Thursday, February 2, 2017

Turning old bottles into cash

The Festival of Glass and the Bellarine Historical Society are collaborating to present an historic bottle evaluation as part of the 2017 Festival.

Anyone with an old bottle or two is welcome to bring them to Drysdale’s Old Courthouse Museum on Sunday 12 February between 10.00am and 3.00pm, to be valued by Paul and David Bruce - distinguished glass auctioneers and valuers, from the online firm ABCR Auctions.
The record-breaking bottles

This is the second time the event has run. Two bottles that were brought to last year’s event fetched record prices at a subsequent online auction. One was a Les Bray St. Arnaud ginger beer bottle, made between 1900 and 1918, which sold for a record $650; the other was a hand blown wine bottle dated 1740 from Oxford University’s Magdalene College, which sold for a record $980!

Neither of the owners of those bottles had any idea that they were so valuable, so anyone with old bottles stashed away shouldn’t just dismiss them. Bring them to the evaluation and prepare for a possible treat!

Featured Festival sponsor – GC Downard (i) Personal, professional and ethical
4b Brown Street, Portarlington, Victoria 2332
Tel.      (03) 5259 1103                0409 502 620
GC Downard Real Estate is a new, family operated real estate agency providing professional, personalised and ethical real estate and property management services to the Bellarine Peninsula.

The agency specialises in residential, commercial and industrial sales, auctions, leasing and property management; and the staff know that the best results come from skill, experience, local knowledge and specialist service - not from size or market share.

GC Downard is a member of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria and its experienced staff will assist you with all your real estate needs. So whether you are buying, selling or leasing, contact GC Downard today!


Featured Festival sponsor – Wish Pond (ii) For you or someone special to you
4a Brown Street, Portarlington, Victoria 3223           03 5259 2770
Hours: 8.30am – 4.00pm.

The Festival of Glass committee is pleased to welcome Wish Pond to the Treasure Hunt for the first time and we thank them for their enthusiastic support.

Wish Pond's double frontage
Wish Pond’s cafe and showroom combine to make it something of a one stop shop for locals and visitors alike and owners Heather and Chris are known for their friendly service. Its cafe offers friendly service to 16 people indoors, plus more ‘alfresco’ outside, with a menu that includes soft drinks and coffees, light lunches and Devonshire teas.

In the spacious Wish Pond showroom, you’ll find gifts and souvenirs for you or for someone special to you. They include clothing, scarfs, cards, cosmetics, scented candles, jewellery, hand-blow glassware and inspiring plaques and poems.

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