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Local show brings out admirers, collectors of antique bottles and pottery

Tripp GirardeauMay 27, 2019

People from all over the state made their way to Aiken on Saturday to share their common interest in antiques and pottery at the 11th annual Horse Creek Antique Bottle and Pottery Club Show and Sale.

The free event, put on by the Horse Creek Bottle Club, was held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center and included more than 60 exhibitors, some local and some from out of state.

Geneva Greene, club president and show organizer, has said the event has gotten bigger and better each year, making it one of the more popular events held in Aiken.

Exhibitors ranged from collectors to the artists themselves.

People could come in and buy items, trade or bring in antiques of their own to find out what they may be worth.

Jason Rockwinn, of Myrtle Beach, said he’s been coming up to Aiken for the show for the last four years.

“I love old glass bottles, always have since I was kid,” Rockwinn said. “I’ve been to other trade events like this one over the years, but I’d say this one in Aiken is one of the better ones to go to. I’ve never left empty-handed either. Always have to buy something.

There was an array of Edgefield pottery and local old pottery from Aiken and Augusta, as well as South Carolina dispensary bottles and antique Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles.

Jimmy Timms was there Saturday showcasing his massive bottle collection, which he has been putting together for nearly 20 years. He’s been showcasing his collection, which consists mainly of antique Coca-Cola bottles, at the Horse Creek Antique Bottle and Pottery Club Show and Sale every year since it began.

Timms explained how, over the years, he learned what bottles to collect by determining which were rarer and which were not.

“It’s really just a learning process,” Timms said. “Just because a bottle is 100 years old doesn’t mean it’s rare.”

Timms said bottles made in small towns are always rarer.

“They literally have done the research and found out that companies in small towns, when Coke was big back in the early 1900s, would order two cases of bottles, bottle them, sell them, then go out of business,” he said. “So, there might be only 48 bottles from that one town that were made.”

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