be said. :)

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    2. Dead fleas
      Can they still bite knees?...hahaha

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    3. Jax will have to let us know
      if the itching overflows
      when they are dead.
      Do you think it's in her head?
      lol.

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  10. You always find the most interesting things... or, at least they become interesting once you give them the Betsy touch.

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    1. I'm hoping they will be gorgeous! ha. I need a sunny spot to disply them...well, some of them. Or open a shop. I certainly have enough to start one. ha.

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  11. WooooHoooo Auction Day! Oh...what fun!
    I hope you didn't spend your whole pay check on the bottles ;~)...
    How many did you end up getting? Keep us up to date on where all of them go.8~) You have all the fun...treasure hunting...while working. 8~)
    Take care,
    Nancy

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    1. I actually had paycheck leftover! Yay! haha. I haven't counted yet, Nancy, but there are TONS! ha. I'll count after I've washed them all.

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  12. I always knew you had a lot of 'bottle', Betsy!

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    1. Ah, Martin ~ you're always so clever with the comments. :)

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  13. Hi Betsy .. they look gungy and will be so lovely once clean - I hope you find a gem or two ... looking forward to your sparkling bottle post - cheers Hilary

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    1. They are starting to sparkle! I washed 8 boxes last night. Can't wait to have them washed and start looking for a few gems.

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  14. That looks like an exciting haul. You have a great job!

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    1. It is a nice job. ...a little stressful, but fun! :) Finding neat stuff is certainly a perk!

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  15. Ooooh can't wait for the after photos! Yay! Take care
    x

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    1. Oooh...kitty...they are cleaning up nicely!

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  16. I was helping a friend look for a well that sat on the property of his childhood home that was torn down when a new highway came through.
    As we snaked through the brambles, we found some amazing old bottles. I picked up a few and put them on the window sill of my barn. There are few things more beautiful that evening sunlight through an old bottle.

    I'm a new follower. Love you blog.

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    1. What a neat story! Did you find a well? :) I agree about sunlight through old bottles. That's why I collect them! Great to meet you here! :)

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  17. What a fascinating assortment. Have fun sorting through them. I know what that's like!!!

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    1. yep! And you already knew I collect them! Fun find, don't you think? :)

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    2. Uh-huh! Washing them might be a pain in the butt, but sorting them should be enjoyable.

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    3. exactly. wish you lived close...you could help. ha.

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    4. Actually, doll, I can think of all sorts of advantages if I lived closer to you...

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    5. yes, yes...I'd let you stay for dinner...and I'd serve coffee and your favorite dessert. :)

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    6. Ohhhhh, really!Hm. Sorry, I have to sign off... If anybody's looking for me, tell 'em I'm packing for a trip to Ohio!!!

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    7. lol! My boys would love you.

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  18. You really got the MOTHER LOAD!!!!!
    OH MY! WHERE will you put them all!?!?!?!?!

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    1. Oh, I'm not planning on keeping them all! ha. Can you imagine the dusting? lol.

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  19. OK Betsy when you want I put in my sidebar the houses for you !lol

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    1. Oh, you have a nice collection! I love them! Thanks for showing me, dear! They are very pretty!

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    2. very nice!

      I'm off to do the grocery shopping! :)

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    3. Betsy the second picture you see in the house are on a piece of antique furniture? is actually a sewing machine from my grandmother, I have plants and houses there.
      Roses are here today lol
      I think this sewing machine have about 60 or 70 years OMG and my grand mom sew in it of course!

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  20. You've got your work cut out for you. What treasures. I look forward to the after shots.

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    1. I'll certainly let ya'll see the 'after' photos! :)

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  21. Sounds like you have an investigative journey ahead of you. You may discover a rare find as you unravel the mystery. What's old is new again! :)

    Have fun!!!

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    1. I can't wait to start looking for information on some of the more unique ones! Should be fun!

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  22. looks like a great score. distinctive glass bottles can be so beautiful. and for only $64?? you did well.

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    1. I think so! I need to count them to see how much I paid per bottle. It's going to be pennies!

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    2. Oh that is going to be a lot of fun. I have so many bottles that have memories but you have some to develop some new memories. I bet you can find enough good ones to get your money back easily.

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  23. I, too, love vintage bottles...I've been collecting some random ones at local beaches here. I'm thinking of making tiki torches with a couple of them...pretty sure none of mine are worth anything but it will be fun to see what you have in your great pile. :)

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  24. This does look like a great way to spend your time the next few days. Looking forward to some "after" shots.

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  25. It's really great to see someone who finds cash in someone's trash. Keep it up!!! Hope that someday you'd hit the jackpot bottle. LOL. Those black bottles seem interesting, you never know what kind of stuff is lurking inside ‘cause you can't see it from the outside. Anyway, goodluck on your vintage bottle collection.

    Rob Feckler

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    1. thanks Rob...I appreciate your comment here. I've always loved digging through trash..lol...and have found a few treasures! yeah, those black bottles would be a little un-nerving to clean out. These were bad enough and I could see what was in them! :)

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