The adventure begins…

Or, continues really…

Yesterday, the lovely personal personal trainer and I hopped on the boat, and headed to the mainland. And, after a brief stop in Rockland, I headed to the Union Antiques show, and she headed to the place where Philos will be boarded during out trip.

After parking at the show, I made my way to the first line of vendors, and picked up an interesting metal handled t-pull corkscrew for 8 dollars. And, shortly after that a Havell bow for a dollar. And, that was pretty much it as far as corkscrews as they day began.

Of course, the evil corkscrew dealer was there. Not that he is truly evil, he is just way overpriced, and once tried to slam the lid of his corkscrew case on my hands–apparently you aren’t supposed to touch anything, even though he opened the case for you to do so. This was many years ago, but I just avoid him.

A little bit later the lovely joined me at the show, and we perused the vendors’ offerings finding a few more things. I even broke down and bought a Negbaur Parrot. It was the normal version, but instead of having a huge price tag, with claims of being art-deco or with some other descriptor, it was 8 dollars. And, I figured, what the heck?

What was most interesting about the show, was that I received multiple requests for business cards–having worn a shirt that mentioned that I collect corkscrews. And, this wasn’t one or two requests, it was over half a dozen, with one dealer describing the folding celluloid lady, one describing a small collection, and another a Chinnock.

Armed with many business cards, I handed them over, and we will see which of those leads pans out.

The rest of the day was spent driving down to Boston with a few brief stops, and this evening–after bopping around Boston for the afternoon–we will board a plane to Munich, and then land in Madrid Monday morning.

For those wondering what corkscrews will be offered up at the ICCA Auction section of the program, here are 6 that will be included in the printed catalog. It is always fun to put up some unusual figurals, as BK simply loves them.


(Of course there are about 50 others that I am bringing to the buy and sell).

On another corkscrew note, just before packing up, a Detroit Leg corkscrew (not the fancy kind) was listed on eBay (not in the corkscrew section of eBay) for a very fair buy it now price.


I snapped it up. How could I not?

Again, I will report back with stories of our adventures and pictures as time allows.

Stay tuned!

The official countdown begins

Okay, maybe it isn’t “official,” but soon enough the lovely personal personal trainer and I will be heading off island, heading down to Boston, and then making our way to Spain for the ICCA Annual General Meeting, and then Bucharest for the CCCC meeting.

So, over the next few days–beyond working at the wine shop, and getting it set up for the time we are away–we will be packing our bags, packing up corkscrews for the buy and sell, packing up corkscrews for the auction, and packing up one or two for the show and tell…

And, there are corkscrews that people have asked me to hold, and bring to them at the meetings.

I might need an extra bag.

I do have a list of things that need to get done before we leave, and fortunately one of the “to dos” is heading to the mainland for the Union Antiques Show. That is on Saturday, and you never know what might show up there!

As far as our itinerary (after the antique show) we will head down to Boston to play for a day, and then fly to Madrid, where we have rented an apartment for a few days. Tommy is supposed to fly in a day before the meeting starts, and the next morning we will drive to Logrono, where the meeting will take place.

Obviously there will be a myriad of corkscrews to be viewed, traded, sold, bid upon, talked about, and drooled over. I am bringing the laptop with, so I will post pictures here and on Facebook for those that are not attending (and for those that are).

After the ICCA AGM, we drive back to Madrid (spend the night) and head off to Bucharest a day before the meeting starts to see the “L’Africain Wing” at the Chirescu corkscrew museum.

okay, there isn’t really a L’Africain wing, but, we are going a day early.

Of course, there will be lots and lots and lots of corkscrews in Bucharest, and lots of attendees at the meeting. Who knows what will turn up at the buy and sell and auction? Again, I will post pictures!

We are also part of the touring contingent that follows the meeting, so a week of traveling around Romania with some good friends.

I will try and update the blog regularly, but it is entirely possible that for that week the laptop is put away, all electronic devices are put in our bags, and we just enjoy another fantastic adventure.

Still, stay tuned, you never know what might turn up next.