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.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blenko Birthday Stories - Barry and Gina of Charleston

Barry C. of Charleston had the honor of purchasing the #1 piece in 2007 and 2008. This year he and his girlfriend Gina arrived at 8 am and were #3 and #4.

Barry reports he was not disappointed as the number didn't matter so much as just getting a Birthday Piece to add to his collection.

Barry is a retired Tech Engineer from Coca Cola he moved to Charleston 4 years ago from North Carolina. Gina is a pharm tech and together they have a 2 year old Bichon named Whinnie.

Barry is the Blenko Collector - Gina has many other collections, but together they hit the Charleston Flea Market and the Milton Flea Market most every Saturday looking for 'new items'. Neither Barry nor Gina buy Blenko to sell, or sell Blenko.

Barry reports his hobbies involve home improvement projects, caring for his dog, and gardening, " I never grow tired of adding plants to my yard, my brother and I exchange plant seedlings and we both have grown into great gardeners over the years.

Thanks to Blog supporter for info and story - PHOTOS to be added after 9am when BLOGGER again is up an running.


bone said...

Barry we met 2 years ago. I haven't since 2007, been able to get time off on June 20th
You look good and healthy how is your brother?

Anonymous said...

We met Barry last year, if he ever comes again to the open market my friends will grab him.
Nice man. Charming, friendly, giving, last year he gave us water, shared a blanket and cigarette. Next year I hope to see you both together in Milton on June 20th. I will bring blankets.

Anonymous said...

barry nad sister are line skippers

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed talking with you your brother and your brothers 6 friends.
Such loyalty to Blenko. To arrive at 8am the day before the sale!
The top 10 people - the ones who arrived friday generated a lot of publicity for Blenko.
Next year we will join you and lets plan to come 2 days before the sale! I'll bring my travel home. Are you listed?

Anonymous said...

You're right Anon, about Barry & His sister being line skippers - or at least about his sis. I also know that Barry encouraged another young lady to have her husband jump line in order to get an extra piece just to sell to Barry for $200. Shame on you both.