Pepsi Cola Collectors Club
  Where Pepsi Collectors and enthusiasts converge

 

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Three Southern California Pepsi collectors, Rick Russell, Lee Jackson and Bob Stoddard, founded the Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club in 1983. In March of 1984, Bob Stoddard edited the first Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club Newsletter. In July of 1985, club members gathered for the first annual picnic “The Pepsi Fair” held in southern California.

As the newly formed club grew, there were thoughts of organizing a national convention. While at a flea market, Bob Stoddard met Bill Vehling, an antique advertising dealer and Pepsi collector from Indianapolis, Indiana. Bill suggested having a convention in Indianapolis, Indiana to coincide with the Indianapolis Antique Advertising Show, which was the largest advertising show in the country. Bill and Amy Vehling along with friends Michael and Sharon Hunt, also antique advertising dealers and Pepsi collectors, volunteered to find a location for the gathering. The first national Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club convention was held in March of 1987 with just over 50 Pepsi collectors in attendance. The club convention has seen great success. There are now several hundred enthusiastic Pepsi collectors from around the country attending. The club has continued the tradition of holding the event, known as “Pepsi Fest”, every year in Indianapolis with the exception of Pepsi’s 100th anniversary celebration in April of 1998, which was held in New Bern, North Carolina, the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

The Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club has grown to include local chapters in cities throughout the United States as well as club members in several other countries. “The Pepsi Fair” has been renamed “The Pepsi Celebration” and is now held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Club members from all over the country attend the fun-filled event. An additional club gathering has been added as an annual event called “The East Coast Pepsi Connection”, also known as “ECPC”. This get-together moves to a different location in the eastern part of the United States every year and gives club members an additional opportunity to have a great time with other Pepsi collectors.

Bob Stoddard remained president of the club and editor of the newsletter until March of 2011. He continues to participate in local chapter activities as well as national club events. He also continues with his true passion, researching and documenting the history of the Pepsi-Cola Company as well as collecting Pepsi memorabilia.

The Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club began with the intention of bringing Pepsi Collectors together and has succeeded in doing just that. Many life-long friendships began while attending a club convention or local chapter meeting and many more will be created. The Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club is committed to the documentation and preservation of the memorabilia and history of the Pepsi-Cola Company as well as bringing fellow collectors together to share and enjoy their enthusiasm for Pepsi-Cola.

Local Pepsi Club Chapters

The Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club is made up of many individuals who enjoy the taste of Pepsi products and enjoy collecting anything to do with Pepsi. While many of the members of the PCCC make the trek to Pepsi-Fest in Indianapolis every March or to Pepsi Celebration in Las Vegas each November, there are a large number that cannot make the trip to either event. Still others attend one or both of those events and still want more opportunities to meet with their fellow Pepsi-collecting friends. The primary solution for each of these groups is to attend local chapter meetings. There are a number of chapters spread out across the U. S. and the opportunities to start new local chapters are endless.

Belonging to a local chapter helps to satisfy the need to "talk Pepsi' with other collectors like yourself. It eases the frustration of waiting an entire year between Pepsi-Fest or Pepsi Celebration. It provides a connection to more Pepsi collectibles through the other collectors by selling, trading, or by having swapmeets. It can also help you to learn or to teach other collectors about what new collectibles are out there or what new reproduction items to watch out for. It's a way for all of us collectors to help each other in the world of Pepsi collecting at the local level.

Once you join the PCCC, you are eligible to join one of the local chapters nearest to you. If there isn't a chapter near enough for you to join, you can very easily start a chapter in your area. The only real restrictions to the local chapters are that the members all live relatively close to each other and that the members of the chapter must also belong to the Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club. The best example of "relatively close" would be the Iowa Chapter in which most of the members live within the state even though it can take five hours to drive from one side to the other. If you have another member of the PCCC living near you, you can team up to start a chapter. If you don't, now would be the time to tell everyone you know about the club and to get them to join the PCCC so they can help you start a chapter. Once you get it started and have a meeting or two, you will be impressed with how easy it was to get the Pepsi ball rolling.

If you aren't really sure how to get that first meeting started, have a cookout/meeting and invite everyone you know that collects anything. Leave a flyer at the local Pepsi distributor explaining that you collect Pepsi and want to start a local chapter of the PCCC. Leave flyers at the local flea markets. Pin the flyers to your shirt so others can read them as you walk around that flea market or antique shop. Advertise your Pepsi desire at a garage sale. You might be amazed at the results. Keep in mind that the PCCC started with three people getting together to "talk Pepsi" and that the local chapters basically started the same way. If you want to know the locations of chapters or want more information about starting a chapter, go to the Contact Page and send us a message or if you are a member, go to the Membership page for many options of information.

Listed below are our local Pepsi Club chapters. If you see one in your area, send an email message to the respective president of the club for information by clicking on their name.