View Full Version : Any good bottle shops in Pennsylvania?

jays emporium
06-30-2009, 01:22 PM
I will be driving from Texas to Philadelphia July 16-17 and plan to attend the bottle show in Adamstown, Pa. Are there any good antique malls or antique shops in the Harrisburg, Pa area or anywhere around there? Other than bottles I'm also looking for beer & soda advertising, sports collectibles, Morgantown glassware.
I am going to pick up my daughter from a summer college camp at Bryn Mawr College.

06-30-2009, 01:26 PM
Adamstown will have mostly everything your looking for.....
So will the show

06-30-2009, 01:33 PM
Thats quite a drive. I would guess you will pass about 10,000 antiques shops on the way.

jays emporium
06-30-2009, 03:17 PM
That is quite a drive but from Texas to about Chattanooga will be at night. Then the rest of the plan is pretty exciting. My wife and I are driving to Philadelphia with a loaded truck because our Sports Collectors National Convention is in Cleveland this year.
We drive to Pa. and I have a room booked near Adamstown so we can go to the bottle show Fri evening. Then go pick up our daughter Sat morning and back to Adamstown for the flea markets Sat afternoon and Sun morning. Then they take me to Philadelphia to fly back to Houston Sunday night so I can go to work [:'(] the following week while they drive to Zanesville, Ohio to visit relatives. I fly into Columbus, Ohio the following Sat to meet up with them and daughter flys from Columbus to Las Vegas, Nv to compete in the ASA 18-under Softball National Championship Tournament. On Monday, wife and I drive to Cleveland and set up Tuesday for the sports collectors national show. On Wed, wife flys to Las Vegas to watch softball bracket games while I sell cards at the sports show. Then when the softball team gets eliminated in the tournament, wife and daughter fly back to Cleveland and the show ends Sunday. Then we all drive to Indiana to visit other relatives and early Thursday morning start back to Texas by way of the "World's Longest Yard Sale" through Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama on US 127 and get back home on Sunday Aug 5.
Now, how's that for a plan? I only wish I could go to the softball tournament too but we sold about $18,000. at the sports show last year so I can't miss that or we wouldn't be able to pay for the rest of this trip.

06-30-2009, 03:26 PM
Being in the travel business, that itinerary just made me sick to my stomach! I'm glad I didn't have to "find you the best rate" for those itineraries!

The Adamstown area has A LOT of antique malls (not in my budget, but really nice stuff - it's like visiting a museum to me.) My cat/pumpkin was on sale at one place (mint - mine is not) for $80.



07-01-2009, 10:13 PM
There is always a good selection of bottles in the downtown malls in Zanesville,Oh. if you have time.

07-01-2009, 10:34 PM
it's like visiting a museum to me

thats what i thought too... Stay away from the shops that are just full of glass locked cases.

07-02-2009, 03:11 PM
I actually kind of like museums with pricetags. But I don't buy there (can't[8|])... I'm a flea market girl.

jays emporium
07-02-2009, 05:28 PM
I do plan to check the Zanesville shops. Last time I bought some nice bottles there that were priced pretty reasonably, a green squat soda from Pa. for $18. and a blob top with embossed boxer for $12. that I took to the sports show and sold for $75. and some other stuff.
I did some more internet searching on Adamstown and it looks like there are 4 different flea markets on weekends with 300 dealers plus about 15 permenant shops.

07-03-2009, 07:14 PM
Yes, pyshodoodle, I know what you mean about being a flea market girl. I am a flea market person myself. Forget the locked glass cases. However, I remember the exception to this rule. I went into an antique mall and immediately froze. There were chandeliers, crystal, golden vases, etc. everywhere. I did an immediate 180 to head out the door and found a really rare bottle for my collection for $6. It was sitting on top of a $6000 dollar piano. I took it up to the front to pay for it and the lady looked at me as if I had been digging in her trash can! I left happy, though!

07-04-2009, 11:28 AM
Being a true veteran of Adamstown, I go aleast once a month. There are always some bottles to be had. There isnt many dealers who sell bottles but there is a few.

If you collect antiques as I do, there are very few places where you can see so much. There is one store called Olney Antiques. It dosnt have any bottles, but if you truly are an antique nut you do not want to drive by this one. Its the most amazeing place I have ever been to. They have entire bar backs that come from saloons etc. They have things you might otherwise never see. They are very exspensive! They were featured on HGTV. It truly is a antique wonderland.

On fathersday I was there and seen a redware minninger plate, had an eagle incised and a liberty banner. Does anyone know what it might be worth and any info. I was told by a reliable source that these are not very old. It looked like it was early 19th century, but could be a very well executed fake.

07-05-2009, 11:39 PM
What kind of sport collectibles do you sell? I have some that I could bring to the Shupp's Grove show. I'll be set up.

jays emporium
07-06-2009, 05:24 PM
I sell mostly baseball cards but I already have 3 Million+ cards so I don't really need more of those. I do not deal much with autographs or game used equipment. What I do like is old baseball and football programs, pre-1980, major league or minor league baseball, pro or college football. Also old sports pins & buttons, sports advertising items, stadium souvenirs. I'm also interested in non-sport cards, pre-1980, like Green Hornet, TV Westerns, Horror Monsters, stuff like that.

07-06-2009, 07:19 PM
jay's emp... I have some of that kind of stuff. I was thinking of taking it anyway, now I will for sure. I have an antique store so I have quite a range of stuff I sell, but I originally got into buying/selling sport cards and collectibles in my teens which led me to becoming an antique dealer later in life. I don't go as hard towards sport cards and collectibles anymore, but I still have some good stuff.

jays emporium
07-07-2009, 11:44 AM
Matt, I plan to be at the bottle show in Shupps Grove Friday night and maybe Saturday afternoon. How will I recognize you?

07-07-2009, 02:07 PM
I have proably about three mil. cards myself. I have lots of memorabilia. My favorite....A 1983 game used auto. bat from Cal Ripken. Have a 1971 world series program, with ticket stub. Yes it is my stubby. The bad thing is I kept score in it. I know it lessons the value, but I dont care. Its kind of neat looking at my handwritting and it brings back such a great time in my life. When baseball was somewhat untainted.

Of course being from Baltimore, Most of it is Balto. related.

07-07-2009, 10:30 PM

I'll be set up friday night, sat and sun, although I won't completely empty the van friday night. I don't know my spot location, but here is a pic of me. There probably won't be too many dealers set up under 30 years old.


07-07-2009, 10:31 PM
Now I'll have to remember not to wear that t-shirt.