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Obscure Clubs Of The Bay Area

August 9, 2011 2:13 PM

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A Tarantula

A woman holds up a tarantula in a frame. (Martin Oeser/AFP/Getty Images)

Forget the Lion’s Club and the Odd Fellows, the Eye on the Bay team has scouted out some Bay Area clubs that are truly odd. If you have a passion for household appliances, tarantulas, or doing gymnastic flips over city buildings, boy have we got clubs for you!

SF Bay Area Tarantula Society

SF Bay Area Tarantula Society
This group of bug lovers meets in Concord four times a year to share their experiences raising and breeding spiders, scorpions and cockroaches, among other things. The critters may be creepy and crawly, but they aren’t as deadly as they are made out to be. The main event at our visit was a tarantula breeding.

Vacuum Cleaner Collectors

Vacuum Cleaner Collectors
The people who get sucked into this hobby don’t always roll around together, but many meet up at an annual convention to empty out there trove of treasures. The one thing they all have in common is an attachment to attachments.

Washer / Dryer Collectors

Washer / Dryer Collectors
We met one collector who was so worried about being hung out to dry by friends that he asked us to keep his identity secret. The East Bay software engineer rotates through his machines, and spend a load of time on repairs.

San Francisco Parkour

San Francisco Parkour
This group gets quite a workout by using city streets as a jungle gym. Parkour is the system of adapting your movements to overcome the obstacles in your environment. Members say the get a sense of accomplishment from setting a goal and overcoming it.

Antique Poison Bottle Collectors Association

Antique Poison Bottle Collectors Association
Eye on the Bay’s Brian Hackney recently met up with one sweet lady with a rare collection- poison bottles. The bright labels on the bottles made for a clear warning in darker times. Now, the bottles create a fetching collection. The most expensive known single sale was $26,000.

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