Oscar Spalding got interested in “picking” around 60 years ago, but he really got interested in collecting “junk” 50 years ago, thanks in part to a bet.
“Bernard Bryant, he’s dead now ... He said I bet you can’t quit drinking for six months or I’ll give you a jug. I said I bet you can’t quit smoking,” Spalding recalled. “I quit drinking for six years, six months and 20 days. We had bet an antique jug and I won.”
Spalding, 80, grew up on Popes Creek Road in Marion County.