Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass
Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Where to Buy Blenko? Mountaineer Auction Gallery - Clendendin WVa.
Every day I get emails asking where to buy BLENKO vintage Blenko. My answer is always the same. I recommend buying NEW at the Visitors Center and letting it age. But, for some nothing other than the 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 40s Blenko will do. My Uncle Barry also likes pre designer Blenko. He goes weekly to the Clendenin Auctions held by Mountaineer Auction House. Roger Mullins and Family run these auctions - I admit I have gone only once and then for less than 2 hours - I can report the they had no veggie burgers, the food did smell very good. The people were very friendly and auctioneer talked so very fast! I could never determine who was winning! The evening I went 3 items of Blenko all unusual sold each for less than $100. One item a very tall twisted stem wedding goblet I had not seen before. If you have a free Saturday -the auctions last all day - and you enjoy setting. This maybe the place to find a good piece of vintage BLENKO. Mr. Roger told me they are very careful in identification of the glass they sell. If it isn't marked and they can't determine 100% its origin they just don't use a makers name.
Do you know of other auction galleries in the tri - state? If so add them to our list of Sellers of Blenko - so the newbies will have places to look for vintage Blenko.