Hires Ruler

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Root Beer finds in Texas 2017

Here are some items I found but did not buy while on my trip to Texas in May of 2017. Mostly I did not buy them due to the high cost. In a few cases it was due to the large size.  Farther down I show what I did buy,

$295.00  Nice condition but too rich for my blood.  Found in Tulsa, OK along I44.

$695.00  This is a small one.  Very nice.  Also found in Tulsa OK.

$595.00  Found in Tulsa, OK.  Has a few condition issues.


I already have all 3 of these. They were each priced around $50.00 also in Tulsa, OK

$195.00  in Tulsa. Nice condition. I have no more room for signs.

$1,095.00  Very large. Both sides say RICHardson Root Beer. Found just west of Wichita, KS.

$85.00  Cardboard sign. West of Wichita KS

Don't know the price.  This is a soft cooler bag. Wichita KS.

$29.95  Paper label. Full. Wichita KS


These next three are items I saw at an Antique Show in Colorado just prior to leaving for Texas.  They are all in mint condition but were priced that way also. Way too rich for me.

$345.00 This is a stoneware glass, not a mug

$180.00

$750.00  This is the first one of these I have actually seen. I have a few of the small mugs with this same picture. Once I saw the price I was afraid to even touch it.



Below are the items I found that I did buy. There were not a lot of finds.  Of course when you already have thousands of items it is hard to find things you do not already have,  Even a couple of these are duplicates, but were so cheap I could not pass on them.

All the above were found in Wichita. Paid $6.50 for the Hires Mug. $15.00 for the old Hires bottle. $8.00 for the XXX bottle. $4.50 for the Yankee Doodle Root Beet, paper label, 1946. Paid $4.00 for the AAA Glass (which I already had thanks for Vince)

Found this nice set in  Austin, Texas. $48.00 for pitcher and 5 mugs. Seller said they were from the 1930's but they say Hand Painted and Made in Japan on the bottom so I am thinking more like the 1950's.  Still as very nice set.


These are the only two new root beers I was able to find.  We did find some Big Chill Root Beer in Pawhuska, OK but I would have had to buy a 12 pack of cans and they only has Diet.

All in all it was not a great Root Beer trip. Later this year we are thinking of going to Edmonton Canada to see the 800 store mall.  I have never looked for Root Beer in Canada. Could be fun.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

4300 miles looking for root beer

My wife and I recently went on a 4300 mile road trip.  Of course she went to visit family members that she had not seen in a long time.  I went looking for root beer and collectibles. We both had fun.  We started in Colorado and went to Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma one more time, and finally back to Colorado.

Here is an overview of what I found followed by some individual pictures.  I found a total of 25 root beers that were either new to me, or had a significantly different label. I have been having a blast drinking new root beers since our return.

























Thursday, March 31, 2016

Very Old Bottles

I have come across several very old root beer bottles lately.  Some are because of this blog and how easy it is now being found. Some are a result of searching many, many antique stores and fleamarkets.  Here is a shot with all of them plus a few more pictures showing them in smaller groups.



These 3 I got from a guy that found my blog.  The center one is dated 1876. I am not sure how old the others are but likely prior to 1900.


These are all Hires. Some of them only have Hires embossed on the bottom of the bottle.



I friends called me the other day and told me about an Old Dutch Root Beer Thermometer at one ofthe antique stores in Lafayette, CO.  I went to see it and picked it up.  It was priced quite affordable. 


And lastly here is an updated picture from the doorway of my root beer room.


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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Finds from New Mexico and Arizona

My wife and I recently went on a trip to Albuquerque and Phoenix.  I was able to find a lot of root beer and related items.  Here they are:



The Ma's was found in Albuquerque. I love the bottle topper.  Paid $35.00 for the six packa nd the topper.


I found several Barq's bottles I did not previous have.  I especially like the quart size.


Found this Hires bottle in one of the two Brass Armadillo Antique malls.


This Hires bottle I actually bought on eBay.
















Got both of these candies in Old Town Albuquerque.


This is a glass sticker.  I paid $2.95 for it at one fleamarket. I then later say to of them for $39.95 each at another fleamarket.


I also found several root beers to drink that I had not previously tried.