My new hobby
We all have free time in our lives, and how we spend that free time can determine our level of happiness in life. Since I don't have grandchildren to dote on quite yet, we've stumbled into an unexpected hobby: collecting vintage glassware. Primarily Depression Era pieces. We're on the hunt for virtually all Depression Era glass because it's all too lovely to choose a single class.
If you've ever seen vintage Jadite, you might understand how our passion got started in this arena, but we have found jadite difficult to purchase at reasonable prices here in the midwest. We've had better luck with pink and green Depression Glass. In our zeal, we have discovered local auctions. What fun! Now, we often come home with items other than the glass we were on the hunt for, but really, how could I resist this beautiful Wedgwood cup and saucer set, made in 1956?
There are two parts to the auction hunting. First, of course, is to purchase an item or two. But for me the excitement comes next, when I try to identify the piece online. It's difficult to fix a price online as many imitations are out there along with sellers who might not really know what they're selling. But my satisfaction comes with identifying the piece in the first place.
My favorite bowl is a Fenton pattern called Honeycomb & Clover. It was created in 1906. To think of all the things this beautiful bowl has survived is most impressive to me. I would love to collect more like that one.
In the meantime, we'll keep visiting auctions and sales and adding to our very special collection. If you collect Depression Era glass, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. A hobby shared is twice the fun!