August 25, 2012

Bottles, Bottles! Getting Ready for the Downieville Bottles & Collectibles Show!

Beautiful Collection of Glass!

Just a few photos to get geared up for Downieville's Show! Hope to see you here!
Sept. 8, Saturday in the Downieville School Gym.

Fun Labels on these!

Razzle, Dazzle~Hand decorated vintage bottles!


August 19, 2012

Downieville Antique Bottles & Collectibles Show

(Rick's Grandfather on Right!)
Step Right Up……
to the 2012 Downieville Antique Bottles & Collectibles Show and Sale!
A bottle collector’s paradise!  Coming to Downieville on Saturday, September 8 is the annual antique bottles and collectibles show at the Downieville School Gym!  Early Lookers are welcome at 8:00am-10:00am for a $10 donation.  The show is free to the public from 10am-3pm. 

This show has gained much popularity over the years as one of the west coast’s favorite shows!  Known for its small town hospitality and friendliness, the Downieville Antique Bottle Show has attracted buyers and sellers from Utah, Texas, Oregon, Nevada and Washington states.  Many desirable bottles have changed hands at the Downieville Show and lots of great treasures have gone home to happy buyers.  

In addition to antique bottles, shoppers will find a great selection of trade cards, advertising tins and signs, ephemera, and so much more.  There is something for almost every kind of collector!  And don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket for some great prizes! 
This year’s show will feature displays of “The Silver Seventies”.  Bottles and related items from the 1870’s; whiskies, sodas, medicines and drug stores will be on display.  This was an important time in history, resulting in the discovery of silver as prospectors rushed to the Nevada area, scrambling to stake their claims.

Downieville is located on historic Highway 49 in the northern gold country.  If it’s your first time attending the Downieville Show, expect to slow down and step back into time in this quaint little gold rush community.  You can park and walk to the bottle show, museums, shops, restaurants, saloon and wine bar.  For dealer or show information, please call Rick & Cherry Simi (530) 289-3659 or email:  We hope to see you here in Downieville!

August 01, 2012

Great Show in Reno!

You could feel the excitement building on Thursday evening;  everyone getting geared up for the FOHBC Reno Expo Bottle Show opening on Friday afternoon.  When the doors opened for dealers and “Early Lookers” at 1:00 pm, there was a huge rush of bodies into the show room.  Over 350 tables filled with bottles, advertising, and go-withs!  A collector’s paradise!  Many rare and desirable bottles changed hands.  The displays featured so many incredible examples of glass.  Even though I’m a novice in the bottle world (Rick is the knowledgeable one in our family) I truly appreciate the beauty of the glass and the history of the bottle collecting hobby.  Traffic was brisk for the entire show; Friday through Sunday.  Buyers were on a hunt, searching for their special treasure to take home.
On my table, I had mostly advertising items; tins, porcelain thermometers, signs, etc. and happy to say, did very well at the show.  Of course, I also did my share of buying, so I guess it about evens itself out between  profit and loss!
It was fun to get together with friends from around the country, too. Dealer friends from Texas, Utah, Oregon, Wisconsin, and several other states were among those that we visited with.  Everyone agreed….the 2012 Reno Bottle Expo was a very successful event!
Beautiful display of rare bottles

Display of miniatures
Me!  Selling my advertising items!
Yes, that's right!  47K for that bottle! Wow!
Bev S. from Santa Rosa with her granddaughter at their table.