Only 150 people will be able to purchase the WV Birthday Vase.
If you don't collect this series or aren't able to check the 'ticket' . . . come to the visitors center,
look around. . . . you'll find water bottles in a dozen or more colors - shelves filled with colorful, collectible Blenko Glass. Blenko Glass has something for everyone, trust me you will find something you 'must have' in the Visitors Center gallery of glass.
Perhaps you'll find something unique or unusual . . . .the gift shop/ visitors center frequently has end of day work, artist proof, and colors that aren't in the catalog. The "VC" is a bargain hunters paradise.
Blenko Glass shopping can be a family event, educators often saying sorting is a prerequisite to reading and writing skills. Have your children help you shop - not just at Blenko but when you do estate and vintage stores seeking Blenko. The ability to 'know' Blenko and look for 'colors' Mom and Dad want, helps a child feel useful and accomplished.
As a child I remember taking my $5 or $10 and going to Blenko yearly in search of a gift for my teacher, and on other gift giving occasions. Blenko continued to make the small paper weights and animal figures.
Seven years ago, a senior in Rhode Island wrote to say she was making her first trip to Blenko to purchase glass for all her Xmas gifts. Her initial letter stated she grew up in a home with Blenko
her Mom used the various colored glasses and bowls for holidays. In her note this week she wrote her grandniece is now collecting the mini water bottles. She ( Anna Parsley) searches for Blenko water bottles with handle - this one is much more difficult to find.
Blenko is a multi generational event. Parents, grandparents, children - can collect and shop together.
Blenko Glass is a family owned company. All Blenko Glass is made in USA, in Milton, WVa.
Blenko is made by families. Families who live and shop and volunteer in communities near Milton, WV. Shown in the photo below is Eddie Powers. Eddie 's grandfather was employed at Blenko until his death, his father 'Red' Powers served as the head of Antique Glass until his retirement.
Do you have a Blenko story? We welcome your photos and your family's Blenko Glass collecting stories. Please send to email@example.com. hjh
|Photo provided by Ernie Downey - Blenko Glass photographer, collector, artist, teacher.|