Archive for November, 2011

Christmas Is Just Around the Corner!

November 16, 2011

Hard to believe that Christmas will arrive soon. Do you have a bottle collector on your shopping list?  Here are some ideas of what to get them. 

Bottle brushes are always a much needed item. This set of three brushes from Lee Valley are great for getting into the hard to reach places on those dirty bottles we find. http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=10209&cat=2,50560

bottle brushes  8.95

 For those stubborn spots this kit works wonders. Using stainless steel ball bearings and a cleaning agent and a little water can do wonders. Just swirl the ball bearings around the bottle with the cleaning fluid of your choice and it can remove rust spots, grime and some stains. I’ve got one of these kits and it does help a great deal! http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=57618&cat=2,42194,40727

Bottle Washing Kit 22.50

 Now for those stains and grime on the outside of the bottle. I use Bar Keepers Friend to clean ACL or Embossed bottles. Use a sponge, some water, elbow grease and Bar Keepers Friend to clean the bottle up. (Be sure and see my directions in the blog for cleaning ACL bottles with Bar Keepers Friend)  It can be found at most grocery store chains as well as at hardware stores. http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/

A good go with would be sponges, one with a soft side and one with an abrasive side, a dish pan to use for bottles only, etc.

 Now that you have the bottles all washed, how do you dry them? Leaving them upright with water in them can leave water spots on the glass. I use a Beer bottle tree, to dry out the bottles upside down, they can drain, won’t leave water spots on the inside of the bottles. Search for a beer bottle drying rack to find other versions on the web. Here are a few listed that you can check out: http://www.amazon.com/Beer-Bottle-Tree-45-Bottles/dp/B000OF8U76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321363563&sr=8-1

Or on Ebay http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=bottle+drying+tree&_sacat=0&_odkw=wine+bottle+drying+rack&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Part of Coca-Cola History Up For Auction!!

November 10, 2011

You can own a little piece of Coca-Cola history. On December 3rd two pieces of history go up for sale.  One is an original Coca-Cola contour prototype bottle, one of two known to exist. The Coca-Cola Company owns one. And YOU could own the other one! It is estimated to bring somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000. Now this would be the ULTIMATE bottle to add to your collection. Check out the bottle here:

https://www.julienslive.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/37/lot/11931/from/find-lots/

The second piece in the same auction is an original sketch of the Coca-Cola prototype bottle. It is estimated to bring between $3,000 and $5,000. Check out the sketch here: 

https://www.julienslive.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/37/lot/11930/from/find-lots/

I think both items will go higher than the estimates.  I won’t be adding them to my collection though.

 Good Luck with bidding!

35,245 Mark

November 9, 2011

Hit the 35,245 mark today!  I have been having issues logging in the last week or two, so I missed on what day I hit 35,000.

Thanks for the visits!

Digging with Doug

November 4, 2011

In an earlier post I mentioned Hayden and how my seminar in 2007 helped him decide to collect bottles.  Here is an article based on the seminar I gave. It is on page 5 of the 2007 Coca-Cola Club newsletter:

http://www.cocacolaclub.org/docs/November%202007%20newsletter.pdf

Here is the link about Hayden from the earlier post: https://cocacolabottleman.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/you-never-know-2/