Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 
Across from the 
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Saturday, May 6th. - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission: $3.00
Dealer Set-up, early entry $10, Saturday 9-10 a.m.
Sunday, May 2nd. - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admisson: FREE


This years show will be held with two other big events at the same location.
"Farmers Market” Saturday
The HUGE 40/8 "Flea Market” Sunday!
For the first time ever we've combined our show with one of the biggest collector Flea Mkts. in Northern California, the 40/8. This mkt draws hundreds of people to the venue.


There seems to be some sort of communication breakdown and these two great shows wound up being held on the same weekend. 
Pretty hard to attend both shows as they are hundreds of miles apart
Without your support our western bottle shows will be a thing of the past...... - rs -


  1. Rick;

    I both appreciate and share your concern. Just to make sure that we are all on the same page, there was no breakdown in communication.

    When Seven Feathers painted the Southern Oregon / JSABC Show into a corner, I was about ready to throw in the towel. Fifteen years of building our venue got kicked to the curb, courtesy of corporate greed and broken promises on the part of 7F.

    When Greg King approached me, and suggested that we put our heads together and produce a combination show that embraced all aspects of antique collecting, I agreed. But, with one condition, that we make sure that we would not encroach on any other groups established dates. Greg did his research, and I did mine. We determined that the first weekend in May would give us a minimum of two weeks separation between both antique shows, and bottle / insulator shows, within a four hundred plus mile radius.

    The 2016 JSABC Antique Bottle and Insulator Expo, despite technically being the "new kid on the block" was a resounding success. We attracted an entirely new demographic and public "gate count" was up substantially over C'ville. We made it clear to one and all that consistency was critical to the continued success of re-growing the success that C'ville had enjoyed in the past. We made it clear prior to last year's show, that the first weekend in May would remain our show date, and to plan for it in years to come. We began to advertise the same in the fourth quarter of 2016, in order to build momentum for 2017.

    We went so far as to mail out dealer pre-application packets for the 2017 "Expo" in late November 2016 and received a significant number of reservations that we filled on a handshake. All looked like smooth sailing.

    I received a call from one of the parties associated with producing the Santa Rosa Show quite sometime after our mailing, inquiring if we were still "cast in granite" as to show date. I replied that we were, that we'd already contracted with the Expo facilities, and were looking forward to producing yet another show that would welcome dealers and collectors from throughout the west coast. There was NO question about the fact that we had A) scheduled the show so as not to conflict with any other west coast show within our given radius, and that B) we had purposely selected that weekend so as not to conflict with Santa Rosa and in effect, draw from a shrinking pool of collectors and dealers.

    Why the decision was made to move Santa Rosa's show to our pre-established dates is beyond my comprehension. I personally feel that their decision is both counter-productive, and damaging to the hobby.

    We've picked up a number of new bottle dealers for Expo 2017. I am cautiously optimistic that we will continue to produce a top quality venue while attracting larger numbers of the public and more dealers.

    At the same time, I wish them the best.


    PS: We've got five table left if anyone is interested...

  2. For anyone attending the show in Oregon, Melissa and I will be having our traditional
    open house and barbeque after the show on Friday evening. Please let me know if you would like to come over to consume vittles and look at a couple bottles. Dale

  3. Hello:
    It's a bit unfortunate that the Oregon Antique / bottle show & the Santa Rosa Bottle Show are the same weekend. Our club has been putting on a show for 51 years now! The Santa Rosa Bottle show has been a May or June date 4 years now. Are show fluctuated with what date they had available at the Veterans Building & issues with their staff organization. They are under new management now and our date is locked in for five years now.

    We moved our show from October to the spring in the first place so we were not back to back with Canyonville and then the Downieville show coming up shortly after. We researched and found there was no other antique bottle shows going on in May or June. Being in the spring we could have it held the same time as a flea market and a farmers market. As far as our date being the same as the Oregon show we didn't have many choices. The veterans building gave away our later May date. We had two dates to choose from in the spring. One being the date of the Oregon antique/bottle show the other being the Old West Show in Grass Valley. The club put it to a vote and since quite a few of our dealers sell at the Old West Grass Valley show which is only a couple hours from us & the Oregon show about 400 miles & a state away it was decided to do it on May 6 and 7.

    An added bonus is having our show at the beginning of May which we have asked the Veterans building to have that date years prior, but denied due to the large crowd. That weekend is our areas biggest collector Flea markets of the year. Since they made a mistake they let us rent the building for the 40/8 flea market weekend. The club felt it would be beneficial to the hobby to have the show when there would be lots of public to introduce to the Bottle collecting hobby.

    I called Bruce in "September " to ask if he was going to do a show before I even knew what date the SR club was choosing and told him that it was a possibility our show would be the beginning of May. I knew he joined up with a antique show (great idea!) & they had a show a year prior at the beginning of May. I didn't hear anything about being "cast in granite" or contracts sent. He stated the antique guy sets it up & it would probably be at the same time. I wanted to let the club know before they made any decision. Any of us that put on shows know how it is to be backed up against a wall or have trouble with a venue. The club made the choice they thought was best for the hobby, dealers & overall success of the show. I wish Bruce & the Oregon Antique show great success. Sounds like you'll do o.k. with only a few tables left we only have a few left also.