Antiquities Vending Machine Company

Let's go out and photograph some antique vending machines and maybe enjoy a vintage bottled soda or three while we're at it. 

The location is an hour drive from Charlotte.  I have room for a couple of folks to ride with me.  I will be leaving Charlotte around 7:30am

Rows and rows of every kind of vending machine you can imagine along with other relics from the era.


World's first two soda vending machines.  #1 and #2 from 1925 and 1926 respectively.


Plenty of Macro opportunities


Antiquities Vending Company has more than 700 antique soda vending machines from the 1925 to the late 1970s.

Operating since 1989, Antiquities Vending Company has been restoring and operating a fleet of vintage soda machines and is currently the world’s largest collection of antique vending machines.

With at least one of every soda vending machine ever made, Antiquities operates the largest fleet of antique soda machines serving 40 flavors of glass bottle sodas across four counties in North Carolina.

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  • Gene L.

    Interesting shoot location with lots of photo ops

    August 11, 2013

  • David

    Didn't really LOOK like the Photo at the top of this page; but in a way, I'm glad it didn't.

    August 10, 2013

  • Denise L.

    Very enjoyable.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Very cool place. Wish there was more room to work with, but I'll take what I can get.

    2 · August 10, 2013

  • Rebecca D.

    Hey all - I was getting ready this morning and putting camera into car and noticed one of my tires is going flat. If I can address this quickly and still make it close to being 'on time' - I will be there. If it can't be patched - I apologize in advance for missing out. Stupid construction nearby!

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got the whole day to shoot. Is there anything else of interest in the area once we have wrapped at the antiques store?

    August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I plan on shooting up 321 to Blowing Rock park. May either shoot there it jump on the Blue Ridge for a cruise.

      August 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Blowing Rock Park does look interesting. I may go to the observation tower there.

      August 9, 2013

  • Jesse Howell I.

    Gotta cancel this one. Unfortunately my Finance class is getting the best of me so I am not as far into my project as I expected to be, with it being due on midnight Sunday. Was really looking forward to it.

    August 9, 2013

  • David P.

    I would be grateful for the appropriate refund.

    August 8, 2013

  • David P.

    My carpool just collapsed, so because of short notice to replace ride,I need to cancel.

    August 8, 2013

  • David P.

    Hey, Chris. Can you let your riders know by email where and when to meet you? Maybe share cell phone numbers? I've already sent you mine using the email tool here.

    August 7, 2013

    • Chris B.

      Not able to host carpool. Going to Greensboro directly from Granite Falls on Saturday.

      August 8, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Change of plans with my carpooling situation. I have to go straight to Greensboro at the end of the meetup and will not be able to sponsor a carpool.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone interested in driving up to Blowing Rock then hitting the parkway for a cruise afterwards?

    August 5, 2013

    • Richard D

      Mark me as a maybe for heading to Blowing Rock afterwards.

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • David

    Is anyone Driving/Carpooling from South CLT/Pineville area or near there? I would be interested if you have room. Feel free to contact me directly and let me know asap. -David [masked]//[masked])

    August 7, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Yay! I'm really looking forward to this. I will be driving from Cornelius. If anyone from the Lake Norman area needs a ride, please let me know.

    August 7, 2013

    • Rebecca D.

      I am in huntersville but on waiting list- I will let you know if I can go!

      August 7, 2013

  • David P.

    This looks like great fun. I will gladly pay gas if I can ride with someone, e.g., Chris who has sorta offered to all.

    August 4, 2013

    • Chris B.

      So far I have David, Tim and I was thinking someone else. I can bring 4 people total including myself.

      August 6, 2013

    • Chris B.

      So far I have David Powers, Tim and I was thinking someone else. I can bring 4 people total including myself.

      August 6, 2013

  • Steve H.

    This looks like a great idea. I am willing to drive and can take three or four people with me. Let me know if anyone needs a ride.

    August 4, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Gene.. you are on-board to ride with me. Anyone else wanting to ride with us... just let me know.

      August 5, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Looks like I am not going to be able to take Riders after all. My plans have changed... I'm still going to the Meet-up... but I have plans in the area before and after. Sorry Gene.

      August 5, 2013

  • Sharelle Q.

    ~ looks to be a visual smorgasbord!

    August 4, 2013

    • Sharelle Q.

      ~ David, I must know if you were aware that this Saturday (Aug 10th) is National S'mores Day when you made your comment?

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • David P.

      Total coincidence. Of course, I might have heard it and buried it in my unconscious.

      August 5, 2013

  • Michael G.

    No doubt to produce lots of fun and great images. Look forward to seeing them.

    August 4, 2013

  • Richard D

    Are we to meet there at 9am? Leaving Charlotte 8ish? I can take a few from the Northwest Charlotte area.

    August 4, 2013

    • Chris B.

      Plan to arrive at the destination at 9am.

      August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow this would have a been a real treat..... will be glad when kayaking season slows down so I can get back to my passion Macro... enjoy

    August 4, 2013

  • Emery S.

    This sounds cool. I'll see if I can make it.

    August 3, 2013

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