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trumpstylz
07-27-2011, 16:24
I know this has been posted before, but could you guys forward me to the other posts or tell me what to look for when dusty hunting? My friend is gonna be around Peoria, IL for a while and figured he could do some damage at those mom and pops stores. I tried a google search and couldn't come up with anything. thanks.

Enoch
07-27-2011, 16:42
I have almost never found anything in stores that can be googled because someone has already done that and been that. I drive around the worst sides of towns and find these old stores that no one knows about. It is time consuming but I go out almost every Saturday. Several weeks ago in an area of the state I stopped at 5 non-google stores before I came to the first google store. Works for me.

StraightNoChaser
07-27-2011, 17:06
You can save a lot of time if you call ahead and ask how long the store has been in business. Obviously newer stores won't have much for you in the way of dusties. I made the mistake of visiting a town that only went wet in the past 2 years, waste of time!

birdman1099
07-27-2011, 19:21
My friend is gonna be around Peoria, IL for a while and figured he could do some damage at those mom and pops stores. I tried a google search and couldn't come up with anything. thanks.


I rummaged Peoria last year... wasn't a lot there.... I think I pulled out a Gold Vein OWA, walkers delux, and a 1990 EWSB..... a small payoff for 8 hours of hunting....

Parkersback
07-27-2011, 19:24
You probably have seen this--http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2009/09/what-is-dusty-hunting.html

but if not, it's helpful, especially for the link to the great series of essays on dusty hunting.

Some obvious tips:

Look for tax stamps or faux-tax stamps on anything that says Kentucky Straight Bourbon or Rye.

Look for tax stamps or faux tax stamps on anything that says Bottled in Bond or Bonded.

Have handy a few DSP numbers that you're looking for (e.g. DSP 14 for OGD and OT, 414 for Old Forester... DSP 16 for Old Fitz [among others])

StraightNoChaser
07-27-2011, 23:02
DSP 16 or BUST lol

StraightNoChaser
07-27-2011, 23:04
I have almost never found anything in stores that can be googled because someone has already done that and been that. I drive around the worst sides of towns and find these old stores that no one knows about. It is time consuming but I go out almost every Saturday. Several weeks ago in an area of the state I stopped at 5 non-google stores before I came to the first google store. Works for me.
I somehwat disagree with this because in Google-able stores I have found OFBiB(DSPKY16), Pewter top WTKS, OFPrime, Weller Centennial, VSOF12, OCPR, etc etc etc. Good bottles can be found, but it takes a LOT of searching.

Special Reserve
07-28-2011, 02:37
I somehwat disagree with this because in Google-able stores I have found OFBiB(DSPKY16), Pewter top WTKS, OFPrime, Weller Centennial, VSOF12, OCPR, etc etc etc. Good bottles can be found, but it takes a LOT of searching.

Exactly right. I've found dusties in stores that I've been in many times. Sometimes stuff just appears.

barturtle
07-28-2011, 07:09
Exactly right. I've found dusties in stores that I've been in many times. Sometimes stuff just appears.

That just means that you did a crap job the first time.:slappin:

Enoch
07-28-2011, 09:51
I somehwat disagree with this because in Google-able stores I have found OFBiB(DSPKY16), Pewter top WTKS, OFPrime, Weller Centennial, VSOF12, OCPR, etc etc etc. Good bottles can be found, but it takes a LOT of searching.

I'm not saying you can't find anything in Googled stores...I have...just the four stores where I have found large numbers of dusties were not stores that can be Googled. I also stay away from stores near interstate exits because someone has usually stopped at one of them on the way somewhere.

This may only be the case in SC but the 100 or so stores I've visited usually work out like this. Of the 100, maybe a third are not listed when I Google the area.

But then my method takes longer. I usually go on rides down small roads in small towns to see what I may find.

silverfish
07-28-2011, 13:32
You probably have seen this--http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2009/09/what-is-dusty-hunting.html

but if not, it's helpful, especially for the link to the great series of essays on dusty hunting.


Check the BourbonDork (http://bourbondork.blogspot.com/search/label/Dusty%20Hunt) - he did a nice series of DH posts.
Scroll down for the DH category on the left hand side.

ggilbertva
07-31-2011, 14:12
Check the BourbonDork (http://bourbondork.blogspot.com/search/label/Dusty%20Hunt) - he did a nice series of DH posts.
Scroll down for the DH category on the left hand side.

John - thanks for the plug....

StraightNoChaser
08-03-2011, 14:32
Hm.... Gainesville, TX has only been wet for 8 years but it almost seems worth this trip with how bored I am today