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Need some advice about digging.

Fenndango

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The treasure is definitely the bottles. They make price guides for a reason. The hunt, search, excitement is great but at the end of the day we wouldn't be digging 1960s trash pits if that's all that existed, at least not to the extent of digging that has and does take place. Stop playing that harp. Here's a post I wrote a decade ago:
 

UncleBruce

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The treasure is definitely the bottles. They make price guides for a reason. The hunt, search, excitement is great but at the end of the day we wouldn't be digging 1960s trash pits if that's all that existed, at least not to the extent of digging that has and does take place. Stop playing that harp. Here's a post I wrote a decade ago:
Bottles are just stuff. Silicon is the eight most common element by mass in the entire universe. 99.9% of the world wouldn't look twice at an empty bottle in any other way. A handfull of collectors are the only thing that create demand. Some collectors are willing to buy bottles creating ambiguous values on the stuff. The history they represent or a family connection could make them into a bit of a treasure. The real treasure is the folks who collect. Friendships are the true treasure and we don't want to lose sight of that.
 
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Fenndango

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Jan 10, 2021
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Bottles are just stuff. Silicon is the eight most common element by mass in the entire universe. 99.9% of the world wouldn't look twice at an empty bottle in any other way. A handfull of collectors are the only thing that create demand. Some collectors are willing to buy bottles creating ambiguous values on the stuff. The history they represent or a family connection could make them into a bit of a treasure. The real treasure is the folks who collect. Friendships are the true treasure and we don't want to lose sight of that.
I'm not disagreeing with you. But at the same time im going to leave behind slicks, including pontilled, and any other commons. I want the treasure. The rare. I don't sell. But I still want the rare stuff for my shelf. What you're saying is it's not the size of the fish, it's the fishing. But wait no, it's both. I'm not going to ice fish a lake with cookie cutter size trout and no possibility of a 4 lb. fish. And I dig/dive alone and keep my spots top secret. So I'm not really looking for friends. I have a dog.
 

Csa

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So Fenn if your Harp comment is aimed at me, you couldn’t be more wrong. Every sentiment expressed is how I feel. My most valuable $$ bottles are some local milks and gills from early 20s and a couple Toc blown in mold type bottles. Maybe worth 50-100 for the lot of them. Zero blob tops, zero hutches so far and I couldn’t care less. So obviously I’m not in this for any true treasures. I’m learning a great deal and enjoying it immensely. I like to bring home unique packer jars from the 20s and 30s and learn who made them and what they had in them. Maybe I find a cathedral pickle jar or rare poison some day, but if not oh well.
In 3 months on this site, yours is literally the first sour attitude I’ve encountered thankfully. Have fun at your top secret dive and dig spot. I’ll be at my local TOC dump area and on this site learning from others.
 

Fenndango

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Jan 10, 2021
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So Fenn if your Harp comment is aimed at me, you couldn’t be more wrong. Every sentiment expressed is how I feel. My most valuable $$ bottles are some local milks and gills from early 20s and a couple Toc blown in mold type bottles. Maybe worth 50-100 for the lot of them. Zero blob tops, zero hutches so far and I couldn’t care less. So obviously I’m not in this for any true treasures. I’m learning a great deal and enjoying it immensely. I like to bring home unique packer jars from the 20s and 30s and learn who made them and what they had in them. Maybe I find a cathedral pickle jar or rare poison some day, but if not oh well.
In 3 months on this site, yours is literally the first sour attitude I’ve encountered thankfully. Have fun at your top secret dive and dig spot. I’ll be at my local TOC dump area and on this site learning from others.
You guys can view what I've said in any way and from any angle you'd like to support your view. My view and intentions are pretty clear. What I've read over and again during the past 3 months is basically SHAMING anyone who is in it for the money, the buying and selling, those angles.
 

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