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.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

2nd Annual Small Business Saturday

Today is the Small Business Saturday - today you are ask to purchase from a small business, to buy local. To avoid MALLS, and box stores. We daily try to purchase small and local.
In my town of Charleston, WVa. we have 3 Lowe's and a Home Depot within 10 minutes of my home - - - also there are 3 local owned hardware stores ( Pile Hardware on Washington St., my favorite - the story is in the 70s when my parents were newly weds Mr. Pile almost daily answered my Mom's questions re: ' What to do, what to buy, or how to remove?' Mr. Pile is still there at the front desk, answering questions and assisting new and old homeowners). If you haven't bought local - you'll discover the small business may be owned by your neighbor! He'll often do a special order, and the prices are no higher than the box store.
You'll develop a relationship with your salesperson, you'll learn to trust their vast knowledge of the material they sell.
Blenko Glass and WV Glass is a fine example of buying LOCAL! When you purchase Blenko, Fenton, Hinkle Glass from a local dealer or at the factories you are supporting your community. Blenko, Hinkle and most WV Glass makers sign their glass at no additional cost. Many times you have the opportunity to meet the designers, the owners and the factory workers. With Glass perhaps you can find glass that is priced lower than Blenko or WV Glass, however, it is NOT made in the USA. Often times the quality is not comparable.
Buy local today. If time permits send a note about your experience with buying local.


Anonymous said...

Hilary you are spoiled.
Do you think everyonehas the money to buy local?
Hell No. Most of us shop at Walmart because its cheap not because we hate USA or dislike our local vendors.
Grow up.
Take off the rose glasses.
The economy sucks and not everyone comes from upper middle class family.

Anonymous said...

Buying local often cost less,
its a myth that buying local is more expensive.
a handcrafted basket may cost more but you'll use one for life
save your money and purchase quality or buy used and buy quality.
Suzan, There is no excuse other than being lazy for not buying at a farmers market or buying quality.
As to your comment about Hilary being spoiled.
I agree she is. She also has rose glasses no other excuse for sponsoring West Virginia Glass, or putting up with women like you.
Paul J.