Such are the lengths to which antique bottle collectors will go. And Baltimore, it turns out, is home to many a voracious collector. Most belong to the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club (BABC), an organization founded in 1970. The club, which has 150 members, meets monthly in the fluorescent-lit basement cafeteria of the Baltimore Lutheran High School in Towson. There, collectors interested in whiskey bottles, medicine bottles, ink bottles, early pottery, and a vast array of other pieces barter, sell, and mingle. One guy only collects beer bottles with intact paper labels. A woman collects glass-stoppered perfume bottles. One man cleans and polishes “dug” bottles for a fee, and another repairs antique pottery. Most buy them on eBay or at bottle shows, but some, like Salvatore and Edmonds, get their spoils the hard way: by digging down into former privies or scouring old dumps. Several antique bottle magazines exist to support the hobby, as do specialized clubs, like the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors and the American Poison Bottle Collectors Association. On March 4, the Baltimore club will host its annual blowout event, the largest one-day bottle show in the world. With over 300 tables, last year’s show drew more than 1,300 people.