Welcome to our Antique Bottles Community

Your FREE Account is waiting to the Best Antique Bottle Community on the Web.

Register Log in

Where Oh Where Do I seek?

EdsFinds

Member
Jan 4, 2020
16
3
Hey. During the fall time (too hot for me now), I'd like to start looking for new places to find old bottles or whatever. The question I have is this: How likely is it that you would find old bottles aways off the side of the road, deeper into the woods than the immediate shoulder. My thinking is that the more time goes by, the "old" trash gets pushed back into the woods (the stuff that survives that is). Please tell me your thoughts about this. I do not really see any other place around me to look. Need some ideas.
 

DlPsocialcirclega

Well-Known Member
Jul 26, 2020
69
8
Hey. During the fall time (too hot for me now), I'd like to start looking for new places to find old bottles or whatever. The question I have is this: How likely is it that you would find old bottles aways off the side of the road, deeper into the woods than the immediate shoulder. My thinking is that the more time goes by, the "old" trash gets pushed back into the woods (the stuff that survives that is). Please tell me your thoughts about this. I do not really see any other place around me to look. Need some ideas.
You don't ever know I always look at the base of large oak trees an one like that as they grow they will push any thing in the ground to the top. If you see slot of broken glass then chances are there's a dump near by.
 

CanadianBottles

Well-Known Member
May 24, 2014
2,511
63
The trash doesn't move, it stays where it was dumped. But often things were more open in the past, so what is today forest off of the road would have been easier to access for dumping in previous decades. One of the most likely places to find dumps are the edges of rivers and in ravines, so those would be good places to start with.
 

EdsFinds

Member
Jan 4, 2020
16
3
The trash doesn't move, it stays where it was dumped. But often things were more open in the past, so what is today forest off of the road would have been easier to access for dumping in previous decades. One of the most likely places to find dumps are the edges of rivers and in ravines, so those would be good places to start with.
Yeah, guess that does make sense. I will start my search on my favorite road(s) this fall. I have an old brick mfg plant nearby where I found stuff, but mostly its all just valueless junk. I just know that there have to be a lot of old bottles on the sides of our roads and highways that have just gotten buried over time, just waiting for someone to find them I guess. This is my thinking. I see all the trash built upon the shoulders of the road between the shoulder and the edge of the woods. I know for certain there are decades worth of trash there, probably back further in the woods. Any advice on searching? I mean, other than the obvious of just getting down and dirty and looking.
 

CanadianBottles

Well-Known Member
May 24, 2014
2,511
63
Yeah, guess that does make sense. I will start my search on my favorite road(s) this fall. I have an old brick mfg plant nearby where I found stuff, but mostly its all just valueless junk. I just know that there have to be a lot of old bottles on the sides of our roads and highways that have just gotten buried over time, just waiting for someone to find them I guess. This is my thinking. I see all the trash built upon the shoulders of the road between the shoulder and the edge of the woods. I know for certain there are decades worth of trash there, probably back further in the woods. Any advice on searching? I mean, other than the obvious of just getting down and dirty and looking.
Depends on what you're looking for, but in general it's not worth looking for individual bottles that were tossed on the side of roads unless you're looking for ACL soda bottles. Anything older than that and it's just too difficult to find one-offs in the woods because there just weren't anywhere near as many of them tossed a century ago as there are now. You'll have much better luck looking for old bottle dumps.
 

EdsFinds

Member
Jan 4, 2020
16
3
Depends on what you're looking for, but in general it's not worth looking for individual bottles that were tossed on the side of roads unless you're looking for ACL soda bottles. Anything older than that and it's just too difficult to find one-offs in the woods because there just weren't anywhere near as many of them tossed a century ago as there are now. You'll have much better luck looking for old bottle dumps.
Well, I never really tried to find the really old bottles, since there are very few places where they could be. However, I am looking for the 1950s up dairy and soda bottles...figured there are plenty of places they'd be. I'm sure if I keep my eyes peeled, I may find some old dump sites. How about along an old abandoned railway and trestle?
 

CanadianBottles

Well-Known Member
May 24, 2014
2,511
63
Soda bottles will for sure be possible to find along roadsides, because they were tossed out of cars. Milk bottles will not be, since pretty much no one drinks a bottle of milk while driving and then tosses it out the window. Abandoned railway lines can definitely have bottles as well, and where they crossed through towns would often be popular dumping areas a century ago.
 

Members online

Latest threads

Forum statistics

Threads
75,892
Messages
691,713
Members
17,382
Latest member
Benash4112
Top