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, September 09, 2010

Blenko Glass & Blenko Collectors

This is the time of year when most all Blenko Collectors start to inventory the items they've purchased and make a list of the items they want to search for in the upcoming year.

This is also the time of year when EBAY and other online websites have vintage glass at prices much lower than you'll find them in the established vintage web sale pages.

Also this is the time for end of year YARD SALES , if you are lucky enough to live in the tri state , almost every yard sale will have some piece of Dunbar Glass, Viking, Fenton or Blenko. In the Wheeling area one can find Fostoria and Cambridge glass at every other yard sale.

My Uncle Barry spends one weekend each month doing yard sales or estate sales. He enjoys the travel, meets interesting people and is amassing a great collection of WV and American Glass. He spends very little money, other than for gas and food. In the 5 years since his retirement from Coke - he's created a collection of over 200 BLENKO items mostly from the 60-70s and has an entire collection of WV Birthday Pieces ( minus one). This has become a passion for him. A retirement hobby , collecting Blenko has replaced his golf addiction. The uncles still get together to fish and travel - however, now when they stop for an evening they scout out yard sales and flea markets to search for WV and American Glass.

Blenko Collectors - We have doctors, lawyers, accountants, housewives, engineers ( a great number of engineers), clerks in local department stores, computer analyst - a fireman, a couple police officers, who write frequently to the blog - Blenko Collectors can be found in most every city. When you begin to collect BLENKO and American Glass you become immediately a part of something much larger.

If you haven't started a BLENKO or American Glass collection. Why not visit the WV Cultural Center this month - purchase one of the limited edition RON HINKLE flowers - and then drive down to BLENKO GLASS in Milton, then go over to OSBURN GLASS and with these 3 purchases you have become a collector.

Go on line and read and research. I like the BLENKO PROJECT http://www.blenkoprogject.org/ , Blenko Collectors Four and The Blenko Society website.

The more you know about the items you want to collect - the better your chances are for making good purchases.

Bought anything new this week? If so email the blenkoproject@aol.com and let us share your find with others.

photo from D. Weber Collection.

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