Unique times create unique collecting opportunities that will someday be important to historians. One of the numerous acts of community we are witnessing is how many companies are proving “We Are One” by switching production of regular products, in particular beer, vodka and other liquors, to produce much-needed hand-sanitizer. What makes this of note to collectors? Many of the companies are creating unique labels on bottles designed to hold other products. The companies include Louis Vuitton, Tito Vodka, Anheuser Busch, Short Path Distiller, Shine Spirits, Norseman Distillery and Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company as well as local breweries and distilleries.
Many of the sanitizers are only being distributed locally to hospitals and first responders.
If you happen to come across one of these mementos – empty of course! – don’t throw it out. In 25 years, the empty containers will be among the memories of 2020. The bottles will never be worth a fortune, but they may be significant reminders of this global crisis, or wanted by an historical museum one day.
Photos: Tito’s Vodka; Anheuser Busch/InBev; Louis Vuitton; Town Branch Distillery