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One of the main advantages to collecting shots is that they take up relatively little space and hence they don't require that you build an addition to the house or take over the entire basement just to accommodate them --  at least not until your collection hits the 5,000 mark.  The main disadvantage is that they're fragile dust magnets and if left untended on an open shelf or bar, they soon become furry and grimy.  Thus my personal preference is to put them on display in a closed cabinet where they are both protected from accidental assault by family, friends, or pets and they also don't require frequent washing to remove the dust (although for reasons that are unclear to me, they still get cloudy over time).  Thus, one simple solution is to arm-wrestle your spouse for space in the curio cabinet alongside the Hummels and Franklin Mint figurines or you can buy or make a dedicated case.  Here's some ideas.  
l Custom Displays makes a display case that is reasonably priced, well-crafted and sturdy.  The proportions are perfect in terms of pleasing the eye, although it is a tad too thin to accommodate the fatter glasses.  The cases come in a variety of finishes and 16 velvet backgrounds are available so that there us a good chance of the case blending perfectly with the orange shag carpet in the basement.  A cleverly designed Plexi front keeps the glasses safely dust-free.

"18"x24" shot glass display comes with enough glass shelves to let you display at least 45 glasses. Shelves are 2" wide - case comes with 4 shelves allowing up to 5 display rows" $79.95 + shipping>.

l Make your own - the following is how Webmaster Mark Rauschkolb makes shelving units for his glasses.  He should definitely know how to get this right - he has >9,000 of them (a case [excuse the pun] of terminal glass-lust).  One may question his sanity but not his carpentry skills:
"I make my shelves out of 1x3 lumber (not 1x3 furring strips which are made from a lower quality of wood). Most large lumber yards or "home centers" sell pre-cut lengths of wood such as Poplar. They come in four foot lengths, so I decided that I could build a 4 foot wide shelf unit and only need to make one cut (to make the sides -- If they have 2 foot pieces, you do not even need to make one cut!). A 1x3 piece of lumber is 3/4 of an inch thick, and most "standard" shotglasses will fit on a shelf that is 2 1/4 inches high (if you do not like to measure, an audio cassette box can be used as a spacer). With 10 four foot sections of wood you can build a unit that has eight shelves, each of which is 49 1/2 inches wide and 24 inches high (If you only adjust the height of one shelf, it would have to be only 1 1/2 inches high which is very small -- it would be better to adjust two shelves, one to 2 inches and one to 1 and 3/4 inches) or with 9 boards you can get a unit with seven shelves, and one shelf would be 4 1/5 inches tall, which will hold Hard Rock and other tall glasses. To mount the unit on a wall, I put two large (10d) nails into wall studs and rest the second or third shelf from the top on those nails. Each shelf will hold about 25 glasses, so each unit will hold between 175 and 200 glasses."

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