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opmustard

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Jan 14, 2021
159
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O.K. fellow collectors, I have a question for you.
How many of you dig, buy, trade, etc for a new bottle/insulator and the newness seems to wear off and your on to next new one? I hate to admitt this, but it does happen to me at times, Especially, when I am wheeling and dealing in bottles.
I am guilty of doing this at times. Sometimes, I find myself not even noticing my beautiful collection. Other times, I can't get enough of just staring at them with great pleasure.
opmustard
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

Well-Known Member
Jan 11, 2020
2,882
113
New Jersey
O.K. fellow collectors, I have a question for you.
How many of you dig, buy, trade, etc for a new bottle/insulator and the newness seems to wear off and your on to next new one? I hate to admitt this, but it does happen to me at times, Especially, when I am wheeling and dealing in bottles.
I am guilty of doing this at times. Sometimes, I find myself not even noticing my beautiful collection. Other times, I can't get enough of just staring at them with great pleasure.
opmustard
Guilty. I only appreciate what I don't have. Really bad. I do obsessively focus on it everytime I walk through the room. That usually lasts a week. I will pack it up until I sell it or give it away. If it is all that and a bag of chips I may put it in the window. I am blessed with 13- 8 inch deep window sills that I can use to display. Insulators in the bathroom window, meds in the sunroom, beer in the living room and sodas in the dining room windows.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

bottles_inc

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Jul 20, 2019
145
43
NY
I'm the same way, especially with digging. I want to keep upping the ante with older/rarer stuff, but that's hard to do especially near me
 

logan.the.collector

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Dec 24, 2020
119
63
Tupper Lake, NY
O.K. fellow collectors, I have a question for you.
How many of you dig, buy, trade, etc for a new bottle/insulator and the newness seems to wear off and your on to next new one? I hate to admitt this, but it does happen to me at times, Especially, when I am wheeling and dealing in bottles.
I am guilty of doing this at times. Sometimes, I find myself not even noticing my beautiful collection. Other times, I can't get enough of just staring at them with great pleasure.
opmustard
I gotta be honest, for me if its not local the charm of when I first get a bottle wears off too. Sometimes I forget what I have.
 

Robby Raccoon

Trash Digger
Jun 14, 2014
4,306
63
Locō movērī
It's due to our high tendency toward instant gratification. We want something new and different but when we get it, we quickly lose the interest or pleasure the item causes. It is then that we want something else to fill the void that is left since we're not happy with what we have or where we are at, and we are unable to appreciate all that we have because we have lost comparatively little to make us realize how fleeting material possessions can be.
 

matthew lucier

Well-Known Member
Oct 19, 2020
61
18
O.K. fellow collectors, I have a question for you.
How many of you dig, buy, trade, etc for a new bottle/insulator and the newness seems to wear off and your on to next new one? I hate to admitt this, but it does happen to me at times, Especially, when I am wheeling and dealing in bottles.
I am guilty of doing this at times. Sometimes, I find myself not even noticing my beautiful collection. Other times, I can't get enough of just staring at them with great pleasure.
opmustard
I'm not sure how the serious collector's feel because it's all about having the oldest, most supreme and/or the rarest. Spending money on bottle's and going to the extreme to gain material isn't a hobby it's an obsession and can lead to disappointment once the lime light is shut off. Most all of you seem to enjoy life. Oh, it's nice when someone pays attention to our likes. Fact is it's all free shit. Come on we dig trash. But we show it like it's so valuable and one of a kind. I myself love finding old stuff. I mean it doesn't matter what I find. I have a good time and the excitement is sometimes over as soon as I get home and look at what I have to clean. Ugh.. but when I'm able to take someone new and they find something they like and listen to them explain how cool it is. It's a joy that never fades. Giving someone an awesome bottle and seeing their pleasure of owning said bottle is another bonus of joy because I've already enjoyed finding, (not cleaning, never enjoy that), displaying and learning about the piece. Yeah, it's good when someone admires what we think is cool. But it's fantastic to show someone how to enjoy finding treasure in another's trash. Sorry for my bluntness, taking the mystic out of "bottle hunting". It's really "finding cool stuff in trash piles of the past and enjoying life as we see it or at least I do.

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logan.the.collector

Well-Known Member
Dec 24, 2020
119
63
Tupper Lake, NY
I'm not sure how the serious collector's feel because it's all about having the oldest, most supreme and/or the rarest. Spending money on bottle's and going to the extreme to gain material isn't a hobby it's an obsession and can lead to disappointment once the lime light is shut off. Most all of you seem to enjoy life. Oh, it's nice when someone pays attention to our likes. Fact is it's all free shit. Come on we dig trash. But we show it like it's so valuable and one of a kind. I myself love finding old stuff. I mean it doesn't matter what I find. I have a good time and the excitement is sometimes over as soon as I get home and look at what I have to clean. Ugh.. but when I'm able to take someone new and they find something they like and listen to them explain how cool it is. It's a joy that never fades. Giving someone an awesome bottle and seeing their pleasure of owning said bottle is another bonus of joy because I've already enjoyed finding, (not cleaning, never enjoy that), displaying and learning about the piece. Yeah, it's good when someone admires what we think is cool. But it's fantastic to show someone how to enjoy finding treasure in another's trash. Sorry for my bluntness, taking the mystic out of "bottle hunting". It's really "finding cool stuff in trash piles of the past and enjoying life as we see it or at least I do.

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I'll add onto that actually. I've always thought sort of the same thing since I started collecting... we really collect things that someone threw away back in the day. I just think its amazing though how much things have changed to make even trash from 100 years ago turn into treasure today. For example, I'm sure in the 1890s no one expected hutches to ever be special. Now they are sought after by a lot of collectors.

I will also say that even though some of the bottles I buy lose their luster to me over the years, the stuff I dug always remains special. There's so much sentimental value in those bottles, same with the local stuff I buy even.

I know of some diggers in my area who dig only to sell and don't keep anything, and I don't know how someone could do that. Some people just don't have a connection to it I guess... but I don't think I could ever be in this hobby for the money. I find too much cool stuff.
 

opmustard

Well-Known Member
Jan 14, 2021
159
43
I know of a digger, seller, buyer who always sells his bottles. He keeps them for awhile, enjoys them and then sells them (every one of them for the last 29 years). Interesting way of being bottle collector.
opmustard
 

dario

Active Member
Aug 27, 2009
32
18
Dario the Insulator guy
Guilty. I only appreciate what I don't have. Really bad. I do obsessively focus on it everytime I walk through the room. That usually lasts a week. I will pack it up until I sell it or give it away. If it is all that and a bag of chips I may put it in the window. I am blessed with 13- 8 inch deep window sills that I can use to display. Insulators in the bathroom window, meds in the sunroom, beer in the living room and sodas in the dining room windows.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
I have every insulator in my collection on display. My home office allows me to see them all the time. And I actually do enjoy them all the time. Having them in a space I use and enjoy helps a lot. This is a typical back-lit display cabinet.
 

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