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Twenty-four families at Owatonna, Minnesota founded this group in 1984 as the Midwest Sad Iron Collectors Club. Our members range from novice to expert, and over the years our group has grown in both size and scope.

In 2008 we voted to update our name to PITCA, reflecting the diversity of our membership. Today we have members from the United States plus Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. Many of our members are "virtual members", living far and wide but showing their support via the Internet. Others participate in our real world club gatherings.

Our annual convention is held each summer in the midwestern USA. Members from all over the country (and even a few international members) make the journey to reconnect with friends and spend a few days immersed in irons and trivets. 

If an Auction is scheduled it usually precedes the convention on Thursday. The PITCA Convention then follows on Friday and Saturday, including activities like Meet and Greet, Show & Tell, Member Displays, Buy & Sell and Presentations. A tour of a local attraction is usually included and a catered Dinner is served both evenings. Check out our Photo Albums under the Conventions tab to better appreciate how much we anticipate and enjoy these activities.

We welcome you to our website and hope you find your visits here both interesting and beneficial. And we sincerely invite you to check out our CLUB BENEFITS, then accept our invitation to JOIN PITCA! You won't find a nicer group of collectors ... people you will soon call friends. 

PITCA membership includes a subscription to the Pressing News. Our latest issue, published in December 2019, contains the following in-depth articles: 

  1. Irons of James B. Lewis
  2. New Sweden Historical Society
  3. 1888 Campaign Trivet
  4. Where to Put the Hot Iron?
  5. Ads, etc: Early Electrics

Interested in learning more? View a past issue of the Pressing News.


Each month, check out the SPOTLIGHT tab at the top of the page for the latest updates on upcoming Auctions, member Blogs, Pinterest boards and collectors & collections "In The News".

And follow PITCA on Facebook!

Unless otherwise stated, all content is © 2013 – 2019, Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America. All Rights Reserved. See the Copyright Notice.

PITCA Officers for 2019 - 2020

James Mattimore ~ President

Jerry Marcus ~ Secretary/Treasurer

Jay Raymond ~ Editor, Pressing News

Jackie Lind ~ Librarian

Lynn Rosack ~ Webmaster

Member Updates for DECEMBER 2019


Now available in the Members Only Section:

1. The December issue of the Pressing News  has been posted.

2. The 2019-2020 PITCA Member Directory was updated on December 5, 2019.

3. Be a PITCA ambassador! Print Flyers and distribute to friends and local antique outlets.

Other Information:

Dues paying PITCA members: be sure to Sign Up for our website if you have not yet done so.

Have you forgotten your password and now you're unable to Sign In? Here are the directions to Reset a Password

2019-2020 PITCA dues are past due. Any member who has not paid as of January 1, 2020 will be removed from the Member Directory and lose their Members Only access on our website. Contact Jerry Marcus to arrange payment. We don't want to lose you!