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, May 05, 2011

West Virginia Birthday - Blenko Celebration

photo - Blenko inspired hand crafted note cards available on ETSY and created by Diane Weber of California a Blenko Collector.


Will you have a drawing or something about the Birthday Vase and the events at Blenko?

Will you be there? Will your family?

Can you help me find the BD pieces I'm missing?

Also should I come one day before?
George F.


I haven't been to a Blenko WV Birthday event in 6 years - I gifted my collection to West Virginia University about 6 years ago - - Mr. Walter Blenko each year donates a BD Vase to WVU so the collection will remain complete.
Last year my mom didn't attend, I don't think she or my Dad will be attending this year.

My Uncles (except Barry) also stopped last year. Its my understanding Barry won't be attending this year.{ Long answer to simple question. I don't think anyone from my family will have the time to attend. }
Uncle Skip is offering his collection (complete) for sale - its listed with an auction house.

If you send to me the years BD you need - I'll check with Kissin Kate, and local
sellers to see if anyone has the BDs you need.

Warning - I think aftermarket is a 200% or more mark up.

2nd warning - Be cautious when you purchase BD Vases - the rumor is ( I have 3 different sources stating this) - a good number of BD look alike ( seconds - glass not numbered or signed) were sold during the time Blenko received the first garnishment from Two Mile. Most were sold to the same 2 individuals.

IF you purchase after market, know the seller, check for signature of WHBlenko and the designer and the year and number.

What time to arrive? Well my family loved going early the evening before arriving after 7pm and spending the night - talking about Blenko and the good ole days - however one can arrive by 6 or 7 am the day of the sale and 90% of the time you'll get a piece of glass.

In the old days the Sale was at the Diamond and then Stone and Thomas - my parents became friends with a group of 20 die hard Blenko fans - 12 or more are still living and going yearly. This group of people see one another no more than once a year - but feel close - catch up on the growth of their families and their Blenko and WV Glass collection each year on this day.

If you have the time come early - and visit - IF NOT arrive by 6 or 7 am on day of the sale.

Good Luck!

note: Blenko always offers drinks and a delicious{ home made by a local Pastry Chief} CAKE the decoration could easily win a Cake Bake Off.

Blog readers any suggestions for this new to the Birthday (Blenko) Collection / Celebration?

If you have any question DO NOT PURCHASE!

You are welcome to send photos of potential buys to theblenkoproject@aol.com


Anonymous said...

I try to trust everyone
my bf sent me the quotes below.
But when buying glass and especially on line I am more than distrustful and having a person say they belong to or were an officer in Blenko Collector does not mean the glass is Blenko.
New collectors proceed to buy older glass carefully.
Blenko should re issue any items that will sell well.
Not to is just a bad business decision or lack of decision.

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted. ( Hmm... never thought about that)
Lao Tzu

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
-Henry Stimson

Anonymous said...

If you want us to buy items
promoting them with a photo
a drawing or more info
than saying
Be There or Be Square
would be helpful.

Anonymous said...

I have two suggestions:
#1) buy after the sale
#2) if you must go and get a number other than the one you want
offer a few dollars or a hundred dollars and ask to trade up.
#3) bring something to read, a flashlight, and a friend.
#4) park away from the factory so you can exit easily
#5) phone a local seller and ask if they can get a piece for you and save the $500 one would spend to reach WV.
so I have 5 suggestions.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Each time I say I love these cards and I mean to purchase and don't.
Can you again offer the link?

buckndi said...

My Etsy shop is: This is a link

I only have a few cards active, but if you want specific colors, just start a conversation, and I'll create a special order for you.

Thanks for your interest!


buckndi said...

Thanks for asking about my cards. My Etsy shop can be found at:

Renaissance Woman's Etsy Shop

I don't have a full rainbow of colors listed, but if you have a specific request, start a conversation, and I will create a custom listing for you.


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