ABOUT BILL’S BOTTLE OPENERS
In 1988, Bill was at an
auction in the Midwest and nearing its conclusion, he
was approached by one of the assistants, “Bill, do you
want a shoebox full of bottle openers?” He said, “what
the heck…okay.” He had never really thought about bottle
openers but later, as he was looking through the box, he
discovered some very unusual ones.
enjoyed visiting antique stores – mainly just for the
stroll and the “hunt” (searching for something special).
Bill would join and take the obligatory tour, but end up
back in the car after a few minutes reading the
newspaper, but on one trip, he noticed a very unique
bottle opener and then another, and this is when the
collection started to form. Before, he had nothing to
look for but now he had a mission.
would visit garage sales, thrift stores and auctions and
he would often locate amazing openers for a quarter. In
the early years, he wouldn’t spend more than two
dollars, but then his family, relatives and friends
would give him openers and many were very special and
clearly cost more, so the limit was slowly raised.
Obviously, this made gift giving easy for his family –
he would always get openers.
collection was first displayed in the garage and soon it
filled half a wall. It wasn’t that long and an entire
wall was covered, and then another and so on. The most
rare openers where displayed inside the house in the “TV
room,” then, downstairs in display cases. After several
years of collecting, the opener collection had grown to
thousands and in 2002, Bill and his son did the first
“official” count and the number was 3723. Since that
time, the collection has more then doubled in size and
he has openers from nearly every corner of the world
including Thailand, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Russia,
India, and from all over Europe.
continues to collect and he now has a “Man Cave” where
the openers are displayed. Certainly, it would be great
if the collection could be available to the public, but
it is a private collection and he has no intention of
selling any openers. So, for now his site is the only
way to view the collection.
THANKS for looking at
Bill’s Bottle Openers.