Mark Pedrazzi - Guest Columnist - Miniature Automotive Decanters
Mark L. Pedrazzi is a deep-rooted car guy, lifelong automotive enthusiast, engineer, car collector and promoter, who has been able to combine his passion for automobiles and collecting with his knowledge and experience at an early age with his family’s liquor business.
Getting to know liquor retailers and distributors during his childhood, attending bottle shows, scouring flea markets and garage sales, and being fortunate to have traveled has allowed him to acquire thousands of unique miniature liquor bottles and decanters. When not collecting and being immersed in his “car room,” Mark enjoys working on and driving his classic Mopars. Reach Mark at
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Miniature Automotive Decanters
Big Fun in Small CollectiblesEver since I can remember, I’ve been in love with cars and everything about them. Growing up, I played with Matchbox and later Hot Wheels. Everywhere our family went while traveling on the roads, they would ask me to name the make & model of cars we passed. At an early age, I knew every car there was, and could name the year it was made. Soon I began collecting every small toy car I could get my hands on. But this story isn’t about my collections of toy cars, but rather another path that I followed in the footsteps of my father, who, by the way, was also an avid car enthusiast.
During the 1950s through the 1980s, my Dad owned several liquor stores in the California Bay Area. I grew up working in those stores, first behind the scenes as a stock boy and then later as a clerk. I can remember my Dad always collecting unusual bottles, particularly large (4/5 quart) decanters.