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New Bottle Collector Checklist


Following are some suggested guidelines for those that are new to the Internet and/or new to the hobby of Antique Bottle Collecting:

  1. Subscribe to the popular bottle magazines: "Antique Bottle & Glass Collector" and "Bottles & Extras". The latter gives you membership in the Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors.

  2. Visit the FOHBC page and add yourself to their Collectors List.

  3. Register with eBay AuctionWeb. Their Collectibles:Bottles section is a great place to buy & sale antique bottles.

  4. Buy some good Books on antique bottles. Kovels' 1996 Bottle Price Guide is a good general price and information guide. Look for other books to help with the bottle areas you want to specialize in.

  5. Join a Bottle Club in your area. Or if there isn't one in your area, pick the nearest one since you will still get newsletters and have people that you can call about bottle questions.

  6. Attend a few Bottle Shows in your area. Ask the dealers questions. Take bottles you have questions about and ask them. Most bottle dealers are more than happy to look at your bottles and answer questions.

  7. Follow the news items (e.g. questions, answers, ads, ...) on the Antique Bottle related newsgroups.

  8. Talk to experienced collectors - clubs and shows are good places to meet them.

  9. Subscribe to free Email lists for antique bottle collectors.

  10. When dealing with bottles, please remember to follow the unspoken rules of bottle etiquette.

  11. Bottle & Glass Primer

  12. Visit Pacific Glass Auctions site for good info on Bottle Collecting and History of Western Glass.

  13. Understand How Bottles are Valued.

  14. Bottle Basics by Digger Odell has good info on bottle molds, bases, tops, etc.
    Also see Buying Tips by Digger.

  15. Bottles Thru the Ages is a PowerPoint slide presentation given Nov 6, 2001 by David Tingen during a Raleigh Bottle Club meeting.

  16. The best way to make wise buying decisions is to educated yourself as much as possible about the bottles you want to collect. There is good info within these web pages, so familiarize yourself with as many of them as possible.

New User For Sale Auctions Questions Want to Buy Email/Web Clubs
Shows Books Magazines Newsletters News Groups Packing Shops
Classify Colors Tops Bases Condition Closures Companies
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