The Sacramento Valley Museum will host an Antique Bottle and Collectible Show starting on Friday, Oct. 4, with doors opening at noon to 6 PM for “Early Birds” who are given first pick of the merchandise for a $5 door charge.
Then on Saturday, Oct. 5, doors will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM with admission that is free to the public. The event will be held in the Old Gym, located behind the Sacramento Valley Museum, 1491 E Street in Williams.
“My husband, Slim Edwards, came up with this idea to help support the Sacramento Valley Museum,” said event co-coordinator Cristy Edwards, on the Pioneer Review’s podcast “The BACKPAGE” which aired on Friday, Sept. 27. “The Museum only exists on donations from the community. They don’t even charge to go into the museum. It’s all free. People just make donations.”
Edwards said that the Antique Bottle and Collectible Show will feature vendors that offer antique bottles and glassware, antique cans, tins, buttons, and various vintage and antique memorabilia.
Edwards said that the event started because her husband is an avid collector.
“He has dug up bottles since he was a kid,” said Edwards. “When he was probably about 12 years old, he started finding these old bottles and continued to find them and dig them up as he cowboyed.”
Edwards said that many people are collecting antique bottles instead of putting money into retirement as the collectible bottles appreciate, and they have a lot more fun doing it.
“Collectors make a big deal of these shows,” said Edwards. “They travel with their best friends, wifes and families. It truly is a family project.”
History is important to Edwards and her family and they are always looking for ways to ingrain the experience.
“Our daughter Tessa is going to have a table,” Edwards added. “She is getting into this. We are trying to get other kids interested. Historically, if we bring children in and show them that the past links to the present, they carry the tradition on. When we moved to Leesville, our family were out in the field with tractors finding old outhouses, and the kids were in the dirt digging up bottles and having a blast.”
Antique markets are a treasure trove in the making.
“At a bottle show, my husband brought home a post card,” said Edwards. “It was from Wilbur Springs, then known as Sulfur Creek. I was shocked to discover that he found a post card from my family.”
Edwards said that the post card had both of her uncles’ names on the card and it was addressed to Oakland, California.
“He just randomly found this at our bottle show,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to find.”
“Its like finding a gold nugget,” she added.
After taking a browse of the Antique Bottle and Collectible Show and making a few purchases, attendees will be encouraged to visit the museum.
“We encourage everyone to browse the Sacramento Valley Museum,” said Edwards. “The museum will be open during the bottle show. We have something really darn special there at the Sacramento Valley Museum. I think a lot of people could benefit from seeing it. It’s amazing what they have managed to put together. You really do walk back in time. Most people don’t even know that it’s sitting there. I have brought my kids in, and they will spend hours looking at the displays and be full of questions. It leads to so many discussions.”
Tables at the Antique Bottle and Collectible Show are available for $50 for a single table, and $40 for each additional table if you need more than one. Kids tables are free.
Concessions and a raffle tickets for a bottle will also be available.
For more information about the Sacramento Valley Museum’s Antique Bottle and Collectible Show, contact Cristy or Slim Edwards at (530)473-2502, or firstname.lastname@example.org ■